Miami holidays

Miami has long been one of USA’s favourite holiday destinations, especially in the winter months, as the city stays consistently warm; although it has been known to have the occasional cool snap. With some of the best beaches in the country, impressive Art Deco landmarks, world-class cultural sights, stunning coral reefs and aquatic life of Biscayne Bay, there's no shortage of exciting places to visit during your Miami holiday. Whether you’re a beach lover or here with the family, holidays here have it all.the USA’s great beach destinations. Here is the perfect backdrop to a metropolis that pulses with the rhythms of its diverse population: year-round sunshine, top-ranked beaches, and the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay. Boasting Art Deco architecture and a vibrant arts and cultural scene, plus renowned nightlife and world-class dining, Miami draws an eclectic mix of visitors, from celebrities to families seeking fun in the sun.

Things to do

A man-made island off the Miami mainland, Miami Beach was purposely created to be a glamorous winter getaway. To the north you’ll find Miami Beach itself, where you can take in panoramic views of the shimmering Atlantic Ocean while on its lovely soft sands. At the southern tip of the island is the famous South Beach (and its nightlife), not to mention the Art Deco hotels of Ocean Drive. Hotels in Miami place you near shopping destinations like Collins Avenue; Miami’s world-class boutiques, stores, restaurants and galleries are waiting to be explored.

Beaches

Miami Beach is where you’ll find the majority of Miami’s sandy shore locations. The manmade island was created to be a glamorous holiday retreat, with art deco hotels, bustling nightlife and world famous beaches. Enjoy the long stretch of soft sand, decorated with a string of palm trees along the promenade of Miami’s South Beach. Recline on a sun lounger in the heat and enjoy the views of the glistening turquoise seas. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at water sports or join the locals and roller skate down the paved boardwalk. South beach has an upbeat atmosphere and great things to experience nearby like, golf, street performers and plenty of restaurants and bars.

Art Deco History

Miami’s oldest neighbourhood, Coconut Grove was founded in 1873, but most of the historic buildings can be found near South Beach in the Art Deco District. The area contains more than 800 buildings dating from the 1920s to the 1940s that were traditionally white with subtle pastel and gold trims. The buildings were only painted in their iconic bright colours in the 80s to grab the attention of tourists. Walk along the streets of Ocean Drive to enjoy the striking geometric architecture in all its glamour and elegance.

Excellent Nightlife

There is lots going on both day and night in Miami so you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes. After dark, the iconic South Beach comes alive with a fantastic club scene, infused by a range of music styles, from dancehall and reggae to house, rock and R&B. If you want to sample a delicious cocktail or have a relaxing glass of wine, head Downtown to one of the vibrant bars, jazz clubs or salsa venues. Enjoy live music and a range of delicious cuisine from a variety of themed restaurants.

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Even though its latitude is not quite tropical, the climate could certainly be described as such, with warm winters and hot summers. The city does experience quite a lot of rainfall overall, but much of this falls from June to October, when daytime temperatures are generally around 30 (°C) and night-time temperatures don't usually fall below the mid-20s (°C). 

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9 Hours

It’s 9 hours from the UK to Miami International Airport (MIA), which is 7 miles northwest of downtown Miami.

Miami is best for...

Sun-seekers

The fabulous tropical climate gives you year-round blue skies and sunshine.

Night owls

After dark, the club scene brings the already energetic city to life.

Culture lovers

With an excellent festival scene, endless museums, and a varied restaurant scene, culture seekers will love their holiday to Miami.

Fast facts for Miami

Language: The language spoken in here is English. Spanish is also widely spoken across the city and throughout this part of Florida.

Currency: The American Dollar ($) is the currency used in this holiday hotspot.

Local time: Miami is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Miami International Airport. Transfers to South Beach take 30–45 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Miami is 9 hours.

Tourist information: If you'd like to find more tourist information, you can find great tips here https://www.miamiandbeaches.com/.

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Getting around Miami

Golf carts: Zip around in a hired golf cart and enjoy the sea breeze in your hair.

SWOOP: These taxis aren’t like the regular ones, they’re golf carts, and free to use. Pre-book journeys in the South Beach area.

By bus: Within the beach area the bus connections are good, and it’s easy to get around.

By car: Hiring a car is a convenient way to get around other parts of the city and the coast during your time away, especially from South Beach.

By rail: The Metrorail and Metro Mover systems are also great for getting around the city.

Events in Miami

Parties: Practice those salsa moves on your holiday. Between the Pride celebrations in April, Latin Carnival in March and the Caribbean Carnival in October, you’ll always have something to look forward to see.

Culture: Music lovers are spoilt for choice, from the Miami Beach Jazz Festival in November to the Ultra Music Festival in March. Literary stars descend every November for the International Book Fair, where the art scene bursts into life by December for Art Basel. The South Beach Wine / Food Festival and the Miami International Boat Show are also other popular events.

Sports: The Sony Open takes over the courts in March, while November brings NASCAR’s Ford Championship here for the speedway fans. The Doral Golf Classic is a great event for golf enthusiasts, too.

Miami weather

Temperatures: A mild average of 20 (°C) in January, and up to 33 (°C) from July to September.

Best time to visit: Between May and December, it’s more likely to have less crowded beaches for sunbathing, warm seas for swimming, and balmy temperatures in the mid to high 20s (°C).

The weather is generally warm all year round with only the odd cold or cool snap between December and February, thanks to its tropical climate. In the driest months of December to April, about four out of five days are dry, whereas in the wettest month, September experiences rain one in every two days, and about four times as much rain as in December or January. That's why the city is such a popular winter and spring- holiday destination. In the past, hurricanes have occurred, although fortunately these do not happen here very often, despite the city's location.

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