Miami Food Tours

Which Miami Food Tours are the Best?

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The Miami food scene is a cultural melting pot of local, regional and international flavors and you will discover unique dishes you won’t find in many other places. The local cuisine is somewhat centered on seafood given the fresh abundant local supply. Miami is also known for its authentic and amazing Cuban cuisine, but other Latin American ingredients are used in restaurants throughout the city. With so much great foods waiting to be tasted, you can bet that there are many food tours to choose from. We’ve vetted the many options so you can find one that is right for you.

Some tours visit several different neighborhoods, while others focus on one specific neighborhood. Most tours are in Miami’s popular areas: South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana. The two most popular food tour companies are Miami Food Tours and Miami Culinary Tours. The average price per person (in 2016) is between $45-$60 and includes tastings and in some cases includes transport. Group size is usually limited to under 15 people which is a nice size to enjoy your tour. We recommend that if you have any food allergies or restrictions, make sure to check each tour carefully  to see whether or not they can accommodate you before buying a ticket.

 

SOUTH BEACH FOOD TOURS

If you’re looking for a tour that offers a taste of almost everything under the sun, South Beach is your best bet. Discover what happens when foods typical of Cuba, Argentina, Spain and the Caribbean make their way to Florida and end up in creative and inventive meals.

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Miami Art Deco District

Miami Art Deco District Self-Guided Tour

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In the early 20th century, Miami was becoming a popular tourist destination during the winter due to its warmer climate and beautiful beaches. Travelers looking to escape the cold weather of northern states began to visit the Magic City in droves as soon as the first snowflake hit. It was due to this behavior and similar movements around the country that many of these visitors became known as “snowbirds.” In order to accommodate these audiences and many more, developers began to construct hotels and hostels that would attract them, choosing unique Art Deco designs both to save money and to attract potential customers.

Many of these locations still exist today, and their architectural style is a fantastic sight to behold. Depending on the era in which they were built, these buildings often represent interesting time periods in Miami’s history. Simply walking down Ocean Drive reveals much of the city’s history through the eyes of several creative architectural designers. With that in mind, let’s go on a tour of Miami’s Art Deco District and discover how South Beach has developed over almost a century.

This self-guided walking tour will take at least an hour or two to complete, so be prepared for the trek and make sure to bring some water with you. If you ever feel like taking a break at one of the many restaurants that you will see along the way, don’t hesitate to get off your feet for a little while and enjoy some of the delicious flavors of South Beach. Remember, this tour is under your control, so you are free to take it at your own pace. Relax and have fun while learning all about Miami’s architectural history!

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Which Miami boat tour is right for you?

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As you can no doubt imagine, a city located near the ocean is going to have a lot of different boat tours. This is definitely true for Miami, but you might still be surprised at the wide variety of boating tours you can expect to find in the Magic City. In addition to several airboat tours of the Everglades, you’ll also find a lot of speed boat tours, cruise ship tours, sail boat tours, kayak tours and more. Whether you want to explore the river of grass in the Everglades, or you’re more interested in discovering the South Beach area, there are several different Miami boat tours that will help you to discover everything that this subtropical paradise has to offer.

Some of these tours offer more than just a boat ride, while others are little more than just transportation. With that in mind, we’ve decided to compile a list of the available boat tours in Miami and compare them for your convenience.

 


Speedboat Tours

Combo Package Tours


 

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Top Ten Things To Do In Miami At Night

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Miami is a beautiful and vibrant city with many different sights and activities to enjoy. Miami beach carWhile it’s true that a lot of the most beloved attractions in the Magic City are only available during the day, the nightlife in Miami offers an entirely different experience. If you’re not interested in the typical tourist traps and you want to discover what this melting pot looks like after dark, here are several different ideas to consider.

 

Sunset Cruise in Miami

Before you go out on the town, perhaps you should see what the city looks like when the sun begins to set. Miami sunsets are one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see, and there’s no better way to experience them than by taking a cruise. Waterplay USA offers a sunset cruise around South Beach that will truly set the mood for a wonderful evening in the city. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks are made available to guests upon request. Adult passengers can also expect complimentary champagne to enjoy while they are taking in the views.

