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Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

1. Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

Relax on a sightseeing cruise through Biscayne Bay in Miami. Sail by Hibiscus Island, take in the bustling activity at the Bayside Marketplace, and relax on the shaded top deck. Board the boat from the heart of Downtown Miami or select the option with hotel pickup to enjoy a comfortable ride to the ship. Relax in luxury on a bi-level boat with open windows and a shaded deck. From downtown, you will set sail towards Star Island, where many celebrities live in their stunning mansions. Catch a glimpse of Al Capone’s house as you cruise along Biscayne Bay. Next, head to Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Sunset Island, and Fischer Island. See the famous Venetian Islands and discover more celebrity mansions along the way. Keep an eye out for the homes of Gloria Estefan, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Matt Damon, and more. Your experienced tour guide will point out all the famous homes and landmarks.  Next, cruise down to South Beach and Bayside Marketplace to truly see all that Miami has to offer. At the end of the cruise, you will dock back in Downtown Miami. Choose to add more adventure to your day with the double-decker bus combo option, where you can hop on and hop off as you like as you encounter Miami from the land.

Miami: Big Bus Half-Day City Tour & Biscayne Bay Cruise

2. Miami: Big Bus Half-Day City Tour & Biscayne Bay Cruise

Soak up the sights and sounds of Miami on a panoramic open-top sightseeing bus for 2 hours. See its lively neighborhoods and districts before exploring the beautiful bay on a boat tour with commentary on board. First, visit Lincoln Road on South Beach, the famous pedestrian street lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Board the open-top bus, venture down Ocean Drive, and see the famous Espanola Way. Cruise throughout Miami Beach before crossing over Biscayne Bay and into Miami. Then, travel downtown Miami and the Brickell district, famous for its high-rise condos, and world-class restaurants, clubs, and shopping. Discover the contrasting artistic Wynwood neighborhood, which draws artists from around the globe to paint its famous walls and the Cuban heritage of lively Little Havana. Next, relax and enjoy a 90-minute boat tour with bilingual commentary (English and Spanish). Sit on the open-air deck or chill out in the air-conditioned interior. Take in the beauty of the Bay, and the sights of the lavish homes of the rich and famous.

Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

3. Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

Take a break from the bustle of Downtown Miami and watch the sunset from the water. Cruise across Biscayne Bay and admire incredible views of the city skyline. Select the option with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket to also explore Miami by bus. Relax on a luxury yacht with open windows and shaded deck, as you listen to commentary from your guide. Sail past famous islands, catch a glimpse of Al Capone’s mansion, and cruise down to South Beach. Enjoy refreshments along the way, available for purchase from the onboard bar. Head back to shore at the end of a beautiful evening.

Miami: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

4. Miami: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

Travel aboard a stable pontoon departing from Miami Beach to discover the trendy area from a new perspective. Look out for luxurious homes and diverse marine life as you reach Biscayne Bay. Ride a high-speed jet ski across the quiet Biscayne Bay lagoon and take in amazing city views. Board a pontoon at Miami Beach for a scenic 20-minute ride to your starting point. See the impressive homes of the rich and famous along the way. Once on the lagoon, climb aboard your modern jet ski for a thrilling adventure on the water. Receive a brief riding tutorial before taking off across the tranquil Biscayne Bay. See the striking Miami skyline stretching out in the distance, admire the surrounding skyscrapers, and stay on the lookout for species such as manatees and dolphins.

Miami: South Beach Private Airplane Flight

5. Miami: South Beach Private Airplane Flight

Rent a private airplane and discover the finest views of Miami's famous beaches and skyline from the air. Enjoy the aerial views and take fantastic photos as you fly over the South Beach area of the city. After takeoff from Miami Executive Airport., admire the beautiful sight of South Beach below you, one of the most iconic locations in the United States. Get your camera ready to take a photo of the stunning skyline of Miami. See a variety of landmarks from a birds-eye perspective including the Miami Seaport, the Miami Seaquarium, and Start Island. Receive some drinks as you enjoy the views below, before returning to the ground.

Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

6. Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

Discover Miami Beach on an amphibious vehicle. Tour South Beach and admire highlights, including the Art Deco district and Millionaires Row with a live guide before splashing into Biscayne Bay for views of the skyline. Explore the heart of South Beach and see Miami’s most iconic landmarks. Learn about the city with entertaining commentary from your guide. Pass through the Art Deco district of South Beach and admire the brightly colored buildings and unique architecture. Then, make a dramatic splashdown into Biscayne Bay for a unique look at the shoreline of this sparkling city. Take in the views of Fisher Island, and Millionaire's Row, and marvel at the homes of the rich and famous who call Miami home.

