There are plenty of things to do in Miami Beach for sun-loving adventurers. To fully understand the city’s majesty, water-based adventures are ideal. Whether you are deep-sea fishing, boating on the bay, or paddling through a canal, being on the water is guaranteed to get the adrenaline flowing.
The deep-sea fishing charter helmed by Captain Stan Saffan at Therapy-IV makes encounters with aquatic life happen on a daily basis. In fact, it’s one of the most thrilling things to do in Miami Beach. The Atlantic waters off the coast are home to dozens of species, such as marlin, sailfish, shark, snapper, tuna, and wahoo. Captain Stan, who built his first charter fishing boat in 1976, refers to them as “big monsters,” and he’s known for zeroing in on their hard-to-find hangouts. His 58-foot sport fishing boats are both utilitarian and luxurious—large enough for a group of adrenaline junkies, and stocked with top-notch equipment.
Ocean Force Adventures Miami Beach
To explore Miami’s past and present, hop aboard Ocean Force Adventures‘ agile, low-profile Zodiac RIB (rigid inflatable boat). It zips through Biscayne Bay—from South Beach to Brickell to Key Biscayne—with fascinating commentary from licensed captains, who are experts on the area’s history and culture. This two-hour sightseeing tour will change the way you think about Miami and its nuances. Learn about infamous movie sets, lifestyles of the rich and famous, ancient inhabitants, early settlers, and the historic Stiltsville community in the middle of Biscayne National Park.
Safari Tours Miami
Escape Miami’s glitzy cityscape by joining Safari Tours Miami on a nature trip through Everglades National Park. This half-day excursion breaks down the unique biological park via an airboat ride through the wetlands, where lush vegetation and untamed wildlife exist on the border of temperate and sub-tropical America. As a World Heritage Site, its preservation efforts are heightened, yet the complex biodiversity is still threatened by commercial exploitation and climate change. Nevertheless, you can spot hundreds of species of birds in the swamp, alongside alligators, crocodiles, manatees, Florida panthers, and turtles.
South Beach Kayak
Kayaking or paddleboarding on Biscayne Bay is an exhilarating way to feel the sun’s warm rays, get a good workout, and be close to the water without actually diving in. Rent the colorful vessels from South Beach Kayak in Sunset Harbor, which specializes in teaching the basics to first-timers. The late-afternoon sunset cruise includes commentary from a knowledgeable guide and the chance to watch an epic sunset from the bay—Miami style.
When it comes to things to do in Miami Beach, perhaps swimming and dolphin-watching aboard a stunning 65-foot sailboat is more your speed? A private excursion with Sailo will take you to the best swimming spots in Miami and off the coast to see the dolphins play. Their serene natural setting is the perfect antidote to a hectic day. The captain provided by Sailo guides your intimate group for up to four hours on the water, with lunch and all the fixings for a tranquil day at sea.