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.
- Explore Miami by water taxi and enjoy picture perfect views of Biscayne Bay, Star Island and the dazzling city skyline
- See some of the most beautiful and expensive waterfront properties in Miami
- Check out examples of iconic and colorful Art Deco architecture within this historically preserved corner of South Florida
- Get off the tourist trail to enjoy a mouth-watering taste of Haitian, Cuban and South American culinary influences in South Beach
- Sip a tropical drink at a hidden rooftop pool bar which boasts killer views and indulge in a beer (and maybe some dancing!) at one of South Beach’s most iconic bars
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
Your journey begins in 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 1920s.
We’ll then hit the water in a water taxi to enjoy stunning views of some of the barrier islands and the sights around Miami in Biscayne Bay – such as Monument Island, Star Island (home to the stars!), the dazzling city skyline and the bustling Cruise Ship Port. As we cruise, Miami-style, your guide will fill you in on the area’s most popular celebrity residents such as Gloria Estefan and Shaquille O’Neal and how the man-made Star island has transformed into one of the hottest addresses in the city.
Back on land, we’ll make our way to the hot-hot-hot South Beach neighborhood. Home to some of the most colorful art and architecture in the country. And you can’t visit South Beach without hitting South Beach itself! We’ll take a stroll along the sandy shore, explore South Pointe Park Pier and hear stories about glamorous South Beach culture over the decades.
Time for a refreshment at your guide’s favorite local bar, cafe, or ice cream shop. Nothing says ‘Miami’ quite like a cold drink or sweet treat in your hand on a sunny afternoon.
There will then be a 45 minute break before the start of the second half of your tour, time for you to soak up some of the South Beach neighborhood. 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 Miami 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 about the history of Miami Beach.
Your tour will take a turn inland next 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 you’re about to try some of the many highlights of South Beach Latin food. From a spicy Haitian dish and 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 knew existed.
Collins Street is next on our agenda, 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.
Time for another refreshing break, this time you’re going to enjoy a tropical cocktail… next to a pool… on the roof…. overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and with views of the Miami skyline. Does life get much better than this? We don’t think so! Book the tour at the right time of year and you’ll be able to catch the sunset from this hidden perch that few tourists discover on their own.
Then it’s back down to Earth as you follow your guide to discover a famous mansion (with an infamous history), along with a couple more photo ops along the way.
Beach time! 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 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. If you need any help getting back to your accommodation, your guide will be more than happy to assist you.
* 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.