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One of the busiest cruise-ship ports in the world is Miami, along with Fort Lauderdale, is a major turnaround port for Caribbean cruises. Both cities and their respective airports are relatively close to each other.
Miami lies on the southeast side of the Florida Peninsula, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Biscayne Bay lagoon and Miami Beach. The city's pleasant winter climate makes it a very popular holiday destination, particularly for those in the northern regions of the country. The beaches of Greater Miami are a major highlight, as is the Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach. Outside the city but nearby is Everglades National Park, known for its unique ecosystem and wildlife 
Miami or Madrid? -- On a tiny street in South Beach, there's a piece of Spain that's so vibrant, you almost feel as if you're in Madonna's "La Isla Bonita" video. In 1925, Miami Beach developer NBT Roney hired architect Robert Taylor to design a Spanish village on the property he just purchased on a street called Española Way. Today, the historic Mediterranean-Revival-style Spanish Village -- or Plaza De España -- envisioned by Roney and complete with fountain, stretches from Washington Avenue to Drexel Avenue and features charming boutiques, cafes, and a weekend market.
With its warm weather, picturesque skylines, and gorgeous sunsets, Miami is the perfect setting for making movies.Since the earliest days of the film industry, Miami has had a starring role in some of America's most celebrated celluloid classics, from the Marx Brothers' first feature, The Cocoanuts (1929), to the 1941 classic, Citizen Kane, which used the spectacular South Florida coastline as the setting for Kane's own Hearst Castle, Xanadu. As the film industry evolved and productions became more elaborate, Miami was thrice seized by a suave international man of intrigue known as Bond, James Bond, in Dr. No, Live and Let Die, and Goldfinger. In the past 5 years, there were over 60 major motion pictures filmed in Miami-Dade County, from action flicks like the hideous Miami Vice remake, True Lies, Bad Boys II and Transporter II, and Any Given Sunday to comedies such as There's Something About Mary and dramas such as Random Hearts, Marley & Me, and Up in the Air.
At any given time of day -- or night -- actors, directors, and film crews can be spotted on the sands and streets of Miami working on what may be the next blockbuster to hit the big screen. Watching a film being shot is fun, free entertainment. Unfortunately, filming schedules are not publicized, so keep an eye out for CREW signs posted throughout the city and check with hotel personnel, who are usually up-to-date on who's in town shooting what. Who knows? You could be discovered!
Where You're Docked
Miami's seven cruise terminals are located on Dodge Island between Miami and Miami Beach but only accessible from Miami. Port of Miami cruise information with maps, transportation options and info here http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami Schedules don't seem to be posted online though signage at the port will direct you to your ship.
Terminals typically used include Carnival - D and E, Celebrity - G and Royal Caribbean - J. From downtown, taking a taxi is the best option though bus 243 runs during rush hour weekdays. See Local Transportation section below for more details. For crew, there is crew center with free wifi outside the terminals by Seafarers Park.
Cruise Terminals
Seven cruise terminals -- among the most modern in the world -- have been designed to quickly move passengers from land to sea. Drive-in passengers can opt for convenient on-port parking with special arrangements for travelers with disabilities. For those arriving by taxi, shuttle bus or limousine, drop off is directly in front of each terminal and entryways are designed for a quick and easy check-in and boarding process.

Terminals D & E
These 105,000 square-foot ultramodern, three-story structures can accommodate travelers sailing on "mega-ships" capable of carrying as many as 5,000 passengers. Each has a VIP lounge, a high-tech security screening facility for embarkation, airline counters and an airport-style conveyor baggage system. Additionally, each features a one-stop federal multi-agency facility for passenger processing.
Terminal J
Designed to cater to travelers sailing on Oceania Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Azamara Cruise Lines as well as Regent Seven Seas, Terminal J recently underwent a $3 million facelift. Upgrades include new furniture, additional lounge seating, a complete renovation of restrooms, brand new check-in counters and exotic landscaping in the atrium.
Parking & Transportation
PortMiami is easily accessible by car or taxi, however, most cruise lines offer shuttle service directly from Miami International Airport. Other ground transportation options like shuttles and limousines are also available.  For information on reaching PortMiami from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, please click here.
Directions to Port of Miami

From Fort Lauderdale International Airport
Directions to PortMiami
PortMiami is located at 1015 North America Way, Miami, Florida, 33132. Once on-port follow signs to your destination (Port Offices, Cruise Terminals, Cargo Yard, etc.).
Via the Tunnel
From the North:
Take I-95 South to Eastbound I-395 (Miami Beach) Ramp. Continue on I-395 East and Tunnel Entrance is on your left.
From the South:
Take SR-826 North to SR-836 East, head Eastbound on SR-836 to I-395 East (Miami Beach). Continue on I-395 East/MacArthur Causeway and Tunnel Entrance is on your left.
Take I-95 North to Eastbound I-395 (Miami Beach) Ramp. Continue on I-395 East/MacArthur Causeway and Tunnel Entrance is on your left.
From Miami Beach:
Take I-395/MacArthur Causeway Westbound and Exit on Biscayne Boulevard ramp.  Make a u-turn on N. Bayshore Drive to enter Eastbound MacArthur Causeway. Continue on Eastbound I-395 and Tunnel Entrance is on your left.
