When to fly
Miami enjoys a subtropical climate that ensures plenty of sunshine all year round. Sun protection is advised, even when temperatures are moderated by cool ocean breezes. Rainfall occurs mainly during summer and early autumn but that shouldn`t stop you from booking a cheap flight to Miami and enjoy what the city has to offer.
Tourists who are looking to escape the winter chill at home book flights to Miami from January through April when temperatures are in the teens to low 20s with blue skies and crisp air.
The weather in June, July, and August is extremely hot and humid with the possibility of rain almost every day, but this is also a good time to bag a bargain. However watch out for the hurricane season which officially runs from June to November.
May and October through early December can be great times to take a flight to Miami.
Every March Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami transforms into an electronic dance music haven for individuals to come and rave, dance and party together. The weekend-long festival hosts live sets by some of the world’s most famous DJs and performers making it one of the biggest names in the electronic dance music scene. More than 50,000 people have attended the festival in the past to watch artists such as Fatboy Slim, Madonna and Calvin Harris. Alongside the artists and DJs are world-class dancers brought in from every party location worldwide such as Ibiza and Amsterdam. Ultra Music festival is full of hi-energy music lovers, spring breakers and ravers from all ages that gather every year to soak up the explosive fun-loving atmosphere accompanied by world-class entertainment.
Miami is often called the "Gateway of the Americas" due to its cultural and linguistic ties to North, South, Central America, and the Caribbean. It lies between the Miami River, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean.
South Beach is great for people-watching. Its ten miles of beach plays host to the beautiful (and sometimes eccentric) people. Don't forget the backdrop. The minute you step off your Miami flight and drive through the city the architecture will leave awe-inspired. The Art Deco district within South Beach has the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world. In contrast, North Beach boasts examples of Miami Modernism architecture and uncrowded beaches.
Don't forget to take a trip to Little Havana. Close your eyes and you might even believe you are in Cuba. The sounds of salsa and merengue call out from stores while old men in guayaberas enjoy a cigar with their game of dominoes.
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.
Getting 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.
Getting downtown from the airport
Miami International Airport (MIA) is located just 8 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.
Miami insider information
- Although it is not enforced strictly, there is an alleged curfew in effect for minors after 11pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends in all of Miami-Dade County. After these hours, children under 17 should not be out on the streets or driving unless accompanied by a parent or on their way to work. Remember that when you see them at Coconut Grove and on South Beach.
- Around half of Miami's population is Latin American. Visit the Museum of Hispanic & Latin American Art to better understand their culture. The annual Art Basel Miami Beach is helping the city fast become an art capital.
- Take full advantage of South Beach nightlife. Miami's pulsating dance clubs are considered among the best in the world.
- Explore the Everglades in an airboat and get close to the swamps' inhabitants such as alligators, manatees, raccoons and Florida panthers.
- The largest Botanical Gardens in the US, the Fairchild Tropical Garden has 83 acres of palms and other exotic fronds.