A Biscayne Bay Cruise is an excellent way to enjoy some of the most spectacular views Miami has to offer.
Since the city is blessed with fabulous weather year-round, enjoying the sights from the water on a tropical sunny day is always a pleasant way specially for first-timers to discover our beautiful coastline and experience the pulse of the city, as this is one busy thouroughfare.
Huge cruise ships, speed boats, cargo containers, ferries, sail boats, jet skis, luxury yachts, all traverse the waters of the bay...
A typical sightseeing cruise takes about an hour and a half with many different kinds of vessels leaving several times during the day. One of the most popular places that offers many options for boat tours is the Bayside Marketplace Marina where sightseeing boats leave throughout the day returning to the same spot.
These are some of the landmarks and sights you pass along the way:
Miami's Freedom Tower and the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat:
Ritzy Fisher Island, which according to the 2010 Census enjoys the country's highest per capita income. This exclusive island is only accessible via private ferry:
The Port of Miami is not only the cruise capital of the world, handling the most number of cruise passengers worldwide, but also a main cargo gateway, the busiest in Florida and one of the top 10 in the country. Chances are you will see one of the huge cruiseliners that call Miami home, and rows upon rows of containers lining the docks.
And of course there is also the "Row", home of the rich and famous where your guide will point out the plush dwellings of our local celebrities: Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Julio Iglesias, Brad and Angelina's, etc.
Some boats also venture out in the Ocean and all the way down to South Beach:
There are many options, from the large and steady sightseeing boats, to the smaller and faster power boats, pirate ships, party boats, and amphibious "Duck Tours".
Do you need reservations? It is quite easy to just come to Bayside without any bookings as this is "Biscayne Bay Cruise Grand Central" and cruises depart throughout the day. There is quite a big selection to choose from and there will be signs posted for the "Next Cruise Departing at..."
There are some instances where it might be a good idea to book ahead:
When booking ahead, you should double-check the departure times and boarding times, in most cases you need to be there 30 minutes ahead of time to collect a "boarding pass".
Here are some of the most popular options for Miami Boat Tours, unless indicated, they all leave from Bayside Marketplace:
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