Self-Guided Walking Tours to Explore Miami, Florida
How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. Each walk comes with a detailed tour map as well as photos and background information for the featured attractions. The app's navigation functions guide you from one attraction to the next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
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Saving Money with City Passes
To save yourself time and money visiting Miami's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the GO Miami Card or the Miami Sightseeing Pass.
A city pass combines all or multiple Miami's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving your precious time.
Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels
Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Miami hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami, Gale South Beach, Curio Collection By Hilton, Cadet Hotel.
Taking Care of Your Feet
To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Miami, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.
Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device
Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.
For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.
Exploring City on Guided Tours
We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Miami typically costs somewhere between US$30 and US$160 or more per person:
- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Miami in comfort listening in the headsets either to the recorded commentary in a variety of foreign languages or to a live on-board English commentary from a local expert, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like. The tickets are valid for one (24 hours) or two days (48 hours) and can be upgraded to include a night tour or a Biscayne Bay boat tour.
- Taste your way through Miami neighborhoods on a gourmet tour of the city exploring its incredible food scene - a colorful and flavorful blend of various Latin American influences that have shaped the local culture and cuisine.
- Embark on a 2.5-3 hour culinary and cultural voyage of Little Havana to walk the streets of Miami, hear the sounds, taste the flavors, discover the traditions, and learn the history of this small piece of Cuba in Southern Florida.
- Treat yourself to a 3S (Sip, Savor & Salsa) nighttime adventure in Miami! Prepare for a lot of mixing, mingling and enjoying Mojitos plus learning the moves of and dancing your way through the night with Salsa, Samba and Bachata to the sound of a live band, and more!
- Come fly with a 1-hour Grand Air Miami Tour for a spectacular bird's eye view of the city's all must-see attractions. What you have seen previously only in the movies or on TV – famous locations, celebrity mansions, beaches, and more – will appear before your very eyes, this time for real!
- Pedal your way around Miami on a 2-hour educational and fun bike tour to appreciate the city's most spectacular sights stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the attractions en route from a knowledgeable group leader.
If you have a day to spare whilst in Miami, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Key West, Florida Everglades and Biscayne Bay, Bimini Bahamas, or Titusville. For as little as circa US$70 to US$170 per person you will get a chance to discover culturally and history-rich island, soak up its laid-back atmosphere or engage in some outdoor activities - glass-bottom boat ride, snorkeling cruise or parasailing adventure, discover the wonders of the unique ecosystem and exotic wildlife of the Everglades National Park and Biscayne Bay, explore nature's River of Grass, enjoy an amazing day on some of the world’s most magnificent beaches with lots of sun, surf, and all sorts of fun, or visit one of the most advanced and interesting places on earth - the Kennedy Space center, home to NASA, and so much more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Miami and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.
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