Miami: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

7. Miami: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Hop on and off during this Miami sightseeing bus tour and enjoy panoramic views of the Art Deco District and South Beach. Discover iconic locations like Wynwood and Lincoln Road and visit the best of Miami’s landmarks for as little or as long as you like.  The City Loop (Red) will take you through diverse and unique areas of Upper Miami. Travel through Midtown with its newly developed shopping, dining and living areas before making your way through the streets of Wynwood, famous for its street graffiti art and building murals. Then check out Little Havana to experience a taste of Cuba. Buses pick up and drop off at 30-minute intervals. Hear the history and life of the city through expert digital commentary in 6 languages. Upgrade your experience with a 90-minute Biscayne Bay Cruise past Millionaire's Row and the city skyline. Cruise past Fisher Island, Miami Beach, and the Port of Miami cruise ships and cargo districts. Spot the homes of Miami's rich and famous from the open-air upper deck or enclosed lower deck of your boat. Soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks are available for purchase onboard.  Choose the Deluxe option to also discover the Everglades National Park with its rich wildlife of exotic birds, snakes, fish, and turtles. Enjoy a 4-hour tour with a wildlife show with an opportunity to hold a baby alligator. Then take an airboat ride along the River of Grass. For Deluxe Option Everglades Pick-Up: Select 8.30am & 2:00pm for pick up from Stop #2 in Miami Beach (Soundscape Park, 1680 Washington Ave) Select 9.00am & 2:30pm for pick up from Stop #1 in Downtown Miami (Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd)

Miami: Biscayne Bay Happy Hour Cruise

8. Miami: Biscayne Bay Happy Hour Cruise

Set off on a cruise from Biscayne Bay in the heart of Downtown Miami. Sail past Millionaire's Row on Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Sunset Island, Fisher Island, and the famous Venetian Islands while sipping on happy hour drinks from the onboard cash bar. After boarding, sail across Biscayne Bay to see Miami from the water. Head to the cash bar to buy yourself a drink to enjoy during your cruise. Take in spectacular views of the third-largest ever-changing skyline in the USA from the two-tiered yacht. See Millionaire's Row and Palm Island. Listen to your English- and Spanish-speaking tour guide as they point to famous homes and landmarks that cannot be seen from land. Relax with a drink on the airconditioned deck with large open windows or on the shaded open top deck. Take in Sunset Island, Fisher Island, and the Venetian Islands. Upgrade to include a meal at Hard Rock Café located at Biscayne Bay. You can enjoy your meal at Hard Rock before or right after the cruise. The last sitting is at 8:00 PM Sunday to Thursday and at 9:00 PM Friday and Saturday. Hard Rock Meal Menu: Entree: Any Hard Rock burger, entree salad, or sandwich from the menu (except the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger or the Double Decker Double Cheeseburger) Dessert: Chef's choice Beverage: Unlimited coffee, tea, or soft drinks

Miami: South Beach & Downtown Private Plane Tour

9. Miami: South Beach & Downtown Private Plane Tour

As you depart from the Miami Executive Airport, you will fly over Pinecrest and across Biscayne Bay towards Key Biscayne. Throughout this stretch of your flight you will be able to view Virginia Key, Fisher Islands, and South Pointe Park. You will then enjoy the stunning views of South Beach and its golden beaches, before soaring over the Intracoastal Waterway and seeing the mansions at the Star, Hibiscus, and Palm Islands. Finally, you will fly over Biscayne Bay and view Downtown Miami, which is replete with amazing skyscrapers. As you return back to the airport, you will view the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, as well as Coconut Grove.

Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

10. Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

Hop aboard a power catamaran and embark on a 45-minute off-shore adventure that provides an ultimate sightseeing experience in true "Miami Vice" style. Capture views of Miami and its spectacular skyline in comfort and safety, from the plush seating of a luxurious boat. Cruise along the Miami Coastline, passing by celebrities’ multi-million dollar mansions on Star Island, Fisher Island, and Miami Beach. Take some time to appreciate the Art Deco district of South Beach from the speedboat's unique perspective in the Atlantic Ocean. Cruise around on Miami's only boat that ventures into the ocean. Open 365 days a year, the speedboat departs daily from Bayside Marketplace from 11:00 AM until sunset: every hour on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.

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What people are saying about South Beach

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4.3 / 5

based on 6,767 reviews

Such a well-run operation. Everything was perfect from the open bus tour to the boat excursion. Would highly recommend booking through GYG too as it was considerably cheaper than buying tickets direct.

Beautiful day on the water learning the history of surrounding buildings, islands, the port, celebrity mansions, etc… with a tour guide who was energetic and funny and knowledgeable.

2 hours of the surfing lesson and I was able to kinda stand on the board (never did it before). A lot of fun! Instructor was very helpful and friendly!!!

Wonderful experience and staff really up to par! I absolutely recommend it to everyone if you are in Miami

very friendly, plenty of infos / fun facts, exceptional experience!