Miami city is located on the mainland of Florida. To the east offshore, lie a series of barrier islands. Furthest south of these is Key Biscayne. Next to the north is Virginia Key, then Fisher Island, and then Miami Beach. The bay separating these islands and the Florida mainland is Biscayne Bay.
Miami was founded as a tiny orange farming community. Then when a railroad was built to the township, its hot weather and coastline position proved to be popular with newcomers, so the settlement expanded rapidly.
In the early part of the twenty century resort companies realized the potential of the Atlantic Ocean coastline of Miami Beach, and then concluded the building of the stylish Art Deco buildings in South Beach. The hurricane of 1929 caused in huge destruction to the area, but was only a hitch as new buildings were built as speedily as ever.
In the 1960's there was a large migration into Miami of refugees from Cuba, fleeing the government of Fidel Castro. This meant Miami inherited the feel of a Central American city, with great vigor combining with a laid-back vibe.
Miami has today grown into a major city for industry, culture, tourism and entertainment. Miami's cruise port is a major business and Miami is sometimes monikered the Cruise Capital of the World. Miami port welcomes all the major cruisers, with itineraries to the sun-drenched Caribbean or often beyond.
Miami Port is positioned on Dodge Island, a piece of dredged land in Biscayne Bay created by the combination of three islands, Dodge, Lummus and Sam's.
The port is a mere 2 miles from downtown Miami. Port Boulevard, a bridge over the Intracoastal waterway, connects the port to the city.
Eight cruise terminal buildings are managed by the port.
The B / C, D, E, F and G terminals are at the north coast of Dodge island, terminal H on the west, and terminal J on the south. along the south of Dodge island.
Terminals D and E, which were completed in 2007, are the newest. They are able of handling mega cruise ships. The combined distance end-to-end of all cruise ship berths is nearly 2200m. Eight large cruise ships can be berthed at the same time.
Each terminal has all the essential facilities, such as shops, check in desks, cab racks, eateries and bars.
Additional passenger facilities at cruise terminals D and E are airport like check-ins, advanced style baggage handling, and an all-in-one Multi-Agency Desk, with United States Department of Agriculture, US Customs and Border Protection and Immigration Office.
5 Best Things To Do In Miami (Editor's choice!)
You may well have a day or two available on one side of your cruise or the other to explore Miami itself. Not to be missed are:
1 South Beach (aka SoBe)
SoBe, a fabulous Art Deco styled oceanfront island has the fine restaurants, great restaurants, great shops, lovely shops, lovely beaches. SoBe is just a 25 minutes from the cruise port by cab.
2 Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove, built in the 1870s, is Miami's oldest region. It is a place of galleries, fashionable shops, bars and fine restaurants. Venture into Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, an early 20th century estate built for a Chicago industrialist with the intention of recreating a Renaissance imitation estate.
3 Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park is positioned at the southern end of Key Biscayne. It is the home of a very old lighthouse originally constructed in 1825 then reconstructed twenty years later. Spend some time at the park to hike, sunbathe, swim, picnic and surf along more than a mile of gorgeous Atlantic beachfront.
4 Fairchild Tropical Garden
For a soothing out go to the Fairchild Tropical Garden, here a series of artificial lakes are encircled by verdant flora and fauna.
5 Little Havana
For a taste of Cuban life today, venture into Little Havana, the place that lots of migrant Cubans fled to after getting away from their homeland. Walk the length of Calle Ocho, call in at a cafe for a cup of traditional Cuban coffee, visit the Cuban Museum and check out cigars being produced at the Credito Cigar factory.
Picking A Cruise From Miami
There's a wide range of cruises on offer from Miami including the Eastern Caribbean (Tortola, San Juan, St Maarten and St Thomas), the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize and Roatan), the Bahamas (Nassau and Freeport), Egypt the Southern Caribbean (St Johns, St Kitts and Barbados). Extended voyages are sometimes offered, such as trips to Central America, up the Amazon or trans Panama canal to the east coast of the US.
Traveling To The Cruise Terminal From Miami International Airport
Miami cruise port is just a few miles from Miami International Airport. To transfer from airport to port, take a cab or catch the blue supershuttle service.
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