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.
Over the ocean, a mechanism whirs into gear and 1,000 gallons of water start to rush through the jetpack lifting the wearer up toward the sky. Though that experience might sound like a scene from an action movie or the last barbecue you attended, it’s at the heart of Aqua-Jet Miami’s regular outings. Trained by Jetlev Academy, Aqua-Jet’s instructors provide thorough yet brief safety instructions to riders before they take flight strapped to jetpacks and flyboards. Once in control, riders can reach breath-taking heights while they fly above the ocean and take in scenic views of downtown. These flight experiences are also coupled with sunrise and sunset boat tours, which provide ample time for guests to frolic as they wait their turn to fly in the jetpack.
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.
White sand dunes crowned with tufts of grass. Shorelines overflowing with native plants and coastal trees. Clear cerulean waters stretching out onto the horizon, reflecting the undulating landscape of the Miami skyline. At Golden Yacht Charters, captains lead visitors into these scenic waters on boat tours while staffers rent out a fleet of powerboats to customers who want to experience owning a yacht without having to maintain it or parallel park it at the end of each day.
Captains and passengers embark on sunset or nighttime cruises along Miami's downtown and bayside coasts; daytime voyages to private spots such as Palm Island, Star Island, and Fisher Island; and trips to see the lighthouse at Cape Florida. Captains also helm tours past locales such as The Miami Herald, Freedom Tower, Rickenbacker Causeway, and Port of Miami. Guests can explore these same waters at their own pace aboard Tahoe, Sylvan, Hurricane, and Sea Ray powerboats, crafts up to 26 feet and outfitted with plush aft seating and insulated coolers. Staffers also rent fishing boats, catamarans, and luxury speedboats.
Food is never just food to Miami Culinary Tours; it's a lens into the city's kaleidoscope of cultures and ethnic traditions. Their two- to three-hour walking tours weave through Miami's iconic neighborhoods, linking their history and residents to the flavors of their edible landscape. Over the course of each tour, guests discover local gems, sample time-honored family recipes, and really make it up to their taste buds for licking all those self-adhesive stamps. The guides' anecdotes might add extra spice to the Cuban sandwiches in the heart of Little Havana, or give a glimpse into the craft behind the empanadas cooked in a third-generation Argentinian bakery in South Beach.