Caribbean Port Of Departure - Miami

1 Introducing Miami

The city of Miami is situated on the Florida mainland. Offshore, due east in the Atlantic, there are a series of barrier islands. The most southerly of the islands is Key Biscayne. Next to the north is Virginia Key, then Fisher Island, and finally comes Miami Beach. The body of water separating these islands and Miami is Biscayne Bay.

Miami was founded as a small agricultural township. But when a railway was extended to the town, its hot climate and coastal setting proved attractive to newcomers, so the settlement speedily grew. In the early part of the twentieth century property developers realized the potential of the Atlantic coastline of Miami Beach, and thus began the building of the stylish Art Deco buildings at South Beach. The hurricane of 1929 resulted in huge damage to the area, though was only a blip as new developments were built as speedily as ever. In the 1960s there was a large influx into the city of Cuban refugees, escaping the government of Fidel Castro. As a result the city assumed the feel of a Central American city, with lots of energy combining with a relaxed vibe.

Miami has today grown into an important center for industry, tourism, the arts and entertainment. Miami’s port is a huge center and Miami is often slated as the Cruise Capital of the World. The cruise port welcomes several premier cruiselines, with sailings to the sunny Caribbean or even beyond.


2 The Port of Miami

Miami Port is located at Dodge Island, which was made by combining small islands with dredged sand. Dodge Island is a mere 5 minutes from Miami center. Port Boulevard, a bridge over Biscayne bay, connects the city to Dodge island.

Eight cruise terminals are managed by the cruise port. The B/C, D, E, F and G terminals are sited on the north side of Dodge island, terminal H on the west side, and terminal J on the south. The container ship facility is along the south coast of the island. Cruise terminals D and E, which began operating in 2007, are the most modern. These are designed to handle mega ships. The complete distance end-to-end of all cruise ship berths is around 2200 meters. Eight big cruiseliners can berth simultaneously. In general ships turn before berthing in the basin next to Biscayne Blvd.

All cruise terminals have the basic facilities, including bars, eateries, check in desks, shops and cab ranks. Additional passenger services at terminals D and E include airline like check-ins, automated like luggage handling, and a combined Federal Multi-Agency Service, with US Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Naturalization Office and United States Department of Agriculture.

Miami port’s official site is at Port of Miami.

The range of cruises available comprise the Eastern Caribbean (St Thomas, St Maarten, San Juan and Tortola), the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Roatan and Belize), the Bahamas (Nassau and Freeport), or the Southern Caribbean (St Johns, Barbados and St Kitts). More extensive vacations are offered, examples would be through the Panama canal to Florida, the Amazon and Central America. For a guide to cruises available, see cruises from Miami.


3 Out and About in Miami

South Beach (or SoBe)
This well-known Art Deco styled oceanfront area has it all, chic shops, up-market boutiques, a wide and clean beach, amazing early 20th century hotels, simple cafes, fun people-watching and expensive restaurants. The art deco district is just a twenty-five minutes from the cruise port by cab.

Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove, hailing back to the 1870s, is Miami’s oldest area. It's a neighborhood of restaurants, trendy galleries, lively bars and fashionable boutiques. Visit Vizcaya Gardens and Museum, an early 20th century estate designed by a Chicago businessman with the idea of recreating a Renaissance imitation estate.

Fairchild Tropical Garden
Garden experts will love the Fairchild Tropical Garden, here a number of attractive ponds are surrounded by verdant fauna and flora.

Little Havana
For a sample of Cuban life today, venture into Little Havana, the location where thousands of migrant Cubans settled after traveling from Cuba. Stroll the length of Calle Ocho, visit a cafe for a taste of real Cuban coffee, watch cigars being rolled at the Credito Cigar factory and make a trip to the Cuban Museum of the Americas.

Coral Gables
Coral Gables was built in the 1920s, and here you’ll find an assortment of classy restaurants, trendy bars, swish boutiques and modern galleries. Bring your swimming gear and call in at Venetian Pool, the amazing public pool made out of a quarry. 

Bayside Marketplace
It’s a short walk from the port to Bayside Marketplace, a busy shopping mall. The mall is open air, so can be very hot in the summer months. There are a lot of clothing shops, tourist shops, cafes and eateries.

4 Travelling to the Miami Cruise Terminal

By Road
From the North
Follow I-95 south and leave at 3B Bayside. Continue south to 5th Street and make a left. 5th Street will lead onto Port Boulevard bridge. Continue across the bridge and follow signs to your terminal.

From the South
Follow Interstate-95 northwards and exit at Northwest 2nd Street. Keep going to NW 5th Street and turn right. 5th Street crosses Port Boulevard bridge. Continue across the bridge and follow the signs to your cruise terminal.

Long term parking is priced at around $25 per day, and should be reserved by phone.

A free bus is in operation to take you from the car park to your terminal.

By Air
The port of Miami is just a few miles eastwards from Miami International Airport. To travel from airport to cruise port, catch a cab or jump on the shared-ride supershuttle blue bus.

5 Other Useful Information

Currency USD
Language English

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