Via Downtown/Port Bridge
From the North: Take I-95 South and exit 3B-Bayside. Head south to Northeast 5th Street and turn left. Fifth Street will lead onto the PortMiami bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow signage to designated terminal.
From the South: Take I-95 North and exit at Northwest 2nd Street. Head straight to NW 5th Street and make a right. Fifth Street will lead onto the PortMiami bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow signage to designated terminal.
Via Rail
Metrorail’s Orange Line can get you from MIA to Downtown Miami in less than half an hour. From there, you have two options:
Option 1
Catch the City of Miami Coral Way Trolley from the Government Center Metrorail/Metromover Station. From Government Center Station, walk south one block to West Flagler Street. Take the trolley from the Miami Dade Cultural Center stop, which is located on West Flagler Street between NW 2nd Avenue and NW 1st Avenue.
Option 2
From Government Center Station, take the Metromover Inner Loop to the Freedom Tower Station. Walk east to Biscayne Boulevard. Once you are on  Biscayne Boulevard, head south to NE 5th Street. The Miami Trolley stop at Bayside Marketplace is located on the southeast corner of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 5th Street. At this stop take the Coral Way trolley to Port Miami.
For real-time travel information, please visit: http://miami.etaspot.net/ or you may also download the Miami Trolley Application (For iPhone and Android users only)
*The Miami Trolley stop signs are easily identifiable by the round palm tree logo.
Getting To/From the Miami International Airport
Metro - MetroRail's Orange Line (opened in 2012) can get you to from MIA to Downtown Miami in less than a half hour. Fare is $2 for an easy ticket. You will need to take the free people mover from the airport to the metro station first.
Shared Shuttle Service - Several companies run shared shuttles including Supershuttle
Taxicabs are available at all cruise terminals on cruise days. The fare between the Miami International Airport and PortMiami is a flat rate of $27.00.
For other destinations, the cab fare is $2.95 for the first 1/6 of a mile, $0.85 for each additional 1/6 mile up to 1 mile, and $0.40 for each 1/6 mile after that. Additional taxicab information can be found here.
Rental Cars
Several car rental agencies are permitted to operate at PortMiami and provide shuttle service to their off-port remote locations.  Contact your preferred car rental agency directly for the most up-to-date information and schedules.
The following agencies provide transport shuttle services from the Port to their rental offices.  Fees may apply, so please contact companies directly for complete details:
Dollar Rent-A-Car
Hertz Rent-A-Car
Vanguard Car Rental USA (National and Alamo)
Amigo’s Car Rental

 At this point in time there are no car rental companies with offices at the pier proper. Nearly all will pick up and drop off at the port. Logistically it makes a great deal of sense to use an operator with facilities close to the port to avoid the traffic, crowds and hassle connected with going to the airport for car rentals. The major players, the location of the renting office, and their numbers to call for pick up and/or reservations are: Alamo (Airport, 305-633-6076); Avis (99 Southeast 2nd Street, 305-379-1317); Budget (Airport, 305-871-2722); Dollar (Airport, 305-894-5021); Enterprise (400 SE 2nd Ave.,305- 379-3003); Hertz (354 Southeast 1st Street, 786-425-2515); National (2301 NW 33rd Ave., 305-638-1026); Thrifty (1520 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-9827).

Parking is conveniently available at all cruise terminals. Designated disabled permit parking spaces are available in each garage. Spaces are also available for oversized vehicles (oversized vans, recreational vehicles and vehicles with trailers) at special rates. All facilities are patrolled by security. Oversized vehicles may only park in Lot #2, across from Cruise Terminal E.
Hours and Access
On cruise days only, all garages and Lot #2 are open and manned by a parking attendant from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that Garage J is pre-paid only.  Passengers pay upon arrival to Garage J and are given a decal to post in their vehicle for the duration of their cruise.
To access parking garages and Lot 2 on non-cruise days, please contact PortMiami Cruise Operations or Port Security at 305-347-4800.
Garage Clearance Heights
Garage C
Garage D
Garage G
Garage J
First Floor 9' 8'2'' 9'6'' 8'2''
Remaining Floors 6'10'' 6'8'' 6'11'' 6'10''
Overnight Parking, per night: $20
Short-term Parking: $7
Vehicles longer than 20 feet: An additional $20 per day
All of our garages and Lot E accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or any major U.S. Traveler's Check. No debit cards are accepted.
For Disabled Persons
Notice to Disabled Parking Patrons (Effective November 16, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.)
Based on Ordinance 13-104 That Amends Section 30-338.2 of the Miami–Dade County Code;
Public parking charges will apply to vehicles parking at PortMiami’s public parking facilities that display a disabled parking permit or license tag, except as provided by Florida state law*. However, a vehicle displaying a disabled parking permit or license tag will be allowed up to two (2) hours of free parking. Any vehicle exceeding the two-hour free parking period will be charged for the entire time the vehicle uses the facility.
*In accordance with Florida state law, no parking charges will be imposed on any vehicle with specialized equipment, such as ramps, lifts, foot or hand controls, for use by a person with a disability, or any vehicle displaying the Florida Toll Exemption permit.