 

Miami City Lights Air Tour

Whether by helicopter or airplane, seeing the magnificent skyline of Miami light up at night is truly a sight to behold. There are several tour companies offering flights around the city at night, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding an air tour that fits your schedule. These tours typically last around an hour long, and you can expect to pay between $160-$200 per passenger. Although this may be one of the more costly activities on the list, it is also one of the most highly rated experiences in Miami. If you’re looking for an exciting family activity, a nighttime air tour is a great way to see the city from a completely different perspective.

 

Art Walk at Night

Miami Beach Art Deco hotelIf you’re looking for a way to save money while discovering the wonderful artwork in Miami’s art district, this is an excellent option. On the first Friday of every month, the Coral Gables Gallery offers free admission between 6 PM-10 PM. Alternatively, the Wynwood Art District Gallery also offers free admission on the second Saturday of every month between 7 PM-10 PM. Imagine going to see two different art galleries for free during the span of just two weekends? Whether you’re a Miami native or you’re just visiting, these free art walks are an excellent opportunity.

There is also a guided art walk provided by the Miami Design Preservation League on Thursday nights at 6:30 PM. One way to take advantage of this guided tour is by getting the GoMiami Card, which gives you access to a wide variety of attractions in the city. There are several different opportunities to discover the unique artistic vision of the Magic City, so make sure to choose the art walk that best fits your expectations.

 

Live Jazz Performances

The Jazz scene in Miami is absolutely wonderful, with several different venues offering a variety of live shows. As a matter of fact, some clubs even pride themselves on having a live Jazz performance every single night. One such venue is Jazid, which provides different activities on every night of the week.

In addition to locally owned Jazz venues, you’ll also find performances at several of Miami’s more notable hotels. In particular, the LILT Lounge at the EPIC Hotel offers live Jazz music Tuesday through Saturday. The Betsy Hotel also provides a show they call the “Mostly Jazz Live Music Series” on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 PM. Admission to both of these live shows is free, so feel free to make the trip even if you don’t have a lot of money.

 

Late Night Movies

When the sun goes down, Miami’s night owls all begin to gather at their favorite local hotspots. Some of them will visit dance clubs while others prefer the silent halls of a movie theater. If you’ve seen and done pretty much everything else, why not enjoy the cool night air and take in a movie at one of the local theaters? There are several wonderful movie theaters in this city, but two in particular offer late night screenings of classic films for a low price. Coral Gables Art Cinema offers these screenings at 11:45 PM on Saturday night, while the films at O Cinema in Miami Beach will begin at 11:30 PM.

Even if you don’t choose to visit these locations, you might be surprised to find that there are quite a few movie theaters in Miami that screen a plethora of different films. At the Coral Gables Art Cinema, you can expect to discover several movies that would not typically be shown in other venues. You can also experience the newest Hollywood blockbusters in a much nicer setting at the iPic theater in Miami Beach, where you will be wined and dined while watching the latest movies. Needless to say, there are several different ways to enjoy the cinema in Miami.

 

Visit a Local Nightclub

As you can imagine, there are a lot of interesting nightclubs in the Miami area. Some are focused on live music while others literally take the party to the roof. At the Viceroy Miami, you’ll find the Fifty Ultra Lounge – an indoor/outdoor club with magnificent views of the city from the 50th floor.

When it comes to Miami’s clubs, you should expect the unexpected; there’s no such thing as average or ordinary here, as you’ll find venues that double as dinner clubs and even strip clubs. Some Miami nightclubs like Mango’s Tropical Cafe and Blume even offer live performances from flamenco dancers. It’s easy to dance the night away in an environment as dynamic and energetic as South Beach!

 

Sunset & Night Photography Workshop

Miami Beach night timeIf you want to cherish your memories of the Magic City forever, what better way than by taking a photography tour of the city at night? During this workshop, you’ll explore Miami Beach as the sun begins to set and see the city from an entirely new perspective. Whether you want to be a photographer and build your portfolio or you just want to take some great pictures of this beautiful city at night, this is an excellent opportunity to experience how Miami truly comes to life when the sun goes down. You will need a camera, tripod, and potentially a few different types of lenses in order to capture the best photos of Ocean Drive and South Beach.

