Miami – a hotspot for Cruise-Goers from all around the world. From Miami cruises start to many destinations, including the Bahamas and the Caribbean Sea. I never been on a cruise before, but always was fascinated by big boats and ships. That is why it always draws me to the waterfront and harbors all around the world. To watch ships going in and out, from small passenger boats and ferries up to the big cruise liners and the mega container ships crossing our oceans. My job also got me in touch with a big company, which builds harbor mobile cranes and cranes mounted on ships.
In Miami it’s easy to watch the cruise ship docked at the port or entering and leaving it through the Main Channel. Right parallel to the Port runs the MacArthur Causeway and you can stop on Watson Island to watch the ships in the port. I love this spot, because it is very close to the waterfront and you can drive right up to it. You shouldnt have problems finding parking and there are no fees for parking either. This is great if you want to bring your camera gear to take pictures of the ships and you don’t have to carry it all over the place. Watson Island and the bridge back to Miami gives you a good vantage point for pictures of Miami by day and night.
From here you can also see the cruise ships turning around in the Harbor. The Museum Park is also great for turn arround maneuver.
The best spot to see the cruise liners go in and out is the South Pointe Pier in South Beach – Miami Beach. You can walk there all the way along MacArthur Causeway or drive there and park at the close-by metered parking lot. From the South Pointe Pier you can watch the freight ships coming in and out as well, because they have to use the same channel to enter the port area, but dock on a different spot.
The Map below shows you the current ships docked at the port and it can help you if you plan just to go to the port to watch the ships.
If you are going on a cruise you can come to Watson Island and take a glimpse at your ship in its full magnificence. If you want to walk there, give yourself at least two hours to get there and back in time, but it’s only a quick cab or Uber ride away from the port. Of course you also can spot them from the port itself. But parking here is very limited, especially if cruise ships are docked there. You can walk over from Downtown Miami and hang out here, which I would recommend rather than trying to park at the port.