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Your Miami holiday

On the southeastern tip of the otherwise conservative state of Florida, Miami does everything with a unique multicultural flare.

With its mix of sunny beaches and skyscrapers, vibrant Caribbean and Latino immigrant culture, endless nightlife, and happening gay scene, spend holidays in Miami and you will see that the city is a place where cultures come together ... more often than not to party.

Book a flight to Miami today and let the heat go to your head. In this town, the eccentric is not out of the ordinary, it’s a way of life.

From around 500BC until Spanish contact in the 1500s, the area around what is now Miami was home to the native Calusa people. The name of the city itself comes from the Calusa name for the region, “Mayami”.

Spain lost possession of Florida to the British in 1763, though regained it after the American Revolution and in 1819 sold it to the United States. After the Civil War and two wars between the US Army and the Seminole Indians, investors began flooding the area. Leading the way was Julia Tuttle, the wife of a wealthy businessman, who conceived the city of Miami as a resort town and convinced others to invest. The first railroad reached Miami in 1896.

In 1915, Miami Beach was established. Though nearly destroyed by a hurricane in 1926, the city bounced back with new buildings and neighbourhoods in 1935.

World War II expanded Miami’s economic and population growth as a major outpost against German submarines. Cuban immigration boomed with the Fidel Castro’s rise to power in 1959, forever transforming Miami into a bilingual city with strong Latino and Caribbean connections. Miami became hugely important in the international world of finance and its rapid population growth earned it the nickname “The Magic City”.

Racial tensions in the 1990s and Hurricane Andrew in 1992 caused a “white flight” in Miami’s non-Latino community, emptying out Caucasian populations and making the city the largest in the United States with a Latino majority.

Best time to take a vacation to Miami

  • The weather in Miami is subtropical and is generally warm year-round. Summers can be blazing hot, with an average temperature of 37°C. Spring is considerably cooler, with an average temperature of 33°C. Travellers tend to visit Miami in the high season, which starts from September to December. These months are cooler and more comfortable. The average temperature in the fall is 24°C, while the average temperature in the winter is 21°C.

Insider tips for Miami travel

  • Ola at the Sanctuary

    This popular restaurant serves authentic South American dishes in a romantic, upscale atmosphere.

    Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

    A favourite for locals, this restaurant serves American fare with local ingredients.

    Zuma

    Zuma offers exquisite contemporary Japanese cuisine in a casual atmosphere.

    South Beach

    South Beach stretches from 14th Street and Collins to 1st Street. A playground of the rich, the area offers shopping, dining, and entertainment.

    Parrot Jungle Island

    Visitors can enjoy and learn about local tropical birds in their natural habitat.

Miami highlights

  • Beach Time

    Whether you’re into sunbathing and celebrity watching or ocean swimming and exploring, Miami has a beautiful turquoise beach for you. The flashiest of these is South Beach, a hub for Hollywood stars and sculpted beach bodies, lined with hundreds of restaurants, shops, and clubs. You will also find a concentration of Miami’s gay population, colourful lifeguard posts, and European tourists taking advantage of legal topless sunbathing.

    For a bit more private beach time try the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, the Oleta State River Park that features 15 miles of bike trails, or Virginia Key Beach. Clothing is “optional” at Haulover Beach, which also has great surfing.

    Scuba, Surf, Sail

    Don’t just admire the pristine waters of Miami’s beaches from the shore – take a swim! Snorkel through a coral reef and feast your eyes on tropical fish, or scuba down to a number of sunken freighters and even an army tank off the coast of Miami Beach.

    Surfers around the United States agree that Miami Beach is one the top spots to catch a wave. There are numerous places from which to rent equipment and take lessons in both surfing and scuba diving, like the South Beach Dive and Surf Center or the South Beach Surf School. Or rent a sailboat from the Aquatic Rental Center in Key Biscayne and tour the barrier islands.

    Shop ‘til you drop

    Despite its dress code of minimal beachwear, Miami is a fashion hub. For high-end shopping, head to Aventura Mall or the upscale Bal Harbour Shops where you’ll find shops like Coach, Diesel, and Miss Sixty, and luxury department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, in addition to many fine restaurants and cafes.

    Lincoln Road in Miami Beach offers a more bohemian open-air shopping experience. It is great for people-watching as well, and will tantalize all palettes with its diversity of eateries.

