Take a cruise in the magic city as you make your way out of Government Cut and head past Fisher Island on your right and South Beach to your left. Since everyone in South Beach loves to be seen, cruise close to the mainland on South Beach Oceanside where you’ll have the advantage of viewing the island as few ever get to see it. You’ll have the full experience of the crisp, white sand, beautiful palm trees, the strip along Ocean Drive, the art deco buildings, and crowded beaches.
Now take a turn toward Elliot Key, a place to get away and enjoy one of the more exclusive getaways in the area. Elliot Key is only accessible by water and is largely untouched and unspoiled. It’s a great place for a picnic, swim or family cookout and has restrooms, showers, and fresh water. Elliot Key is part of the Biscayne National Park and is a very popular destination despite being located in the middle of the ocean.
Another option is to cruise through Hawks Channel for some snorkeling close to the reefs. There you can see spectacularly colored fish and corals, immerse yourself in a world of living color. Now make your way to Stiltsville, a village of rarely seen abandoned wooden homes built on stilts in the middle of the ocean. Built in the 1940’s, Stiltsville is now a trust managed as an historic place and makes for some unforgettable pictures.
On your way back through Key Biscayne close to the Rickenbacker Causeway you can stop and enjoy some of the more popular Sand Bars in the Miami area. Have a cold drink standing in the water, or walk around and socialize with some of the other boaters.
If you have time, dock downtown and take in the Bayside Market Place for some last minute shopping or quick bite at one of the local restaurants. Then head back towards the Venetian Causeway and into the Marina.
We hope these suggestions will make your time a memorable one. At any time during your trip don’t hesitate to ask your captain for suggestions on side trips and other points of interest.
Restaurant Suggestions with Dock Area:
- Il Gabbiano-Downtown, Italian Cuisine
- Zuma – Downtown, Contemporary Japanese Cuisine
- Sea Salt & Pepper – Miami River, Upscale Seafood Cuisine
- Garcia’s Restaurant – Miami River, Seafood Cuisine