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Get off the beaten path and visit Miami’s hidden gems!

You choose the stops and which areas you want to see most!

  • 2-3 great stops per sightseeing tour.
  • Standard tour maximizes exploring the best parts of Miami but can be customized to your group. Check the unique stops listed at bottom of page.
  • Multiple Manatee spots from October thru April!  Some stops up close, others from low bridges as they pass below. 

Most Popular Tour Stops

Manatees

Manatees are here November until April. Six spots along the city tour route. Some spots are right next to them, others are from bridges watching them pass below.

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 with 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.

Neighborhoods Visited

Wynwood, Design District and Little Haiti

Wynwood is the street art capital of the world, once a Puerto Rican neighborhood who worked in the now dormant garment factories. Miami Native was the first sightseeing guide to take visitors to Wynwood over 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)
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

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

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Coral Gables
  • Biltmore Hotel
  • Venetian Pool
  • Chinese Village (my favorite)
  • German, Italian, Dutch West Indies, French villages
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas home
  • Matheson Hammock
  • Manatees Nov thru April – lots of ’em
Recommended time:  30-60 minutes

Downtown & Brickell

Where old Miami and new Miami collide!

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

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.  Best sites are pedestrian only.  Best to use the City tour to set up your sunset and night on the town.  

 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
  • Star Island mansions
  • Millionaires row for mid beach guests.  Extra time for South Beach.  
Recommended time: 45 minutes up to 90 minutes

Little Havana & Calle Ocho 

This stop is not my best stop, but its my most requested stop.  A great stop for Cuban Coffee,  but this area has not been Cuban for decades.  Lots of mingling with tourists and tour buses.  

To do this area right, Shenandoah, Grove Park and Riverside should be included, but it takes time.  

Recommended time:  30 minutes. 60 minutes if Grove Park + Shenandoah 

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
  • De la Cruz Art Collection

Rates per person . $65 pp for standard 4 hour tour.  

Minimum 4 passengers. For couples $80/hour w a 2.5 hour minimum.  Any extension of 4 hour tour charged at $80/hour 

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