    No life like nightlife

    There will be no going to bed early in the city known for its vibrant nightlife. Dance at one of Miami’s many clubs like The Vagabond in downtown, where each night a different DJ brings you a unique mix of their best.

    The funky and down-to-earth Purdy Lounge in Miami Beach features hip hop, reggae, and dancehall music, with cheap drinks and no cover charge. For a more relaxed evening and great beer, head to The Abbey Brewing Company near Lincoln Road or Clarke’s Irish Pub that offers excellent pub food like shepherd’s pie and mac ‘n cheese.

Top Miami attractions

  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

    Enjoy this museum that offers historic artworks from Spain. Enjoy the beautifully maintained garden.

    Housing the history of the Canary Islands, this museum is actually a complex of three different museums.

    Zoo Miami

    Explore this sanctuary for endangered and rare animals, including tigers, crocodiles and the Komodo Dragon.

    Lummus Park Beach

    Enjoy this popular park and beach that offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Design District

    Explore this up-and-coming neighbourhood that offers local galleries, museums, and trendy shops.

    Bayside Marketplace

    Bayside offers quaint shops, restaurants and galleries overlooking the Bay of Biscayne.

    Miami Children's Museum

    Take your little one to this popular museum. This museum has over 56,500 square feet of space that offers an abundance of hands-on exhibits.

    Wynwood

    Wynwood is a section of Miami that offers the cuisine, art, and cultural attractions of immigrants from the Caribbean.

    Miami Seaquarium

    Take your kids to the Miami Seaquarium to learn about all of the exotic sea life in the area.

    Little Havana

    Visit this historic Cuban neighbourhood that offers food, shopping, and cultural attractions.

    Miami National Golf Club

  • Little Havana

    See Miami’s Cuban and Latino culture in all its glory in the neighbourhood known as Little Havana. Through thick cigar smoke old men play dominoes on sidewalks in front of friendly storefronts and Caribbean restaurants, while Latin beats play in the background.

    The Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) festival is held the last Friday of every month along Calle Ocho (Eight Street), where musicians, artists, galleries, and restaurants come together to give live performances, show art exhibits, screen films, and offer Latin and Caribbean cuisine tasting to tourists and locals alike.

    Every March Little Havana hosts the Calle Ocho Festival, a huge block party that is part of Miami’s Carnaval celebrations, where different ethnic communities parade their countries’ flags, music, and food.

    Fruits and Spices Park

    Take a break from the partying and enjoy more natural pleasures like Miami’s Fruit and Spice Park.

    Located 35 miles south of Miami in the Redland community, this 37-acre tropical botanical garden park is a tribute to this lush and fertile area and features over 500 varieties of local and international fruits, spices, herbs, and nuts.

    But don’t just look, taste! After a tour, sample everything the park has to offer.

    Everglade Adventure

    Miami Beach might be wild, but it is nothing in comparison to the wilderness of the Florida Everglades, the subtropical wetlands that stretch 160km long and 97km wide.

    Tour them at Billie Swamp Safari Wildlife Park where an airboat takes you through 2,000 acres of untamed Everglades preserved by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

    On the way you’ll see alligators, bison, water buffalo, and ostriches in their natural environment.

    Take the day or spend the night in a traditional Seminole house or “chickee” and stay up listening to traditional campfire stories.

Where to stay in Miami

  • Book a hotel in Miami today to experience all of the luxury, convenience and style that the city has to offer.

    Enjoy a view of Miami Beach from your hotel room at the South Beach Marriott hotel. Situated on trendy Ocean Drive, the hotel blends in perfectly with its art deco lobby, Deco Blue restaurant, and spacious rooms fully equipped with boutique-style amenities. Take a dip in the heated infinity-edge pool with an expansive view of the ocean. A personable concierge staff will direct you to some of the best dining, shopping, and activities in town.

    Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach hotel has been a favourite resort and spa for celebrities and politicians alike since 1956. Swim in one of four pools and savour Italian cuisine and fine wine of Cabana Beach Club, a hotel restaurant. With oceanfront views from its contemporary suites and amenities like an indoor meeting space, Starbucks cafe, and a marina, a stay at Eden Roc is a classic and timeless Miami experience.

    On the private island of Grove Isle of the Biscayne Bay lies the small elegant Grove Isle Hotel and Spa. It features a 500-metre spa complete with a salon, a meditation room, a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a yoga platform, and outdoor massage areas. Each room has a view of the bay and a mix of British Colonial and island style.

