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Review of Paradise Tours

Paradise Tours
Senglea, Malta
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Miami, It's nice to visti. Theres long beaches , they are lovely , never stop and the most think , they are clean.Our hotel had the back side where was the pool, you can cross to the beach. It was lovely.
Theres more then one shopping malls. For me , the best for shopping.Cause in one mall you find lot of shops of what you will need.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank JoanJaneStivalafava
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Well worth doing - a fantastic day out!”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We booked (2 adults & a 12y old) for the tour in April. We were surprised how affordable the tour was, for a full day out, such great value! The tour driver was excellent. Very professional and informative. He spoke in english and also spanish. The coaches were lovely & comfortable, very pleasant. We had a great time in Little Havana which the driver explained to us was a community of cuban immigrants. It was like visiting another country! Coconut Grove was also another place we went through. The historic houses were amazing, if you are into architecture you will probably like this tour a lot! We next headed out to Biscayne Bay/Marina were there was time for lunch and shopping, before heading out of a very large ferry to tour the waterways, and see the houses of the rich and famous. We saw one Elizabeth Taylor's homes, Juilo Iglesias, Tom Cruises house somewhere out on Star Island. So many famous people I cant remember!
Summing up, I'm really pleased we booked the tour as we only had 2 days in Miami and would never have seen all this, by driving around ourselves. It is a full day out, pick up from your door/hotel and drop back at the end of the day.
Book the tour and enjoy!

Visited April 2014
Thank TheAucklandTraveller
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Worcester, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Unprofessional from start to finish”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We booked a tour with Paradise Tours through our hotel to Jungle Island, departing at 9:30. Quite honestly, the entire time we were in the van was horrible. Here's why:
1. Showed up 15 minutes late to pick us up.
2. Van lacked functioning seatbelts.
3. Driver never stopped talking on his cell phone.
3. After picking up other tour groups (which was fine), he stopped in the middle of the street to make some kind of exchange in which he received cash from another guy.
4. Stopped again elsewhere to pick up a credit card terminal from somewhere else. We waited 15 minutes for him to figure out how to use the terminal before he gave up.
5. Credit card transactions had a 7% surcharge. Pretty sure this is illegal in Florida.
6. Arrived at Jungle Island at 11 AM. So a trip that should have taken maybe 45 minutes took an hour and a half. Our driver, Arlex Soto, reiterated that we needed to be back out from at 2 PM for the return trip.
7. Driver arrived at 2:25 to pick us up. No apology, no explanation. When called on it, he tried to make it our fault and then exhibiting his math skills, tried to say he was only 10 minutes late.
8. Driver then proceeded to drive recklessly, including switching lanes without looking and nearly hitting another car... twice.

The driver was Arlex Soto. Phone numbers we were given include 786-337-0242 and 786-295-7977; email americatours1969@hotmail.com. There is some relationship between Paradise Tours and America Tours; we booked with Paradise but Arlex's card said America Tours.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Neil K
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Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Looking for a party cruise????”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

I signed up thru Viator the Miami City bus tour and biscayne bay cruise. This was not at all what I expected and was disappointed. If you are in your 20-30's you might enjoy it, but not in your 50 or 60+ The tour started off on a back not - were not told they had changed the location of pick up or what bus tour group to look for. I had to call and verify what and where and found the bus. the driver did not say much to us as he was driving around to pick everyone up so we had no idea if it was the tour or a shuttle service. We finally go started on the tour and it was interesting to see some of the sights in South Beach and Coconut Grove, etc. when we arrived back to pick up the cruise - if I had known they were going to be "blarring" the music and making it a party boat, I would never have gone on the boat. The captain of the ship was more of a night club disc jockey than a tour guide. I would not recommend this tour.

Visited March 2014
Thank Barbara C
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Southern Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Thoroughly enjoyed our tours.”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

See how the rich and famous live in Miami on the bay cruise. Very thorough overview of the area from Bayshore to South Beach to Coral Gables and areas in between...not just the city of Miami. Would highly recommend.

Visited March 2014
Thank Erann
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