How to request complimentary disabled parking at PortMiami:
At the exit, advise the parking attendant that you would like a disability waiver of parking.
The parking attendant will examine your vehicle to determine if the driver/vehicle meets the criteria for a parking waiver.
The parking attendant will inspect the vehicle to determine if a Florida Turnpike Toll Exemption sticker is affixed to it and/or if the vehicle has specialized equipment and a hanging tag from the Division of Motor Vehicles verifying the equipment.
Once the parking attendant has verified that a disability waiver of parking is allowable, the driver's name, address and the registration number on the sticker or hanging tag will be recorded on a form by the parking attendant.
Metrorail's Orange Line can get you from MIA to Downtown Miami in less than a half hour. From there, the walk to the Port from the nearest Metromover station (Freedom Tower) is about 1.5 miles.  Or, you can catch the Coral Way Route Trolley from the Freedom Tower Metromover station to the Port. Use the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker application for iPhone and Android mobile devices to plan your route.
By Trolley
The City of Miami's Coral Way Route stops on-Port every 15 to 20 minutes Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Things To Seee and Do
Miami Beach
Miami Beach is actually a separate municipality from Miami. It is located on an island, connected to the mainland by a series of bridges. The area is known for its popular beaches and the Art Deco District, with pastel buildings from the 1930s sporting classic neon signs. An expensive tourist district, this area features numerous beachfront restaurants, shops, hotels, and plenty of sunbathing opportunities. The most popular street in the area is Ocean Drive, a section of road located along the oceanfront and home to some beautiful Art Deco buildings. One block inland and paralleling Ocean Drive is Collins Avenue. Collins Avenue is actually State Road A1A, and is the main oceanfront street in Miami Beach, joining numerous neighborhoods. Here visitors will find trendy and upper end restaurants, shopping, and hotels.
Art Deco District
The Art Deco District in Miami Beach brings back memories of an earlier time in Florida with its wonderfully restored 1930s Art Deco buildings. These pastel colored historic structures display neon signs and awnings that cover outdoor dining areas. Many of them front Ocean Drive, overlooking the beach and ocean. The Miami Beach Art Deco area encompasses more than 800 historic buildings from the 1920s/1930s. The term was coined in 1968 by historian Bevis Hillier to describe flat roofs, smooth stucco walls and a distinctly modern look making most Art Deco buildings easy to spot. The Miami Design Preservation League’s Ocean Drive Welcome Center offers tours, and self-guided tours are aided by cassette rental. Trendy Ocean Drive makes an ideal starting point for a 10-block stretch of pastel-splashed hotels, cafes, shops, restaurants and clubs. Miami Design Preservation League, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. (305) 672-2014
South Beach
Located at the southern end of Miami Beach where the Art Deco buildings line the waterfront road, this is the most famous and popular section of Miami Beach. In summer the beach is a popular draw for locals and tourists and in winter the area is simply a popular place to stroll around. About a 20-minute cab ride from the port.
Best Beach for the Dedicated Beach Bum: The beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area (1200 S. Crandon Boulevard), on Key Biscayne where you can find everything from kayak rentals to food stalls.
Ocean Drive
Ocean Drive runs along the oceanfront in Miami Beach, passing the historic Art Deco buildings and the famous strip of sand known as South Beach. It is a popular place both day and night for a slow cruise and some drive by sightseeing.
For those with a special interest in these lovely pastel colored, 1920s and 1930s Art Deco buildings, some of the most notable structures are the Beacon (732 Ocean Drive; by Henry O. Nelson, 1926), the Colony Hotel (736 Ocean Drive; by Henry Hohauser, 1936), Waldorf Towers (860 Ocean Drive; by Albert Anis, 1937), the Breakwater (940 Ocean Drive; by Anton Skislewicz, 1939), the Cardozo (1300 Ocean Drive; by Henry Hohauser, 1939), which is busy night and day, and the Cavalier (1320 Ocean Drive; by Roy F. France, 1936).
Bayside Marketplace
Bayside Marketplace is a large outdoor style mall with more than 150 specialty and tourist shops, numerous cafes and restaurants, and daily live entertainment. Visitors will find some well known chain stores as well as many unique, one of a kind places. The marketplace draws locals as well as tourists.
As may be evident in the name, the mall is located along Miami's waterfront, looking out over docks and boats. Many people come here simply to soak up the atmosphere. Tour boats leave from here, visiting locations around Biscayne Bay. As well, there is a water taxi service to Miami Beach and downtown hotels located in the area.Address: 401 Biscayne Blvd, Official site: http://www.baysidemarketplace.com/
Bayfront Park
Bayfront Park, on the east side of Biscayne Boulevard, was redesigned in the 1980s. An attractive feature is the electronically controlled Pepper Fountain. Other highlights include an amphitheatre used for musical performances of all kinds, a tower for laser illuminations, and three important monuments: the Torch of Friendship, symbolising Miami's relationships with the countries of Central and South America; the World War II Memorial; and the Challenger Memorial, commemorating the crew of the Challenger spacecraft which exploded in 1986.
