Shopping in Bal Harbour, golfing at the Biltmore, lounging at Lummus Park Beach. These are just a few great reasons to get to your port city early if you are sailing out of Miami. And we have plenty more! So add on a few extra days to explore the magic of Miami before (or after) your next cruise.

Shopping in Bal Harbour

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he open-air shopping mall is known around the world for its unprecedented selection of high-end brands including Chanel, Dior, Prada, Balenciaga, and so much more. The chic scene includes a bouquet of European style cafes in a beautiful, tropical garden setting.

Golfing at the Biltmore

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The idyllic Biltmore Golf Course played host to The Miami-Biltmore Open, one of the richest prize purse professional golf tournaments of its time. Today the 18 hole, 71 par course draws a bespoke crowd to it lushly landscaped grounds set to the backdrop of the iconic hotel.

Lummus Park Beach

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Of course, you have to visit South Beach, but more specifically, the storied Lummus Park Beach. On one side of the beach lies the art deco cafes, boutiques, and bars of Ocean Drive, on the other; the famous candy-colored lifeguard stands and crystal blue waters. Take a stroll along the beach walk, let the kids play in the playground or explore the many water activities from parasailing to jet skiing at the famed beach.

Try Authentic Cuban Cuisine at Versailles

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Homemade croquetas, empanadas, guava pastries, and ropa vieja earns Versailles the moniker  “World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant.” Serving traditional Cuban cuisine since it opened in 1971, Versailles quickly became the unofficial town square for Cuban residents of Miami. And today it still embodies the essence of the vibrant country and rich cultural heritage of Cuba.

Explore Miami Design District

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The Miami Design District has it all: innovative fashion, architecture and design. Check out Art Angels, the go-to gallery for the chic and elite and the Frei Otto Tent, a tribute to the 2015 Pritz Architecture Prize Winner Frei Otto. After, make sure to grab coffee and pastries at Dior’s new Pop Up Café, on the garden terrace of its Miami Design District woman’s boutique.

Dine at Amara at Paraiso

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Bold Latin flavors married with coastal ingredients come alive in James Beard winner Michael Schwartz’s quintessential Miami waterfront restaurant. Menu items such as Banana Leaf Wrapped Cobia, House Made Chorizos and Cashew Chocolate Torte explode with innovation.