BISCAYNE BAY CRUISES
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To come to Miami and not see the city from the water would be missing an intergal part of the experience. Miami and Miami Beach are waterfront cities. Some of the finest sights face the bay rather than the street. Here are some suggestions for Biscayne Bay Cruises, all departing from Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami. Bayside is easy to get to from all over. Just take the bus "S" or "C" from Miami Beach and ask for Bayside.
Island Queen Cruises
This is a fully-narrated bilingual sightseeing cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. You will see Miami's spectacular coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and "Millionaire's Row" - the homes of the rich and famous. Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase onboard during this 90 minute cruise. Some people think the trip is a bit boring as the vessel chugs along at dead slow ahead and the commentary is a bit corney, but it’s very relaxing hour and a half.
Thriller Speed Boat
The Thriller Speed Boat ride alternates between a relatively slow pace to view the houses of famous people and other landmarks, then quickly zips across the bay and enters the ocean. It’s like an aquatic roller coaster! It is very safe, but be sure you are OK with going at high speeds with lots of bumps and tight turns. At times the boat takes off entirely from the water. It’s a bit pricey but it’s a unique experience.
Heritage of Miami
The relaxing ride aboard Miami's only tall ship is an unusual way to see the city, since it's on a schooner as opposed to a motor boat, which gives you more of a feel of the water. The elegant schooner “Heritage of Miami” was used in the movie “Amistad”. If the wind is favourable the sails may be hoisted, but there’s no guarantee. This company also operates a booze cruise on the pirate ship “El Loro” and a glass bottom boat that does the same circuit around the rich and famous homes on Hibiscus and Star Islands and provides spectacular views of imposing downtown Miami.