Miami Boat Tours: A Biscayne Bay Cruise

Sightseeing Boats, Party Boats, Pirate Ships, Power Boats...

Miami Boat Tours: a Biscayne Bay Cruise

Miami's majestic skyline, the homes of the rich and famous and beyond... 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.

A Biscayne Bay Cruise: The Sights

These are some of the landmarks and sights you pass along the way:

Our fantastic skyline is front and center...

From Biscayne Bay Cruise: Miami Skyline

As we leave from Bayside Marketplace, a great view of the marina, the Hard Rock Cafe, and downtown Miami in the background...

From Biscayne Bay Cruise: Bayside Marketplace Marina and Hard Rock Cafe

The American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat...

From Biscayne Bay Cruise:  AmericanAirlines Arena

Miami's Freedom Tower...designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark for its role in hosting services for processing Cubans fleeing to Florida, now a contemporary art museum...

From Biscayne Bay Cruise: Freedom Tower

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:

Biscayne Bay Cruise: Fisher Island

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.

From Biscayne Bay Cruise: Port of Miami

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. etc.

From Biscayne Bay Cruise: Millionaires Row

Some boats also venture out in the Ocean and all the way down to South Beach:

Biscayne Bay Cruise views of South Beach

And many marinas, bridges and all sorts of water traffic...

Biscayne Bay Cruise views of Miami bridges and Marinas

Booking a Biscayne Bay Cruise

There are many options, from the large and steady sightseeing boats, to the smaller and faster power boats, pirate ships, party boats, smaller private boats, amphibious "Duck Tours", etc.

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:

  • Some of the smaller boats fill-up quick, if you have a large group, you should book ahead, i.e. the speedboats take normally smaller groups.
  • During holidays or major sports or cultural events demand is higher, booking ahead is probably best.
  • To take advantage of any offers whereby you score substantial savings. Check currents offers now.
  • If you are planning to combine a city tour or an Everglades boat tour, then booking a combined package will be cheaper than booking all tours separately.

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".

Miami Boat Tours Options

Here are some of the most popular options for a Biscayne Bay Cruise, unless indicated, they all conveniently leave from Bayside Marketplace. There are the regular sightseeing cruises, speedboat tours, night and party cruises, even pirate boats for families with kids, and the amphibious Duck Tours.

Please note that tour times are subject to change due to seasonal needs, always double-check before booking.

Miami Boat Tours

Cruise Type Description Times * Departs Cost

* Times subject to seasonal changes, please check with operator

The Original Millionaire's Row Cruise 90 minutes, large boats, relaxed and comfortable ride. Daily from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm Bayside Marketplace Adults $28
Children (4-12) $20
Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures Fast and fun 45-minute Speedboat ride, great for kids. Smaller boats, reservations recommended Daily 11:00am to sunset Bayside Marketplace Adults $38.00
Children $24.00
Jet Boat Miami Fast and fun 30-minute Speedboat ride, great for kids. Smaller boats, reservations recommended Daily 11:00am to 4:30pm, 5:15pm (in summer) Sea Isle Marina Adults $29.89
Children $15.89
Small Group Miami SpeedBoat Tour Fantastic 90-minute Speedboat ride on 6-passenger jetboat - 2 person minimum Daily at 12:00pm 2:00pm Accross from the Eden Roc in Miami Beach Adults $125
Children $52
Pirate Boat Tours An 80-minute tour around the bay aboard a pirate ship Weekends 1:00pm 3:00pm 5:00pm Bayside Marketplace Adult $26.00
Children $15.99
Miami Night and Dance Cruise A one-hour cruise with gorgeous city lights, music, dancing Fri to Sun 9:00pm Bayside Marketplace $10
Miami Duck Tours 90-minute quacky ride on land and water, kids love this one 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm South Beach Adults $39.59
Children 4-12 $21.40
Senior +65 $32.10

The Original Millionaire's Row Cruise

Miami Sightseeing Cruises Millionaire's Row

The most popular and no-frills option, very convenient as they have departures throughout the day.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views, the tour lasts one and a half hours. Great photo opportunities throughout. Take the latest cruise in the afternoon for spectacular sunset views.

These are larger boats with plenty of room and offer a very relaxing ride.

