On the sidewalk outside the Wolfsonian’s sprawling white walls, six people crane their necks to take in the building’s ornate golden detailing as their guide chats animatedly about Miami’s penchant for art deco architecture. The balmy breeze that's familiar to the city follows the group as they wend along Lincoln Road, propelling them into an area restaurant for a relaxed meal whipped up by some of the city’s finest chefs. This tour of South Beach, part of a trio of Miami art, architecture, and culinary tours, enables guests to experience the city’s bountiful cultural offerings through the anecdotes and historical tidbits poetry-slammed by a knowledgeable guide.
Miami is known for many things?art-deco architecture, vibrant nightlife, and mix of cultures. But the glue that binds Miami's spectral smorgasbord is the ocean, which is where Watersports of Miami comes in. The company rents out boats and yachts along with a bilingual captain and accoutrements such as stereo systems, coolers, and wet bars. Small groups can lounge or revel in the south Florida sun while cruising past the Miami skyline, near pods of dolphins, and safely away from the Earth's searing, molten core. But the company doesn't stop with just boats and yachts. Staffers can pair customers with water tubes and wakeboards, each of which can be rented alone or added to a boat rental.
The knowing guides at SpeedBoat Tours plant patrons behind the wheels of slick water steeds for 90-minute guided and narrated tours along Miami’s scenic coast. After learning basics functions and French vocab words in a brief tutorial, duos or foursomes board their safe, easy-to-drive mini boats to explore the surly seas. Cruisers witness the glitz and glam of millionaire’s row, where expensive roosts and celebrity homes shine from the coast as if wrapped in golden toilet paper. Water caravans also catch glimpses of the Miami skyline and several historic landmarks plus local wildlife that may include dolphins, manatees, and pelicans. Pack-leading guides continuously point tours to their next destination via radio, hand signals, and reliance on the boat’s muscle memory.
With its fleet of boats and other watercraft, WB Boat Rentals turns the sea?and the Miami Islands?into prime party territory. Kayak, pontoon, and jet ski rentals allow riders to chart their own path through the waves, whereas speedboats come with a professional captain who does the driving. If you want more of a floating-palace vibe, however, the yacht selection ranges from 38-foot boats to an 82-foot Sun Seeker yacht, all equipped with sleek furnishings and spacious interiors.
The company also takes passengers on tours past Miami's most scenic and lavish sites. The Miami River tour weaves through the city at night against a backdrop of glowing buildings, and the sightseeing tour of Star Island cruises by the exclusive island that Miami's rich and famous call home. There, grandiose mansions sit on perfectly manicured estates, and you may just catch a glimpse of a celebrity sports car sipping on a diesel-oil daiquiri.
It might be more accurate to call Jet Boat Miami's captains speed demons. After all, the skippers guide guests on tours rapid enough to make the fastest sailfish jealous. They pilot their orange vessel through placid green waters, leaving white spumes in their wake as they navigate tight turns, pivots, and high-speed bursts. Along their journey, they offer guests the chance to take in nearby sights, such as the beautiful San Marco Island and the fabulous houses that line Flagler Memorial Island's shores. They end their tour with an extended high-speed journey back to Sea Isle Marina, throwing in extra 360-degree turns and leaps upon passengers' requests.
Like any large city, Miami has a wealth of landmarks and happenings to explore, but visitors may not know where to start. That's where Miami Open City Tour comes in. The company rolls out spacious, double-decker buses that transport riders along two routes, allowing them to hop on and off at their leisure. As they meander through various neighborhoods, they can listen to narrated facts on provided headphones, learning about the artistry of Coconut Grove, the music of New World Symphony Center, and the plastic black and white trees of Domino Park.