Join us on our Cyber City Tour - To get the taste for a real one!
Miami Citytour in Deutsch
In your language with pick-ups and drop-offs at your Miami Beach hotel
Explore this multi-cultural city (Florida's secret capital) founded in 1896! A
fascinating melting pot,
home to over 2.2 million inhabitants from all over the world, with strong Hispanic influences and a
great cultural diversity!
Here are some of the numerous attractions you may discover:
On your city tour you start with the colorful historic Art Deco District in South Beach with its unique decorative style of architecture featuring pastel colors in typical greens and pinks and shiny neon lights. The Art Deco style derives its name from L' Exposition des Beaux Arts Decoratifs (Paris, 1925). The style was popularized in the 1920's and 1930's which paid homage to the modern machine age. The motif was derived from geometric shapes, often stepped back or angular with floral designs, zigzags (chevrons) and fluted or reed-patterned ornamentation - often inspired by those of ancient civilizations (e.g. Egyptian, Mayan, etc.)
Enjoy Ocean Drive, a 10-block long party strip where you really have to return to in the evening to experience the glamorous night life of this inspiring city.
We go on heading west, passing the Miami's Harbor, the largest cruise ship port of call in the world, as well as a huge trade port. To the left and to the right, you see the Millionaires' Islands such as Fisher Island, Star Island, etc., where the celebrities like Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, and Al Capone hide out. Just kidding, but the gangster from Chicago really did live here in the '20s!
We visit Downtown where the Miami Heat (our famous basketball team :-) have their new headquarters, and where we see the historic Freedom Tower, and of course Bayside, a meeting point where young and old, locals and tourists go for shopping, live music, wining and dining! Brickell Avenue - Miami's financial center (the Wall Street of the South), and the Miami River, where the city was founded on Biscayne Bay, just to name a few of the many points of interest in the Downtown area.
Key Biscayne with its lighthouse tower - the northernmost Key of the Florida Keys and host of the annual international tennis championship every year in March - is also home to the Miami Seaquarium with its world-famous killer whale, Lolita.
We continue south to Coconut Grove with its Mediterranean architecture - an interesting neighborhood where lots of artists and "wanna-be artists" work and live. Cocowalk is an unusual shopping mall, with many little boutiques near the unique Mayfair complex.
Splendid Coral Gables was built in the '20s as a luxurious Mediterranean community. The Biltmore Hotel is a must - erected in 1926 in only 10 months' time. Here you will see one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, with the largest swimming-pool of any hotel in the United States, where Miss America Beauty Pageants were held and where Esther Williams and Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) used to entertain world- famous guests.
The next highlight of your tour is the Venetian Pool. Built out of a coral quarry and modeled on a Venetian Lido with waterfalls, blooming flowers and palm trees, it is one of the nicest public swimming-pools you'll ever see!
Colorful Little Havana with its typical spirit of Cuba (don't expect anyone to speak English!) will be your next stop. The first generation of exile Cubans play their national game of dominoes and discuss politics at Domino Park, where women are not always welcome since politics are supposedly only for men :-)! Pop into one of the little coffee shops to have a typical Cuban coffee (believe me, you'll wake up after just one cup :-)! In the local cigar factories, the "Havanas" are still made by hand.
can also plan your own itinerary to visit some of Miami’s other famous
Miami Seaquarium - home to a wide range of sea animals such as dolphins, manatees, sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, and the famous 20-foot-long, 7,500 pound killer whale, Lolita!
Parrot Jungle - a beautiful, colorful park dedicated to more than 3,500 birds, most of them different species of parrots, with plenty of other exciting wild animals (like tigers, monkeys) and many different tropical flowers and plants - a most relaxing visit, where you’re surrounded by the beauty of nature!
Bayside - Enjoy a few hours of entertainment at Bayside Marketplace with its 140 shops & restaurants, live music and Bayfront Park ; visit Miami's legendary Hard Rock Cafe (unfortunately, the guitar on top was "stolen" by hurricane Wilma in 2005), or just admire the beautiful view of port and bay from one of the outdoor cafes! You can also take an elevated ride on our Metro or People Mover in a figure-8-shaped loop through Downtown Miami - free of charge!
Villa Vizcaya & Gardens facing Biscayne Bay, located south of Downtown, was built from 1914 to 1916 for industrialist James Deering. This gorgeous Italian Renaissance-styled mansion combines European marble with Florida limestone, and has 15th to 19th Century European furnishings in a lush tropical setting where you can unwind from the busy hustle and bustle of the city, leading you back to a bygone era.
Coral Castle in South Miami is an amazing rock structure which was created by Latvian-American Edward Leedskalnin. He worked on it over a period of 28 years. No one to this day is able to explain how this small man was able to move these giant into place without any special tools. It remains a mystery. Edward built this amazing castle for his fiancée who had decided to cancel their wedding ceremony one day before their proposed marriage in Latvia. He was deeply saddened, moved to America and put all his energy into this masterpiece.
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