Things to do in South Beach - Miami Beach
Miami Beach tours, day trips and
Miami Beach Tours & Day Trips Guide
In the early '90s, South Beach's posh lifestyle and infamous
nightlife put it on the map as the destination for late-night soirees drawing
in scenesters and fashionistas from all around the globe. While
the South Beach party scene cranks
even higher, today the area is also
transforming into a daytime vacation paradise. The forever-summer climate, beach and
endless outdoor activities make daytime just as
entertaining as the hours after the sun goes down.
As you count the hours until your favorite club opens
its doors, here are a few activities to help you make the most
of your time in the sun.
The wind in your hair, the sun on your shoulders and the freedom to come and go
as you please—there's no better way to see the Beach. South Florida has a lot
to offer those who want to see the city during daylight hours, but traveling via
car can definitely put a damper in your sightseeing. Traffic and limited parking
make car travel less than ideal. If you're craving a taste of Miami Beach's
sites, hop on a scooter and go. Scooters offer the ease of bicycle traveling
with the speed of a motorized vehicle.
Rental shops like Beach Scooter make
motoring around Miami as smooth as a day at the beach. With three locations,
there are always plenty of scooters to rent and a wide variety to choose from.
Brands like Malaguti, TBG, Kymco and Kasea fill the 5,000-foot showroom at Beach
Scooter. Zip around on a one-seater ($45 for four hours) or grab a friend and
rent a two-seater ($50 for four hours) for your tour.
Beach Scooter is located in Miami Beach at 1435 Collins Ave. and 1341 Washington
Ave. and in Coconut Grove at 3180 Commodore Plaza. It's
also online at
Scooters can also be rented at the following locations:
Deco Scooter Rentals
215 Sixth St.
Miami Beach, FL
If your South Florida daytime to do list involves swimming alongside dolphin,
spying manatee in the wild and racing against your best friend in a Yamaha Wave
Runner, then a Jet-Ski rental is in order. And if you are going to ride the
waves, why not enjoy Miami's sites along the way? Be the captain of your own
ship as you see Miami through its waterways. Rental companies like Jet-Ski Tours
of Miami Inc. offer a six-island tour with highlights such as a trip through the
Port of Miami. Here, riders can bid farewell to the cruise ships. Next, ride
through the posh Star Island, South Florida's celebrity retreat. On your wet and
wild journey, visit the monument at Sir Flagler Island and take a spin around
Bayside's Hard Rock Cafe Jet-Ski Tours Miami offers a three-hour tour for two
at $195 with picnic lunch and guide included.
Jet-Ski Tours Miami is located online at jetskitoursofmiami.com. For more
information, call (305) 345-5770.
Jet-Skis can also be rented at the following locations:
Hurricane Beach Rentals
8701 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL
Boucher Brothers Water Sports
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL
Biscayne Bay and Star Island Boat Tours
If the luxurious lifestyles of the celebrities and musicians on MTV's Cribs
peaks your interest, then Island Queen Cruises and Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters
is the type of daytime fun you won't want to miss. Island Queen Cruises offers boat
tours of Star and Hibiscus Island, where Miami's celebrities live in play in
beautiful mansions built alongside the water's edge. Boat captains share
tabloid-worthy secrets about local celeb residents like Gloria Estefan and Julio
Iglesias. Docked at Bayside Marketplace, the 140-passenger double-decker boat
uses its 90-minute narrated tour to educated riders about Millionaire's Row,
Fisher Island, Star and Hibiscus Island and Venetian Island. The tour starts
at 11 a.m. with the last cruise setting sail at 7 p.m.
Island Queen Cruises and Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters can be reached at
(305) 379-5119 and is located online at islandqueencruises.com.