Address: 301 North Biscayne Blvd, Official site: http://www.bayfrontparkmiami.com/
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of Miami's greatest treasures. The architecture, the grounds, and the artwork it contains are all worth the trip to visit this beautiful place. This estate was the former winter home of early 20th century industrialist, James Deering. Built in 1916, the mansion features 34 rooms arranged around a central courtyard. This 28-acre estate and Italian Renaissance-style villa is filled with European furniture and decorative arts from the 15th to 19th century. It took more than 1,100 workers and craftsmen to complete the Vizcaya project, many of whom were brought over from Europe to ensure authenticity in design.
The gardens contain a number of Italian and French fountains, pools and sculptures. A breakwater at the base of the steps leading into Biscayne Bay is carved into the form of female figures. The name "Vizcaya" is a Basque word meaning "an elevated place."
The estate has hosted a number of world leaders and important historical events including the meeting between Pope John Paul II and the former president Reagan in 1987 as well as Queen Elizabeth II during her 1991 tour of America.
Address: 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129-2831, United States, Official site: http://www.vizcayamuseum.org/
Little Havana and Calle Ocho
Little Havana, the Cuban district of Miami, isn't known for its wealth of tourist attractions but more for its distinctive cultural flavor. There are restaurants, specialty food shops, and Latin music drifting through the air. Calle Ocho is the main thoroughfare running through the district and home to much of the activity, but the district spreads well beyond into the surrounding streets and avenues
For people watching, the area offers a great deal of entertainment. There are many open air areas where people gather to socialize. Murals on the sides of walls show important Cuban figures and scenes of daily life. And of course, this is the place in Miami to come for Cuban cuisine.
American Airlines Arena
The American Airlines Arena is the home of the NBA's Miami Heat. It is also the main venue for large concerts and other special events, including top name singers and performers. It can hold more than 19,000 people. The structure itself, opened in 1999 has been awarded the Leed Green Building Certification for being an energy efficient building. It stands out prominently on the waterfront in a modern and developing area of downtown.
Address: 601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132, United States, Official site: http://www.aaarena.com/
Zoo Miami
Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 wild animals in a cageless environment that gives the animals' similar settings to their natural habitats, and visitors get the feeling of embarking on an safari. Large, open-air exhibits allow visitors to enjoy endangered wildlife at a safe yet close range. This is the only zoo in the continental United States located in a subtropical climate. Although this is not a huge zoo, it often appeals to families, with lots of interaction available with the animals. There is a children's zoo with all kinds of attractions, including camel rides.
In addition to the animals the zoo also contains many tropical plants and trees, and a large collection of orchids.
Address: 1 Zoo Blvd, 12400 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177-1402, United States, Official site: http://www.miamimetrozoo.com/
Jungle Island
Jungle Island is a bird sanctuary, wildlife habitat, and botanical garden. There are over 1,100 birds presented in a tropical forest setting, some of which take part in daily shows. The gardens contain around 2,000 varieties of exotic plants including Heliconias, bananas, orchids and bromeliads. The site is also home to a variety of other animals including tigers, baboons, alligators, tortoises, monkeys, orangutans and flamingoes. Some of the other shows presented at the Parrot Jungle include a nocturnal creature presentation and the reptile encounter that highlights a rare white alligator.
Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132, United States, Official site: http://www.jungleisland.com/
Deering Estate at Cutler
The 440 acre Deering Estate at Cutler property encompasses globally endangered pine rockland habitat, as well as coastal tropical hardwood rockland hammocks, mangrove forests, salt marshes, and a coastal dune island. The Deering Estate is home to the c1900 Richmond Cottage, which served as a hotel. Other historical buildings date from 1896 to 1922 and an American Indian burial ground dating from 1500.
The estate is named for Charles Deering, who owned the home. He, along with his brother James, was an art collector and accumulated a great number of works by the Old Masters. Deering himself also painted. On site at the estate is the Artist Village which has become an important cultural center, featuring art and artists programs. Visitors can stroll through the beautiful grounds, tour the houses, or simply enjoy the view. Address: 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157, United States, Official site: http://www.deeringestate.com/
Miami Seaquarium
The Miami Seaquarium has long been a favorite family attraction on Florida holidays.The most notable features are the daily shows featuring dolphins, killer whales, seals and other ocean inhabitants. Observation tanks contain alligators, sharks and tropical fish. The Seaquarium is actively involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of Florida's endangered manatees, and there are normally at least a few of these gentle giants housed here. Some of the dolphins that take part in the shows are direct descendants of the original stars of the 60's television program "Flipper." The facility also offers a "swim with dolphins" program that promises to teach about the physiology, behavior and natural history of dolphins. 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Official site: http://miamiseaquarium.com/
Freedom Tower
One of the most striking buildings on Biscayne Boulevard, Freedom Tower displays a "wedding-cake" style. Built in 1925, it is one of the oldest skyscrapers in the southeastern United States, and served for many years as the headquarters of the Miami Daily News.
