Discover the beautiful side of this fashionable and exciting international hot spot. Some highlights include the many mansions of Miami, Little Havana and Calle Ocho, South Beach Art Deco district, Coconut Grove, Brickell Avenue, and Coral Gables.
Good tour of Miami and helped passed the time before transfer to airport. At the hop on hop off main return point, there is a shopping area. Beware of the price of the ' Haagen Dazs ice cream, relieved of approx $17 for two ice creams.
Nice way to spend the day since we had a late flight. They held our luggage, and we could tour the city on a hop-on/hop-off double decker bus. Next time in Miami I will know where to go and they have lots of free transportation but it was nice they held our luggage.
This was a Big Bus Hop-on-hop-off tour. When we got off the boat there was an area to check in where they took our bags and asked for our airport-transfer time (1300, 1500, or 1700), which they then wrote on our bag tags. Once they had our bags we loaded the bus that took us to the main stop for the tour in Miami. There were several tour route options: Red (city loop), Blue (beach loop), and Green (uptown loop). We did the red and blue options. The tour guide on our bus was very upbeat, friendly, and informative. He had lots of information and while we did not have the time to get off and explore any of the areas, I felt that the tour was definitely worth the money. This was one of the better hop-on-hop-off tours I have been on. The airport transfer did not go very smoothly, however. One of the couples on our bus had their bag misplaced by the company (wrote the wrong transfer time down) so the bus made a detour on the way to the airport to pick it up at their office building. While this was nice for the couple with the missing bag, it made everyone else on the bus late. Several people had flights departing at 2:20 pm and the first airport transfer was at 1:00pm so we did not get to the airport until around 1:50pm. The guide on this bus (different than our earlier tour guide) became very flustered and had the bus park in a back area of the airport instead of dropping us off at our various airline locations. He then personally took a few of the guests to their airlines without helping anyone else on the bus. Everyone else was left to fend for themselves. Our flight departed at 3:20 and we barely made it. Turns out American Airlines was on the complete opposite side of the airport where we were dropped off (most of the people on the transfer bus were flying with American). While the airport transfer was a bit stressful and chaotic, the actual tour was excellent. I would recommend this tour but give yourself much more time than you think you'll need to get to the airport because the tour was not very organized with that part.
It was the 10 Best of Miami tour, we took it after the cruise. It was a nice tour and the tour guide was very informative. Drove along Miami Beach, South Beach and narration was good. Next stop was Little Havana. Had a short walk with the tour guide and then time for lunch. We had a good lunch at one of the restaurants. Next was Walls of Wynwood. Loved this area and what they have done to it. Beautiful art everywhere. We then headed to the airport where we had 3 hours before flight time. Which was just the right amount of time to check luggage, grab a bite to eat and relax a little before flying home. I may have missed something because we only saw 3 Best of Miami and not 10.
Glad we did it. Got to see a lot of the city in just a short time. Only complaint is they did not give us any instruction when we were on our way from the terminal after debarkation to the central station. Once they dropped us off at their central BigBus Tour station on Biscayne Bay, we had to go up and ask how the tour worked. Better communication would have been nice from the terminal pick up crew.
Big Bus Tour (Miami disembarkation 11/27): Alex/Mercy (South Beach route) and Ivory/ Ms. Yvonne (uptown or “cultural” route). Took last available transfer to MIA – 4:45 pm. You have to pick up your luggage at the central stop (Bayside Marketplace), so make sure you ask the tour guise if you will be back in time for your chosen shuttle (each tour route is about 90 minutes long if you ride it without getting off ant any of the stops).
Was excited to take the City tour of South Beach, but the bus line didn't have enough buses to do so. Most of the people wanted the South Beach Blue Line tour, and the Red and Green Line buses sat empty. We tried to talk the Bus Company into changing the empty Red and Green line buses to the Blue Line tour, but they refused. The entire Bus Tour staff seemed not to know what was going on and we were given conflicting information from each person we talked to.
Tour was good but check-in was ridiculous. After several pick up stops we were taken to the office where, with several other bus loads of people, we stood in a very long line to go into the office to check-in.
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