Miami Marlins. Miami's baseball team, formerly known as the Florida Marlins, moved into a new home in 2012, Marlins Park—a 37,442-seat retractable-roof, air-conditioned baseball stadium on the grounds of Miami's famous Orange Bowl. Go see the team that came out of nowhere to beat the New York Yankees and win the 2003 World Series. Home games are April through early October. Marlins Park, 501 N.W. 16 Ave., Little Havana, Miami, FL, 33125. 305/480–1300; 305/480–2523 for tickets. $10–$395; parking from $20 and should be prepurchased online.


Miami Heat. The 2006, 2012, and 2013 NBA champs play at the 19,600-seat, waterfront AmericanAirlines Arena. The state-of-the-art venue features restaurants, a wide patio overlooking Biscayne Bay, and a silver sun-shaped special-effects scoreboard with rays holding wide-screen TVs. Start your game in style at sbe Entertainment Group's Hyde AAA, a 250-person VIP lounge and club, court-level on the south end of the arena. Home games are held November through April, but face-value tickets can be difficult to get on short notice, especially when the team is doing well. AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown, Miami, FL, 33132. 800/462–2849 ticket hotline; 786/777–1000 arena. $15–$375.


Perfect weather and flat terrain make Miami–Dade County a popular place for cyclists; however, biking here can also be quite dangerous. Be very vigilant when biking on Miami Beach, or better yet, steer clear and bike the beautiful paths of Key Biscayne instead.

Key Cycling. On an island where biking is a way of life, this Key Biscayne bike shop carries a wide range of amazing bikes in its showroom, as well as any kind of bike accessory imaginable. Out-of-towners can rent mountain or hybrid bikes for $20 for two hours, $24 for the day, and $100 for the week. Galleria Shopping Center, 328 Crandon Blvd., Suite 121, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, 33149. 305/361–0061.

Miami Beach Bicycle Center. The easiest and most economical place for a bike rental on Miami Beach is this shop near Ocean Drive. Rent a bike for $5 per hour, $18 per day, or $80 for the week. All bike rentals include locks, helmets, and baskets. 601 5th St., South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 305/674–0150.

Boating and Sailing

Boating, whether on sailboats, powerboats, luxury yachts, WaveRunners, or windsurfers, is a passion in Greater Miami. The Intracoastal Waterway, wide and sheltered Biscayne Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean provide ample opportunities for fun aboard all types of watercraft.

The best windsurfing spots are on the north side of the Rickenbacker Causeway at Virginia Key Beach or to the south at, go figure, Windsurfer Beach.


Bayshore Landing Marina. This bustling Coconut Grove marina is home to dozens of boat slips and plenty of companies that provide yacht or fishing charters. It also has a lively seafood restaurant called Monty's that's great for a cold beer while viewing the nautical eye candy. 2560 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove, Miami, FL, 33133. 305/854–7997.

Haulover Marine Center. It may be low on glamour, but this small marina, with a bait-and-tackle shop and a 24-hour marine gas station, is high on service. 15000 Collins Ave., north of Bal Harbour, North Beach, Miami Beach, FL, 33154. 305/945–3934.

Miami Beach Marina. Near the Art Deco District there is plenty to entice sailors and landlubbers alike: restaurants, charters, boat rentals, a complete marine-hardware store, a dive shop (Tarpoon Lagoon), excursion vendors, a large grocery store, a fuel dock, concierge services, and 400 slips accommodating vessels of up to 250 feet. There's also a U.S. Customs clearing station, hence the marina's nickname "Gateway to the Bahamas." Picnic tables along the docks make this marina especially visitor-friendly. 300 Alton Rd., South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 305/673–6000.

Outfitters and Expeditions

American Water Sports. It’s easy to find your sea legs here with an expansive fleet of boats, including center consoles, bow riders, and the newest South Wind Vessels. More regal excursions are offered via yacht charters from a selection of 30-foot vessels to 100-foot megayachts with captain and crew who can take you around Star Island or down to Bimini via local cruising and extended excursion packages. Additional high-performance Jet Ski rentals allow for up-close exploration of the area solo or on guided tours. Those who simply want to play will appreciate an extra-large Ride Zone. Monty's Marina, 2560 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove, Miami, FL, 33133. 305/856–6559.

