Miami has become one of America’s most popular ports for cruise liners such as the Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line. The city has a strong cruise and seafaring heritage making it ideal for passengers to visit either as a starting point or as one of the port calls. In a previous post Cruise Hive detailed 7 things that crew members get up to in the city. In this article, we will look at what the visitor can achieve in a short time in Miami, whether you are waiting to depart or just making a port call.
As you might expect Miami has a strong connection to the sea through its cuisine. The most famous seafood restaurant in the city is Joe’s Stone Crabs on the southern tip of Miami Beach. The Miami New Times in their article on Joe’s states that the restaurant has consistently good food and a professional service staff dressed in tuxedos.
However, Joe’s Stone Crabs is only open during the stone crab season (October 15 – May 15) but while it is open it is considered one of the best places to eat in the city. Serving up platters of giant crab claws, this restaurant is a seafood lovers heaven. A word of warning though is that there are no reservations and it can get very busy due to its popularity.
For those looking for something a bit different from the usual diners then we recommend the fine dining vegan restaurant Plant Food + Wine in the trendy Wynwood District. The restaurant was recently awarded 4 stars by the Miami Herald who stated that the restaurant has a modern look and feel. The paper goes on to describe how the menu consists of plant-based foods served “completely raw, dehydrated, fermented, smoked or cooked sous vide.”
What to See
Miami is well-known for its iconic beaches and it is this reason that Discover Miami reported that 9.2 million arrivals visited the city in 2015 alone coming in from the famous Miami International Airport. The site also states how the city has 35 miles of stunning shoreline for visitors to explore. The most celebrated beach is, of course, the South Beach. There is plenty to do on this beach and it is perfect for a quick visit. US News recommend shopping at the many boutiques or getting pampered at a spa. Always be sure to check online if anything is going on, as South Beach is the main area in Miami for festivals and events.
For the more artistic and creative people, Miami has a rich culture of art and design. One must-see destination is the contemporary art and design museum Pérez Art Museum Miami. According to the official site, the museum is dedicated to “collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries.” The museum is located near the Carnival Cruise Terminal making it perfect for a port call visit.
Miami is a rich city full of exciting culture. In this article, we have only touched the surface of what the city has to offer. We hope that if you do end stopping off in the city then this short guide will inspire you to check out some of Miami’s gems.