Where You're Docked
Ships dock at the Port of Miami, five minutes from downtown.
On Foot: Miami is such a sprawling city that aside from port-related activities and the Bayside shopping center you'll either need to rent a car or rely on taxis to explore.
Taxis: Line up at the dock.
Renting a Car: At this point in time there are no car rental companies with offices at the pier proper. Nearly all will pick up and drop off at the port. Logistically it makes a great deal of sense to use an operator with facilities close to the port to avoid the traffic, crowds, and hassle connected with going to the airport for car rentals.
Staying in Touch
Digi-City is located in Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne).
What to See and Do
Miami's South Beach: this Art Deco-styled waterfront district has it all--beautifully restored historic buildings, funky shops, and boutiques, elegant restaurants and casual cafes, fabulous people-watching and an awesome wide--and clean beach. Technically, the Art Deco district runs from 6th to 23rd Streets between Ocean and Lenox Avenues and you can take a self-guided Art Deco walking tour (the Art Deco District Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, has maps). Good sustenance stops include the News Cafe (800 Ocean Drive) for all-day casual fare and, for a great dining experience that's chic-with-a-view, ask for a table on the outdoor patio at The Tides (1220 Ocean Avenue). For serious shopping, head a few blocks west to Lincoln Road (at 17th Street), a four-block-long outdoor shopping promenade with unique boutiques and restaurants.
Rent a car and head to Key Biscayne, an island connected to Miami via two bridges and the Rickenbacker Causeway; nature, beach, and marine enthusiasts can choose between the Miami Seaquarium (4400 Rickenbacker Causeway) and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area (1205 S. Crandon Boulevard).
Explore Miami history via the neighborhoods of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove (renting a car is advised). Coral Gables was developed in the 1920s and is best known as home to the Biltmore Hotel, noted for its resemblance to Seville's Giralda Tower); its Miracle Mile (Douglas Road/37th Avenue to LeJeune Road/42nd Avenue) has a mixture of fashionable boutiques and eateries. Bring a swimsuit and head to the Venetian Pool (2701 DeSoto Blvd), a fantasy-themed public pool created out of a rock quarry.
Coconut Grove is Miami's oldest section with construction beginning in the 1870s. It's also a place of fashionable boutiques and restaurants. Worth a detour: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (322051 S. Miami Avenue), an early 20th century Renaissance-style--and quite grandiose--estate built for a Chicago industrialist who wanted to recreate a 16th-century Italian estate.
Serious shoppers should head to north Miami Beach's upscale Bal Harbour (9700 Collins Avenue). Shops include the chicest of the chic--Neiman Marcus, Saks 205th Avenue, Prada, Cartier, and Louis Vuitton, to name just a few. Alas, prices are not of the duty-free variety.
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