When?: Every Day departures, from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm
Where?: Bayside Marketplace Marina
How Much?: Adults $28 Children (4-12) $20 (0-3) Free

Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures

Miami Sightseeing Cruises: Thriller Speedboat

Hang on to your hats, caps and sun-glasses! Definitely the way to go if you have kids and teenagers. 45-minute ride.

Our kids loved it as the sleek speedboat whizzed past the islands, the port and the Miami skyline.

A super fun ride, it covers the rich and famous spots and is as far as we know, the only tour that ventures out in the Ocean and along South Beach.

These are small boats and they fill up quick. When we arrived around noon they were booked up for the next two sailings, so we had plenty of time for lunch and browse around Bayside, but if your time is limited, it is best to book in advance.

When?: Daily at 11:00am to sunset
Where?: Bayside Marketplace Marina
How Much?: Adult $38 Children Under 12 $24

Jet Boat Miami

Miami Sightseeing Cruises: Jt Boat Miami

Jet Boat Miami is another "adrenaline junky ride" and certainly one of the most exciting ways to see Miami.

Be ready for speed, spins, and to get a little wet! Rides last 30 minutes.

Boats leave from Sea Isle Marina.

When?: Daily 11:00am to 4:30 pm (in winter) 5:15 pm (in summer)
Where?: Sea Isle Marina at 1635 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33132
How Much?: Adults $29.89 Children (0-11) $15.89

6-Passenger Miami Speedboat Tour

Miami Sightseeing Cruises: Speedboat

These are smaller 6-passenger jet boats that zip you around Biscayne Bay and the coastline giving you a thrilling ride along our stunning skyline and the area's splendid mansions.

It's a 90 minute ride that starts with a short safety briefing, a great way to see the sights and enjoy our sunny South Florida weather with what feels like your own private guide!

When?: Departures at 12:00pm and 2:00pm
Where?: The boat docks directly across the street from the Eden Roc hotel at 4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140.
How Much?: Adult $125 Children (3-12) $52 Minimum of 2 required

Miami's Pirate Boat

Miami Boat Tour: Pirate Ship

If you want a tour around the bay on an adventure-like ship, then this is your answer, and it's a very popular one with the kids. However, this is not a Pirate experience where kids look for hidden treasures or fire off the water cannons. It is a sightseeing tour with crew dressed as pirates and a fun atmosphere.

You get the splendid views of the bay, the Miami skyline, the expensive homes of the rich and famous, the Cruise Port, and the tour takes approximately one hour and 20 minutes.

When?: Daily at 11:30 am 1:30 pm 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm
Where?: Bayside Marketplace Marina
How Much?: Adult $26.00 Children 3-11 $15.99

Miami Night Lights and Dance Cruise

Miami Dance Cruise

If the views are splendid during the day, at night, the Miami skyline really comes to life. Dazzling lights, the latest music, fun people, a great way to spend a Miami tropical evening.

The cruise lasts one hour and there are drinks and snacks for sale on board.

Note that children are allowed if accompanied by an adult. This is a very popular cruise and sells out fast as it's excellent value.

When?: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 pm
Where?: Bayside Marketplace Marina
How Much?: $10

Land and Sea: The Miami Duck Tour

Miami Duck Tour

What is a Duck Tour? "The Duck" is a mix between bus and boat, it goes on land as well as on water, well, like a duck.

The 90-minute tour aboard this state-of-the-art vehicle, is your best bet if you want to see a lot and in a very lively and unique way with funny and quacky guides that certainly know their city.

The tour starts from South Beach, and brings you to the highlights of the Art Deco Center and South Beach main attractions before making a splash into Biscayne Bay for a wade through the marinas, the ritzy islands and the celebrities' homes.

The Duck Tours fill up quick, so try to book in advance for this one.

When?: Daily 11:00 am, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 pm
Where?: Departing from Lincoln Road, 1661 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
How Much?: Adults $39.59 Children 4-12 $21.40 Senior +65 $32.10

Limited Time Boat Tours Hot Offers

Bayside Tour in Miami

$15 Sightseeing Boat Cruise for 1, $29 for 2

90-minute Bayride tour of Biscayne Bay, departs from Bayside (Reg $26)

Duck Tour South Beach

$30 Duck Tours South Beach
Art Deco and the Bay

90-Minute Duck Boat Tour on land and water, leaves from South Beach (Reg $37)

Thriller Miami Boat Tour

$28 Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures

45-Minute Thriller Speedboat Tour, leaves from Bayside (Reg $38)

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