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Boat tour to ‘Millionaires row’ (1½ hr)

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There’s a lot of water in Miami and of course you should make a boat ride. A really fun one is a tour with Island Queen Cruises. There’s a boat ride that will bring you along the houses of the ‘rich and the famous’, the so called: ‘Millionaires Row’.
The boat trip will take about 90 minutes and besides the Millionaires Row you will see Miami's spectacular coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island and Miami Beach. The cruise is narrated bilingual and if you’re lucky, you’ll have a very funny boatman.
Island Queen Cruises is located nearby downtown Miami, inside Bayside Marketplace through the main entrance straight towards the water. The ticket booth is located near the music stage in the center of the mall and next to a sixteen-foot hanging shark. It’s advisable to be there 30 minutes prior to departure to receive your boarding passes. A ticket costs $26. The cruise departs every hour from 11 am to 7 pm.
Island Queen Cruises has many other tours as well. Check their website for more information.

South Beach Art Deco district (1 hr - 1 day)

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Downtown Miami is not one of the best places to be. But South Beach and Ocean Drive are the most wonderful place to go. There are beautiful Art Deco buildings, lovely beaches and great places to go for a drink or dinner.
During the day, models, vintage cars, Harleys, and rollerbladers of all ages parade past tourists who are relaxing and people watching from one of Ocean Drive's many outdoor cafes. By night, the clubs sizzle. South Beach is famously filled with energy, nightlife options, celebrity sightings and beautiful people.
For sure one of the places you have to visit is the famous News Café, a café-restaurant, bar and newsstand, which is open 24 hours a day. Another great place is Nikki Beach, located at One Ocean Drive along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean amid swaying palms trees and warm sunny breezes. Nikki Beach has established itself as the landmark for ultimate parties, celebrations, and entertainment and always lives up to it’s reputation as a party playground for jet setters, celebrities, VIPs, guests and visitors alike.
You can easily spend a few days in South Beach so it’s good to find yourself some accommodation in the neighbourhood as well.

Delano Hotel (1 hr - 2 days)

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Located in the heart of South Beach and directly on the ocean, Delano is the ultimate world-class urban resort hotel. It is one of the most beautiful hotels in the USA and absolutely worth a visit.
Philippe Starck has assembled a stunning international collection of furniture and objects, including works from such renowned artists as Antonio Gaudi, Man Ray, Charles and Ray Eames, Salvador Dali and Mark Newson.
If you walk into the lobby, there is always staff available that is willing to show you the hotel. Have a look at a wonderful suite where celebrities like Madonna stayed overnight. And don’t forget to walk through the garden and the pool area. Delano’s stunning pool is a complete reinvention of the standard form, and more akin to a “Water Salon,” with its soothing underwater music and separate areas devoted to floating and meditating.
If you like to have a preview, have a look at the website, which is a great thing to see already. But a real visit is a must. And if you can afford it, stay overnight as it is a great experience.

Art Deco district walking tour (1½ hr)

If you like to know more about the history of the Art Deco district and want to see wonderful spots, make a walking tour. There’s a ninety-minute guided walking tour of the Art Deco Historic District.
This ninety-minute walking tour provides an introduction to the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. Explore hotels, restaurants, and other commercial structures with a visit to a number of interiors.
Tours depart from the Art Deco Gift Shop on the following schedule: Every day at 10.30 am, except Thursdays at 6.30 pm.
You do not need to make advance reservations. Simply arrive at the Art Deco Gift Shop (located at 1001 Ocean Drive - 10th Street & Ocean Drive) within 10-15 minutes of the scheduled departure time in order to purchase your ticket.

Powerboat tour (45 mins)

If you are a thrill seeker and like to make a boat ride like the guys from the hit series ‘Miami Vice’, go for a powerboat tour at Thriller Miami. The boat is driving very fast but it’s not dangerous. The plush seating and passenger friendly operation provides for a great experience for passengers of all ages. You can also bring your camera if you like. There are plenty of opportunities for great photos. Make sure you have a cover so it is protected from any salt spray.
The Thriller Miami Powerboat Tour departs from Bayside Marketplace South Pavillion. The tour provides a 45 minute ultimate sightseeing experience on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Fisher Island and the Miami Gold Coast. Your sightseeing cruise will cover three times the area as compared to other tour vessels.
There are daily tours at 11 am 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8 pm. A ticket is $32.00 per person. You can buy your ticket at the Bayside ticket booth.

Everglades airboat tour (½ day)

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When you are in Miami, you have to visit the Everglades as well. And what do you do in the Glades? Make an airboat tour and watch alligators of course. A good place to that is at Miccosukee Indian Village, which is just 30 minutes west of the Florida Turnpike. Just rent a car and drive there yourself. Just take Highway 41 from Miami in the direction of Miccosukee. Then just follow the signs to Miccosukee Indian Village.
There’s also a museum, which provides valuable insight into the rich culture, lifestyle and history of the tribe. Observe Miccosukee Indians as they engage in the art of woodwork, beadwork, patchwork, basket weaving and doll making. View historical artifacts, paintings by a Tribal artist and historical photographs of Tribal members.
But, the most exciting thing to do there is an airboat tour, which pass through the untamed “River of Grass” and stop at an authentic, hammock-style Indian Camp that has been owned by the same Miccosukee family for over 100 years. Discover the beauty of native plants and view alligators, birds and other species of wildlife in their natural habitat.
It is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm and airboat rides run continuously. The boats are very noisy. They provide some simple ear protection, but it’s better to bring something yourself. For example ear plugs as they provide in planes.

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