Getting off the beaten path for Miami’s hidden gems!

You choose the stops!  and awesome drop off spots! 

Deep in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables!  

  • 2-3 great stops per sightseeing tour.
  • Standard tour maximizes exploring the best parts of Miami but can be customized to your group. Check out the unique stops listed below.
  • Lots of Manatees from October thru April! Multiple manatee spots along city tour route. Some stops up close, others from low bridges as they pass below.
  • I don’t offer food tours, but each neighborhood offers a wide variety of culinary options.

Most popular stops

Art

Wynwood and the Design District make for Miami’s hottest area. Wynwood Walls is a great stop, but don’t miss Wynwood’s back streets w great murals. And world class private art collections make for unique stops.

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.

Manatees

Manatees are back! December – April they are easy to find, w 6 manatee spots along my city tour route. Some spots they are just a few feet away. Other stops with manatees passing below.

5 Essential Miami Neighborhoods
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Wynwood, Design District and Little Haiti

Wynwood is the graffiti and street art capital of the world, once a Puerto Rican neighborhood, all workers in the now dormant Garment factories. I was the first sightseeing guide to take visitors to Wynwood a decade ago.  Bordered by:

  • The Ultra Chic Design District
  • Historic Buena Vista neighborhood
  • My old Curley High school
  • De la Cruz Collection
  • Little Haiti
  • Morningside historic homes (time permitting)

Wynwood was run down and vacant 10 years ago. Thanks to the local, national and international art community it has emerged as Miami’s hippest neighborhood.

Coconut Grove + Key Biscayne Bridge

Every native’s favorite part of Miami!  

Sites include: Scarface Hotel

  • Vizcaya and Stallone’s houses
  • Peacock Park
  • Christmas Park
  • Barnacle State Park
  • Plymouth Congregational
  • El Jardin
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas house
  • Charles Avenue
  • Grove Cemetery
  • Many Black historical Coconut Grove sites

My two-favorite alternative stops lie in this area, the Key Biscayne Lighthouse and Kampong Gardens, both feature tricky opening hours.

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South Beach

South Beach was a geriatric ghetto before the fashion models and hipsters came and made it an art deco and cultural playground. The largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world.  I also do bike tours of the area covering all 5 zones of South beach.

Sites include:

  • Lincoln Road
  • 1111 building
  • Espanola Way
  • Ocean Drive
  • Versace mansion
  • New World Symphony park

South Pointe park lights up in the afternoon for departing cruise ships and spectacular sunsets.

Only so much can be seen driving thru South Beach.  Lincoln Road, Espanola, and some hotels are best seen walking.  Magical at night!

Downtown & Brickell

Where old Miami and new Miami collide!

The Miami Circle dating back 2500 years surrounded by ultra-chic modern skyscrapers and this spectacular tribute to Native Americans by designer Philipe Starck.
Miami was a village of 3-5000 inhabitants when the first known Spanish arrived in 1549. Now the third largest skyline in the US.

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Coral Gables
  • Biltmore Hotel
  • Venetian Pool
  • Chinese Village
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas home
  • Matheson Hammock
  • Manatees Nov thru April – lots of ’em
  • Rates per person . $55 pp for standard 3.5 hour tour

    Minimum 4 pax.  For shorter tours or groups less than 4, use my hourly rates.  

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    Little Havana & Calle Ocho

    Typically, I don’t include Little Havana / Calle Ocho on my tour.  My five neighborhoods are better. Unless you insist on mingling with thousands of tourists and tour buses… plus I don’t need the commission from the cigar factories. I much prefer a referral.  

    The highlight of the area is the architecture of Miami Senior High. Built like a Spanish fort!  I also love the homes in Shenandoah, Grove Park and Riverside, but it takes time.  If you really want to explore this unique area of Miami, you need to add extra time to do it right.  

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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
    • Smith and Wollensky for sunset
    • Brickell City Centre
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    Key Biscayne and others alternatives sites

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

    • Wynwood (always a stop) Guided tour is at 10:00 a.m.
    • 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 (on our archaeology tour)
    • De la Cruz Art Collection
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