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A Miami cityscape
A Miami cityscape © k1ng

Miami Travel Guide

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

Miami, known as the Magic City, has long been the most popular holiday destination for 'winter refugees' who travel to the coastal city to escape the cold. It is also a top destination for party animals hankering for a hot and heavy nightlife. Shopaholics will relish exploring Miami's endless shopping venues, especially the city's pedestrian promenades. Miami's restaurants will also impress, whether dining on a budget or living the high life.

Visitors can explore the exciting neighbourhoods of the city itself, like Little Havana and the Art Deco district. An easy distance away are the surrounding Floridian beach resorts and the beautiful Everglades, an ecosystem unique to the region.

Best time to visit Miami

Traditionally, winter is the most popular time to travel to Miami. 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 Vizcaya Villa in the heart of Miami.

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

Beyond Miami

Miami is surrounded by endless attractons, 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 is known as one of the cleanest cities in America.

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


The party and cruise capital of the word, Miami is a bright, brash, playground city that 15.5 million tourists flock to every year. The Roaring Twenties saw this town bloom into a seaside capital, blessed with a legacy of Art Deco architecture, diverse cultures, and natural wonders enough to satisfy any holiday-goer.

Being the gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, Miami has a large Cuban presence, evident in the vibrant neighbourhood of Little Havana. Art lovers can meander around the art districts like Wynwood and the Coconut Grove, while others can lounge on the miles of sandy beaches. For families there are kid-friendly 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.

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

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