    For superb service and a peaceful stay, head to Sea View Hotel located on the Atlantic Coast of the Bal Harbour Village. With cosy and clean bedrooms, a gorgeous pool area, and friendly staff, this hotel is an outpost of relaxation with class and taste.

How to move around in Miami

  • Transportation

    For the maximum freedom and ability to explore the city and its surroundings, consider car hire in Miami. Many hotels also offer their own airport shuttle services or the Super Shuttle fleet located can take you to Miami Beach for $32 or Key Biscayne for $40.

    Miami is known for its rude drivers so get a map and plan your route. The city is on a grid system divided into four areas: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. Flagler street divides North from South and Miami Avenue divides East from West.

    Getting around the city is easy with the Metrorail, which services downtown Miami, Hialeah and Kendall. The Metromover is also an option – an elevated track that traverses downtown and the Brickell and Omni business districts with individual motorized cars. Metrobus operates 60 routes throughout Miami-Dade County, and the commuter train Tri-Rail has stations throughout Dade and Palm Beach counties for those going farther out.

    When taking a taxi, make sure that is legitimate: the words “taxi” or “cab” or both along with the company’s phone number must appear on both sides of the vehicle, and there should always be a metre inside displaying the fare.

    For tourist information, the Greater Miami Convention and Vistor’s Bureau is located at 701 Brickell Ave, Suite 700, in downtown Miami. For telephone assistance call (800) 933-8448.

Miami restaurants

  • Mai Tardi (63 Northeast 39th Street), a modern though casual Italian restaurant located in Miami’s Design District, blends a chill atmosphere with great food for a pleasurable dining experience. Come for the thin-crust pizza, of which there are twenty kinds, the cured meat platter, or signature dishes like the seafood lasagne. Sit outside and enjoy the mosaic-tiles, modern furniture, and oak trees of the restaurant’s handsome patio.

    When in Miami, eat Cuban food. Las Culebras is a friendly Cuban-Spanish cafe with a knockout menu and reasonable prices located in Coconut Grove. Dishes include the classic rice and beans as well as the more exotic chickpea and chorizo tapas, alligator, vaca frita, palomilla a la balsera (pork and yuca filled steak), goat stewed in Coca-Cola, and sautéed frogs legs. With big portions and great service, Las Culebras is a place to experience and taste an essential part of the city’s culture.

    Eating at Tap Tap (819 5th Street) is nothing less than an experience in the culinary Haitian heritage of Miami. Located in South Beach, the spot is a tribute to home cooking from Haiti complete with colourful murals and tables. Appetizers include pumpkin soup, grilled goat, and herring-stuffed avocado. For the main course try the fried fish in lime sauce, shrimp in coconut or Creole sauce, or stewed goat with okra. Come on a Thursday or Saturday when there is live jazz and sip a Soley, the house cocktail made with passion fruit juice and Barbancourt rum.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Hygiene

    There are no compulsory vaccinations to visit the United States in general, but boosters for standard vaccinations are recommended, including: tetanus, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and measles. For people planning to stay for extended periods, a Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended as well.

    The tap water is fine to drink in Miami.

    Safety

    Assaults are infrequent in Miami, but visitors should follow common sense precautions. Do not walk alone at night, in poorly lit areas, or in neighbourhoods with which you are not familiar. Do not wear flashy jewellery or objects that may draw attention to you, like MP3 devices or cell phones. Do not accept offers of food or drink from strangers.

    Another tip is to make a photocopy of your passport and travel documents to keep with you in case you lose the originals or they are stolen. You can ask your hotel concierge about the potential of storing valuable items in a safe in your room or in the hotel itself.

    When driving, make sure to obey the speed limit, as enforcement in the United States is stringent and fines for speeding can be steep.

    Call 911 in case of an emergency, a free number from any payphone.

    Natural Risks

    Miami experiences frequent hurricanes, especially in June through the end of November. Stay attuned to weather reports for up-to-date information.

