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Miami Port of Call
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With one foot already in the Caribbean, Miami is one giant
playground of a disembarking port city, complete with stretches of
white sand beach only outshined but the coils of hot pink neon
lights making it the crowned 'cruise capitol of the world'.
Most associated to Miami is South Beach, both the long stretch of sand and the Art Deco neighbourhood alongside famous for nightlife, restaurants and shopping.
With over four million passengers a year the Port of Miami is the home of 24 different cruise ships and ten cruise lines departing to all over the world, particularly Caribbean. The port is located on Dodge Island and connects to the city centre via a short bridge. New cruise passenger terminal buildings D and E and four older terminals have every conceivable passenger amenity.
Tel: +1 (888) 76 64264
A tourism help office is located at the cruise terminal buildings on Dodge Island
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is downtown, 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700
The city centre can be walked to over Port Blvd. Bridge although a fleet of taxis, rental car agencies and shuttle buses are available from the cruise terminals. From inside the city centre an elevated train (Metrorail) and monorail (Metroover) connect to most destinations and a bus service (Metrobus) is extensive if confusing.
The most famous landmark in Miami is South Beach and surrounding neighbourhood famous for its art deco designs, restaurants and shops. Little Havana, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove are other fun and historic neighbourhoods. The Metrozoo and Seaquarium are both chances to see rare wildlife as are Parrot Island and Monkey Jungle which have a more natural theme. Replanted from its home in Spain, Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux is the oldest building in the western hemisphere and a popular tourist site. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is another historic Miami landmark.
Azul - One of the city's best serving Mediterranean and Asian cuisine downtown
Joe's Stone Crab - Simple and famous casual seafood dining and great crab
News Cafe - Beach side quick and delicious breakfast and lunch café
Miami Cuban Pork Sandwich
The best shopping is done in several open air malls, the more famous Lincoln Road Mall and The Falls. Upscale shops are best found in both Miracle Mile and Bal Harbour Shops. Near to the Port of Miami, Bayside Marketplace is fun place to peruse souvenirs.
Explore Everglades National Park
Get awestruck over Coral Castle
Visit Fort Lauderdale
Swim with dolphins in Key Largo
Sail into the sunset over the Keys
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