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There is a lovely Modern Art Museum (www.miamiartmuseum.org) that shares a courtyard with the South Florida Historical Museum (www.historical-museum.org). Just across the street is Cacique - a typical Cuban Restaurant, good for a quick lunch. If you're looking for something a little more upscale, 2 blocks east of the museums on Flagler Street is a lovely Italian Bistro - La Loggia - facing the Miami Courthouse. Entrees range from salads to sandwiches to more traditional hot dishes like Chicken Parmesean and a daily seafood special. Prices range from $8 to no more than $14-$15 at the very top end of the hot lunch menu.
Closer to U S-1, find 100 South Biscayne. This large office complex has a sort of tunnel arcade of shops running through the bottom. Inside you'll find everything from a 10 minute manicure to a 15 minute chair massage. There is a storefront sushi shop, a shoe repair, a tailor & dry cleaner and a few discount stores worth a look...
On the north side of the building you'll see a blue neon sign for the discount store ROSS on the second floor (great buys on swimwear for cruises and a nice selsction of dresses) and just next to the escalator that takes you up to ROSS is a Greek cafe Stoupsy's that has a full breakfast & lunch menu cooked while you wait. Again - really reasonable and good. 350 SE 1st St, Miami, 33131 - (305) 372-3663 (they deliver too!). The place is crowded weekdays with office workers gobbling up fresh grilled chicken, gyros (meat filled pita sandwiches) and Greek salads. Lines can be long but it is worth the wait. Stoupsy's Grill is a great place to stop if you have rented a car and are waiting for the free shuttle service to the Port of Miami as it adjoins the Hertz Rental Agency. Across the street, Premo's makes sub sandwiches to order. If you want to carry wine or liquor onto the ship, there is a liquor and wine store that also delivers (305- 533-9898).
Just around the corner from Stoupsy's - one block due west of Biscayne Blvd on 3rd Ave is a Starbuck's Coffee shop. Next door, you'll find Iron Sushi and the adjoiing Quiznos's sub chain.
On that same street at the south corner is Offerdahl's cafe which features bakery fresh bagels and scrambled eggs etc. for breakfast and salads, sandwiches and chicken entrees at lunch. Also on 3rd Street is a wonderful Asian Bistro and a Phillipine Buffet popular with the cruise ship staff. There is a Subway shop too. If you need any last-minute personal items, CVS and Walgreen's pharmacy shops are both located on 3rd Ave. These pharmacy shops are ideal places to get SUNSCREEN, toiletries, snacks, beer, bottled water, postcards, magazines and anything you forgot to pack or could not bring aboard your flight. At the northern end of the street is Marshall's discount store which sells department store merchandise at half price. Both Marshall's and ROSS sell clothing and shoes for men, women, and kids plus inexpensive swimwear, flip flops, and towels that are perfect for cruise passengers. If you shop too much, buy an inexpensive suitcase or duffel bag to take along on the way home...
For something more exotic, try the Cuban coffee window called Cafe Con Leche Express. Have just ONE or stay awake all night...Floridita is a Cuban luncheonette facing the fabulous discount diamond and jewelry exchange Seybold Building 36 NE 1ST St (entrance faces Macy*s Dept Store on Flagler Street but Cafe is at the back end of the arcade).
Shopping Downtown is a mixed bag of discount stores (Ross & Marshall's), a small Macy's (which has a gelato ice cream parlor and an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch on the 2nd floor), and the Seybold Building - a complex of discount jewellers and watch shops favored by locals for engagement rings, major bling-bling and specialty watches and gifts. Buchwald Jewelers is the oldest established jeweler in the Seybold Building. They also have an excellent website displaying a sampling of the merchandise that they carry in their store. www.buchwaldjewelers.com
Most of the interesting discount shops face Flagler Street, Downtown's high street. Tourists seeking the popular "look-alike" handbags already know that they are not "legal" but available nonetheless in the stores that circle the block around the corner from Macy's Department Store (SE 1 Av) and in the arcade beneath Marshall's on Flagler Street.
There are 2 shuttle busses to the HUGE DISCOUNT MALL - Dolphin Mall from Downtown Miami and airport area hotels. The shuttle bus information link is here: http://www.shopdolphinmall.com/infode...
The Dolphin DISCOUNT MALL Shuttle runs seven days a week, ten hours a day.