Miami Water Sports. Looking for the complete playground of water sports? Look no further than the picturesque Dinner Key Marina, formerly the Pan America Airways base of operations. Rentals include kayaks, paddleboards, and small boats. The extra intrepid can venture in parasailing, which offers particularly great views of downtown and South Beach from its Grove location, or rocket above the waters with flyboarding (where jet packs are placed on your feet for an Iron Man–like experience). Lessons are included in most activities. Bonus: free parking and lockers are included. 3400 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove, Miami, FL, 33133. 305/345–4104.

Playtime Watersports. A regularly scheduled evening sunset cruise through Biscayne Bay on the 50-foot sailing "Great White Catamaran" departs nightly, from Thursday through Sunday, at 6:30 pm from Marbella Marina in downtown, but reservations are required. Playtime also offers all-inclusive, fully crewed private charters on its catamaran. Marbella Marina, 801 Brickell Bay Dr., behind the Four Ambassadors Hotel, Downtown, Miami, FL, 33131. 305/458–3133.

Sailboards Miami. Rent paddle boards and kayaks or learn how to windsurf from this permanent, roadside adventure outfitter, directly off Rickenbacker Causeway. These friendly folks say they teach more Windsurfers each year than anyone in the United States and promise to teach you to wind-surf within two hours—for $79. It's open Friday through Tuesday, from 10 to 5:30 Mile 6.5 on Rickenbacker Causeway, go right before bridge, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL. 305/892–8992.


Miami Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins have one of the largest average attendance figures in the NFL. Come see the team that completed the NFL's only perfect season (circa 1972), ending in a Super Bowl win of Super Bowl VII. They also then won Super Bowl VIII. Home games are September through January at Sun Life Stadium, which will be undergoing renovations throughout 2016 to become a more modern, tech-savvy stadium. Sun Life Stadium, 2269 N.W. 199 St., Miami Gardens, Miami, FL, 33056. 305/943–8000. 888/346–7849 for tickets.


Greater Miami has more than 30 private and public courses. Costs at most courses are higher on weekends and in season, but you can save by playing on weekdays and after 1 or 3 pm, depending on the course. Call ahead to find out when afternoon-twilight rates go into effect. For information on most courses in Miami and throughout Florida, you can visit

Biltmore Golf Course. On the grounds of the historic circa 1926 Biltmore hotel, the Biltmore Golf Course provides a golf experience primarily for in-house guests, local residents, and those visiting the Coral Gables area. The 6,800-yard, 18-hole, par-71, championship golf course was designed in 1925 by Scotsman Donald Ross, the "it" golf designer of the Roaring Twenties. Today, the lush, well-maintained course is easily accessible thanks to its advanced online booking system, where you can easily reserve your tee time and decide between pricing, depending on the time of day and year (weekdays are cheaper; and the later, the cheaper it gets). There's a pro shop on-site, and golf instruction is available through the Biltmore Golf Academy or the more extensive, on-site Total Performance Golf programs. The Biltmore Hotel, 1210 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, Miami, FL, 33134. 855/311–6903. $120 for 9 holes, $230 for 18 holes. 18 holes, 6800 yards, par 71.

Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne. On the serene island of Key Biscayne, overlooking Biscayne Bay, this top-rated, championship municipal golf course is considered one of the state's most challenging par 72 courses. Enveloped by tropical foliage, mangroves, saltwater lakes, and bay-side waters, the course also happens to be the only one in North America with a subtropical lagoon. The Devlin/Von Hagge–designed course has a USGA rating of 75.4 and a slope rating of 129 and has received national awards from both Golfweek and Golf Digest. The course is located on the south side of Crandon Park. Nonresidents should expect to pay $180 for a round during peak hours in peak season (mid-December–mid-April) and roughly half that off-season. Deeply discounted twilight rates of $56 apply after 2 pm. Tee times can be booked online. Crandon Park, 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, 33149. 305/361–9129; 855/465–3305 for tee times. $180. 18 holes, 7400 yards, par 72.

