April 2019: Ah, Miami. Another day, another boat to ride. At least, that's the way we imagine it should be sitting in our office on yet another perfect afternoon. For our updated list of the city's best boat tours, you’ll find a couple of new additions plus updates to many of the old staples. Cruisin Tikis’ and its adorable, pint-sized floating tiki bars appeared inconspicuously on Fort Lauderdale’s New River a few years back and have since grown into a national franchise whose fleet never fails to garner double-takes from envious landlubbers. Meanwhile, we’ve back-tracked to include the beloved Stiltsville tour aboard Ocean Force Adventure’s Zodiac, with inimitable historical bites from the legendary skipper, Captain Matt.
We’ll be the first to tell you there’s lots to see on land and plenty of things to do in Miami, but there’s something to be said about experiencing the city from the water. Besides avoiding traffic, cruising through Biscayne Bay and the Intracoastal, if you’re north of the city, is just plain fun. If you don’t have a boat of your own, fret not. The best Miami boat tours are a breeze to book, run often and many even sell booze on board—think your favorite waterfront bar in Miami and your choice Miami tour merged into one. Here are some of our most-loved boat tours in Miami for cheesy celebrity spotting, al fresco drinking and other aquatic adventures in South Florida.