Hotels at Cruise Ports in Miami

by Wendy K. Leigh
Miami is a popular cruise stopover city.

Miami is a popular cruise stopover city.

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The Port of Miami is a departure or stopover point for major cruise lines in Florida, giving visitors a chance to experience this vibrant, multicultural city made famous by movie stars and gleaming white beaches. For those who stay overnight, hotels are plentiful along the waterfront near the port, with the central downtown area only five minutes away.

Location

All passenger cruise ships that come in and out of the Port of Miami dock at terminals D and E, located in the Biscayne Bay, near the downtown area. Most hotels within three miles of the port are located along Biscayne Boulevard, North Bayshore Drive, or in the prestigious Brickell area of downtown. Many of the hotels offer complimentary shuttle service for cruise ship passengers, and taxis also line up near the entrance to the port. The notorious Miami beaches, and the Art Deco district, are just across the MacArthur Causeway, on the other side of the bay.

Bayside Marketplace Area

One of the most popular gathering places in this part of Miami is the Bayside Marketplace, with more than 120 boutique shops and galleries as well as live entertainment and a wide variety of culinary choices. Hotels surrounding the Marketplace give cruise passengers the closest location and convenient access to the port. The Holiday Inn is only 300 yards from the entrance to the port, and directly across the street from the Marketplace. Continental Downtown Bayside Hotel and the Intercontinental Hotel are both in the immediate area as well, with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and a short stroll to the Bayfront Park.

North Bayshore Drive

While most hotels are just south of the port, heading towards downtown, a cluster of upscale properties sits about five minutes north of the cruise pier entrance, on or near North Bayshore Drive. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, the the Marriott, Hilton and Doubletree all have properties here, as well as the the Opera Suites and Marina Hotel. This location is near the Omni Mall, in what is generally considered the art and design district of Miami.

Downtown

South of the port, following Biscayne Boulevard toward the central downtown business district, several notable hotels are within three miles. Tempo Miami and Hotel Urbano are sophisticated and contemporary in design, while the Miami River Inn is a historic bed-and-breakfast inn near the river as it flows into the Biscayne Bay. The Viceroy Hotel in the Brickell neighborhood downtown is a massive structure spread over 10 urban acres with open parks and a natural environment.

Brickell Key

A tiny triangular island jutting into the bay offers an exclusive semi-private setting to those willing to pay the price. The luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel is perched on the island of Brickell Key, with views of the bay and the Miami skyline, boasting a renowned holistic spa with VIP suites and a private beach club. Their M-Bar presents more than 250 different martinis, and the Cafe Sambal has an acclaimed sushi bar. This property is one mile from the Port of Miami.

About the Author

Wendy K. Leigh is a travel writer and photojournalist from Seattle. She is the Editor of Islands America, a travel website for visiting islands within the United States. She also writes about home design, food and historical architecture. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.

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