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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
June 24, 2011
From journal A Week in Miami
January 19, 2007
From journal Bienvenido a Miami!
May 31, 2006
From journal Goin' to Miami
Great Falls, Virginia
April 4, 2005
You can have a fruity tropical drink from a stand in the centre of the water-facing side of the market. Relax and enjoy, then do some shopping. It’s a great way to spend your afternoon. A whole day is something too much for me. I had seen it all in about 2 hours.
For shopping or just a lunchtime stop, I highly recommend you try the Bayside Marketplace. Many local sightseeing cruises leave from ports nearby.
Just look for the 60-foot guitar above the Hard Rock Cafe, and you know you have arrived.
Take I-95 North or South to Biscayne Blvd (Exit #3). Head north on Biscayne Blvd. to Port Blvd., where you will find convenient parking in the Bayside parking garage or on the street.
From journal Miami, it lives day and night!
Charlotte, North Carolina
March 11, 2005
Once you arrive at Bayside, if you go all the way to the back along the water and turn to the left, you can see the Miami cruise port. If you are here between 3 and 7pm, sit back and watch the ships sail out. Walk around the pier and check out the boats. In the middle of the market they have a lake area where you can take a boat tour. They offer a variety of cruises, from dancing to gambling to sightseeing. Near the waterfront you can take a peaceful horse-drawn carriage ride. That was my favorite thing here. They do have photographers around to take your photo, offering a great souvenir for home. They also have live music. When we were here, they had a Latin band, and many people were sitting around while others were up showing off their impressive salsa skills.
There are more than 100 shops here. Chain stores run from the Disney Store to Victoria's Secret. They have a number of specialty stores here, too. This is where you run into most of the problems of trying to find anyone who speaks English. You will find a variety of restaurants here, from Bubba Gump Shrimp to Latin America Café to Hooters, and this is where the Miami location of the Hard Rock is. You will find a variety of nightclubs here, and Gloria Estefan’s Bongos is nearby.
Overall, this was an enjoyable place. I loved the horse-drawn carriage ride and watching the cruise ships leave. This is a great place to stop while in Miami, or a great place to kill some time before your cruise ship leaves. I would have enjoyed it more, though, if more people spoke English. I just have a problem when I go into a shopping area in the US and more people don’t speak English than do. And apparently I am not the only one who feels this way since a large portion of my clients have made this complaint. From what I have heard, though, there have been enough complaints that they are trying to rectify this by having more English-speaking employees. You can visit them on the web at www.baysidemarketplace.com.
From journal Miami... Not My Cup of Tea!
Bayside, New York
July 15, 2004
The bus was painfully slow on the way there, and painfully rare on the way back. The fare is $1.25, which is reasonable by any standard. What we always find is advantageous on public transportation is that you can glimpse all of those nooks and crannies you wish to revisit. Lincoln Road was jumping, and so it went down on the list.
We arrived at the Bayside Market and immediately, my thoughts were of the Baltimore Harbor and New York's South Street Seaport. The welcoming sounds of a live salsa band had us skipping like kids; the port of Miami was right there and a huge guitar pierced the sky from the rooftop of the Hard Rock Cafe.
We took photos of our newly found friends and set out to explore. The air was balmy, but tolerable. Don't ever forget that the weather in Miami can be merciless, and the combination of heat and humidity can drive more than your hair crazy. So stay hydrated and avoid the mid-afternoon sun.
This is for everyone: families bring their kids to eat, listen to music, even ride a carousel. There must be 1,000 shops there and when you can't handle the weather, sneak into one that's air-conditioned. Aside from the well-known brand names, there are several charming local boutiques offering everything from tropical themed jewelry, to Asian decorative objects and accessories, tops, tops, and more tops. At the entrance are several vending cards with either cold smoothies or cotton candy for the kids. (or the big kids like us).
