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Things to do in Miami

Miami is one of America’s most famous cities. Located in the sunny state of Florida, it’s a melting pot of nationalities, and you’ll find a thriving Latin quarter, Caribbean flavours and an all-American vibe. In addition, if you’re looking to spot the rich and famous, then you’re definitely in the right place.

Miami has more than enough to keep visitors busy, whether it’s in sunning themselves on the iconic South Beach, or partying through the night in one of the city’s many clubs and hotspots. The beautiful Art Deco hotels that line the beach in a wave of pastel colours are a great sight, as are the huge cruise liners that sail in and out of the port. Meanwhile, a huge variety of shopping districts cater to everyone’s tastes, and a thriving gay party scene is ideal for people who want to let their hair down. Miami is certainly a city where cultures and diversity come together and create a rich, exciting destination.

In addition to the city itself, there are some great day trips to indulge in. The Kennedy Space Center isn’t far, and the whole family can enjoy taking a virtual tour to the moon and back whilst enjoying views of the rockets. The Everglades are also within easy reach, and enjoying a ride through the waterways on an airboat is certainly a highlight to remember. Meanwhile, Biscayne Bay showcases the Miami skyline in real style, particularly for those enjoying a sunset cruise.

What is best way to travel to Miami from UK?

The best way to travel to Miami is via Miami International Airport. Several airlines, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways, fly from the United Kingdom, making it easy to reach this destination. Whilst connections via other European or American cities are available, those wanting to travel directly should fly from London Heathrow.

How to get to city centre from the airport?

Miami International Airport is located just eight miles northwest of Downtown Miami. The Metrobus and Metrorail service is the cheapest transportation option, and takes about 30 minutes to South Beach. Shuttles and taxis offer flat rate fees from the airport into Miami, whilst rental car options are also widely available, allowing visitors to travel at their own pace.

What are the visa requirements for British and non-EU nationals?

America has a reciprocal Visa Waiver Program with the UK, but all visitors must obtain approval before travelling. This is done via the ESTA website, where basic details must be provided. This program is applicable to Japan, New Zealand, Australia and all Western EU countries other than Greece. For other nationalities, a full visa is required.

How to get around Miami?

There are many ways to get around Miami, including taxi, car rental and buses. Traffic can be a problem in the city, and bicycle rental can be a good idea for those wanting to bypass queues. There are also many pedestrian controlled zones, ideal for shoppers and tourists.

What’s the best time to visit Miami?

Between December and May, Miami’s temperatures fluctuate between 16 ºC and 30ºC, with rainstorms rare. The summer period becomes extremely hot and humid, whilst there are the chances of hurricanes when August arrives.

Airport Overview

Situated 13km (8 miles) north-west of downtown Miami, Miami International Airport (MIA) is South Florida’s main airport. Due to a vast number of tourist attractions and sizable local populations, it’s one of the largest hubs in the US and acts as the country's main gateway to Latin America. Having served just fewer than 36 million passengers in 2010, the airport is the 28th busiest in the world, with flights to Miami International Airport coming in from most continents.

Unfortunately, though, the airport has a reputation for being slow and disorganised, especially when it comes to luggage procedures. Passengers in transit often miss flights as they are required to clear immigration before collecting their baggage, after which they must then transfer it to their connecting flight. Moreover, it’s common practice for staff to remove bags from carousels and place them on the floor, leaving passengers to crowd around heaps of luggage and compete for a chance to locate theirs. Signage is lacking and unclear, and many airport personnel speak Spanish only.

However, MIA has a wide variety of eateries, bars and retail outlets to keep layover passengers amused. Musical performers also provide entertainment throughout the airport’s public spaces and numerous wall paintings add colour and vibrancy to the interior of the terminal building.

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This is useful information about Miami International

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Avg temperature for this monthMiami International32.8 °CSource: World Weather Online
Avg monthly rainfall inMiami International161.5 mmSource: World Weather Online
Average flight time toMiami International9 hrs 33 mins
Currency exchange rate inMiami International$1.00 = £0.59Source: Oanda
Which airlines fly toMiami InternationalBritish Airways, Air France and Lufthansa
Deals on flights toMiami International1202
Partners with offers toMiami InternationalBelgrave Travel, Hoodaki.com and The Flights Guru
Advertisers with deals toMiami International36
Cheapest flights offer toMiami International£465
Avg flight deal toMiami International£814

 How much do things cost in Miami?

  • Small bottle of water (0.33 litre): £0.83
  • 3 course meal for 2: £33.86
  • Petrol (1 litre): £0.60
  • 1 mile taxi journey: £1.30
  • Pair of Nike trainers: £47.11
  • Cappuccino: £1.96
  • Imported beer (0.33 litre): £2.36
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre): £0.90
  • Pair of jeans: £19.63
  • Taxi - fixed fee: £1.62
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