Its name comes from its role as the immigration-processing center for hundreds of thousands of Cuban refugees who arrived in the 1960's. Today it stands as a tribute to Cuban immigration
Address: 600 North Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132-1802, United States, Official site: http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/american_latino_heritage/Freedom_Tower.html
Miami Children's Museum
The Miami Children's Museum was founded in 1983 and moved to its latest location in 2003. It later built on an addition. Educational and entertaining exhibits are designed to appeal to children's curiosity and creativity. Interactive displays at the Miami Children's Museum include a variety of themed galleries that revolve around arts, culture, community, and communication. The museum is located in a 56,500 square-foot facility with galleries, a 200 seat auditorium, restaurant, and gift shop. Address: 980 Macarthur Causeway, Official site: http://www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/
Miami Science Museum
The Miami Science Museum presents a large number of hands-on and interactive exhibits covering a variety of scientific fields including physics, biology and chemistry. Exhibits change, offering new displays with new themes. The museum is also well known for its children's summer science camp.
Since the museum was first established in 1950 it has grown considerably, and been forced to expand its space throughout the years. Once again the museum has found itself in need of more space. As a result the museum is once again going through some major changes as it evolves and moves to a larger, more modern facility. Official site: http://www.miamisci.org/
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Founded in the 1950's by the Miami Railroad Historical Society, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum has more than 30 antique railway cars. It features the "Ferdinand Magellan", the presidential railcar used by Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Truman and Reagan. Visitors can see the California Zephyr cars, "Silver Crescent" and "Silver Stag". The museum also houses an extensive model railroad section. Wooden train sets are on display for children to play with and enjoy. Address: 12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177-1402, United States Official site: http://gcrm.org/
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park, just a short drive from Miami, protects to one of Florida's most unique natural features. These swamp lands, covering about 1.5 million acres, are home to alligators, crocodiles, snakes, and all kinds of birds. This whole area is essentially a shallow river flowing out to the ocean. Within the park is an informative Visitors Center as well as walking trails and boardwalks for wildlife viewing. One of the most enjoyable ways for tourists to experience the Everglades is on an airboat tour. These high speed boat trips take visitors out into the marshes and streams to see alligators and other wildlife. There are several operators in the area, but outside the park, that offer tours of the Everglades. One of the most popular walking trails in the park is the Anhinga Trail, which leaves from the Royal Pam Visitor Center. This trail is less than a mile long but leads through terrain where visitors are likely to see alligators and other animals. This trail is wheelchair accessible and non-strenuous.
For some 35 years, Everglades Safari Park has provided a “river of grass” showcase, with several ways to observe the Everglades, including an Airboat Ride, Alligator Show, and a Jungle Trail. Airboat ride guides are familiar with Everglades history, vegetation, and wildlife. The Alligator Show provides interactive opportunity, and a Jungle Trail leads to an Alligator Farm with more than 400 American alligators, a crocodile exhibit, and a replica of a Chickee Village. 26700 Tamiami Trail, Miami. (305) 226-6923
Everglades Alligator Farm
The Everglades Alligator Farm, in operation since the early 1980s, offers a sure fire way to see alligators up close. This farm has more than 2,000 alligators, along with snakes and other wildlife. The facility offers airboat tours, wildlife shows, and all kinds of viewing opportunities. The alligator show are the main attraction, along with a chance to have your photo taken with a baby alligator.
Key Biscayne and Crandon Park
South, beyond Miami Beach and over the Rickenbacker Causeway, is Key Biscayne, a small community with lovely beaches and beautiful parks. Of particular note is Crandon Park with an offshore reef that leaves the shoreline protected from big waves and perfect for swimming. The park has a Family Amusement Center, making it particularly popular with families, and a Nature Center. There is generally ample parking, good facilities, chair rentals available, and lifeguards on duty.
Parrot Jungle Island
Replacing the circa 1936 Parrot Jungle and Gardens, the $47 million Parrot Jungle Island is a natural for pre- or post-cruise adventure. The 18.6-acre park, between downtown Miami and South Beach off MacArthur Causeway, is home to some 3,000 exotic animals and 500 plant species, with stage shows, jungle trails, a petting farm and more. Jungle Theater puts guests "face-to-beak" with parrots and macaws. Everglades Habitat recreates the "river of grass." Reptiles , including a rare albino alligator, await in the Serpentarium. The Lakeside Café overlooks Flamingo Lake. 111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. (305) 258-6453
Eating Out
If you like to stay close to pier try short distance all American restaurants Bayside Marketplace -- like Boston's Fanueil Hall and Baltimore's Harborplace, this shopping mall/dining center, which lies on the waterfront is a 15-minute walk along Caribbean Way from the port, offers plenty of diversion for a short Miami pit-stop. The center features services such as ATM's, coat/package check, taxis, valet parking and wheelchair rental. Tour boats and fishing charters can be arranged here, too.  http://www.baysidemarketplace.com/dining-entertainment,
South Beach isn't cheap. yet there are places where you can have a decent meal for the money in your spare coin jar.
La Sandwicherie (Everything is under $10)
If you live in South Beach, then you undoubtedly know this quaint French sandwich shop. Nestled in what looks (to the unsuspecting first timer) like a spooky, abandoned street alley, La Sandwicherie is home to the best hand crafted sandwiches on the beach. It's called Miami Beach home since the '80s. Every day loads of local devotees and beach bums alike, pop a' squat on the numerous outside bar stools, watching live, as the chefs prepare their lunch.
