Miami is home to one of the world’s largest ports and one of America’s best vacation cities. You have probably heard about the famous beaches and 365 days of summer, but there’s a whole lot more to this town once you peel back the layers. We’ve created this handy guide for the cruiser seeking a Uniquely Miami experience before or after they set sail.

Stay in South Beach After Your Cruise

The day you disembark a cruise ship is a sad one, indeed. However, when you’re cruising from Miami, getting off the ship doesn’t mean vacation has to end. Booking a beachside hotel is a vacationers way to extend that cruise an extra day. Staying on the beach, you’ll find yourself just steps from Miami’s art deco district. The stunning architecture and exciting color schemes bring a vision of the fabulous 50’s. Stroll down Ocean Drive and stop in to one of the many restaurants for a quick refreshment. South Beach is known for a host of cocktails bigger than your head! Sharing is optional.

After you have wet your whistle with a South Beach cocktail. take a quick journey over to the Design District for an art-lovers paradise. The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami on the mainland is one of the newest galleries to open in Miami, and it is a must see. Not only is the gallery completely free for visitors, it hosts a number of special events every year highlighting local and emerging artists who are breaking boundaries and creating waves in the world of art. Modern art is about freedom of expression and you’ll find that in droves at this gallery.

There’s a ton to do in the Miami and if you’re cruising from the Magic City, make sure you leave time before and after to explore! From the food and art to Cuban culture not found anywhere else in the United States, Miami is as unique as it gets. For more great things to do, check out Hilton’s awesome guide to the city, with maps, restaurant recommendations and more for all your vacation needs!

Special Credits:
Installation view Eric-Paul Riege: H619-it xistz at /CA Miami. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Installation view Robert Gober, 1978-2000, 1978-2000, and Untitled. 1993-1994 (Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami). Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

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