Here is a link to all the stores at this outlet mall:
Need a beauty break? One block south of Macy's Flagler Street store is a great discount beauty supply shop - Metro Beauty - with a ladies salon and a separate, men's only traditional hot towel shave barber shop called Churchill's next door.
Need a post-flight massage? If you're going to be making the trek Downtown, check out Corporate Body at 100 S. Biscayne Blvd (305-371-4666) It's in an enclosed arcade just past the entrance to ROSS discount clothing store. They offer a quick pick- me-up chair massage or a full body table massage and do not usually require a reservation. Do call ahead for hours and details. The 10 minute manicure shop in that same arcade can get you "sandal-ready" for all that barefooting on the ship.
Just south of the city, over the bridge across the Miami River is Tobacco Road, the oldest bar and grill in Miami (liquor license #1) which is opened for lunch (serving until 4am) and features local bands in the evenings. Try the patio dining at Tobacco Road or the WONDERFUL seafood at the River Oyster House. The River often has BBQ ribs on the menu if you're not into seafood. 650 S Miami Ave. The River and Tobacco Road bartenders are quite able to satisfy your cocktail needs. A few streets south on Miami Avenue is the new dining mall called Mary Brickell Village which has a PF Changs, a Rosa Mexicano, a sushi spot called Abokado, a Martini Bar, a steakhouse called Grimpa and plenty of family dining options. The elevated monorail MetroMover stops there at the 10th Street exit on the Brickell loop. Further west of the city on the Miami River, try Finnegans outdoor Bar, Waxy O'Connors Outdoor Pub or Garcia's Seafood. A grilled mahi sandwich and a beer might be nice for lunch... 398 N.River Dr. Access to Garcia's is by taxi only as the train has no stop there...
There is a FREE monorail circling the city - MetroMover - which is always fun to ride and you can sightsee out the windows. See something interesting? Hop off and explore. You can hop back on and easily navigate back to your starting point. No charge. You can not get lost because this elevated train loops in a circle all around town. PRINT the map before your trip.http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/metr...
The Metromover passes Bayside - the touristy bayfront shops run by the same firm as Boston's Faneuil Hall. Bayside has a large food court, usually some live music, a daquiri bar and many specialty shops to buy gifts for the folks back home. It's clean and safe and a lot less REAL than the city of Miami, however both areas are worth a look if you're interested in exploring the Downtown Miami area. The best spot for dining in Bayside is Los Ranchos grill (steaks and grilled meats). Folks also enjoy the Hard Rock Cafe and The Knife, an all-you-can-eat Argentine Grill specializing in grilled meats from beef to lamb to sausage and back... There is also a Chili's and a Hooter's chicken wing spot overlooking Biscayne Bay.http://www.baysidemarketplace.com/html/
Sunset Cruises and many other tours also depart from Bayside Marina.
Here are the numbers to book a boat tour:
Gray Line Miami (Sightseeing/Celebrity Cruise)
Bayside Tour Boat Information
Bayside Blaster (Speed Boat)
Captain Jimmy’s Fiesta (Party Cruise)
Celebration Excursions Of Miami (Sightseeing /Charter)
MiamiSailing.net (Sailboat/Private Charters)
Heritage of Miami (Tall ship/Sightseeing)
El Loro ( Pirate Ship)
Addresses of BEST BETS FOR DINING:
Hotels near the Port of Miami and Downtown central market area include:
Holiday Inn - Port of Miami Downtown - Located across the street from Bayside.
Riande Continental - Located about 3 blocks from Bayside.
Hotel Intercontinental - Located 4 blocks from Bayside. Hotel connected to downtown MetroMover electric tram system with stop one block from Bayside.
Biscayne Bay Marriott - Located about 11 blocks from Bayside. Hotel connected to downtown MetroMover electric tram system with stop one block from Bayside.
Doubletree Grand - Located about 11 blocks from Bayside. Hotel connected to downtown MetroMover electric tram system with stop one block from Bayside.
Radisson Hotel Downtown Miami - Located about 12 blocks from Bayside. Hotel connected to downtown MetroMover with stop one block from Bayside.
Hyatt Regency Miami - Located about 10 blocks away from Bayside. Hotel connected to downtown MetroMover with stop one block from Bayside.The River Park Hotel - Located about 11 blocks from Bayside.
JW Marriott - Located about 22 blocks from Bayside. Hotel connected to downtown MetroMover electric tram system with stop one block from BaysideMandarin Oriental - Located about 18 blocks from Bayside.