The Senator Course at Shula's Golf Club. Deep in the suburbs of west Miami, the Senator Course at Shula's Golf Club boasts the longest championship course in the area (7,055 yards, par 72), a lighted par-3 course, and a golf school. The championship, classic-style Senator Course was originally designed in 1962 by Bill Watts, updated by Kipp Schulties in 1998, and completely refreshed in late 2013, with improvements that included sparkling new Champion Bermuda greens and new Celebration Bermuda tees. The club hosts dozens of tournaments yearly. Because of its remote location, green fees tend to be on the lower side, varying by season and time. You'll pay in the lower range on weekdays, more on weekends, and a third of prime-time rates after 2 pm. Golf carts are included. For true golf enthusiasts, there's the on-site Don Shula hotel—a comfortable base to eat, live, and breathe golf. 7601 Miami Lakes Dr., 154th St. Exit off Rte. 826, Miami Lakes, FL, 33014. 305/820–8088. $130. 18 holes, 7055 yards, par 70.

Trump National Doral Miami. Just west of Miami proper, Trump National Doral Miami is best known for the par-72 Blue Monster course (renovated in 2013) and the World Golf Championships–Cadillac Championship. The week of festivities planned around this March tournament, which offers $8.5 million in prize money, brings hordes of pro-golf aficionados to South Florida. But there's far more to the Trump golf grounds than the Dick Wilson–designed Blue Monster and the Cadillac Championship. There are four other renowned golf courses—the Greg Norman–designed Great White Course, the Raymon Floyd–redesigned Gold Course, the Jim McClean Signature Course, and the Red course (under renovation at press time)—and numerous other tournaments throughout the year; hence, golf enthusiasts flock here year-round. 4400 N.W. 87th Ave., 36th St. Exit off Rte. 826, Doral, Miami, FL, 33178. 800/713–6725. Blue Monster Course, $450; Great White Course, $250; Gold Course, $190. Blue Monster Course: 18 holes, 7300 yards, par 72; Great White Course: 18 holes, 7200 yards, par 72; Gold Course: 18 holes, 6600 yards, par 70.

Miami Beach Golf Club. Dating back to 1923, the Bayshore Golf Course was completely revived in 2002 with a $10 million top-to-bottom renovation. Now run as the Miami Beach Golf Club, the Arthur Hills–redesigned course offers excellent golf in the heart of South Beach at a lovely 18-hole, par-72 course. While the course does not overlook the ocean or the bay, it's the best course you'll find in Miami Beach. While green fees run on the high side in winter, they go down to nearly half-price in summer. Don't make the mistake of going to the nearby par-3 Bayshore Municipal Golf Course. 2301 Alton Rd., South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 305/532–3350. $200. 18 holes, 6800 yards, par 72.

Guided Tours

Boat Tours

Duck Tours Miami. Like the campy duck tours that originated in Boston and are now commonplace in several cities across the United States, duck-themed amphibious WWII vehicles make daily 90-minute tours of Miami that combine land and sea views. Comedy, quacks, and cheese are part of the mix. There are deep discounts for kids. 1661 James Ave., South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 305/673–2217. $32.

Island Queen Cruises. Working with nine boats, experiences on the very touristy Island Queen Cruises run the gamut—sunset cruises, dance cruises, fishing cruises, speedboat rides, and their signature, tours of Millionaire's Row, Miami's waterfront homes of the rich and famous. The Island Queen, Island Lady, and Miami Lady are three double-decker, 140-passenger tour boats docked at Bayside Marketplace that set sail daily for 90-minute narrated tours of the Port of Miami and Millionaires' Row. For the same tour with a lot more speed, take the tour on the high-speed Bayside Blaster. 401 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown, Miami, FL, 33132. 305/379–5119. From $15.

