Long beaches and glamour
MSC Cruises shore excursions can be a clever option to see Miami. It’s a city of wildly diverse districts, jigsawed into a vast urban corridor from two technically separate cities: mainland Miami and the huge sand bar known as Miami Beach.
If you’re sticking to the most popular areas in Miami Beach and downtown, though, you can zip around easily by bus and on foot. During an MSC cruise in the Caribbean most people spend their time in South Beach, a fairly small area at the southern end of the sand bar, where you’ll find many of Florida’s leading art galleries, trendsetting restaurants, and much of its boisterous club scene.
Heading north, Central Miami Beach was where 1950s screen stars had fun in the sun and helped cement Miami’s international reputation as a glamorous holiday spot. Surprisingly few tourists venture beyond Miami Beach, and so miss out on some of the most enticing parts of the city.
Tucked away in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center are the city’s excellent history and art museums, while Bayside Marketplace is the staging post for boat tours of Miami’s most exclusive offshore keys. To the north sits the city’s buzziest neighbourhood, the strip of land along and around Biscayne Boulevard, known as the Biscayne Corridor; it includes the dazzling Performing Arts Center, the art galleries and showrooms of Wynwood and the Design District, and even the grubby but thrilling immigrant neighbourhood known as Little Haiti.
The first of Miami’s Cubans settled southwest of downtown, just across the Miami River, in Little Havana. This is still one of the most intriguing parts of the city, rich with Latin American looks and sounds, though it’s less solidly Cuban than it used to be.
Excursions & Activities
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Reach the Port
Port Miami is known worldwide as the “Cruise Capital of the World” and is in close proximity to Fort Lauderdale (23 miles north), West Palm Beach (71 miles north) and Orlando (238 miles north).
• If using a GPS device, enter 1015 N. America Way, Miami, Florida 33132 as the address of your destination. Once at the Port's bridge, turn off your GPS, stay in the left lane and follow the signs to your designated terminal.
• If you are traveling from the north on I-95 South, take exit 3B to Bayside. Head south to Northeast 5th Street and turn left. Fifth Street will lead onto the Port Miami Bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow the signs to your designated terminal.
• If you are traveling from the south, take I-95 North and exit at Northwest 2nd Street. Head straight on to NW 5th Street and turn right. Fifth Street will lead onto the Port Miami Bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow the signs to your designated terminal
Miami International Airport (MIA): 8 miles / 13 km to Port Miami
Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 26 miles / 42 km to Port Miami
PUBLIC SERVICES: Taxis are easily available from each airport.