Miami, Florida cruises
Miami port guide
Miami's vibrancy is world famous. From the moment you sail into the city across the azure waters of Biscayne Bay you’re transported to a glamourous paradise where neon art deco, salsa beats, and café Cubano are ready to be discovered.
Explore to your heart's content, from the swaying palm trees and iconic technicolour beach huts of South Beach, to the unmatched street art and eclectic boutiques of Wynwood. Should the need for refreshment strike on your adventures maybe pay a visit to one of the many unique cafes and restaurants that dot this uniquely cosmopolitan city. However you wish to experience the sun, sand, and extraordinary architecture of this shimmering jewel on the Florida coast, Cunard can take you there.
Top landmarks and sights in Miami
With its gleaming skyline, warm climate and vibrant nightlife, Miami draws travellers from all over the world.
For those who prefer natural wilderness to high-rise cityscapes a visit to the Florida Everglades, located roughly half an hour outside of Miami, is a must. The Everglades is home to a variety of exotic flora and fauna, including pythons, ospreys and of course the mighty American alligator, one of the swamp’s most recognisable residents. With walking trails to follow and airboat tours available as Cunard Shore Experiences, there’s a way for everyone to experience this fascinating and unusual ecosystem.
For the architecturally inclined, Miami’s South Beach is a paradise of perfectly preserved tropical art deco hotels, restaurants and buzzing bars. Pastel-toned building with colourful neon -lit facades line the streets, while the Miami Beach Botanical Garden provides a tranquil verdant oasis mere minutes from the heart of the action. Maybe even take a trip to the Villa Casa Casuarina, the famed mansion that formerly belonged to Gianni Versace. With iconoclastic décor and a restaurant that’s perfect for people watching, a visit here is an ideal way to soak up Miami's history.
Things to do in Miami
When it comes to things to do and see in Miami, there really is no shortage of options. Whether you want to admire the art-deco architecture, explore the bohemian street art of Wynwood, or just relax in a beachside bar and watch the world go by, it’s all possible.
With its quirky art galleries, independent shops, and of course, Wynwood Walls, an enormous selection of stunning street art, there’s no better area to immerse yourself in Miami culture than in quirky Wynwood. This bustling neighbourhood is filled with vast colourful murals, graffiti signatures, and jaw-dropping sculptures, and is widely considered to be Miami's artistic heart. There’s even a chance to take a little bit of this special place home with you at The Wynwood Walls Shop, which sells items exclusively inspired and created by the artists of Wynwood Walls. Once you’ve worked up an appetite discovering the art of Wynwood Walls, be sure to also check out the food trucks and markets of Wynwood Marketplace for delicious street food.
This lively marketplace has been a highlight of the waterfront in downtown Miami for over 30 years, making it one of the most well-known shopping spots in the city. The marketplace also holds live music and events, and its many restaurants and cafes make it an ideal spot to grab a drink while enjoying cool sea breezes. Bayside Marketplace is especially lively in the evenings and on weekends, when street performers entertain the crowds strolling along the waterfront.
Eating and drinking in Miami
Miami’s culinary scene is deservedly famous for Cuban classics like hearty rice and beans, ropa vieja, and of course the iconic Cuban Sandwich, but there’s plenty more than just Cuban cuisine to discover here. Due to its enviable location by the ocean, Miami is also an excellent destination for seafood. Stone crab claws, oysters, butter-drenched lobster, and traditional fish tacos are just a few of the native delicacies you can sample, much of it caught fresh in the local waters.
Of course, no trip to Miami is complete without enjoying a Cubano, or Cuban Sandwich. This delicious combination of melting cheese, rich salty pork and sharp tangy mustard has been passionately embraced by Miamians and is a true Miami institution.
If you’re in need of refreshment after devouring your Cubano, look no further than a zesty mojito. Whether you try it in one of South Beach's lively bars or a quaint cafe in one of Miami's surrounding neighbourhoods, there's no better place to sip this world-famous rum drink than in the city in which it gained popularity.
Shopping in Miami
Whatever perfect souvenir you’re looking to bring home from Miami, you’ll have no problems finding it in a city blessed with plenty of opportunities for retail therapy. For something a little different, head to Wynwood or Little Havana, where you’ll find a mix of art galleries, boutiques, and craft shops. For unique gift that evokes the quintessential Miami spirit, take home an art deco inspired print from one of South Beach's design stores. These iconic stylised pieces are the perfect memento to remember your time in Miami.
Getting around: Miami transportation
Miami is a sprawling city, so public transportation or ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are recommended for getting around efficiently. The Metromover mass transit system is free to ride and serves Downtown Miami, Brickell, Park West and the Arts & Entertainment District , as well connecting you to the Miami Metrorail and Metrobus lines should you wish to explore further afield. For island hopping, the water taxi is a scenic way to sail across the Biscayne Bay and travel between Miami Beach and Downtown Miami.
Miami port facilities
The Port of Miami is centrally located just minutes from downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Larger cruise ships dock at the main shipping channels that are about 3 miles from South Beach. Shuttles, taxis and pick-ups for ride-sharing apps such as Uber are available right at the port for easy transfers into town. You can also take the free Metromover, an elevated tram system that runs directly from the port to downtown, or ride the Coral Way Trolley route across the PortMiami Bridge.
Top tips for Miami
The United States dollar is the currency used in Miami. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted throughout the city but it’s advisable to carry some cash, just in case. You’ll find ATMs all over Miami, but double check that your bank card can be used in the US if you wish to use them. Alternately, you can also exchange currency at the purser’s desk on board your Cunard Queen.
Tipping is customary in Miami and across the US in general. If you've received good service, a tip of 15-20% is standard at restaurants and for taxi drivers. If you’re disembarking in Miami and heading on to a stay at a hotel, then tipping rates in hotels are generally $1-2 per bag handled for bellhops and $2-5 per night for housekeeping. Valet parking tips usually range from $2-5.
Miami generally has a tropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild, drier winters. High temperatures average around 90°F in summer and 75°F in winter. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in summer. Miami gets over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, but you may also experience sudden tropical downpours during the storm season which runs from June-November. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing along with plenty of sun protection.