Walking Tours

Art Deco District Walking Tour. Operated by the Miami Design Preservation League, this is a 90-minute guided walking tour that departs from the league's welcome center at Ocean Drive and 10th Street. It starts at 10:30 am daily, with an extra tour at 6:30 pm Thursday. Alternatively, you can go at your own pace with the league's self-guided iPod audio tour, which also takes roughly an hour and a half. 1001 Ocean Dr., South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 305/763–8026. $25 guided tour, $20 self-guided audio tour.

Little Havana Arts & Culture Walk. Cultural institution HistoryMiami (formerly the Historical Museum of Southern Florida) runs some fabulous art and cultural tours of Little Havana (spiked with plenty of Cuban coffees and cigars, of course). Enjoy the unique architecture of this ethnic enclave and community history by visiting art galleries, botanicas, cigar factories, and the Cuba Ocho Art and Research Center, featuring rare Cuban art from early 19th and 20th century. The two-hour tour is offered monthly and leaves from the juice stand and market Los Pinareños Fruteria at 10 am. Tours aren't available every month, so check the website ahead of time to book. 1334 S.W. 8 St., Little Havana, Miami, FL, 33134. 305/375–1621. $30.


In fitness-obsessed Miami, missing a workout would be unheard of. Many of the smaller boutique hotels don't have their own gyms, but many have arrangements with a gym nearby.

Anatomy at 1220. Only in Miami could a 13,000-square-foot gym double as an art gallery. Welcome to Anatomy at 1220, a high-design fitness center illuminated by Lucite chandeliers and grounded in state-of-the-art equipment, hydrotherapy circuits, and an oxygen chamber, capped by an outdoor rooftop lounge that is patronized by some of the hottest people on the planet! This place pens a new chapter in the world of physical fitness. There are various levels of membership, including some that cater to out-of-towners. 1220 20th St., South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 786/213–1220.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Diving and snorkeling on the offshore coral wrecks and reefs on a calm day can be very rewarding. Chances are excellent that you'll come face-to-face with a flood of tropical fish. One option is to find Fowey, Triumph, Long, and Emerald reefs in 10- to 15-foot dives that are perfect for snorkelers and beginning divers. On the edge of the continental shelf a little more than 3 miles out, these reefs are just 1/4 mile away from depths greater than 100 feet. Another option is to paddle around the tangled prop roots of the mangrove trees that line the coast, peering at the fish, crabs, and other creatures hiding there.

Perhaps the area's most unusual diving options are its artificial reefs. Since 1981, Miami-Dade County's Department of Environmental Resources Management has sunk tons of limestone boulders and a water tower, army tanks, and almost 200 boats of all descriptions to create a "wreckreational" habitat where divers can swim with yellow tang, barracudas, nurse sharks, snapper, eels, and grouper. The website offers an interactive map of wreck locations.

Divers Paradise of Key Biscayne. This complete dive shop and diving-charter service next to the Crandon Park Marina, includes equipment rental and scuba instruction with PADI and NAUI affiliation. Four-hour dive trips are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:30, weekends 8:30 and 1:30. Night dives are offered Thursday at 5:30. Crandon Park Marina, 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, 33149. 305/361–3483. $60. Closed Mon.

South Beach Dive and Surf. Dedicated to all things ocean, this PADI 5-Star Dive Shop offers multiple diving and snorkeling trips weekly as well as surfboard, paddleboard, and skateboard sales, rentals and lessons. The Discover Scuba course (for non-certified divers) trains newcomers every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8 am which includes two dives in Key Largo's John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary that same day. Night dives take place each Wednesday at 5, and wreck and reef dives on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 am and noon. The center also runs dives in Key Largo's Spiegel Grove, the second-largest wreck ever to be sunk for the intention of recreational diving, and in the Neptune Memorial Reef, inspired by the city of Atlantis and created in part using the ashes of cremated bodies. The dive shop itself is located in the heart of South Beach, but boats depart from marinas in Miami Beach and Key Largo, in the Florida Keys. 850 Washington Ave., South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 305/531–6110.