Latin Burger at Bernie's LA Café ($9.95)
I first sunk my teeth into this juicy Spanish rendition of a hamburger, when I was at a fume filled disaster zone last weekend, also known as The Grind. It was named one of the top 30 burgers in Miami, and for very good reason. It's made up of an 8-ounce, 100 percent Black Angus sirloin patty, sliced chorizo, grilled onion & a bed of crispy string fries in a toasted bun. The atmosphere of the place inside is inviting and cozy, but the outside ain't. It's located on quite possibly the least sexiest street in South Beach, Alton Road. But then again, you're going there for the food. Right? If you're in the mood to stay at home, however, delivery is usually speedy. But no late-night drunk dials, because sadly, Bernie's L.A. Cafe closes nightly at 10 p.m.
Pad Thai at Thai House South Beach ($8.25)
A good pad Thai is difficult to come by, especially in South Beach, let alone a good quality one that's low in price. Thai House boasts a pretty rad recipe, and they are generous with the toppings, too. Choose from chicken, pork, beef or veggie. The rice noodles are stir fried along side egg, peanuts, scallions and chopped peanuts.
The Lunch Buffet at David's Café II ($8.95)
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday, this old school Cuban joint serves up some savory crowd favorites, available to eat as much as your heart desires. Bites such as pork, chicken, rice, black beans and sweet plantains are all available in abundance. Obviously it's only available in-house, although they do deliver their normal menu.
Cheesecake Tempura at Moshi Moshi ($8)
Although well made sushi is definitely on the menu, Moshi Moshi is more known amongst locals as a late night sake & desert indulgence hot-spot.   The ice cold, fruit-flavored sakes can be enjoyed at almost any hour, (they are open until 5am every day). This generous-sized slice of fluffy, cream cheese based cheesecake is lightly dropped inside of a steaming fryer of hot tempura. The outside remains hot, as the inside have preserved their chill. Then the dessert is laid on-top of a bed of vanilla ice cream surrounded by strawberries and whipped cream. What's that sound? A hoard of angels flying down behind me?
Chicken Burrito at Taco Rico ($5.75)
This hearty chicken burrito rivals the size and shape of Chipotle's famed monstrosity, sans the semi-painful price tag. The chicken burrito from Taco Rico is only $5.75, and comes filled to the brim with lettuce, rice, beans, pico de gallo, sour cream and cheese wrapped in a large, warmly toasted flour tortilla. You even get a little miniature bag of chips and salsa on the side. How adorable.
Large Margherita Pizza at Spris ($9)
Sit outside and enjoy watching the hoards of amusing foot traffic on Lincoln Road as you munch on your large, six-slice Margherita pizza. The large pie stems from the classic recipe, featuring freshly made tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and some basil leaf. Bring a friend though, because you don't want to go at it alone. (Or, do you?)
Strawberry Fields Sushi Roll at I Love Sushi ($9)
After trying this sushi roll about a month ago, we fell in so in love with it that we included it on the 100 Favorite DIshes. So needless to say, it's low price and carefully crafted flavor lands it here. The roll includes freshly caught tuna, avocado, mango and cream cheese in a soy casing with a glazed strawberry on top. Be sure to utilize the sweet eel sauce that's drizzled around the roll. Why? Because, we said so.
From top chefs to award-winning cuisine, you'll find some of the best restaurants in Miami.
At the newly opened Thompson Miami Beach, James Beard Award winner and Miami native Michelle Bernstein is doing the local thing, drawing inspiration from South Florida and the Caribbean. For a one-of-a-kind Basel experience, check out one of Bernstein's two pop-up eateries, which will run throughout the week (she is the official caterer of the show). Michy's Pop-Up, in the Banyan Room of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, will be open from Wednesday through Saturday for a four-course dinner only (reservations required). The Garden Cafe will be opening for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from December 1–7 with a menu of baked goods, soups, sandwiches, and Bernstein's signature comfort food.
Celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto brings his Iron Chef skills—and namesake restaurant—to the the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach hotel. With a sleek and sexy indoor/outdoor design that's evocative of its South Beach location, the eatery's main focal point (perhaps unsurprisingly) is the sushi bar, which runs the full length of the restaurant. The chef pays culinary tribute to his newest locale with a lineup of locally sourced specialties, like a fresh hearts of palm salad and local gulf snapper.
Siena Tavern
Top Chef's Florentine superstar Fabio Viviani has set up shop in South Beach's SoFi neighborhood with the second outpost of his Windy City-based restaurant and bar. Located in the 10,000-square-foot space that was previously the home of China Grill, Siena Tavern's homey vibe is thanks in part to its open kitchen concept, as well as its massive menu of Italian comfort foods, like a 12-hour braised osso bucco with farro risotto, an addictive mozzarella bar, and innovative lineups of fresh pastas and pizzas.
Chef Michael Mina has been busy building himself a bit of a mini culinary empire in Miami, what with Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina 74, and now STRIPSTEAK. Situated within the iconic Fontainebleau hotel, think of this as a steakhouse-plus—a two-story, indoor/outdoor venue that goes beyond traditional steakhouse fare (though there are a dozen of delectable options, from a dry-aged KC strip steak to a 50-ounce Australian tomahawk). Whatever you do, save room for the signature black truffle mac and cheese.
