You can photograph the skylines of Miami and the Beaches just like the pros if you follow this simple driving and shooting guide. Assuming you are starting on South Beach, take i -395 MacArthur Causeway (5th Street Bridge off the Beach) due west towards Miami. This will run you past all of our luxe cruise ships in Port.

 

Look for the 95 Southbound exit.

Take 95 southbound to the Rickenbacker Causeway exit. Take Causeway eastbound and park right after each bridge of the causeway and walk back the way you came. The best vantage points are actually on the way back to the city (this causeway is the only way on and off.)

Keep heading out the causeway to CRANDON PARK.

At the far end of the causeway is Bill Baggs State Park pay entry fee to see it (lighthouse looks good) at this end point

Use Google Images here:

Key in "Bill Baggs State Park"

"Crandon Park"

"Key Biscayne" (cool beaches)

"Crandon Beach" (beach w/palms)

When you are exiting Rickenbacker Causeway, follow 1 North to Brickell Av and make a right on Coral Way out to Brickell Key. Shoot from that bridge out to that key and then park at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, head out back to their pool area/beach and shoot out there (play tourist).

Google Image:

"Brickell Key"

Head back off that Key to Brickell Ave northbound over the bridge into Downtown and stay in the right lane as the road swerves along the coast up into the bottom of (called Biscayne Blvd). A mile due north is Bayside Marketplace. Follow the signs just past Bayside to the Port of Miami. Take that bridge east and shoot back to get the Downtown skyline.

Google Image:

"Port of Miami"

"Port of Miami Bridge" (everyone shoots this at night - MIAMI VICE SET

Here is the image you'll want - http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls/

Next stop will be the MacArthur Causeway just a half mile further north on 1 which takes you back to South Beach.