The time has finally arrived to travel to South Florida to hop aboard the cruise ship for a Caribbean sailing and you can’t bare to wait another moment to explore every deck, all the public rooms and stake out your place in the casino or at the pool deck bar.
But most cruisers don’t realize that there are fantastic destinations just beyond the cruise port terminals in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale that helps get them in the tropical vacation spirit while they wait for that late afternoon departure.
In Miami, cruisers can see their ship docked in Port while sipping on a tropical drink at Bayside Marketplace, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment complex that features the Hard Rock Cafe, the Pier 5 Marketplace with unique, international merchandise and a Marina Stage with live music performances amidst the backdrop of luxurious yachts and tall ships.
Just a couple of miles north of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, cruisers also will be enamored with Las Olas Riverfront, a waterfront complex with trendy boutiques, light fare restaurants and yes, water facing bars that serve tall, cool drinks amidst views of the Fort Lauderdale intracoastal waterway.
So whether it’s a last minute shopping need to complete that Caribbean attire, a desire to experience a slice of South Florida or resisting arriving at the party too early, Bayside Marketplace and Las Olas Riverfront can offer the perfect bon voyage before the ship even backs away from the pier. For more information on luggage storing, transportation to and from the Ports, contact Bayside Marketplace at 305-577-3344 or Las Olas Riverfront at 954-522-6566.