Get ready to be hypnotised by Miami – a pastel coloured fantasy of swaying palm trees, azure seas, luxury hotels and pulsating Latin dance clubs.
Wander the art deco district of South Beach, pause for a reflective moment at the Versace Mansion and also add these attractions to the list:
- Climb the 186 year old lighthouse and explore extraordinary Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
- Visit Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, a 1916 Italian renaissance style villa on Biscayne Bay
- Explore the mangroves and mansions of Biscayne Bay
- Take a dip at the Italianate Venetian Pool, fed by a freshwater aquifer and surrounded by tropical plants
- Book a show at the 75 year old Jungle Island and witness some of the wildest animals from around the globe you will have to see to believe
- See the American flamingos and Amazonian wildlife displays at Miami Zoo
- See the panoramic view of Miami from the penthouse restaurant Juvia.
Greater Miami and its beaches are a paradise of interconnected oceanfront cities, urban hubs, charming villages and tropical parks. With lots to offer explore Miami’s diverse neighbourhoods and see for yourself.
It’s all about the beach in Miami. Most travellers will find themselves at Miami Beach, which is actually its own municipality and organised with a grid system with districts that run north to south; Sunny Isles, Bal Harbour, Surfside, North Beach, Mid Beach, and South Beach with the art deco district.
Visit South Beach for unrivalled people watching opportunities and its iconic nightlife. To the north, glitzy Bal Harbor is a getaway for the rich and famous, while surfers like the breaks off Haulover Beach. If you want to get away from it all, try 85th Street Beach or Virginia Key on Key Biscayne.
Design District and Wynwood
North of Downtown, this newly modish neighbourhood has developed a great vibe as artists seek refuge from expensive South Beach. The Design District and Wynwood offers a eclectic collection of design showrooms, art galleries, craft workshops and shops, along with cafes and restaurants. And there’s a new bar scene developing, too, with speakeasies serving rum punches and whiskey along with bars that specialise in craft beers.
Downtown is mostly a conglomeration of business district, construction zone and ghetto, but the area area around Flagier Street has some interesting features which include the historic district which features dozens of 1920s buildings.
The Biscayne Corridor that runs along Biscayne Boulevard from 14th to 71st is transitioning, with interesting cafes, boutiques and bars sitting side by side with seedy flophouses and strip joints.
Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Little Havana
Coral Gables is a planned city dating back to the Florida land boom of the 1920s, featuring Mediterranean style architecture, luxuriant gardens, the University of Miami, and the Venetian Pool.
South of Little Havana and Downtown, Coconut Grove runs along Biscayne Bay. Just to the north, you’ll find the waterfront Vizcayne Museum and Gardens.
Cuban exiles settled here in the 1950s and '60s, but these days Little Havana has an overall Latin vibe as Nicaraguans, Guatemalans and Puerto Ricans have moved into the area west of Brickell and Downtown.
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Miami has a tropical monsoon climate with hot and humid summers and short, warm winters. Highs are usually 21-26°C. June is the wet season as it sees the most rainfall. Winter features mild to warm temperatures and can drop as low as 10°C. Florida is located within the hurricane belt and is at risk for hurricanes and tropical storms from June to December.
From the airport
The cheapest and fastest way to get into Miami from the international airport is via the Metrorail, taking passengers to South Beach in under 30 minutes. You can also get into town using a supershuttle, taxi or a convenient arrival transfer.
In and around the city
Once you are in town, Miami-Dade County is serviced by a Metrorail (train), buses and the free Metromover (monorail). If you like to do things at your own pace try a hop-on-hop-off bus combined with a Go Miami Card.
Taxis are available at designated ranks around the city or can be hailed on the street in South Beach. Taxis can be booked for pick-ups at a designated location.
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