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The holiday’s are upon us and many families are deciding to forego annual holiday travel during what is now looking like a third wave of the Covid pandemic. Thanksgiving flight reservations are down by as much as 89 percent according to recent research.

Smaller celebrations with your household seem to be the trend this year, a very different “home for the holidays” scenario. But what can you do to make it a special but safe holiday for your family?

The CDC is recommending outdoor activities in private or small groups and Miami is a perfect destination for South Floridians looking for outdoor things to do.

Miami is the jumping off point for private boat tours, yacht charters, sightseeing tours and jet ski rides. Outdoor restaurants are plentiful in the city, many overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay and hotels are offering special rates if you decide to overnight during your day-trip.

Private Sightseeing Adventure Boat Tour: Take a 6-passenger adventure-style boat tour with Ocean Force Adventures to experience just about everything there is to see of Miami by Water. This 2-hour tour visits popular areas in Miami including celebrity mansions, as well as historical, cultural and natural areas around Miami’s Biscayne Bay. This company offers a special visit to the colorful Stiltsville houses in Biscayne National park as part of their daily 2-hour excursion. Encountering pods of wild dolphin on this trip is a special treat that happens often. Prices for a private boat tour start at $450. More information here: https://oceanforceadventures.com

Private Luxury Yacht Cruise: If you want to add a bit of glam to your Thanksgiving holiday, take a half or full day cruise on a 70’ luxury yacht complete with red carpet welcome and complimentary champagne at boarding. This gorgeous vessel has all the toys for your day on the water including jet ski, paddle boards, floats, snorkeling gear and of course a full crew and staff to cater to your every need. Prices for a luxury yacht experience start at $6500. More information here: https://oceanforceadventures.com/the-tours/

Private City Tour in an Antique Car: A family of up to 5 can enjoy a tour of Miami in a rare and classic Antique convertible car to discover the many areas and neighborhoods found in the Magic City. Let your hair blow in the breeze as this company takes you on 1 – 4 hour trips to see Miami Beach, Wynwood, Little Havana and all the areas in between. You can customize your trip with a stop for lunch or stroll on the beach. All cars are from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Prices start at $47pp. More information: https://www.antiquecarcitytour.com/affordable-private-tours-miami

Hector’s Jet Ski Tours: These guided jet ski tours are the best in South Florida, mainly because of the owner and guide Hector. Or “King Hector” as he likes to call himself. And king he is, of the jet ski tours that is. Hector will take groups of up to 6 on a jet ski tour of Miami or Key Largo to see the beauty of these areas from the water. Wear your bathing suits for a nice refreshing dip in the ocean during the tours. Prices start at $150 pp. For more information: https://www.jetskitourskeylargo.com/hectors-jetski-tours-south-florida

Inshore Fishing Charter: Fishing the inshore waters of Miami is a world class experience with people coming in from all over the globe in hopes of catching a “silver king” otherwise known as a Tarpon. Capt. Tom of Florida Native Charters will take you on a 4 or 6 hour inshore fishing trip to target Tarpon, Snook, Shark and other species found in Biscayne Bay and near shore waters. Prices start at $500. More information: http://www.floridanativecharters.com/