Miami’s vibrant, yet laid-back beach atmosphere is unrivalled. Thanks to its distinct Art Deco architecture, Latin-influenced culture and up-until-dawn nightlife, there’s nowhere else like it in America—or on earth. With Miami hotels, you can easily leave your ordinary life behind and see what “The Magic City” is all about.
Things to Do in Miami
If you hear “Miami,” and you immediately think “party,” there’s only one place you need to know about: South Beach. Relax with a mojito along the 3 km of powdery sand by day, then find your perfect place to dance the night away, from chill lounges to mega-clubs pulsing with electronica. Want to rage all day and all night? Pool parties and day clubs abound in this paradise of beautiful people. If you get a little too wild, not to worry—accommodation in South Beach is near the best people-watching around. Put on your sunnies, soak up last night’s booze with pastelitos de guayaba (flaky, guava-and-cheese filled pastries) and spend the day spotting expensive cars (and nose jobs) on Ocean Drive.
If your rave days are past, Miami is filled with historic, gastronomic and family-friendly fun. Ever seen a liger? That’s a lion/tiger combo, and Jungle Island has one. You can also see rare white alligators, take a photo with lion cubs and interact with squirrel monkeys. Travellers of all ages can appreciate that! Take a tour of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a 1910 mansion filled with classic American art and furniture, then check out its 10-acre lawn to see European landscaped gardens and hundred-year-old plants.
Getting To & Around Miami
Flights to Miami will land at the international airport (MIA) east of downtown. The Metrorail Orange Line connects the airport with downtown, Coconut Grove and South Miami, while the Airport Flyer runs every 30 minutes from the airport to Miami Beach and South Beach, with numerous stops in between 44th Street and 1st Street. Once you’re checked in, the Metrorail and Metrobus can get you to most attractions, like Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Historic District and throughout Miami Beach. However, if you’d rather ride in style, taxis and car hires are convenient options both for getting to your Miami accommodation and cruising around the city.
Best Time to Travel
Temperatures here rarely drop below 15 degrees, but you’ve still got some weather choices to make when it comes to Miami holidays. From late February through May, you’ll have beach-perfect temps in the upper 20s during the day and little rainfall. It’s the high tourist season, and also the best time for festivals. Party people should check out the Winter Music Conference in March, while families will love the County Fair in March and April. After that, hotel rates will drop and the mercury and humidity will rise, with great deals on hotels in Miami to be had from June through October…if you can handle hurricane season.
When the rest of the world has the winter blues, Miami keeps the heat turned up. Book your accommodation in Miami on Wotif today, and join the party too.
Life in the Sunshine State's capital city is largely an outdoor one. While you might need to venture inside to enjoy sights like the Miami Art Museum or the Seaquarium, getting around is easiest in a convertible or by bike, so you can enjoy the sun while you travel. One of the most efficient ways to see the city and its attractions is to opt for a Miami Card, which includes admission to the best-known museums and attractions as well as the open-topped 'Duck' tours.
Buenvenido a Miami
Miami truly is a city of immigrants with a rich cultural diversity. The US Census Bureau estimates that around two-thirds of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin. Many came to Miami after Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba in 1959, settling in a Western neighborhood now simply known as Little Havana. Today, tourists come to Little Havana for the annual Carnival Miami, a festival of food, fun, and salsa, with Latin showbiz personalities such as Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, and Gloria Estefan honored on the Walkway of the Stars.
Art by the sea
Miami's art scene delves into history as well as looking to more modern works. The Museum of Contemporary Art presents playful creations within a building whose stylistic space brilliantly offsets its exhibits. In contrast, the Lowe Art Museum houses collections of Greco-Roman exhibits and antiquities, and 17th century European art, while the Bass Museum located in Miami Beach covers art from around the world from the Renaissance to the present day. The hip and historic Biscayne Corridor is where boulevard meets bay, murals replace blank walls, and property prices head towards the famous clear blue sky.
Popular with US college students during spring break, the non-stop party scene in South Beach is not for the faint-hearted. The area is one of the country's major entertainment destinations with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. Its tolerance of topless sunbathing, unusual in the United States, just adds to its reputation as a place where anything goes.
Only about 70 miles from the city lies the unique and spectacular ecosystem of the Everglades, home to alligators, snakes, egrets, and exotic birds. An airboat tour of the national park will give you a first hand experience of this spectacular natural world. Hide