Miami, home to nearly half a million residents, offers something for visitors of most any taste or interest. The city, located on the southern Atlantic coast of Florida, is the largest cruise port in the world. The city also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, world-class shopping, vibrant nightlife and exciting food and music scenes. You can almost feel the energy of this vital city the minute you step off of the plane.
When to visit
The best time to visit Miami is during the winter months--November through April--when the temperatures are warm, but not sultry like you find during June, July and August. The winter months are also much drier than the summer months.
Miami's has a tropical climate, with the nighttime lows that never dip lower than the 60s (F.) Below are the average high and low temperatures and the average rainfall throughout the year.
Average high F/C, average low F/C, average precipitation:
• January -- 76/24, 60/15, 2 in.
• February -- 78/25, 62/17, 2.1 in.
• March -- 80/27, 64/18, 2.4 in.
• April -- 83/28, 68/20, 3 in.
• May -- 86/30, 72/22, 5.9 in.
• June -- 90/32, 75/24, 8.8 in.
• July -- 90/32, 80/27, 6 in.
• August -- 90/32, 80/27, 7.8 in.
• September -- 90/32, 76/24, 8.5 in.
• October -- 85/29, 72/22, 7 in.
• November -- 81/26, 68/20, 3.1 in.
• December -- 77/25, 62/17, 1.8 in.
June through November is hurricane season in North America, with the majority of the storms hitting between mid-August and mid-October.
You'll find a full calendar of activities in Miami. In March, Little Havana celebrates Calle Ocho with music, food and dancing. March is also when the top names in fashion descend on the city for Miami Fashion Week.
For a taste of local shopping with some of the best views in the city, head to Bayside Marketplace. For more high-end stores, try the Bal Harbor shops or the CoCo Walk in Coconut Grove.
You can get a taste of how the "other half" lives by taking a boat tour along the Intercoastal Waterway and/or the Atlantic Coast, past some of the large estates of movie and music stars, industrialists and heiresses. More rugged are the air boat tours through Everglades National Park.
There's so much to see and do in Miami, it's difficult to know where to start. Animal lovers will marvel at the more than 60 species of marine life at the Miami Seaquarium.
Historic lovers will enjoy the elaborate early 20th century estate and gardens at Villa Vizcaya. You can also watch master cigar rollers in Little Havana and sit at Bayfront Park and view the cruise ships as they come and go. Of course, you'll want to include at least a half day to visit to one of the many beaches in the area. Particularly scenic is South Beach at the southern tip of Miami Beach.
Tips & Recommendations
• Shops in Miami are generally open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, seven days a week, although some independent merchants may close earlier.
• Twenty-four hour restaurants are popular in the Miami area.
• Miami nightclubs stay open until the early hours of the morning, as long as the crowd is still dancing and drinking.
• Miami has a huge Spanish-speaking population and is home to the largest Cuban-American enclave in the U.S.
• Favorite foods in Miami include the Cuban sandwich, made of sliced pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles on a baguette, as well as fresh crab and other seafood from the Atlantic Ocean. You'll also find a good selection of South American cuisine, including Argentine beef.
Budget-friendly Miami Sun Hotel - Port of Miami/Downtown has a 2-star rating. A great choice for travelers who prefer large hotels. One of the landmarks in Miami is Bayfront Park. Highly recommended Flamingo Park is just a short distance from here. Just 0.7 km (0.4 miles) from here, AmericanAirlines Arena is an easy-to-reach events arena. One advantage for business travelers is the proximity of Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
The 2-star Historic Miami River Hotel is a smart choice for the budget traveler. One of the landmarks in Miami is Bayfront Park. Flamingo Park is just a short distance from here. The major local venue, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is close by. Miami's famous AmericanAirlines Arena stadium is located 1.7 km (1.1 miles) away.
Sky City at Brickell Village offers 3-star service. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. The famous landmark Bayfront Park is nearby. Flamingo Park is close to this property. If you come to Miami for a special event in Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, note that it is close by. An events arena close by is AmericanAirlines Arena.
The 3-star rating reflects Sky City at Brickell Bay's good quality. Sometimes the best things come in small packages, and this is one of those. The famous landmark Bayfront Park is nearby. Flamingo Park is just a short distance from here. Need a place close to Gusman Center for the Performing Arts? This accommodation is just a short distance from it. AmericanAirlines Arena is an easy destination.
Pelican Residence at One Broadway's small size creates a more homey atmosphere. The comfortable rooms are 4-star rated. Bayfront Park is one of many landmarks in the area. Flamingo Park is nearby. Here for business? The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is nearby.
Outstanding Dharma Home Suites Miami at Brickell enjoys a 4-star rating. The famous landmark Bayfront Park is nearby. Flamingo Park isn't hard to reach from this accommodation. Conferences and other events at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts draw many visitors to this location.
Expect a touch of luxury at the 4-star Luxury Apartments at 50 Biscayne. Bayfront Park and Port of Miami are easily accessed from this property. During your time in Miami, you might enjoy a trip to Flamingo Park. For events or conferences at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, you'll be pleased at how close it is. Booking a room here puts you near AmericanAirlines Arena.