 

Nighttime Jeep Tour of Miami

There are a lot of different tours offered by a variety of different companies in South Beach, but this is no ordinary tour. Instead of hopping on a bus or going for a long walk, Tons of Fun Tours will drive you around Miami in one of their stretch convertible Jeeps. Feel the cool night air blowing across your face as you explore the city at night and learn all about the wonderful culture. On this tour you will visit the Art Deco District, Downtown Miami, Bayfront Park, The Miami Tower and several other notable locations in the area. Discover what happens to SoBe after dark in style and comfort as you cruise around in one of these awesome Jeeps!

 

Discover The Local Theatre

The Actors’ Playhouse is one of the highest rated attractions in the city, with shows that appeal to almost everyone. In addition to several Off-Broadway shows, they also have productions aimed at more of a family audience. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, taking in a play at one of the most beloved theatres in Miami is definitely an excellent option. Featuring a beautiful art deco terrazzo, this award winning playhouse has managed to capture the hearts and minds of Miami natives. Supporters of the performing arts owe it to themselves to discover this wonderful theatre located conveniently in Coral Gables.
Go on a Pub Crawl

If the Miami nightclubs aren’t your scene, perhaps you’d prefer to visit some of the lively pubs and bars that the city has to offer. Although many of the venues in South Beach are high intensity clubs offering dinner, live performances and even strip shows, the entertainment you will find in other neighborhoods is much more relaxed.

Food Tours of Miami offers what they call the “Out and About Pub Crawl,” which will take you to several different pubs in the Coral Gables neighborhood. Many of the Pub Crawls you will find in Miami actually take you to a variety of clubs, so this is an excellent opportunity to avoid the nightclub scene and experience a side of the city that is often left untouched.

 

Everglades Swamp tour

Which Everglades tour is the Best

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The Florida Everglades represent the largest subtropical ecosystem in the United States, and they are home to a variety of flora and fauna that you won’t find anywhere else. Anyone can go to a zoo and see animals from exotic locales, but it’s a lot more exciting to actually see them in their natural habitat. Everglades swampWith that in mind, we’ve decided to compare and contrast some of the most highly rated tours of the area. Whether you’re hoping to find out more about swamp tours or airboat tours, we’re going to take a closer look at the companies providing these services in order to help you make the right choice for the best possible experience.

Most of the tour companies that visit the Everglades are located along HWY 41, just outside of Miami, Florida. A short drive outside of the city could take you to some truly amazing places. Some tours specialize in taking you close to alligators in the wild, while others focus more on the natural beauty of the environment. No matter what you want to see, chances are that these businesses will offer the experience of a lifetime. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to find when you start looking for a tour of the Everglades.

 

PUBLIC AIRBOAT TOURS

PRIVATE AIRBOAT TOURS

SWAMP BUGGY TOURS

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Which Miami Bus Tours Are Best?

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This post reviews and compares the many different bus tour options available in Miami, a stunning city with plenty of things to do for all different types of people. However, it is also a huge city, with different things to see in almost every neighborhood. If you want to see it all, you would struggle to do so if you were to travel by yourself. This is why you may want to consider a bus tour instead. The only difficulty you may have, however, is choosing which which Miami bus tours are best, as there are so many different options.

This is why we have compiled a list of what we believe to be the best Miami bus tours. This will give you a better indication of which tour to choose from.


Hop On Hop Off Tours

Tours to Key West

Amphibious Bus Tours


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Is Travel Insurance Worth It?

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Is Travel insurance worth it?Travel insurance is often the last thing you have on your mind when planning your next trip for just yourself, with your family or with friends. We look forward to a well-earned and long-desired vacation and we know deep down, however, that travelling brings about the unexpected (mostly in good ways). For the hopefully rare bad case scenarios, where you need to cancel a trip due to hazardous weather, sickness, the death of a family member, or any accidents during your trip, stolen or lost luggage/passports/wallets, and even worse injury or death of a travel mate, you want to be covered. Instead of overthinking the many things that might happen, travel insurance can help to put your mind at ease for the many what-ifs, so you can get back to planning and enjoying the fun things about your next trip.  So, is travel insurance worth it?

Be sure to read our post on purchasing a SIM Card for the US.

