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Miami Cruise Port & Nearby Activities

Miami Cruise Port

With its proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America, the Port of Miami is often called the "Cruise Capital of the World." In fact, more than 4.5 million cruise visitors travel through the port each year — more than any other port on the planet. And thanks to its location about 8 miles east of Miami International Airport and within driving distance of Miami Beach, the port offers a convenient launching pad for travelers planning an extended trip or stopping by in transit to or from their cruise. If you want to stay near port, explore Bayside Marketplace, an outdoor shopping and entertainment venue within walking distance. And if you have a few hours or a couple days in Miami, check out must-see attractions, like South Beach, Little Havana and Coral Cables, which are all within 10 miles of port and are easily accessible by car. Here are the essentials you need to know to decide how to spend your time at port and whether Miami should be on your cruise itinerary.

What You Need to Know

  • Consider an airport transfer Despite the Port of Miami's close proximity to Miami International Airport, the cab rate from the airport to the cruise terminal costs $24 per trip, making an airport transfer a more convenient and cost-effective transportation option.
  • Security lines will be long Plan to arrive at least two hours in advance of your cruise departure time and brace yourself for heavy crowds.
  • It's a great year-round destination Consistently sunny weather and beautiful beaches make the Port of Miami an ideal departure port at any time of year.

How to Spend Your Time in Miami

Things to Do Near the Port of Miami

  • Bayside Marketplace (<1.5 miles) This sprawling outdoor mall complex sits just over the Port Bridge, and is an ideal place to grab a drink, enjoy a casual meal (there are more than 120 dining spots) or peruse hundreds of shops near port. Read More»
  • Bayfront Park (<1.5 miles) At this 32-acre outdoor green space you'll find a small beach, a playground and a garden, making it an idyllic spot to stretch your legs near your ship.
  • Pérez Art Museum Miami (<2 miles) For your contemporary art fix, head to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) where you can admire 20th- and 21st-century pieces.  

Read On: Top Things to Do in Miami

Popular Tours in Miami 

Have a few hours to spare in Miami? Book a tour through your cruise line, explore Miami on your own or check out tours available from independent outfitters.

  • Miami Culinary Tour If you're looking to sample Miami's diverse culinary offerings, tag along a food tour of Little Havana, South Beach and other hotspots through reputable outfitters such as Miami Culinary Tours and Miami Food Tours'  South Beach Tour des Forks. 
  • Jungle Island Miami With 135 miles of trails, versatile exhibits and thousands of fascinating and rare species, there's plenty to explore in Jungle Island on your own or with a group led by reputable outfitters, like Miami Tours.
  • Private City Tour A variety of tour companies offer customizable city tours that can include anything from checking out a cigar factory in Little Havana to eco-focused tours of Biscayne Bay.  
  • Everglades National Park Many cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Azamara Club Cruises offer airboat ride excursions in this 1.5 million-acre park, providing visitors with unique wildlife-viewing opportunities of rare species, such as manatees and Florida panthers.
  • Biscayne National Park Magnificent coral reef, shipwrecks and abundant marine life are just a few highlights of this national park, which visitors can fully experience by snorkeling or embarking on a glass-bottom boat tour. 

Restaurants near the Port of Miami

Thanks to Miami's diverse cultural influences, you can sample everything from Cuban to Peruvian specialties here. Here are top recommended places to eat near the Port of Miami:

Transportation

Located about 8 miles east of Miami International Airport, and 10 miles from Miami Beach, the Port of Miami is easily accessible via taxi, car and public transportation. From Miami International Airport, take I-95 North to Exit 3B (Bayside) and follow the ramp to 5th Street, crossing the Port of Miami bridge and following the signs to your ship terminal.

Parking

Parking garages can be found at all seven cruise terminals. Parking for oversized vehicles is available in Lot No. 2, situated across from Cruise Terminal E.

  • Hours: Garages are open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on cruise arrival and departure days. If you're planning to leave or return mid-week on an atypical cruise day, contact the Port of Miami Cruise Operations at (305) 347-4800 for parking garage access.
  • Cost: Standard vehicle parking costs $20 per night; vehicles spanning more than 20 feet in length cost $40 per night. Parking payments can be paid with cash, Visa, American Express, Discover, MasterCard or a U.S. Traveler's check.

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Taxi

Taxis and SuperShuttle vans are easy to come by at Miami International Airport. Cabs are also available at all cruise ship terminals at the Port of Miami. The flat rate fare from the airport to the cruise pier is $24. Super Shuttle prices start at $15, and increase depending on the number of passengers and type of car selected.

Public Transportation

If you're relying on public transportation from Miami International Airport, you can hop on the Metrorail's Orange Line and head toward Freedom Tower station. From the station, take the Coral Way Route Trolley to the port (a 1 1/2-mile-long distance).

  • Hours: The trolley runs Monday to Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with shuttle service from Freedom Tower to the port every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • More information: Miami-Dade Metrorail  

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