Upstairs is the food court, and you can eat quite well relatively cheaply. I immediately decided to go for the fried fish (see picture) whereas Chuck ran for Chinese. He regretted that decision. After this light supper, we went outside onto one of the viewing decks and Chuck indulged in his picture taking frenzy. The sun was setting but there was absolutely no breeze. The band was still playing downstairs and you could hear people clapping along, enjoying themselves.
Should you come here by car, there seems to be ample parking (hourly rates). From here, you can also partake in different cruise offerings: one that I had taken years ago navigated through the homes of the rich and famous. Rates vary. Hotels and guide books will come in handy to help with choices. It's a great spot for walking, enjoying Cuban food and music, and being in fresh air when it's not stifling hot.
From journal Locos in Miami
May 29, 2002
The Bayside Marketplace is an open air entertainment complex in downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay. Aside from the beaches, the Bayside Marketplace is one of Miami's most popular attractions. The Bayside Marketplace is situated on Biscayne Bay, next to the American Airlines Arena, and across from the Port of Miami, and all its cruise ships and freighters with stacks of large containers to/from just about everywhere.
The Bayside Marketplace has a large concentration of shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and boat tours of Biscayne Bay. They have free live entertainment including dancers and live bands on a stage. In addition to all the things to do, Bayside is a great place for a relaxing stroll in the sun and breeze, or on a nice evening. Bayside is in a very nice setting on the waterfront.
We visited here several times during our visit to Miami. We visited several restaurants and bars, looked at all the shops, enjoyed several live bands, and even took a boat tour. They have over 150 shops and restaurants in an open-air mall that is covered, but outdoors. Some of the shops, restaurants, and bars are in covered kiosks and gazebo-like structures.
There are a wide range of restaurants here. You can get Cuban food and hot music at Mambo’s, great Italian food at Lombardi’s, and Seafood at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (see my journal). There are popular chain restaurants including Hard Rock Cafe, Hooters, and more.
There are many specialty shops that are great fun to stroll. You can find a gift at Bay side Marketplace for even the hardest person to please. There are a lot of souvenir stores, but there are also nice specialty shops.
The restaurants, shops, colors, and live music of the Bayside Marketplace are rounded out with its Biscayne Bay waterfront location that provides views of downtown Miami, the Port of Miami, and the scenic bay. Bayside Marketplace is a great place to visit. Just look for the 60 foot guitar above the Hard Rock Cafe, and you know you have arrived.
The Bayside Marketplace is located in downtown Miami on the Biscayne Bay waterfront at Biscayne Boulevard (US-1) and 4th Street, next to the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat (basketball) and many other concerts and events. They have covered parking, but it is expensive. There is public parking on the Biscayne Boulevard median that was posted as $4, but we chose to use the garage.
From journal Miami...
December 7, 2001
Located near downtown Miami, Bayside is a waterfront, two-level, open air mall, with retail stores such as Gap, Bath&Body Works, Victoria's Secret, Guess, Bubba Gump Shrimp, and many other specialty shops; lots of restaurants, and tons of kiosks and souvenir stands. There are fountains and interesting trees (see my picture of the tree) built into the walls and doors. It's really cool! Out one side of the marketplace is a park-type area with more of these unique trees and a grassy area to hang out in.
The Hard Rock Cafe is accessible by a bridge. Since the weather was gorgeous, we sat outside. Outside, there are a few umbrella-covered tables and a bar. Our waiter/the bartender was a friendly young guy who chatted with us while we ordered and ate. The restaurant was pretty empty for a Sunday afternoon. We overlooked the marina and the water, and looking across we could see the AA Arena.
After lunch, we wandered around to the other side of the HRC, where there was a nice view of the Biscayne Bay and we could watch all the boats and giant cruise ships.
For shopping, or just a lunchtime stop, I highly recommend you try the Bayside Marketplace. Many local sightseeing cruises leave from ports nearby.
For more information visit http://www.baysidemarketplace.com/
From journal 12 Hours in Miami