Bayside Market Place, Miami
I don't know that I would call this a Must-See. We had to see it if we used this marina.
The website says it is Miami's number one tourist attraction which is a bit of overhype IMHO as I think there are other places in Miami that attract the tourists more than this place.
It is adjacent to the port of Miami and is connected to American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat. It is accessible by the monorail - there is a stop nearby. There is a parking garage and valet parking down by the Hard Rock.
Bayside is a larger open-air marketplace located right on the water behind the American Airlines arena. It serves as the central point for tourist-oriented entertainment and restaurants. Having said that, it is worth visiting in the late afternoons and evenings. Bayside has a good size outdoor stage and there is nightly live entertainment that can be enjoyed for free. Even better, there are several outdoor daiquiri bars around the stage which allow you to get a freshly made daiquiri and sip it while in enjoying the live music.
For those interested in shopping, Bayside has the usual set of American retail stores (Gap, Bodyshop, etc..) and thus is nothing special.
There are plenty of restaurants in Bayside, but again, if you are looking for authentic and local cuisine, then Bayside is not the place to go. Bayside has more commercial establishments and large chain restaurants. However, for travellers on a budget, Bayside can be an attractive option as it houses a large food court offering cheap, cafeteria-style food. Try the Argentinian BBQ - you will not be disappointed!
Overall, Bayside is the place to go if you are looking for the sure bet. It has the same type of clubs that you would find in other major US city centres (i.e. Hard Rock Cafe) and is designed almost specifically for tourists.
The Bayside Marketplace is a big shopping- and entertainment centre in Miami. There are more than 115 shops and restaurants at the Bayside, and I visited the centre a couple of times for dinner and to hear some music. Every day there was live entertainment on the central stage – for free – and it was actually really great bands.
I know it is a tourists place and the restaurants are not very exotic (for example Hooters and Hard Rock), but still I liked this place more than the fancy bars and restaurants at South Beach. At least they were much cheaper and the atmosphere was much more relaxed…
Bayside Market Place is more or less a mall with food courts... I say more or less because it's also a place to stroll about and the departure point of several boat tours that take you out to see how the rich and famous live.
Basically, it does not look like a mall. It is an ourdoor Mall with restaurants and free daily live entertainment... so that you don't feel the pressure to just buy. You can even go there and enjoy the warm sun.
Shops open 7 days a week at 10 am and close between 9 pm and 11 pm, depending on the day of the week.
Bayside Marketplace is a good orientation spot from where you can undertake different things. The main activities are:
1. Shopping (of course)
2. Eating (see our restaurant tip)
3. Dancing: in the afternoon a band starts to play some Miami beat and calypso songs and passers-by start to dance spontaneously, while even more passers-by sit down and watch... (see picture)
4. Starting point for a bay cruise
There are a number of cruise tours along the bay. Take a 1 hr tour and the cruise will take u to have a look at the celebrities' expensive homes. If u have luck, u can see dolphins also.
Make sure to take a cruise during sunset, wonderful!
Winter time, take the cruise at 5pm!
Summer time, take at 7pm!
After the tour, have dinner in one of the seaside restuarants there and enjoy the sea breeze!
Shop around after food is good for health! Perfect!
Bayside is popular for its ambiance, located right on the water. Even the locals go there. We don't go there to buy a lot but it's just fun to be there. On US 1 (Biscayne Blvd.) just north of downtown (Flagler Street) Miami. They have several restaurants; Hooters, Los Ranchos and a Hard Rock Cafe to name just a couple. There is also a food court on the second level and they have entertainment at various times, particularly evenings and weekends. There are cruise boats that will take you on water tours around Miami for a few hours. The marina has been recently remodeled and there are also fishing charter boats there. Parking is available in a large covered garage. Much of Bayside is under cover but you could get a little damp if it rains.
Bayside is wonderful!! My mother and I had a lovely time shopping there. There was live music (every night), a magician, and a man that let you take pictures posing with his pet macaw parrots. There are a bunch of good little places to eat, including chains like Hard Rock and Bubba Gump Shrimp!
It's right along the bay, as the name implies, so it's a gorgeous view - day or night!
There are tons of shops and gift stands.. very inexpensive! Nice souvenirs for family at home!
Located right near the major hotels and motels.
As the first Miami tourist attraction, Bayside is a open-air market right by the marina and is worth going to. It's quite a big area where you have all the usual clothes stores, lots of restaurants, bars, a food court and a stage with free concerts.
Also from the marina, you can take a short cruise that will take you around Star Island where the rich and famous have their "little" second residence.
Bay Side Market place is a good shopping Area in Miami. Lot of restaurants, a huge food court and a good collection of shops. Since its on the Bayside, there are lot of ferries leaving from here every hour to take you through a tour of all the Islands at Miami and show you the lifestyles of the rich and the famous there. The Hard Rock cafe of Miami is also located here.
I watched the Latino performers at the bayside. There were a lot of visitors like me just listening to Latin music. It was nice to have free shows for visitors.
After so many songs, we went to the market. The culture in Miami is totally different so even in the style of clothes and shoes are also different compared to other parts of the United States.
This one of the main touristic attraction points in Miami is located at Bay Biscayne, just next to American Airlines Arena where Miami Heat play.
Lots of shops, restaurants and live music from local bands in the evenings. Take the bay sightseeing cruise especially during sunset. Dont forget to bring your camera. Hard Rock Cafe of Miami is also located here. Nice souvenirs, maybe a bit expensive.
Perhaps one of the most noticeable characteristics of Miami is its pan-American population and the various connections between the city and all of the countries of Latin America. Nevertheless, it can sometimes feel as though there is a disconnect between these links and the general perception of Latin American politics or history in the US. This has been heightened by the dispute between Venezuela and the United States over, it seems, just about everything, but the people of Miami still seek to bridge these divides and celebrate their common history. Just near the Bayside Market, there is a large monument commemorating Simon Bolivar and his liberation of the Andean countries. Miami, of course, was not involved in the general liberation struggle, but the effects have had considerable impact on the city of the history and its current demographic make-up. This monument, which is complete with the flags of the nations liberated by Bolivar, is a tribute to those links that exist and the enduring importance of Bolivar for the history of the entire continent. It's interesting to note that Panamá's flag is among those represented, despite the fact that Panamá was part of Gran Colombia at the time of liberation, but became independent thanks to US intervention at the beginning of the 20th century.
Miami just wouldn't be part of Florida if it didn't have a place filled with all the kitschy crap that fills the basements of families with small children. Bayside Market is exactly that place - a touristy water-side market where hucksters sell all sorts of toys and useless items to tourists from Mid-West America. Normally, I would say that this type of place is nothing but a tourist trap that should be avoided, but somehow it feels appropriate for any visitor to the Sunshine State to come here and experience what is probably one of the commonest memories of all middle class children from Canada to Brazil. A fifteen minute tour is all that you need - most of the stuff here can be purchase for half the price at a suburban mall, and I can't imagine the appeal of having a drink amongst the blaring music and shrieking hawkers. That is, of course, unless you yearn for a corny-movie spring break type experience.
This is a touristy area, similar to developments in all major US cities. However, it is one of the best in terms of the restaurants, shops and souvenirs offered. From here you can go on a mini cruise of the bay around the millionaires' isles where you will see houses owned by Hilfiger, Thalia, Estefans, etc.