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Situated between Bayfront Park, Miamarina and the PortMiami cruise ship terminal, the Bayside Marketplace is a hub for tourists who want to shop, dine and people-watch.
It's a one-stop shop to grab all sorts of Miami souvenirs, and with more than 150 shops and eateries, there's something for everyone. Popular shops and restaurants include Gap, Victoria's Secret, Five Guys, Starbucks and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. It's popular with passengers waiting to board their cruise ship or those returning from vacation and visitors who want to watch the yachts pull in and depart from the marina. The marketplace also features live music from local bands every afternoon and evening and is home to tour boat operators like the Thriller Miami speedboat adventures.
While it's free to people-watch and to walk around, be prepared to pay for parking on-site if you can't find metered parking on the nearby Biscayne Boulevard. Recent visitors also warned that during peak season it can get crowded.
Bayside Marketplace is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Hours are a littler shorter on Sunday when the marketplace is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Bayside website.
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