Image: PHOTO: Miami, Florida skyline and bay at sunset seen through palm trees. (photo via littleny / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Image: PHOTO: Miami, Florida skyline and bay at sunset seen through palm trees. (photo via littleny / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
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Miami Travel Guide 

The city of Miami, also called the Magic City, is among the most popular getaway destinations in the U.S.  

With the 3rd highest skyline in the region, it is home to several iconic buildings and cultural heritage monuments.

Before visiting this exciting destination, find out everything you need to know in this Miami travel guide.

Getting around Miami is easy through reliable public transport or private means. You can use the city’s public transit system, including the Metrobus, Metromover trams, trolleys, and Metrorail.

The bus system serves almost all popular cultural, shopping, and entertainment centers. It extends from the East’s Miami Beach to the West’s Miami-Dade county and from the North’s Middle keys to the South’s Broward County.

The Metrorail covers Miami International Airport (MIA) and extends from Kendall through Miami South, Coral Gables, and other destinations like downtown Miami.

You can also use the Metromover tram system or trolleys to explore various parts of the city for free. 

Other common ways of getting around Miami include:

  • Taxis and Rideshares. Taxis and rideshares are popular alternatives to public transportation. Most tourists prefer them because they are readily available outside major tourist destinations. However, they are often quite costly.
  • Car rentals. We recommend renting a car for personal use during your visit. It’s the most convenient way to travel around the region because its top attractions are in different areas. With a car, you can go anywhere you want fast without requiring multiple transfers.


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Top Things To Do

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You’ll never run out of things to do in Miami. Its year-round warm tropical climate, undisturbed terrains, and cultural and artistic scenery are perfect for several outdoor activities.

Important Things To Know


Since Miami is in South Florida, U.S., its primary currency is the American Dollar ($ or USD). 

Palm tree, macro, Miami Beach Botanical garden

Palm tree at the Miami Beach Botanical Graden. (Photo via Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr) (Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

National Languages

The city’s official language is English, but more than half (about 60%) of the area’s population speaks Spanish.

You might also meet French, German, and Swedish-speaking people when you visit various communities. 

Time Zone

Like most other places in the U.S., Miami utilizes Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Daylight Savings Time (DST). 

Usually, Daylight Savings Time in Miami starts on the second Sunday of March. It lasts nearly eight months, until the first Sunday of November.

Climate And Weather

There are two main weather seasons in Miami: A warm, dry winter and a hot, wet summer. 

The warm and dry season occurs from November through April and is often windy, humid, and mostly clear. This makes Miami winters some of the most comfortable warm winter months in the U.S.

The cool months in Miami are between December and March, with a mean daily temperature of less than 78°F (26 °C). Of these months, the coldest is January, with average lows of about 63°F and highs of appx. 76°F (17 - 24 °C).

The hot, wet, and mostly cloudy summer season in Miami takes place around May through October. 

The highest temperatures of this season are between June and September, with a mean daily temperature of around 87°F (30 °C). The city’s hottest month is August, as the daily temperature increases to a mean high of about 89°F (32 °C).


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When To Visit Miami

Pool at Trump International Beach Resort, Miami
Pool at Trump International Beach Resort, Miami (photo courtesy Pool at Trump International Beach Resort, Miami)


The city’s weather conditions are favorable throughout the year, so you can travel to the region any time and have an unforgettable experience.

But if you want to enjoy Miami’s attractions and museums at non-peak rates, we recommend visiting the area between March and May. It’s less crowded, and you’ll delight in the pleasant weather as other parts of the country are still defrosting.

You can also go between October and December to explore the diverse entertainment and art scene. But only do this if you don’t mind large crowds, as these are peak travel months.

For the avid holidaymakers, we suggest going in August or early September. This is Miami’s off-season but the weather is still great and you’ll usually get the best rates for accommodation and luxurious services.

Best Places To Stay In Miami

Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Miami
Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Miami; provided by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (Photo Credit: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants)

  • South Beach. Staying at South Beach allows you to experience the best of Miami. You’ll relish serene sandy beaches throughout the day and witness how the region transforms into its sizzling nightlife after sundown.
  • Little Haiti. This neighborhood offers insight into Miami’s thriving art scene. You’ll also enjoy Little Haiti’s French-creole culture in its intimate shops, restaurants, galleries, and theaters.
  • Miami Design District. The Miami design district is home to almost all luxury brands and several public art installations. We think it’s the perfect place for luxury travelers who enjoy exploring the cuisines of celebrity chefs.

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