Take the Yacht, Skip the Tour Boat tours abound in the waters off Miami. But if you want to make your ocean trek a bit more personal – a bit more exclusive – check out Luxury Yacht Charter. This sophisticated vessel features elegant cherry wood interiors and accommodates 12; that makes it ideal for everything from an intimate proposal party to a gathering of bachelorettes. Either way, cruising down Millionaire's Row or the Intercoastal Waterway is bound to turn heads. Rates include the fuel, the crew and soft drinks, but feel free to bring your favorite food and drink aboard.
Visit Wynwood, Skip Downtown My colleague, Courtney Brooks, has been a Miami resident for 16 years. If there's a fun place to be, she's there. And her recommendation for the perfect day trip is Wynwood, where she likes to "check out the art galleries and hipster bars." In fact, there are more than 70 art galleries in this attractive neighborhood north of downtown Miami; check out their Second Saturday Art Walk. Wynwood is also commonly referred to as Little San Juan for the large number of Puerto Rican natives who've moved here; and that flavor is alive and well in many of the area's markets, restaurants and shops.
Fly a Kite, Drop the Beach Ball We're not talking about the kite you fly while standing in the sand. This is kiteboarding – you're surfing across the water, as the huge kite above you catches wind and propels you ahead. This thrill sport has found a haven of sorts in South Florida. Full-body workout meets exhilaration. Try it out with a one-hour lesson at Miami Kiteboarding – one-on-one instruction that includes testing your skills on a top-of-the-line Liquid Force board.
Gabe Saglie is Senior Editor for Travelzoo, which features hotel, airfare and a bevy of local deals in Miami at http://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/Miami/deals.