Inject a little ‘la vida loca’ in coastal United States and the result is steamy, sultry Miami, Florida’s largest city. There’s something for everyone: from the trendy nightlife of South Beach with its Art Deco district to the bustle of Calle Ocho and the highly caffeinated energy of Little Havana…
The city owes its Latin flavour to the fact that nearly 65% of its population originate either from Latin America or are of Latin American ancestry. Spanish is used prolifically, so much so that many of the locals don’t even speak English, or better yet speak a mixture of English and Spanish called Spanglish. Celebrate the city’s Hispanic heritage in its food, music and culture. There’s nothing like it in the States!
Your cruise ship will dock at Port Miami, easily accessible by car or taxi. Many cruise lines will offer a shuttle service directly from Miami International Airport. The fixed taxi fare is about $24 between Miami International Airport and Port Miami or you could take an American Shuttle (americanshuttle.com) van outside the baggage claim area to Miami Port. You could also take the Metrorail Orange Line from Miami International Airport to downtown Miami in less than half an hour. From there, the walk to Miami Port from the nearest Metromover station is just over 2km. Bus services are available with the Miami-Dade Transit Bus Route 243 providing a rush-hour services weekdays to and from Port Miami.
Miami’s public transport system is diverse and inexpensive and if time and convenience are not a priority, it’s entirely possible to see all its attractions without ever hopping in a car. The city’s bus system operates several routes 24 hours a day, including the Route S bus connecting downtown Miami to Miami Beach. There’s also an elevated rail service, the Metrorail, operating a Green and Orange Line and connecting many of the tourist areas including downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. A free elevated people mover system called Metromover connects to Metrorail and is the easiest way to move around downtown Miami. Taxis are available in abundance but can be expensive. These generally have to be called by phone and a pick-up requested unless you are requiring one from such locations as the airport, train stations or Miami Port.