A Beginner's Guide to Miami

ArtDeco architecture, Cuban-inspired cuisine, a lively nightlife scene—there are a million reasons your group might want to visit Miami for the first time! Between the miles of refreshing beaches and hundreds of unique restaurants, we don’t blame you if you get overwhelmed when drafting your Miami group itinerary.

Below, we’ve put together a sample itinerary for first-time visitors looking to catch the highlights. Read through it to catch the highlights all Miami newcomers should consider visiting, and give us a call at 305-359-3962 when you’re ready to simplify your group transportation with a Miami bus rental!

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Getting Around Miami: The Basics

Before you even embark on your first-time Miami adventure, your group should know how you’ll be getting around the city. Luckily, your travelers have a few options:

Metrorail and Metrobus

Cheap and relatively accessible, Miami’s public transit system can be great for small groups and lone travelers looking to get around the city’s most centralized locales. Like with any public transportation option, large groups may find navigating an unfamiliar system difficult and confusing—and you’ll have a hard time finding direct routes to destinations outside the city center and most beaches.

Taxis and Rideshares

Miami is home to a variety of taxi companies and is serviced by most rideshare providers like Uber and Lyft. While they offer easy point-to-point transfers between any Miami destinations accessible by road, keep in mind that fares can differ wildly depending on your pick-up and drop-off points. So not only will your medium- to large-sized group need to hail multiple vehicles in order to get anywhere, you won’t know exactly how much your transportation will cost until you arrive.

Miami skyline

Private Bus Rentals

Hands down, renting a bus in Miami is the best way for travel groups to stay together and on time without having to think too hard about their transportation plan. Rather than making public transit transfers or waiting on the curb for your rideshare to show up, your Miami charter bus rental or minibus shuttle will be waiting for you at every stop, ready to whisk your passengers to the next destination.

When you rent a charter bus or minibus through Falcon Charter Bus, your motorcoach will stick to a schedule you set for it before your trip, so there’s no question whether your group will be on time for dinner reservations or museum tours throughout the city. Your professional bus driver will handle all the parking and traffic logistics for you, so everyone can enjoy amenities like WiFi, reclining seats, and TV screens between stops. Plus, your group of Miami visitors can have comfortable transportation even outside the city limits, making road trips in a charter bus from JacksonvilleTampa, and Orlando a breeze!

Sound like the right fit for your Miami travelers? Call 305-359-3962 and let our 24/7 team provide a fast, free bus rental quote with no obligation to book until you’re ready.


Where to Go with First-Time Miami Visitors

Now that you’ve locked in your group transportation service, it’s time to plan out your itinerary! Here is a 2-day sample itinerary that explores all the top destinations that make Miami great. Just say the word, and your private charter bus rental can drop you off at any of these must-see destinations:

Day 1


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Address: 3251 S Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129

Phone: (305) 250-9133

Kick off your trip on the right foot by taking in the beauty and greenery of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This former villa of local legend James Deering features Italian renaissance gardens, Tuscan-inspired architecture, a historic village compound, and much more. Take a walk through this gorgeous greenspace to acclimate yourself to the Miami weather—but don’t worry, your charter bus rental can offer plenty of crisp AC afterward if it gets too hot outside.



Wynwood Walls

Address: 2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127

Phone: (305) 531-4411

Miami is full of colorful neighborhoods—but many say Wynwood takes the cake. This up-and-coming district is home to 80,000 square feet of street art featuring renowned artists from around the world. This outdoor museum’s saturated colors and whimsical designs are sure to inspire your Miami visitors—and private tours are available for a more curated experience of this only-in-Miami art exhibition.



Wynwood Brewing Company

Address: 565 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Phone: (305) 982-8732

After your afternoon of admiring murals, your group can round out your first day at this nearby brewery. This local brewpub offers a variety of seasonal and mainstay craft beers and plenty of room to lounge and relax with your drinking buddies. Every brew is named after historic figures, buildings, and Miami landmarks, making it a great place to unwind with your fellow sightseers after a long day traversing the city.

Bayside sign

Day 2


Lummus Park Beach

No first-time visit to Miami is complete without hitting the beach! If you’ve been dreaming of the Miami Beach scene as depicted in movies, Lummus Park is a great place to experience it. Watch a beach volleyball game, ride a bike along the shore, lay out in the sun, and listen to the surf—you can’t go wrong! Keep in mind that Lummus Park is a popular beach, so you might see lots of beach-goers during the peak visitor season. That’s why we recommend starting your morning here: you’re more likely to grab a spot for your entire group before the midday crowds show up. And with a private Miami charter bus on your side, your group will have no trouble transporting coolers, beach chairs, and towels in a spacious undercarriage luggage bay!



Deering Estate

Address: 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157

Phone: (305) 235-1668

This sprawling estate is not only a registered historic landmark but also a fun stop for nature lovers and aspiring paleontologists! Tour the home’s Spanish-style architecture, hike along a mangrove-lined boardwalk, and examine 50,000-year-old fossils discovered on the property.



Bayside Marketplace

Address: 401 Biscayne Boulevard R106, Miami, FL 33132

Phone: (305) 577-3344

Before you round out your Miami group trip, we recommend shuttling over to the Bayside Marketplace. Here, you’ll find 150 specialty shops, cafes, restaurants, and live entertainment most nights of the week. With a mix of beloved chain stores and locally-owned businesses, your group can easily pick out souvenirs and keepsakes to suit their style at this outdoor mall complex. And even if you opt for an evening stroll along the Bayfront Park, your charter bus driver will be happy to look after any new purchases you leave in the storage compartments of your Miami bus rental.

Where to Eat with Miami Newcomers

Of course, it’s impossible to cover every must-see Miami restaurant in one trip. Here are just three visitor-favorite restaurants that capture the city’s spirit with yummy, group-friendly cuisine. When you rent a Miami bus with Falcon Charter Bus, you’ll never have to worry about missing dinner reservations—just hop aboard your private shuttle bus service and let the pros handle the driving all the way to these top eateries:

A Cuban sandwich

Versailles Restaurant

Address: 3555 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135

Phone: 305-444-0240

Craving authentic Cuban food? Versailles Restaurant is a favorite among tourists and a “home away from home” for local Cuban residents. Since 1971, this Little Havana hotspot has served up fresh coffee, flan, empanadas, and over-the-top ambiance.

Sarussi Café

Address: 6797 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33144

Phone: (305) 264-5464

Located in Olympia Heights, this Cuban sub shop has been a no-frills and family-oriented center for authentic Cuban food, hearty breakfast burritos, and warm service for over 40 years.

Frankie’s Pizza

Address: 9118 Bird Road, Miami, FL 33165

Phone: (305) 221-0221

Frankie’s takes great pride in the old-school, traditional Italian eats that keep tourists and locals coming back for more. Expect crunchy, doughy, and cheesy square slices made with a recipe that hasn’t changed in 60 years.

Book Your Charter Bus for Your First Miami Trip

Whether you’re in town for a corporate event, a wedding, or a sporting event, Falcon Charter Bus is here to make your first time visiting Miami a safe and memorable experience! We have years of experience transporting groups throughout the Southeast, and we’d love to simplify your group transportation solutions in and out of Miami with a private charter bus rental!

Call 305-359-3962 to get started and to receive a fast and free bus rental quote tailored to your Miami bus rental needs.