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Holidays in Miami

From the glamour of Las Vegas and majesty of the Grand Canyon, to New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty and the rhythm of the Deep South, take your pick from a million different adventures in America. Plan your perfect US holiday with Thomas Cook today and Tick the Box on your favourite US destinations and experiences.

Sun-kissed Miami, Florida is one of 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.

33 °C

Between May and December, when you’re promised less crowded beaches for sunbathing, warm seas for swimming, and balmy temperatures in the mid to high 20°s

9 Hours

Miami International Airport (MIA), which is 7 miles northwest of downtown Miami.

Recommended holidays in Miami

Trump National Doral Miami

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Discover a beautiful Miami, Florida golf and spa resort designed to provide an oasis of serenity at Trump National Doral Miami.  Rates are inc...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£1577

Mandarin Oriental Miami

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • A taste of Asian serenity in exhilarating Miami. Guests enjoy beautiful bay views, the pleasures of the hotel's private beach and the exotic, sooth...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£1765

Kimpton EPIC Hotel

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • The Kimpton EPIC Hotel is Miami's premier luxury hotel, a sparkling cosmopolitan destination on the bank of the Miami River where it meets Bis...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£1811

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • The Fontainebleau Hotel is central to everything that Miami and South Beach have to offer. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with easy access to world...
  • Local Tips: The hotel is perfectly positioned for visits to the Bayside Marketplace, Port of Miami and South Beach.
  • Please Note: From December 1st 2015 the Resort Fee is $24.95 include city tax per day/per room.

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£1700

The Palms Hotel & Spa

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • With a stay at The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach (Mid Beach), you'll be convenient to Miami City Ballet and Lincoln Road Mall. This 4-star h...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£1762

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is a peerless haven of oceanfront elegance, quiet unwavering taste, anticipatory service and seductive amenities i...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£3197

Delano

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Located in the heart of South Beach and directly on the ocean, Delano is the ultimate world-class urban resort and self-contained destination. It i...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£1771

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • The Loews Miami Beach Hotel is located on the beach in the heart of fashionable South Beach's Art Deco District, just 20 minutes from Miami Interna...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£2028

W South Beach

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • W South Beach is a fantasy oasis surrounded by lush garden landscapes and breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views. No name changes allowed. Unless n...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£2298

The Betsy South Beach

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Dramatically poised alongside its Art Deco neighbors on Miami Beach's famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is a distinguished historic landmark hotel. ...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£2564

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.

Nicknamed the ‘American Riviera’, lively South Beach draws you in with its beautiful white sands and historic, iconic buildings – if you’re not already, you’ll definitely go home an architecture buff. Hang out on Lincoln Road, sipping cafecito (strong and sweet espresso) and watching the beautiful people stroll by.

This iconic street in the South Beach neighbourhood is the heart of the Art Deco District. A silent star of countless movies and music videos, come here to see and be seen at the clubs, bars, restaurants and shops – it’s 24-hour living at its best.

Set in the middle of the island is the more residential Miami Beach. Here you can take romantic strolls along the boardwalk, or tee off on the local golf course; if you’re after a peaceful and laid-back holiday, relaxed Miami Beach is the perfect place.

There’s more than enough to keep you busy during the day, but Miami after dark doesn’t do ‘quiet’; the party’s only just started. Get your most stylish threads on and head to South Beach at ‘fashionably late o’clock’. Its famous club scene offers a range of musical flavours from dancehall and reggaeton to salsa, rock and R&B. Tobacco Road in Downtown is a sure hit for live jazz. If you’re dining out beforehand, you can choose from a world of cuisine – but Latin American is the main influence here. Enjoy Cuban cocktails before painting the pastel-hued town red.

For nature lovers, a visit to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens is a must; here you can explore 83 acres of botanic garden, with an extensive collection of rare tropical plants. As well as the Kennedy Space Centre and Jungle Island, the Miami Seaquarium is just a 10-minute drive from downtown. Venture to the Florida Everglades, where you can take to the airboat for a ride, and meet the charmingly-named ‘Killer’ – a friendly local alligator in the safari park. Fashion fans will want to see the late Gianni Versace’s flamboyant mansion, now an exclusive hotel. The Pérez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM) is the newest museum in Miami (downtown) and truly a first world class museum not to be missed.

