Hottest spots and tips for the best vacation
Miami conjures up images of beautiful people in beautiful places, like the pools of art deco hotels, on wide sandy beaches along a sparkling blue ocean, in flashy nightclubs and in the boutiques along Tony Lincoln Road.
It’s a happening place, no doubt, and with so much to see and do, tourists have plenty to choose from. Most attractions must be booked in advance, online, in all seasons, due to the constant influx of tourists from all over the world.
Choose the best time to travel to Miami
The best time to visit Miami is after spring break, from late March to mid-May, when the weather is pleasant and the city isn’t completely overrun with visitors.
It is usually very hot in summer, and winter is the main tourist season. Hotel and private accommodation rates will therefore be highest from December to mid-March.
South Florida remains warm year-round. Even in January, the average nighttime temperature hits 60 degrees Fahrenheit, perhaps calling for a light jacket.
By the time spring break rolls around in February, it’s definitely beach season, with a daytime temperature of 75 degrees.
- Winter: None
- Spring: January to May
- Summer: june to september
- To fall: October to December
Visit Amazing Miami Attractions
Miami’s Art Deco Historic District is a huge tourist draw. The buildings are painted in delightful pastel colors and feature the clean geometric lines that make art deco architecture so enchanting.
The neighborhood stretches between 5th Street and 23rd Street on Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue. Even the lifeguard stands on the art deco designs of the South Beach sport.
No visit to Miami is complete without a visit to the famous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, an early 20th century estate reminiscent of the Gilded Age.
Located on Biscayne Bay, Miami’s historic estate features 10 acres of formal gardens and more than 2,000 antique pieces of art and furniture. Visitors visit 34 rooms in the grand Mediterranean-style mansion, which has a total of 70 rooms.
The deep blue sea is always a priority for vacationers visiting Miami, as it is the backdrop for so much activity in this action-packed city.
That’s why a visit to the Miami Seaquarium is a must-do excursion, and one that allows tourists to have one-on-one interactive experiences with marine life. Visitors can choose between an encounter with the penguins and a swim with the seals, for example.
Choose from an abundance of beaches in Miami
Some are secluded and others are packed with locals and tourists, but one thing can be said about all Miami beaches: step inside, the water is good.
The popular South Beach, where the famous Muscle Beach is located, is a wide stretch of coast where even the aid stations are painted in art deco colors. Located along Ocean Drive, it offers easy access to cafes, bars and restaurants.
Muscle Beach offers exercise, weightlifting and gymnastics activities. Visitors also flock to Surfside Beach, located in Miami Beach between North Beach and Bal Harbour. There are scenic sand dunes and a raised dune path for joggers and walkers.
Head north to find calmer stretches of sandy coastline at Mid-Beach, North Beach and Bal Harbor Beach.
- The best beaches in Miami: South Beach, Muscle Beach, Surfside Beach, North Beach, Bal Harbor Beach.
Enjoy good food at Miami restaurants
Travelers to Miami can choose from hundreds of restaurants across Miami, including many ethnic restaurants and seafood specialties.
Sample what the city has to offer at the Miami Food Festival, held annually at the German American Social Club of Greater Miami. Wine lovers will want to head to the Miami Wine Festival.
Other restaurants are, of course, open year-round for the enjoyment of visitors.
Best places for breakfast
- Cozy Corner Diner, 90 Westward Dr, Miami Springs, Honey Uninhibited, 1777 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami.
Best places for lunch and dinner
- Lulu, 3105 Commodore Plaza, Miami; Joia Beach, at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Jungle Island, Miami
- Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish, at 398 NW North River Drive
- L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, at 151 NE 41st Street, Miami (two Michelin stars)
LIV, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; Space Club, 34 NE 11th Street, Miami; Brick, 187 NW 28th Street, Miami.
Choice of hotels from budget to luxury
Luxury hotels dot the beachfront along Miami’s waterfront, offering expansive outdoor recreation areas with pools, cabanas, hot tubs, and other high-end amenities. Budget hotels are not beachfront, but offer easy access to the ocean and area attractions.
Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove
- Cost: $550 per night for 2 adults
- Address: 3300 SW 27th Street, Miami
- Approvals: Refined cuisine, a complete spa and a balcony in each room.
Four Seasons Hotel in Miami
- Cost: $720 per night for 2 adults
- Address: 1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami
- Approvals: Overlooks Biscayne Bay, 2-acre pool with cabanas, hot tub
- Cost: $250 per night for 2 people
- Address: 1144 Ocean Drive, South Beach
- Approvals: Each bedroom has an ocean view.
Hotel Chesterfield & Suites
- Cost: $150 per night for 2 adults
- Address: 855 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
- Approvals: Charming property with ultra-modern interiors.
Hampton Inn Miami Dadeland
- Cost: $118 per night for 2 adults
- Address: 8200 SW 70th Avenue, Miami
- Approvals: Fitness center, hot breakfast buffet
- Cost: $189 per night for 2 adults
- Address: 7301 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
- Approvals: Outdoor pool, free parking
How to get around Miami
Tourists should arrive knowing that they don’t necessarily need to rent a car, as public transport is easily accessible and some of it is free.
The Miami Beach Trolley is a free, citywide service that operates daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., with stops along the route every 30 minutes.
The trolley operates four routes which include tourist destinations.
The South Beach Loop drops travelers off at many South Beach destinations, including hotels, museums, marinas, entertainment venues, and facilities such as the Miami Beach Convention Center and the popular Lincoln Road Mall.
The elevated people mover system, called Metromover, is a free service operating daily in Downtown Miami and the Omni and Brickell areas.
The city’s Metrobus serves all of Miami’s major shopping, entertainment and cultural districts. A one-way ticket costs $2.25.
The Miami Metrorail provides service between Miami International Airport and South Miami, Coral Gables and Downtown Miami, among other farther destinations. A one-way ticket costs $2.25.
It’s time to set your budget for a trip to Miami
Travelers can expect a 7-day vacation to Miami at a mid-priced hotel ($250 per night), with food and entrance fees to various attractions included, costing around $2,600 for a single traveler and around $5,000 for a couple.
Families with children may need multiple hotel rooms or can book a suite to accommodate the group.
How to Have a Perfect Day in Miami
Enjoy the morning with a trip to the Miami Seaquarium and spring for an animal interaction experience. Stop at the Art Deco Museum and see exhibits on the history of the city’s iconic architectural style.
After lunch, return to your hotel for swimwear and flip-flops, then head to South Beach to soak up the sun, swim, and people-watch.
Spend the evening shopping along Tony Lincoln Road and sipping a cocktail at one of the many outdoor cafes. Choose an elegant restaurant for dinner and end the day with a moonlit walk on the beach.
Q: When is the best time to visit Miami?
To avoid the busiest season and the hottest weather, the best time to visit Miami is after spring break, from mid-March to mid-May. However, winter is also a good time to visit; Christmas can be fun in cities where it never snows.
Q: What are Miami’s top attractions?
The Art Deco Historic District and Art Deco Museum, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Miami Seaquarium are worthy destinations. Also discover the Design District, where everything is photogenic and fascinating.
Q: Where is the best place to eat in Miami?
For breakfast, Honey Uninhibited at 1777 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami is a great place to visit. For lunch and dinner, restaurants like Lulu (3105 Commodore Plaza), Joia Beach (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Jungle Island), Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish (398 NW North River Drive, and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (151 NE 41st Street) are all excellent choices.
Miami nightlife also offers energizing options to feed you and hang out all night long.