It's easy to forget amid all of the concrete and neon, but Miami is an ancient place. Eons before the first modern residents began to move into the Coconut Grove cemetery, indigenous people were shielding themselves from the elements using the region's natural rock ridge and sunless tanning salons. Today, Ghost Tours Miami visits the restless spirits that have gathered here over the centuries, including the specters in the windows of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Pirates, pilots, gangsters, and those too close to gangsters have all met their ultimate fate in this tropical cove, and the photographs and stories of spooked tour guests testify to their continued presence.
Seaplane Tours uses a fleet of Cessna 206s to whisk flightless sightseers into the sky enabling them to view Miami's perpetual realness from a rarely seen vantage point. Settle in with up to three of your closest friends for a 15-minute Miami-area sky tour and marvel at the breathtaking scenery of downtown Miami, South Beach, Star Island, and Fisher Island. Each passenger will soar equipped with a personal viewing window and headset to speak with the pilot or pretend to be working at the world's first airborne drive-thru.
Carnival Cruise Lines entertains seafarers on a decorated vessel brimming with lively stage shows, upscale dining, buffets, and sweeping aquatic views. Kick back in the comforts of a spacious interior stateroom with a convertible king bed, full bathroom with shower, and closets roomy enough for stashing buffet leftovers. Vacationers can stretch their legs while dining on a rotating roster of food served three times daily before laughing the evening away at a comedy show.
When faced with a troop of more than 100 java monkeys, how do you pick out the leader? Look for "the large male who carries his long tail held up high," advises Monkey Jungle's website. When it comes to gorillas, though, there's no doubt who's king?because that's his name.
Learning to recognize the rest of the primates at the preserve would prove much more challenging. There are 30 separate species and nearly 400 individuals, most of which swing and run freely in their habitats. One such habitat mimics the Amazon Rainforest, flourishing with South American plants and resounding with the calls of howler monkeys. Regularly scheduled feedings bring them, squirrel monkeys, and black-capped capuchins together for snacks.
Monkey Jungle encourages visitors to get close to the primates, but its foremost mission is to replicate a wild environment. The animals come and go as they please, which is why scientists often visit the preserve to study their natural behaviors and ask them standard census questions. The staff is also dedicated to conservation?they promote awareness of endangered species and have partnered with Wings of Love to house displaced parrots in their aviary.
At sunrise and sunset, the space over Florida’s white beaches and turquoise waters transforms into a brilliant skyscape of color. Luckily for their customers, Go Fly Tours has access to the ideal vantage point for viewing this prismatic wonder—the sky itself. Its airplane tours can soar through the enchanting scenes of dawns and dusks, or showcase local landmarks, such as bustling Port Everglades, Hollywood Beach, and Star Island, a favored getaway for celebrities. The staff can also add a romantic touch to the aerial views with a champagne toast, which has proved more appealing than a pilot who makes kissing sounds the whole flight.