Like Las Vegas and Atlantic City, Miami offers those who want to test their luck
the chance to do so on its numerous gaming cruises. With close proximity to
International Waterways, the roll of the die is just minutes away. One of
Miami's most popular cruises, Casino Princesa, offers slot machines, black jack,
craps, poker and roulette aboard its state-of-the-art mega yacht. The Princesa
sets sail for its four-and-a-half-hour cruises twice every day. And if you
happen to spend all of your cash in the first hour, don't fret; the ship also
boasts a buffet, as well as dancing. Take a tour of the boat's four decks and
watch the sunset, or sneak a glimpse of Star Island as you head out to sea. The
Thursday Jackpot draws a crowd, so be sure to get your spot at the slots early.
The Casino Princesa can be reached by phone at (305) 379.5825 or online at casinoprincesa.com.
Casino cruises are also available on the following ships:
400 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Port Everglades, Pier 22
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Duck Tours South Beach
Despite what you may think, Miami's famous Duck Tour doesn't actually have any
ducks involved. Instead of spotting wild animals in their natural habitat,
you'll actually get to see Miami in a cruiser built for both land and sea. The
90-minute narrated adventure begins on Ocean Drive and 10th Street, as the "duck
mobile" makes its way to famous sites like Ocean Drive and the historical Art
Deco District. Then, before you know it, the amphibious vehicle dives to the
waters of Biscayne Bay. Floating down the waterway, you'll see the celebrity
hotspots on Millionaires Row and experience Miami's famous islands. The Duck
Tour offers a rich history of Miami in a creative way—a tour unlike any other
in South Florida. Tours are $24 for each adult. The Duck Tour also leaves daily
from Bayside Marketplace.
Duck Tours South Beach
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Segway HT Rentals
It may look like something straight out of the Jetsons, but the Segway HT is
actually the first and only electric transporter that mimics human balance. Used
by celebrities and even the president, the Segway is quickly becoming the most
popular form of leisurely travel. Topping off at 12 and a half miles and hour,
the Segway lets riders take to the sidewalks with ease, and its definitely more
eye catching and fun then walking. If you are looking to zip about South Beach
and want to be as much of an attraction as the Historic Art Deco District,
Electric Rentals offers a tour of South Beach Segway style. Each tour lasts
about an hour and includes a short training course of how to operate your human
Electric Rentals is located at 223 11th Street. For more information, call
Miami's El Loro Pirate Ship offers the same glamorous sightseeing tours of
Biscayne Bay as many other cruise ships only with the novelty of an
old-fashioned pirate ship. Onboard the classic-looking ship, mates dress in full
pirate gear as they pillage through Biscayne Bay and the Venetian Islands,
narrating the history of the South Florida destinations. From the full sails to
the black cross-bones flag, the trip is truly original, not to mention
whimsically different from other tours. Docked at Bayside Marketplace, El Loro
sails four times a day and starts its tours at 12:30 p.m.
If it's a pirate's life you're interested in experiencing in Miami's sizzling
sun, call (305) 860-8854 for more information.
For those more adventurous Miami Beach visitors who would like to try
parasailing over the Atlantic or Biscayne Bay, there are three options to choose
from — Pinky's Parasail, Boucher Brothers and
Parasail Miami Beach.
With Boucher Brothers and
Parasail Miami Beach a shuttle boat takes you right from the beach to one
of their new 28-foot, 230-horsepower crafts designed specifically for
Parasailing. The Captain will explain all the necessary safety procedures and
once you feel comfortable, you gently ascend as high as 800 feet above the
water, then descend directly to the rear Parasailing platform, all while cradled
in a sitting harness that holds you securely. You can even ride with a partner.
Rates are $85 for a single rider ($150 for
Riders must be 5 years of age or older
(riders under 8 years must ride with an adult)
Riders must weigh a minimum of 120 lb. and a
maximum of 400 lb. (single or double)
Availability daily providing weather
conditions are appropriate
For more Parasailing information or reservations
Captain Dan at (305) 266-4144.
Pinky's Parasail is located in Miami Beach Marina
300 Alton Rd. Please call (305) PARASAIL for more info or visit www.pinkysparasail.com.