It was 16 years ago when Eduardo de Queiroz first stepped into the pristine Florida sand, breathing the salty air and marveling at the azure sea. The Brazil native spent years exploring the amusement parks of Orlando, the sunny shorelines of Miami Beach, and the Cuban restaurants in Little Havana, falling in love with the peninsula in the process. Today, Eduardo puts his passion and knowledge of South Florida to good use with his own tour company—Amazonia Tours Miami. The seasoned guide leads tours all around the Miami area, from airboat cruises through the lush wildlife of the everglades to air-conditioned bus trips around the art deco architecture of South Beach. He brings sightseers to the Jungle Island zoo and Seaquarium, and ventures outside the city to introduce newcomers to Orlando theme parks and Key West beaches. The versatile guide conducts tours in English, Portuguese, or a Dracula voice. In addition to tours, he offers scooter rentals and transportation to the airport and local malls.
More than 2,000 exhibitors will flood the Miami Beach Convention Center and Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, showing off the latest in boating gear, accessories, and know-how. Boat show shuttle buses will run throughout the day, taking visitors between the two locations. Hundreds of wave-slicing and edge-cutting boats will be on display alongside thousands of new products and watery innovations (coming in 2011: compasses!). More than 100,000 enthusiasts are expected to attend this year's event, making this the largest gathering of mermaids and aquamen above sea level.
Ranked by TripAdvisor as the 9th most popular activity in Miami, Wheels 2 Go Miami's guided tours lead riders through the area's most popular and bike-friendly spots such as the Venetian Causeway, Key Biscayne Island, and South Beach. Using their electric bikes, riders can self-propel at regular speeds or twist the throttle to ride up to 20 mph for up to 40 miles without pedaling or attaching a windsock to the handlebars. Electric bikes are also available for rental for those wanting to wheel about town without a tour guide.
The SoBe Shuttle provides an easy way to get around in South Florida with hourly shuttles that run four days a week between Fort Lauderdale and Miami or South Beach. Evening shuttles are available Thursday–Sunday, with return trips leaving South Beach as late as 5 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, daytime shuttles carry passengers to and from Miami’s famous white-sand beaches. Each WiFi-equipped shuttle is chauffeured by an experienced driver and contains a television set and refrigerator, perfect for storing leftovers or teaching a goldfish about winter.
BMW, Honda, Triumph, and Can-Am motorcycles glisten in the lot at EagleRider Miami Beach, begging to be let loose for a gallop along the Florida coastline. Eventually, the right driver walks up and EagleRider’s staff sets them free. In addition to renting bikes for self-guided tours, these motorcycle enthusiasts offer packages that include a guide, support van, and luxury-hotel stay. They also sell used bikes from makes such as Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson, as well as motorcycle accessories such as protective gear, helmets, jackets, and joke books about scooters.
Icon Auto fulfills autobahn fantasies with a dapper fleet of pedigree cruisers that handle roads at high speeds. Clients can sweet talk the motor mistress of their dreams during a 24-hour date with a spacious Escalade, known for nabbing the attention of music-video producers while suavely persuading death-wishing bugs to reinvest in achieving their dreams. The Mercedes-Benz S550 Brabus jockeys for roadway domination with its seven-speed transmission and equine maneuverability of 382 horses. Set the bar far too high by scooping up a blind date in a Rolls-Royce Ghost or Ferrari F430 Spider, which can travel up to 186 miles per hour even when not pushed by a professional athlete or driven by a friendly chauffer.