From husband-and-wife team Tunu and Yona Puri, and restaurateur Arjun Waney, comes this elegant, restaurant and bar concept in downtown Miami. Its proximity to the water informs its menu, which is loaded freshly-caught seafood prepared with Mediterranean flavors. Tamarina's Crudo Bar, with a range of plates including sea bass, yellowtail snapper, cured salmon, scallops, king crabs, and wahoo, is one of the restaurant's standout features. But it's the al fresco champagne bar—located on the restaurant's wraparound terrace—that will keep you lingering into the wee hours of the morning.
A hostel is the last place you might expect to find one of Miami Beach's hottest new restaurants. But the Freehand has been challenging preconceived notions of what a "hostel" is since opening its doors before the 2012 edition of Art Basel. First, it became the permanent home of The Broken Shaker, a James Beard-nominated craft cocktail bar. Now it's added 27, which shares the property's penchant for homegrown things, as many of the ingredients that appear on the menu—like the vegetarian cast-iron lasagna for four—are grown onsite.
Il Mulino New York South Beach
Until just a few months ago, diners looking for a taste of Abruzzese cuisine had to travel all the way up to Sunny Isles Beach to visit Il Mulino New York, the worldwide chain of fine dining eateries founded in New York City more than 30 years ago. This latest outpost sticks to the original's menu, with a classic lineup of Italian specialties, like saltimbocca and frutti di mare. Throughout Art Basel, they're also serving a special Basel Julep, a frosty concoction of vodka, lime juice, fresh berry puree, and muddled basil (get it?) all topped with ginger beer.
Though it opened this summer, Mexico City import Porfirio's out-of-the-way location (in a good way) means that folks are still just discovering it—and then promptly planning a return visit. The upscale spot is a welcome addition to South Beach's SoFi neighborhood. If Porfirio's airy and open space doesn't grab you, its vast offerings of reimagined Mexican specialties, like rib eye and pork rind or smoked marlin tacos—not to mention its menu of more than 100 tequilas and mezcals—will.
Modern Garden
The waterfront hotspot Seasalt and Pepper is celebrating its one-year anniversary in a major way: By unveiling Modern Garden, an intimate restaurant adjacent to its big sister that will seat about 60. Diners will choose whether they want their food cold or piping hot; raw fish dishes will be dressed with fresh olive oil, citrus, and herbs while premium cuts of meat and seafood will be served with an 850-degree volcanic stone slab so that you can prepare the dish right at your table. That it's big unveiling will happen during Art Basel is appropriate, as the space is adorned with two site-specific sculptures by architect Santiago Jose Palaez.
The Rum Line
After all that eating—and art gazing—you'll surely be ready for a drink. And The Rum Line's got plenty of those. Located on the terrace of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel's St. Moritz Tower, The Rum Line's as close to a Caribbean tiki bar as you'll find on South Beach, with a menu full of inventive libations and throwback cocktails (daiquiris, scorpion bowls), courtesy of award-winning bar director Rob Ferrara. But the atmosphere here is totally laid back and blessedly free of kitsch, making it a popular hangout with visitors and locals alike.
Miami is one of the world's premier shopping cities; more than 12 million visitors come every year and typically spend, well, billions. People come to Miami from all over -- from Latin America to Hong Kong -- in search of some products that are all-American (in other words, Levi's, Nike, and such).
So if you're not into sunbathing and outdoor activities, or you just can't take the heat, you'll be in good company in one of Miami's many malls -- and you are not likely to emerge empty-handed. In addition to the strip malls, Miami offers a choice of megamalls, from the upscale Village of Merrick Park and the mammoth Aventura Mall to the ritzy Bal Harbour Shops and touristy, yet scenic, Bayside Marketplace (just to name a few).
Miami also offers more unique shopping spots, such as the up-and-coming area near downtown known as the Biscayne Corridor, where funky boutiques dare to defy the Gap, and Little Havana, where you can buy hand-rolled cigars and guayabera shirts (loose-fitting cotton or gauzy shirts).
You may want to order the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau's "Shop Miami: A Guide to a Tropical Shopping Adventure." Although it is limited to details on the bureau's paying members, it provides some good advice and otherwise unpublished discount offers. The glossy little pamphlet is printed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and provides information about transportation from hotels, translation services, and shipping. Call tel. 888/76-MIAMI (766-4264) or 305/447-7777 for more information.
The Shopping Scene
Below you'll find descriptions of some of the more popular retail areas, where many stores are conveniently clustered together to make browsing easier.
As a general rule, shop hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Many stores stay open late (until 9pm or so) 1 night of the week, usually Thursday. Shops in Coconut Grove are open until 9pm Sunday through Thursday, and even later on Friday and Saturday. South Beach's stores also stay open later -- as late as midnight. Department stores and shopping malls keep longer hours as well, with most staying open from 10am to 9 or 10pm Monday through Saturday, noon to 6pm on Sunday. With all these variations, you may want to call specific stores to find out their hours.
The 7% state and local sales tax is added to the price of all nonfood purchases. In Surfside, hotel taxes total 11%; in Bal Harbour, 11%; in Miami Beach (including South Beach), 13%; and in the rest of Dade County, a whopping 13%. Food and beverage tax in Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, and Surfside is 9%; in Miami-Dade restaurants not located inside hotels it's 8%; and in restaurants located in hotels, 9%.
