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Miami City Tours

Get off the beaten path and visit Miami’s hidden gems!
You choose the stops and which areas you want to see most!

All city tours are private
2-3 stops. Favorite stops are Wynwood and Manatees
Manatees from November thru April. Best seen on colder days.
Pick up times at Miami Beach and Miami hotels either 9:30 am or 2:00 pm

Get off the beaten path and visit Miami’s hidden gems!
You choose the stops and which areas you want to see most!

All city tours are private
2-3 great stops chosen by you Favorites stops are Wynwood and Manatees
Manatees from November thru April. Best seen on colder days.
Pick up times at Miami Beach and Miami hotels either 9:30 am or 2:00 pm

Most Popular Tour Stops

Manatees

Multiple spots along the city tour route Nov – April. Cold days can have some spots with 10-25 each.

Art

Wynwood and the Design District make for Miami’s hippest area. Wynwood Walls has lost its buzz by charging $$$, but all the side streets still rock. Awesome private art collections also in this area.

History

Where old and new Miami collide! See two-thousand-year-old Tequesta sites surrounded by ultra-modern Brickell high rises. I always drive the Key Biscayne Bridge to look back at Downtown and beautiful Biscayne Bay.

Neighborhoods

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Wynwood, Design District and Little Haiti

From abandoned to hipster boomtown wynwood was once a Puerto Rican neighborhood where Boricuas worked in garment factories. Miami Native was the first sightseeing guide to take visitors to Wynwood over a decade ago. 

I have a guide that specializes in Wynwood that is amazing for an added fee. Wynwood is bordered by:

  • Ultra Chic Design District
  • Historic Buena Vista neighborhood
  • My old Curley High school
  • Little Haiti
  • Morningside historic homes (time permitting)
  • De la Cruz Collection – one of my favorite stops

Warning:  Wynwood Walls lost its buzz a little with the Pre-registration and a fee, but the back streets are better than ever.

Recommended time: 45-90 minutes

Coconut Grove + Key Biscayne Bridge

The image of Miami I most want you to remember!

Sites include:

  • The real Scarface hotel
  • Vizcaya
  • Madonna and Stallone’s houses
  • Peacock Park
  • Christmas Park
  • Barnacle State Park
  • Plymouth Congregational
  • El Jardin
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas house
  • Grove Cemetery
  • Many Black historical Coconut Grove sites

Recommended time: 30-45 minutes

Sites include:

  • The real Scarface hotel
  • Vizcaya
  • Madonna and Stallone’s houses
  • Peacock Park
  • Christmas Park
  • Barnacle State Park
  • Plymouth Congregational
  • El Jardin
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas house
  • Grove Cemetery
  • Many Black historical Coconut Grove sites

Recommended time:  30-45 minutes

Potential stops include the Key Biscayne Lighthouse and Barnacle State park for a lovely walk to Biscayne Bay. 

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Coral Gables
The City Beautiful!

  • Biltmore Hotel
  • Venetian Pool
  • Chinese Village (my favorite)
  • German, Italian, Dutch West Indies, French villages
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas home
  • Matheson Hammock

I almost always stop at the Biltmore hotel

Recommended time: 30-45 minutes

Downtown and Brickell

Where the ancient meets the new!

The image of Miami I most want you to remember!

One of my best stops! The Miami Circle dates back 3000 years surrounded by ultra-chic modern skyscrapers and a spectacular tribute to Native Americans by designer Philipe Starck.

Miami was a village of 3-5000 inhabitants when the first known Spaniard arrived in 1549. Now the third largest skyline in the US. 

Recommended time: 20 minutes due to traffic concerns

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South Beach
Art Deco Capital

South Beach is the largest concentration of Art Deco in the world. A geriatric ghetto when I was a kid. Then came the preservationists, followed by Miami Vice being filmed, with hipsters and partiers right behind.

I love to end the tour at South Pointe Park just before sunset. The vibe is awesome. Bien Miami!

Sites include:

  • Lincoln Road
  • 1111 building
  • Espanola Way
  • Ocean Drive
  • Versace mansion
  • New World Symphony park
  • Star Island mansions
  • Millionaires row for mid beach guests. Extra time for South Beach.

Recommended time: 30-90 minutes

Little Havana/Calle Ocho

Best at night! 

Little Havana has not been Cuban for decades. Pictured is a former synagogue when the area was Jewish, then Cubans came in the 60’s and put a cross over the Jewish star, followed by the current evangelical Central Americans that renamed it to Iglesia Bautista Renascer

I previously avoided this touristy spot bc of the tour buses and cars flying by @ 40 MPH, plus the fact that i don’t want any commission from the cigar stores. But the stop has gotten better, with some great sandwiches and Cuban coffee.

To do this area right, Miami High, Shenandoah, Grove Park and Riverside should be included.

Recommended time: 30-60 minutes If you include Shenandoah and Grove Park

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Perez Museum and other great drop off spots

  • Perez Museum with guided tour $10 each
  • Biscayne Bay boat ride $10 each
  • History Miami museum $8 each
  • 1111 Building and Lincoln Road
  • South Pointe Park for sunset and/or Joe’s Stone Crabs
  • Brickell City Centre

Key Biscayne and others alternatives sites

The following sites have their own guides, some free, some extra $$$, that add a special touch.

  • Key Biscayne lighthouse w guided tour @ 10 and 1 p.m. My best stop
  • Kampong Gardens $15 per person (another one of my best stops)
  • Barnacle State Park guided tour
  • Deering Estate
  • De la Cruz Art Collection

Choose from two rates:

Rates per person $75 pp for standard 4 hour tour.  Min 4 passengers. 

Or bill hourly, allowing guests to end when they want.  

For couples $90/hour w a 2.5 hour minimum.  Plus $10 per person after the couple.  

I have very good reviews of groups charged hourly, it makes the tour more relaxed.  

Starting times for city tour are 9:30 and 2:00 p.m.