Accommodation & places to visit in Miami

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
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    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.
  • Weather
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    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.
  • To Do
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    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.
  • To See
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    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
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    • 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.

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