Enticing golden sands, warm waters… No wonder Miami’s beaches are so popular. Take a relaxing walk along Miami Beach’s boardwalk to soak up the laid-back atmosphere, which is especially romantic at sunset. After a bit of sightseeing in the Art Deco district, wander over to South Pointe with the kids, who’ll love the mini waterpark. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a film or TV crew on location. Picture-perfect and lively South Beach is great for those who are there to party. Nearby Lummus Park is ideal for taking seriously envy-inducing photos, thanks to its tropical greenery and tall palm trees.

You can’t visit Miami without spending some time soaking up the sun on the beach. Head to downtown Miami and take a 15-kilometer drive over the MacArthur Causeway towards South Beach. Here, you’ll be met with long stretches of golden sand, shimmering waves and a breath-taking skyline. Find a quiet spot to top up your tan before going for a refreshing swim in the sea. If you’ve come to Miami for its buzzing nightlife, you’ll want to head to the A1A, where you’ll find a host of Art Deco buildings, neon nightclubs and a great selection of bars that stay open until the early hours of the morning.

Back in the 1940s, the creator of the Coral Castle stood at the entrance of his fantasy masterpiece and charged just ten cents per admission. He wasn’t a particularly strong man, but he still managed to build this unusual castle using almost 1,000 metric tons of coral rock. His method is still debated today and we’ll probably never understand exactly how Ed Leedskalnin constructed the castle with just his bare hands. However, it’s fun to hear the theories, which include everything from him having wizardry powers to the more logical explanations brought forth by local scientists. The Coral Castle is well worth a visit as you’ll get to walk around the unique structure and snap memorable photos of this mysterious historical site along the way.

Stroll past the colourful monuments and artistic wall murals in the Cuban neighbourhood of Little Havana. Traditional salsa and merengue music spills out of every café and restaurant, creating an upbeat tempo as a backdrop to your visit. Fill your stomach at Versailles Cuban Bakery, where you’ll find homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs, Cuban sandwiches and delicious croquettes served throughout the day. Soak up the culture at a nearby live show in one of Little Havana’s spirited venues, which often host live band shows, dancing events and regular open-air art festivals that brings the party out into the streets.

Miami is best for

SUN-SEEKERS
Miami’s fabulous tropical climate gives you year-round blue skies and sunshine.

NIGHT OWLS
After dark, the club scene brings the already energetic city to even more vibrant life.

CULTURE LOVERS
Museums, music and festivals, plus beaches, equals an irresistible combination.


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Miami is English.

Currency: The currency used in Miami is the American Dollar ($).

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

Fly to: Miami International Airport (MIA), which is 7 miles northwest of downtown Miami.

Flight time from UK: 9 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Miami tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Miami.


Getting around

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 for journeys in the South Beach area.

By bus Within the Miami Beach area the bus connections are good; it’s easy to get to downtown Miami.

By car Hire a car for getting around other parts of Miami, especially from South Beach.

By rail Miami Metrorail and Metro Mover systems are great for getting around.


Weather & Climate

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

Best time to visit Miami: Between May and December, when you’re promised less crowded beaches for sunbathing, warm seas for swimming, and balmy temperatures in the mid to high 20°Cs.

Miami’s weather is generally warm all year round (with only the odd cold snap), thanks to its subtropical climate. Watch out for the daily light shower, but that’ll only last the time it takes to continue leisurely eating your ice cream.


Events

Parties Practise those salsa moves - between the Pride celebrations in April, Latin Carnaval in March and the Caribbean Carnival in October, Miami rocks with the party spirit it’s famed for.

Culture Music lovers are spoiled 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, and the art scene bursts into life come 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 to Miami for the speedway fans. The Doral Golf Classic is a great event for golf enthusiasts


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