Most Miami stores can wrap your purchase and ship it anywhere in the world via United Parcel Service (UPS). If they can't, you can send it yourself, either through FedEx (tel. 800/463-3339), UPS (tel. 800/742-5877), or through the U.S. Mail.
Shopping Areas
Most of Miami's shopping happens at the many megamalls scattered from one end of the county to the other; however, there is also some excellent boutique shopping and browsing to be done in the following areas:
Aventura -- On Biscayne Boulevard between Miami Gardens Drive and the county line at Hallandale Beach Boulevard is a 2-mile stretch of major retail stores including Target, Best Buy, Borders, DSW, Bed Bath & Beyond, Loehmann's, Marshall's, Ross Dress For Less, Filene's Basement, Old Navy, Sports Authority, and more. Also here is the mammoth Aventura Mall, housing a fabulous collection of shops and restaurants. Nearby in Hallandale Beach you'll find The Village at Gulfstream Park, a new outdoor dining, shopping, and entertainment complex at the ever-expanding racetrack.
Biscayne Corridor -- Amid the ramshackle old motels of yesteryear exist several funky, kitschy, and arty boutiques along the stretch of Biscayne Boulevard from 50th Street to about 79th Street known as the Biscayne Corridor. Everything from hand-painted tank tops to expensive Juicy Couture sweat suits can be found here, but it's not just about fashion: Several furniture stores selling antiques and modern pieces exist along here as well, so look carefully, as you may find something here that would cause the appraisers on Antiques Road Show to lose their wigs. For more mainstream creature comforts -- Target, PetSmart, Loehmann's, Marshall's, and West Elm -- a new complex called The Shops at Midtown Miami has opened on a gritty, yet, developing street at North Miami Avenue and NE 36th Street.
Calle Ocho -- For a taste of Little Havana, take a walk down 8th Street between SW 27th Avenue and SW 12th Avenue, where you'll find some lively streetlife and many shops selling cigars, baked goods, shoes, furniture, and record stores specializing in Latin music. For help, take your Spanish dictionary.
Coconut Grove -- Downtown Coconut Grove, centered on Main Highway and Grand Avenue, and branching onto the adjoining streets, is one of Miami's most pedestrian-friendly zones. The Grove's wide sidewalks, lined with cafes and boutiques, can provide hours of browsing pleasure. Coconut Grove is best known for its chain stores (Gap, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, and so on) and some funky holdovers from the days when the Grove was a bit more bohemian, plus some good sidewalk cafes and lively bars.
Design District -- Although it's still primarily an interior design, art, and furniture hub, Design District is slowly adding retail to its roster with a few funky and fabulous boutiques catering to those who don't necessarily have to ask "how much?"
Downtown Miami -- If you're looking for discounts on all types of goods -- especially watches, fabric, buttons, lace, shoes, luggage, and leather -- Flagler Street, just west of Biscayne Boulevard, is the best place to start. I wouldn't necessarily recommend buying expensive items here, as many stores seem to be on the shady side and do not understand the word warranty. However, you can still have fun here as long as you are a savvy shopper and don't mind haggling. Most signs are printed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese; however, many shopkeepers may not be entirely fluent in English. Mary Brickell Village, a 192,000-square-foot urban entertainment center west of Brickell Avenue and straddling South Miami Avenue between 9th and 10th streets downtown, hasn't been so quick to emerge as a major shopping destination as much as it is a dining and nightlife one with a slew of trendy restaurants, bars, a few boutiques, and the requisite Starbucks -- a sure sign that a neighborhood has been revitalized.
Miracle Miles (Coral Gables) -- Actually only a half-mile long, this central shopping street was an integral part of George Merrick's original city plan. Today the strip still enjoys popularity, especially for its bridal stores, ladies' shops, haberdashers, and gift shops. Recently, newer chain stores, such as Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, and Starbucks, have been appearing on the Mile. The hyperupscale Village of Merrick Park, a mammoth, 850,000-square-foot outdoor shopping complex between Ponce de León Boulevard and Le Jeune Road, just off the Mile, houses Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Armani, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Yves St. Laurent, to name a few. 
South Beach -- South Beach has come into its own as far as trendy shopping is concerned. While the requisite stores such as the Gap and Banana Republic have anchored here, several higher-end stores have also opened on the southern blocks of Collins Avenue, which has become the Madison Avenue of Miami. For the hippest clothing boutiques (including Armani Exchange, Ralph Lauren, Intermix, Benetton, Levi's, Barneys Co-Op, Diesel, Guess, Club Monaco, Kenneth Cole, and Nicole Miller, among others), stroll along this pretty strip of the Art Deco District.
For those who are interested in a little more fun with their shopping, consider South Beach's legendary Lincoln Road. This pedestrian mall, originally designed in 1957 by Morris Lapidus, has expanded with a multimillion-dollar renovation, transforming a formerly shabby bank building into yet another block of swank shopportunities and dining (coming soon: a branch of NYC's hailed burger joint, Shake Shack, a Nespresso store, Taschen book store, and more) adding to the menagerie of sidewalk cafes flanked on one end by a multiplex movie theater and, at the other, by the Atlantic Ocean.

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