Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Bus and 90-Minute Boat Tour
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 4 hours
first I want to say that the communication was very bad. they don't tell you what stop to get off for the boat tour..or where to go when you get off and they don't answer your questions when you email so you need to figure it out yourself. Luckily I had read some bad reviews and knew that it would happen...when I saw water at a stop we asked and driver said yes off. we had no idea we needed to get another ticket for an undisclosed ticket office we were told when we finally found the boat (Bayside Marketplace is the stop and the boat company is Island Queen. fyi, your online OR printed vouchers are NOT good for this trip...you DO have to show your printed BUS ticket to get a new boat ticket THEN get in line for the boat. all of this mess aside. The Boat tour was REALLY GOOD and we tipped $20 the guide was so good!! and funny too. JB was his name. the bus tour was good but there was NOT A GUIDE so you are on your own to figure it all out. put in your headphones asap and listen.
Could use a bit more direction when getting off the bus and moving to the boat tour - the bus tour itself was in need of a little updating on the audio and did not quite match up with the timing at times (probably due to traffic) - but was good history (and several times repeated itself to an extent) - the boat tour was good (speaker was excellent) but it would have been nice to be a little less crowded - should have used the bigger boat! Great weather!
Our guide was one of the mural artists. She explained to us the history of the area, took us around and explained many of the murals. She pointed out the more famous artists but also made a point about the lesser know artists and their stories and what they want to express with their work. It was a really great tour, easy to hop on and hop off the golf buggy to admire the murals close up or take some pics. Absolutely worth it.
Great Neighborhood to explore before or after your tour with guides recommendations. Tour route is accessible and flat and my guide was knowledgeable about not just the art but the culture and issues facing the street art community. 5 stars!
Great experience! It was a beautiful day. This is best for your first day or two while visiting Miami, so you will know where you want to explore more! The boat ride was also very nice and informative!