Miami Holiday Packages

Hotel only £80.85

1 Hyatt Regency Miami

4 stars
3.8 / 5 213 reviews

400 Southeast 2nd Ave Map

Free Valet Parking and Free Wireless Internet

This downtown Miami hotel houses travelers doing business at the next-door Miami Convention Center. The Hyatt Regency Miami has miles of space to host conferences and social gatherings in-house.... More

Hotel only £62.23

2 Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

4 stars
3.8 / 5 99 reviews

3900 NW 21st Street Map

Save 25% on your stay

The Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center is the perfect retreat for business or pleasure. Step into our bold new look of art deco themes and contemporary furnishings,... More

Hotel only £56.62

3 Fortuna House Apartments

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

432 ne 26 st Map

The Fortuna House Apartments, 2014 TripAdvisor Excellence Award Winner offers stylish & affordable fully furnished studio apartments and sits in a small boutique building in the heart of... More

Hotel only £93.77

4 Gale South Beach

5 stars
3.9 / 5 35 reviews

1690 Collins Avenue Map

Located on South Beachs famed Collins avenue across the street from the Atlantic Ocean this 87 room brand new hotel offers a multitude of new amenities. From State-of-the-art technology, Gym,... More

Hotel only £58.98

5 Room Mate Waldorf Towers

3 stars
4.4 / 5 8 reviews

860 Ocean Drive Map

Long Stay 15% NRF

Room Mate Waldorf, is a lovely boutique hotel with sea views, located in the heart of South Beach, a few meters from the beach, in the internationally known Ocean Drive. A few steps away you will... More

Hotel only £103.20

6 Real Living Residences

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

2700 NorthMiami Avenue Map

Independently owned and operated, RealLiving offers travelers a truly comfortable, home feeling stay. Beautifully appointed, artsy rooms and state of the art amenities makes RealLiving at Cynergi a... More

Hotel only £121.00

7 Boulan South Beach

5 stars
4.3 / 5 30 reviews

2000 Collins Avenue Map

Complimentary Breakfast for 2

Located on Collins Avenue between the W South Beach and The Setai South Beach, the all Suite 52 Room Luxury Boutique Property offers oversized one and two bedroom units and penthouse units with... More

Hotel only £69.00

8 Regency Hotel Miami

3 stars
3.0 / 5 368 reviews

1000 Northwest Le Jeune Rd. Map

Drive & Save - Free Car for the Day

Shuttle-friendly hotel with downtown, Coral Gables and SoBe accessThis Miami international Airport-area hotel caters to business and leisure travelers seeking easy access to lodging, shopping and... More

Hotel only £81.67

9 Blanc Kara Hotel Miami Beach

3 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

205 Collins Avenue Map

Save $10

In the district of South Beach, a few minutes from the beach, close to the luxury boutiques and to Miami's most exciting nightlife locations but far enough from the agitation, Blanc Kara is ideally... More

10 New Yorker Boutique Hotel Miami

3 stars
3.6 / 5 5 reviews

6500 Biscayne Blvd Map

Save 10% on 4 Night Stays

New Yorker Boutique Hotel is a unique blend of modern decoration within the shell of an original 1950s motel. MiMo Boulevard has become famous for its post World War II modern architecture and the... More

11 Fisher Island Club and Resort

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

One Fisher Island Drive Map

Fisher Island Club offers something for everyone on one of the worlds most exclusive private island communities. The 15 room Resort at Fisher Island are set among the spectacular Vanderbilt estate.... More

Hotel only £61.34

12 Shalimar Motel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

6200 Biscayne Blvd. Map

The Shalimar Motel is located In the Miami Modern MiMo district, minutes away from the famous Miami Art and Design center. AA Arena and south beach.Our 50 air-conditioned guestrooms were totally... More

Hotel only £68.88

13 Indian Creek Studios

3 stars
1.0 / 5 1 reviews

3801 indian creek Map

Studio apartments featuring Queen sized beds and small kitchenetes More

Hotel only £128.21

14 EPIC Miami, a Kimpton Hotel

5 stars
4.4 / 5 69 reviews

270 Biscayne Blvd Way Map

Save 15% on your stay

The EPIC Miami, a Kimpton Hotel is incredible inside and out; standing out on the Miami skyline, the hotel really draws attention. Situated where the Biscayne Bay meets the Miami River, the luxury... More

Hotel only £113.06

15 Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

4 stars
4.2 / 5 39 reviews

50 Alhambra Plaza Map

Awaken Package

Elegant Mediterranean Style high-rise hotel located in office complex in the heart of Coral Gables. 4 miles from Miami Intl Airport and 6 miles from downtown Miami. Within walking distance to... More