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Miami Travel Guide

Miami Travel Guide

Sunshine, sand, sea, a vibrant nightlife and sultry Latin American flavour make Miami a unique and endlessly popular holiday destination in the US:

Anyone who enjoys a laid-back holiday with fun in the sun will have a great time in sub-tropical Miami. It is the favourite destination for 'winter refugees' who travel to the coastal city to escape the chilly northern states. It is also a top destination for party animals hankering for a hot and heavy nightlife. Serious shopaholics will relish exploring Miami's endless shopping venues, especially as the city's palm-fringed pedestrian promenades make for a glorious change from the usual US malls. Miami's restaurants will also impress, whether dining on a budget or living the high life.

Apart from visiting the exciting neighbourhoods of the city itself, like Little Havana and the funky Art Deco district, those who holiday in Miami have the opportunity to make numerous fun excursions to surrounding Floridian beach resorts and explore the beautiful Everglades, an ecosystem unique to the region.

Best time to visit Miami

Whatever time of year you choose for a holiday in Miami you will need plenty of sunblock. Traditionally, winter is the most popular time to travel to Miami, and it is certainly the ideal season weather-wise. Summers tend to be uncomfortably hot and humid, with heavy thunderstorms. Those on a budget will find accommodation prices more reasonable during the summer off-season though. Read more on Miami's Climate and Weather.

What to see in Miami

-Admire the art and design in the celebrated Wolfsonian Museum.

-Treat the kids to a wildlife experience on the lush Jungle Island.

-Visit the Spanish Monastery, said to be the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere.

-Educate and entertain the whole family at the Miami Science Museum.

What to do in Miami

-Hit the shops along the famous Lincoln Road Mall promenade.

-Enjoy sun, sand and sea on Miami's beautiful beaches.

-Explore the exotic and opulent Vizcaya Villa in the heart of Miami.

-Spend half a day bonding with marine animals at the Miami Seaquarium.

Beyond Miami

Miami is surrounded by touristic treasures and despite the amount to see and do in the city, it is a pity to visit without taking some excursions: the Biscayne National Park and the Everglades National Park are both close by and offer visitors a breathtaking experience of the local flora and fauna.

Getting there

Miami International Airport, situated eight miles (13km) northwest of central Miami, is one of the main air travel hubs in the US. Direct flights from the UK, a number of European countries and the rest of the US are available. Get more information on Airports in Miami.

Did you know?

-South Beach has been voted America's favourite beach in a number of surveys.

-Miami has the largest cruise ship port in the world.

-Fittingly, the first suntan lotion was invented in Miami.


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A Miami cityscape © k1ng

Miami may be the retirement capital of the United States, but there is nothing old fashioned about this bright, brash playground city that shines under the sunny Florida skies. This coastal city was a sleepy holiday town until the 1920s, when the 'in crowd' decided to make it their own. The town bloomed into a fun seaside capital and was blessed with a legacy of Art Deco architecture, particularly along South Beach, which has been carefully preserved. During World War II the forces came to town when Miami was an important military base. Today, apart from being a favourite holiday Mecca and sunny spot for retirees, it is also the gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America.

Miami's large Cuban community adds to the atmosphere in the sultry neighbourhood of Little Havana. Trendsetters hang out in Coconut Grove, while sun lovers strew the miles of white sandy beaches. For families there are entertaining attractions like the Seaquarium and Metrozoo. The nightlife is sophisticated and varied. The city also gives easy access to Florida's popular Gold Coast resorts and attractions, as well as the natural wonder of the Florida Everglades.

No wonder Miami is America's favourite holiday destination and the hub of a vibrant cruise ship industry, its port jammed constantly with sleek passenger liners. North of the city, the miles of beautiful sandy beaches on the Gold Coast are hemmed in by southeast Florida's major tourist resorts: Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano Beach and Palm Beach.

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