See & Tour

Star Island, Biscayne Bay, Miami

Star Island is an artificial island within Miami Beach. The houses are colossal and the architecture is worth taking a look at. Most of the houses are gated. The island looks exclusive because there is a guard house, however, it is a public neighborhood and you are able to go on the island and check out the houses. The houses on Star Island are homes to and have been homes to celebrities such as Will Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, Lenny Kravitz, Gloria Estefan, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, P. Diddy and many more. If you are planning a trip to Miami this is a good bit of free sightseeing for you.

Venetian Pool

Open 11AM-5PM every day, but call to verify hours. In the 1920s Denman Dink transformed this limestone quarry into a pool with a waterfall, an area for kids and an area for adults. The water in this pool comes from a spring and is drained daily. In addition to the swimming facilities there is a snack bar (you cannot bring outside food into the Venetian Pool) and lockers. Swimming lessons are also offered here. The Venetian Pool is best known for having Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller (the silver screen’s first Tarzan) swim here. $6 people 13 years and older, $3 children under 13 $ (between November and March); $9 people 13 years and older, $5 under 13 (between April and October).

Info: 2701 DeSoto Blvd (in Coral Gables), +1 305 460-5306 – http://www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=167

Miami Helicopter

FAA certified helicopter tours will give you a bird’s eye view of Miami and Miami Beach. A great option for family travel.

Info: 14970 NW 42nd Ave, +1 305 687 0527 – http://www.miamihelicopter.com/

Boat Rentals with Captains

Boatsetter.com Makes Luxury Boating Affordable & Easy with peer-to-peer boat sharing. Find Miami Yachts for Charter, Certified Captains and all Types of Boat Rentals in Miami, Coconut Grove, and South Beach areas.

Info: 2890 NE 187th St, Aventura, FL 33180, (844) 262-8738 – https://www.boatsetter.com

Beaches

Of course, if you’re in Miami, you’ll want to spend some time on the beach. Miami Beach is on a barrier reef across Biscayne Bay, and its sandy, sunny beaches from party-hearty South Beach continues all the way north along the coast of Florida. As Miami has pretty temperate weather, the beaches will be active all year round. Topless sunbathing is tolerated, if not strictly legal, in Miami Beach and South Beach. If you want to take it all off, go to Haulover Beach Park in North Beach.