Millions of passengers pass through the seven cruise terminals at the Port of Miami each year, and the megaships docked in the bay between downtown Miami and the Miami Beach peninsula are a sight to behold. You could just hop a shuttle from the airport to the terminals and sail away, but there is plenty to do in Miami, from beaches to nightlife — all sprinkled with a little Latin flavor.
What We Love
The Art Scene: The art world flocks here every December for Art Basel, but the ever-growing contemporary art scene can be appreciated year-round. Can’t-miss stops include the rotating urban displays on the famed Wynwood Walls, Design District galleries, and Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Little Havana: Get a taste of Cuba without leaving the U.S. The colorful streets of this neighborhood are home to restaurants serving up Cuban comfort food, shops hand-rolling Cuban-style cigars, and Los Pinareños, the oldest open-air market in Miami.
Best Known For
Sugar-White Beaches: Miami’s beaches are arguably the city’s most famous attraction. From family-friendly stretches to party spots and clothing-optional locales, there is a beach for every taste along the 35 miles of white sand and warm, blue water.
Nightlife: Lively South Beach is a hot spot at all hours. Some of the biggest parties start poolside early in the day, and the see-and-be-seen set pack the extravagant clubs, loungy hotel bars, and top-notch restaurants until the wee hours.
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Who It's Best For
Outdoor Enthusiasts: The Sunshine State’s year-round warm weather gives visitors plenty of days to enjoy the great outdoors. Swim, sail, or paddleboard in the Atlantic, or spend some time exploring Biscayne National Park or Everglades National Park.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
It’s Hot and Sticky: Temperatures top 90°F with high humidity on many summer days. Don’t forget to pack SPF sunscreen.
Beware of Extra Fees: If you're adding a night on land, beachfront hotels charge a resort fee on top of the nightly rate. Some restaurants and bars on South Beach automatically charge an 18% service fee.
Kristen Boatright is the New York City-based senior video editor of ShermansCruise.com.