From Bayside to South Beach
When people think of Miami, they think of sun and fun, beaches and boats, art and architecture - America’s vibrant tropical capitol! Come on board as we explore Miami by foot and by boat on this afternoon adventure. You’ll witness the sights and sounds of vibrant South Beach, and your local guide will take you out of the tourist crunch for a bit to check out a perspective of South Beach rarely seen by visitors. Fun is guaranteed and time will fly by as the sun sets on this nearly-6-hour tour.
- Enjoy views in Biscayne Bay from a local water taxi
- Explore art and architecture and hear stories of Miami’s history and culture
- Stroll along the sandy shore in South Beach
- Taste the best of South Beach Latin Food
- Sip a cocktail at a rooftop pool and grab a beer at an iconic Miami bar
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, coffee, snacks, one cocktail, one beer.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: nearly six hours
- Meeting point: Julia Tuttle statue on Bayfront Park Path at Bayfront Park (south end of park), near 100 Chopin St., Miami, FL 33131
- Starting time: 1:45 p.m.
- Ending point: A bar in South Beach
- Full Itinerary
When people think of Miami, they think of sun and fun, beaches and boats, art and architecture – America’s vibrant tropical capitol! Come on board as we explore Miami by foot and by boat on this afternoon adventure. You’ll witness the sights and sounds of vibrant South Beach, and your local guide will take you out of the tourist crunch for a bit to check out a perspective of South Beach rarely seen by visitors. Fun is guaranteed and time will fly by as the sun sets on this nearly-6-hour tour.
Begin your tour by meeting your guide at picturesque Bayfront Park. Situated along the waterfront, next to the high-rises of Downtown Miami, this beautiful green space has been a popular event and recreation space since the 1920’s. Today it plays host to events for tens of thousands of people such as a New Years Party and the world famous Ultra Music Festival.
You’ll then head out onto the water in a local water taxi. You’ll enjoy views of some of the barrier islands and sights around Miami in Biscayne Bay – such as Monument Island, Star Island, the dazzling city skyline, and the bustling Cruise Ship Port. See where the rich and famous call home in South Florida – the aptly-named Star Island. Learn about Miami’s most popular celebrities such as Gloria Estefan and Shaquille O’Neal. And discover how this man-made island has transformed into one of the hottest addresses in the city.
After we dock, we’ll continue our tour of the hot-hot-hot South Beach neighborhood. Home to some of the most colorful art and architecture in the country, this area of Miami is a haven for Art Deco lovers. And you can’t visit South Beach without hitting South Beach itself! We’ll perhaps take a stroll along the sandy shore, explore South Pointe Park Pier, and hear stories about the glamorous South Beach culture.
After our beach stroll, we’ll have a chance to stop for a refreshment at your guide’s favorite local bar, cafe, or ice cream shop. Nothing says “Miami” like a cold drink or sweet treat in your hand on a sunny afternoon. You’ll then have about 45 minutes before the start of the second half of your tour. Your guide will walk with you through the South Beach neighborhood and you’ll have some time to spend chatting with your guide, have a rest, or find a spot for a quick a snack or drink.
You’ll start the second half of your Miamii tour at a South Beach classic location on Ocean Drive, in the heart of the action. After meeting your guide, you’ll make your way down this photogenic street and hear stories on the history of Miami Beach and how this place evolved into the trendy and stylish place it is today.
Your tour will take a turn inland as your guide introduces you to the local side of this touristy neighborhood. Hear the immigration story of South Beach, both past and present, along with some legendary boxing history where you’d least expect it.
We hope you’ve arrived a little hungry because your first few stops on the tour will highlight the best of South Beach Latin food. From a spicy Haitian dish, to some Cuban street food classics, to some coffee at an old-school neighborhood favorite, and/or a beloved South American snack, you’ll discover a local side to South Beach you never realized existed.
Your guide will lead you back toward the water and down Collins Street, one of Miami’s most historically preserved sections. It’s here that you’ll discover the classic Art Deco architecture, see the art scene at its finest, and get a feel for the character that uniquely defines Miami Beach.
It’ll be just about time to cool down, and what better way than with a refreshing tropical cocktail… next to a pool… on the roof…. overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and with views of the Miami skyline?! Book the tour at the right time of year, and you’ll be able to catch the sunset from this hidden perch that very few tourists discover on their own.
After this relaxing stop, come back down to Earth and follow your guide to discover a famous mansion (with an infamous history), along with a couple more photo ops along the way.
Then it’s time to hit the beach! Kick off your shoes and join the locals on the sand during the best time of day to be there (weather permitting, of course). Feel the sand between your toes as you hear about the beach culture, the history of South Beach, and its local quirks. Take in the evening breeze, and have some fun with a beach activity. Maybe a salsa lesson? A volleyball match? A game of Truth or Dare? (Maybe not!) Your guide will choose his/her favorite, and the fun is guaranteed.
Your tour ends with a beer included at one of the most iconic bars in Miami. Launch your night out in SoBe with some great tunes, a great atmosphere and maybe even a few dance moves.
- Note: The order of activities on the itinerary will vary depending on the time of year, and some will be weather-dependent. In the event of inclement weather, don’t worry, we’ll plan some fun alternatives.