Travel insurance – what to look for:

Most travel insurance plans cover 2 main things: travel benefits and medical benefits. Those usually entail:

  • a refund when you need to cancel your trip due to emergency
  • covered expenses when a flight is delayed or cancelled or when you miss your flight
  • compensation of expenses if your carrier loses or delays your luggage
  • Coverage of expenses for any medical or dental emergency during your trip
  • Coverage of cost for medical emergency evacuation or accidental death or dismemberment
  • Optional benefits include car rental insurance

Depending on the provider benefits may differ in cost and range, so make sure you read the small print. Read more »

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

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Many of our tour guests who travel from afar or from overseas have trouble to adjust to the new time difference in their destination city. Here are some tips on how to avoid jet lag.

When you travel to another time zone, your internal clock is off – that’s what you call jet lag. Usually getting over jet lag should take 3-4 days depending on how far you have traveled from. Flying eastwards will make it a bit harder to adjust to the new time zone, then when you are flying westwards. That is because our body accepts it better if you are staying up a little later, then having to go to bed much earlier than usual. In addition, if you are used to getting up rather early, flying eastwards is a little bit easier than for people who generally stay up late. And vice versa, if you are a night owl, you will have less trouble adjusting, if you were traveling westwards.

How can I avoid  jet lag or at least minimize it?

  • Start to adjust your internal clock several days before you fly, by staying up later (if traveling westwards) or getting to bed earlier (if travelling eastwards).
  • Once you are in the plane, act like you are in your destination time zone already e.g. change your clock, take a nap, eat moderately or skip a meal and avoid alcohol.
  • Be healthy and well rested. The more you rest before your big travel, the easier it will be to adjust to your new time zone.
  • If you are travelling overseas, on the day of your flight, try to sleep in or sleep as long as you can. This goes for either direction, as you will likely skip a night travelling eastwards, or you will have to stay up much longer when you arrive travelling westwards.
  • Bring a neck pillow and nap on the plane. Even if you don’t fall asleep into a deep slumber, your body will thank you later for each little 20 minute nap you do on the plane.
  • Stay hydrated. It’s best to purchase a bottle of water at the airport (after you are through security), so you don’t have to get the stewardess attention every time.
  • Once you arrive, don’t nap more than 30 minutes or go to bed immediately if it’s not bedtime yet. Stay up till at least 9 pm. This discipline on your first day of arrival, will get you over jetlag much faster.

Other things to consider when travelling to different time zones and jet lag:

When flying westwards, e.g. from Europe to New York, or from Washington DC to San Francisco: Don’t make any late evening plans the first couple of nights.  You might think you are up to it, but your body will tell you otherwise. If you are booking our walking tours, stick to the morning and daytime tours, and avoid the evening tours.

When flying eastwards, e.g. from California to New York, or from Boston to London: Don’t make any morning plans the first couple of days.  Instead plan more things to do in the afternoon and evenings. If you are booking our walking tours, avoid the early 10 am tours, and go for the afternoon or evening tours.

+++We hope you have safe and enjoyable travels without much jet lag and we look forward to having you on our famous pay-what-you-like walking tours soon.+++

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How to avoid Jet Lag

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What is jet lag? Many of our tour guests who travel from afar or from overseas have trouble to adjust to the new time difference in their destination city. Here are some tips on how to avoid jet lag. When you travel to another time zone, your internal clock is off – that’s what you call jet lag. Usually getting over jet lag should take 3-4 days depending on how far you have traveled from. Flying eastwards will make it a bit harder to adjust to the new time zone, then when you are flying westwards. That is because our body accepts it better if you are staying up a little later, then having to go to bed much earlier than usual. In addition, if you are used to getting up rather early, flying eastwards is a little bit easier than for people who generally stay up late. And vice versa, if you are a night owl, you will have less trouble adjusting, if you were traveling westwards. How can I avoid or minimize the jet lag?

