No need to rent a car unless you plan to do lots of sightseeing outside the city. The airport is not all that far from the cruise port, and the hotels you will likely consider will be either near the airport, or near the bay, closer yet to the port. For six of you, you can take a couple taxis, or (more expensively) a Super Shuttle van.
There are plenty of hotels that offer shuttle service from Miami International. There have been quite a few posts that recommended the Holiday Inn by the port. Most Holiday Inn's we've stayed at have offered shuttle service. Best wishes.
Thanks Karen, this will be the first time there will be more than 4 of us. Six people (4 are my grown kids), changes things significantly with transportation and rooms. Yikes...double everything. Susan
Hi, I'm staying at the courtyard by Marriott. The website says it's only 1/2 a mile from port. I've never stayed there so I can't say how good it is. I hope it is nice but even if it isn't, it's only for a night and then you get to enjoy your cruise!
Thanks for the tip. I'm currently booked at the Holiday Inn, but I need 2 rooms and with taxes and all for just one night, I'm paying over $400 for the rooms...$200 each. I'm thinking this is way too high for these basic standard rooms. What does anyone else think? I booked directly with H.I. so that I would have the option to cancel if for some reason we couldn't make the trip. If you don't book directly with them, there are NO refunds, period.