What to Do in Miami After a Cruise

June 9, 2019 in Florida, Travel, Travel Tips - 26 Comments
Aerial view of Miami Beach at sunset.

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Cruising out of Miami? Got a long layover before your flight? Here’s what to do in Miami after a cruise. These things to do in Miami before or after your cruise are perfect for all ages and interests.

Reader, Debbie, emailed to ask what to do in Miami after a cruise before her flight

“Thinking about going on a 4-day cruise with my brother and sister-in-law who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. I want to make as easy as possible on her.

The day we fly home (Detroit) from Miami our plane does not leave until 8:45 at night. What can be done in Miami to pass the time realizing we will have to have our luggage with us?

Are there any reasonable motels that would rent just for a half of a day???? Any suggestions? We are all seniors. Thank you for your help.”

What to Do in Miami After a Cruise

Aerial view of Miami Beach at sunset.

Debbie and her family will have 8 to 10 hours to enjoy Miami after their cruise and before their flight.

They can enjoy some of these same activities from my post on what to do in Miami on a 5 hour layover, relax at an airport lounge, or book a day room in Miami.

Here are all the things they and you can do in Miami after a cruise.

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Downtown Miami has more Art Deco buildings than any other city in the United States. You can go on a Miami Beach Food and Art Deco walking tour. Or enjoy a little taste of Cuba by visiting the Cuban district of Little Havana for a Food and Culture Tour.

If you like street art, you’ll love this tour of Wynwood, Miami’s warehouse district. There’s even an option to take the Wynwood tour on a golf cart


Looking for a more adventurous way to spend your time after your Miami cruise? Consider an Everglades airboat ride, Miami Beach sightseeing cruise, or small group bike tour of South Beach


You can satisfy your inner shopaholic with one of these shopping tours: tour to the Sawgrass Mills Mall. Dolphin Shopping Mall

Pro-tip: Tours include round-trip transportation.


South Beach is more than beaches and shopping. It’s a mixing pot of food and culture. The taste of South Beach food tour takes you to five local spots where you’ll enjoy dishes from Cuba, Peru, France, and Italy. Or sample five foodie spots while learning about the local street art scene in Miami’s Design District at Palm Court.

When it’s time to head back to the airport instead of sitting at the gate, pay a visit to one of the many airport lounges. Some let you get in free with your credit card.


Pro-tip: If you have limited time or traveling with someone with special needs, consider booking a private tour.

What to Do With Luggage After a Cruise From Miami

The big question…what to with your luggage?

Depending on who you’re cruising with, some airlines can check your bags in for your flight. The cruise line takes them to the airport for you.

On Disney cruises from Miami, you can check your bags on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, or United Airlines. You have to pay airline baggage fees. So be sure to use a card like the United MileagePlus Explorer card that gives you and a companion a free checked bag.

From Miami, Holland America and Princess Cruises partner with Luggage Forward. You can ship your luggage internationally and avoid checked bag fees. Because Luggage Forward rates include any applicable baggage fees.

You can use Royal Caribbean’s fee-based Luggage Valet service to check your bags in on domestic Delta Air Lines flights.

If your cruise line or airline doesn’t offer a program to check your bags for your flight home, you can also store your bags at Luggage Lounge. Rates vary depending on bag size:

  • Personal item – $5
  • Carryon sized suitcase – $8
  • Large suitcase (checked bag size) – $10 

Pro-tip: You can even ship your luggage to the cruise ship.

Now that you have your bags secure, you can explore and enjoy several activities in Miami.


If your flight home isn’t until the evening, there are several things to do in Miami after your cruise.

From visiting the Everglades, touring the street art district, or sampling the wide variety of cultural foods, Miami offers many activities to keep you occupied before your flight.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Miami after a cruise?

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  • Tara Pittman June 10, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I like that you can check your bags with the cruise. That makes it easier to check the town out

    • Debra Schroeder June 11, 2019 at 9:02 am

      Hi Tara,

      It sure does and gives you more freedom to explore.

  • Paula Stewart June 10, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    We haven’t been to Florida for many years. So much has changed but we always gravitated toward the water when we had any spare time. Thank you for some new ideas.

    • Debra Schroeder June 11, 2019 at 9:01 am

      Hi Paula,

      You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Krysten Quiles June 10, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve never cruise out of Miami, only Tampa, Port Canaveral, and For Lauderdale. But these tips are super helpful!

  • Sarah Bailey June 10, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I love the fact that it is possible to travel on a budget these days and you can find ways to get out there and make ends meet while seeing the world!

  • Krista June 10, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    We are getting ready to book our cruise. I love your list of fun things to do in Miami. I’m so excited to spend time with my husband on the cruise and in Florida!

    • Debra Schroeder June 11, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Hi Krista,

      Thanks so much, glad you liked the post. Hope you have a great time on your cruise.

  • Natalia June 10, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I’ve never been to the USA, but Miami looks just like heaven to me! I’d love to visit that place for sure and I love cruises, so I believe it would be something just for me! 🙂

  • Ceci Rey June 11, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Great suggestions. I love South Beach…especially the restaurants. Thanks for sharing!

  • Alvern June 11, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Miami is a great place to do all sorts of things while waiting for a flight. I like that fact that you can store your luggage while touring Miami.

    • Debra Schroeder June 11, 2019 at 8:54 am

      Hi Alvern,

      Yep, being able to store luggage after a cruise from Miami is such a nice option.

  • laurenofalltrades June 11, 2019 at 11:10 am

    I’m so addicted to cruising! I live in the northeast and have only cruised out of Miami once so far (out of 8 cruises). I’m going there again in November and have an extra day so this is great information!

    • Debra Schroeder June 12, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Lauren,

      Glad you liked the post. Have a great cruise!

  • Junell DuBois June 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    I haven’t been on a cruise in many years but would love to one day soon! Great ideas!

  • Jen Walker June 11, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve never done a cruise before because of having so much time to kill between cruise and flights. This is giving me a lot of fun options to consider!

  • Alexandra Pilo-Torrijos June 11, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I love visiting Miami with friends. It’s a great place for the kids to explore.

  • Enriqueta E Lemoine June 12, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Live near Miami so theres always a lot of cruising opportunities, and exploring is always interesting.

  • Jennifer Tanney June 12, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Traveling around once you’re done with a cruise is a great idea. Once on a layover I had a 8 hour block to explore Paris, France. Unfortunately I didn’t attempt it because I was responsible for all of my luggage until the next flight including my checked baggage. I didn’t even think to look for a place to let it sit until my flight. I totally regret it. I’m sure there’s tons to do in Miami.

    • Debra Schroeder June 12, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      Glad you liked the post. Bummer that you couldn’t take advantage of your layover in Paris. Hopefully, you can next time as there’s luggage storage at the airport.

  • Candace Hampton June 12, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Miami is so beautiful! I have considered Miami for my honeymoon, but I haven’t made a decision. I really love that there’s a lot of fun things to do. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hannah Marie June 13, 2019 at 4:02 am

    I think there could be a thousand of things you can do in Miami. It is just so good to embrace and learn the culture of it. Looking forward of visiting here again and again.

  • Tisha June 13, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Many people I imagine take a cruise out of Miami and immediately return home. Great post showcasing the many things to do while in the area. It’s like two trips in one! I would definitely have to check out some local food spots! I love the culture of Miami!

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