  • Start to adjust your internal clock several days before you fly, by staying up later (if traveling westwards) or getting to bed earlier (if travelling eastwards).
  • Once you are in the plane, act like you are in your destination time zone already e.g. change your clock, take a nap, eat moderately or skip a meal and avoid alcohol.
  • Be healthy and well rested. The more you rest before your big travel, the easier it will be to adjust to your new time zone.
  • If you are travelling overseas, on the day of your flight, try to sleep in or sleep as long as you can. This goes for either direction, as you will likely skip a night travelling eastwards, or you will have to stay up much longer when you arrive travelling westwards.
  • Bring a neck pillow and nap on the plane. Even if you don’t fall asleep into a deep slumber, your body will thank you later for each little 20 minute nap you do on the plane.
  • Stay hydrated. It’s best to purchase a bottle of water at the airport (after you are through security), so you don’t have to get the stewardess attention every time.
  • Once you arrive, don’t nap more than 30 minutes or go to bed immediately if it’s not bedtime yet. Stay up till at least 9 pm. This discipline on your first day of arrival, will get you over jetlag much faster.

Other things to consider when travelling to different time zones and jet lag: When flying westwards, e.g. from Europe to New York, or from Washington DC to San Francisco: Don’t make any late evening plans the first couple of nights.  You might think you are up to it, but your body will tell you otherwise. If you are booking our walking tours, stick to the morning and daytime tours, and avoid the evening tours. When flying eastwards, e.g. from California to New York, or from Boston to London: Don’t make any morning plans the first couple of days.  Instead plan more things to do in the afternoon and evenings. If you are booking our walking tours, avoid the early 10 am tours, and go for the afternoon or evening tours. +++We hope you have safe and enjoyable travels without much jet lag and we look forward to having you on our famous pay-what-you-like walking tours soon.+++

Budget friendly travel options throughout the US

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Free Tours by Foot offers pay-what-you-like walking, bike, bus, food and theme tours for every budget, because we believe that everybody should be able to explore the stories, history, and hidden gems of the city they are visiting.  We offer tours of U.S. cities such as BostonChicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charleston and New Orleans and we often have visitors exploring our tours in different cities. We frequently get the question, what we suggest are the best ways to get around the U.S. and while most travelers have a car or rent a car, that option does not always suit everybody. Here are some budget-friendly ways to travel from city to city without car.

Connecting New York – Boston – Philadelphia – Washington D.C.

A great, easy, and budget-friendly option to travel between the big cities of the northeast is by bus.  There are several different bus companies that are connecting the Northeast cities; and depending which route you take, tickets can be as cheap as $12 one-way. Thanks to the increased number of bus companies, there usually is enough time to book your ticket online 24 hours in advance, unless you are set on a specific time schedule or travel with a larger group.  Also, bear in mind, rush hour departures/arrivals around 9am and 5pm can add another hour to your trip if your bus gets stuck in traffic.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Boltbus – a crowd pleaser with guaranteed seating, and easy boarding process, they usually book out last minute, so book early.
  • Megabus – offers a lot of departure time options, as their fleet departs more often than the others
  • Peter Pan – another great budget option and especially popular for Boston trips
  • Greyhound – the classy and a little more pricy option with more flexibility for refunds; make sure you arrive 30 minutes early for boarding to grab a good seat
  • DC2NY – as the name suggests they operate between NYC and DC; if you like a little more upscale bus ride experience; only rides twice a day; during the summer months, they also offer travel to Rehoboth Beach in Maryland
  • Washington Deluxe – operates between NYC and DC; great if you want to be dropped off in Brooklyn

Connecting Washington DC – Chicago – New Orleans – Charleston

First, check with your airline or flight search engines, such as Kayak, you might be surprised to find a sweet deal for a flight.  If flying is not an option, your best bet to connect these longer distances might be by train.  Going by train will certainly feel like an adventure itself and it is a more relaxing way to see the country compared to sitting in a bus, because you can walk around, read a book, etc. and let’s face it, sometimes the journey itself is the reward of travel.  Make sure you book your ticket at least 3 weeks in advance, because last minute travel by train can get really pricy. Check with Amtrak for times and prices. Here are the current estimates:

  • Washington to New Orleans – 26 hours; $147 one-way
  • New Orleans to Chicago – 19 hours; $127 one-way
  • Chicago to Washington – 17.5 hours; $94 one-way
  • Washington to Charleston, SC – 9 hours; $97 one-way

Greyhound also connects these cities, though you might have to add on some extra travel hours and transfers.

Free Tours by Foot is looking forward to seeing you soon at one or more of our many tours. Save travels!