Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami is located on the Atlantic coast in south-eastern Florida in the United States of America.

Miami is such a sprawling area to explore, car hire or taxis are recommended.

The Art Deco styled waterfront district of South Beach has beautifully restored historic buildings, funky shops and boutiques, elegant restaurants, casual cafes and a wide and clean beach. For serious shopping, head a few blocks west to Lincoln Road (at 17th Street), a four-block-long outdoor shopping promenade with unique boutiques and restaurants.

Key Biscayne is an island connected to Miami via two bridges and the Rickenbacker Causeway. Nature lovers can visit the Miami Seaquarium and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area.

Explore Miami history via the neighbourhoods of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Coconut Grove, Miami’s oldest section dating from 1870s, has fashionable boutiques and restaurants.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an early 20th century Renaissance style estate.

Little Havana is the famous 3½ square mile site where many Cubans fled to after escaping their country. Watch cigars being rolled at the El Credito Cigar Factory or visit the Cuban Museum of the Americas.

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a mix of man made lakes which wind around one of the world’s largest palm tree collections.

Miami’s South Beach is about a 20 minute taxi ride from the port. The beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area on Key Biscayne is where you can find everything from kayak rentals to food stalls.

The disabled cruiser visiting Miami 

Where You’re Docked

Cruise ships dock at the Port of Miami.

Taxis line up at the dock area and car hire can be booked for pick up here also.

Bayside Marketplace shopping mall lies on the waterfront, a 15 minute walk along Caribbean Way from the port. Services such as ATM’s, package check, taxis, valet parking, wheelchair rental, tour boats and fishing charters can all be found here.

Adjacent to the south, the Mildred and Claude Pepper Bayfront Park includes a memorial to the Challenger astronauts. The 32 acre park includes a small sand beach, tropical rock garden and waterfall, a cascading fountain and a light tower. Other monuments honour World War II veterans, Christopher Columbus and other dignitaries.

Good to Know

Theft from motor vehicles is fairly common, as in most large cities. Don’t leave valuables within view in rental cars. Also, if you’re renting a car to drive around Miami, avoid arguing with other drivers and road rage. As with any city, don’t walk around by yourself late at night. Finally, beautiful people abound in Miami, and particularly Miami Beach. Skip the muffin and take the stairs before your visit.

Getting Around

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency is the U.S. dollar, and ATM’s are readily available.

Language

English, but you’ll hear a fair amount of Spanish spoken, as well.

Shopping

For serious shopping, head to north Miami Beach’s upscale Bal Harbour where shops include Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Prada, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.

There are lots of options for dining in Miami including authentic Cuban fare such as ‘bistec de palomilla’ (steak in garlic) ‘vaca frita’ (stir fry beef), ‘picadillo’ (ground beef dish) and ‘ropa vieja’ (shredded beef in tomato sauce).

Points of Interest

  • Miami – a seven-

Miami Accessible Excursions

Whether your cruise ship stops in 

Miami Accessible Guided Tour

This 4 hour accessible