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What to Do in Miami After a Cruise

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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 (it) 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.


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 or  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.

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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 do 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℠ 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.

Haven’t cruised yet and still planning what to do while your ship is in port? If your cruise from Miami visits Nassau here are things to do in Nassau, Bahamas.


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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Thursday 13th of June 2019

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!

Debra Schroeder

Thursday 13th of June 2019

Hi Tisha,

Thanks, so glad you enjoyed the post!

Hannah Marie

Thursday 13th of June 2019

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.

Candace Hampton

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

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!

Jennifer Tanney

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

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

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

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.

Enriqueta E Lemoine

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

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

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