Synonymous with sun and glamour, Miami is a paradise for hedonists and fashionistas. Here you will find gleaming white buildings that are amongst the finest examples of art deco architecture in the world. Miami is a hotbed of creative passion and bold design, and this is evident everywhere from the city’s art galleries to its restaurants. The sun-kissed powder white beaches and sparkling shores invite you simply to relax and enjoy life as it passes by, but if people from Miami love anything it’s a good party so be sure to pack your dancing shoes. Away from the beaches is another world, a green and watery world where you can kayak as you look out for manatees and exotic birds. A holiday to Miami is a chance to celebrate life to the full so take a look at our discount holidays.
Things to know before visiting Miami
Miami is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and five hours behind British Summer Time. UK travellers can apply online via the ESTA system to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). You should do this at least 72 hours in advance of travel if possible and you’ll need a full electronic passport. If you’re planning a holiday to Miami via a flight from London to Miami or a flight from Manchester to Miami, then you could fly into Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Miami International Airport is the main airport – it’s just nine miles and a 15-minute drive from downtown Miami. You can take a taxi or hire a car if you’re planning on doing some driving, but the cheapest travel option is to hop on the MIA Mover train and then the Metrorail Orange Line, changing at the Miami Intermodal Center. Take a look at our holiday packages and book a flight to Miami today.
What is the weather in Miami?
Miami has a tropical climate, with warm winters and long sultry summers - any time of year can be a good time to visit. It can be humid at times and in summer (May to October) rain showers are not uncommon, but these tend to occur quickly and then the sun comes out again. Average maximum temperatures are about 30 to 32 degrees Celsius in summer. Winter, from December to February, is actually the least rainy season and average maximum temperatures are about 25 degrees Celsius. Spring (March and April) is short and sunny with average maximum temperatures about 27 to 28 degrees. Check out our flight and hotel deals and book some Florida sunshine with us.
What to see in Miami?
You could easily spend your holiday in Miami sunbathing, swimming and sipping cocktails on the beach. But to do this would miss much of what this dynamic and vibrant city has to offer. Carve out some time in your trip to experience these top sights:
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens – Italian Renaissance style villa filled with European antiques
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science – featuring an aquarium, planetarium and interactive exhibits
Deering Estate – grand building and huge estate with mangrove boardwalk and canoe tours
Miami Beach Art Deco District – colourful geometric art deco buildings
Lincoln Road – pavement cafes, lounges, galleries and boutiques
Wynwood Walls – outdoor street art park
Key Biscayne – serene beaches, waterfront parks, cycling path and picnic areas
Miami Seaquarium – marine life exhibits and wildlife experiences
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – extensive garden with rare tropical plants and tram tours
The Kampong – botanic garden and home of David Fairchild, founder of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Miami Children’s Museum – interactive and educational exhibits
Perez Art Museum Miami – modern and contemporary art museum
South Beach – glamourous, iconic Miami beach
Venetian Pool – beautiful swimming pool in idyllic tropical setting
Little Havana – colourful Cuban neighbourhood
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What to visit around Miami?
If you want to venture a little further afield on your holiday to Miami and are interested in nature and wildlife watching you should visit the Everglades National Park. This vast wetlands area is the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. It’s an incredible landscape where you can find both crocodiles and alligators (the only place where they coexist in the world), manatees, turtles, deer, bobcat, otters and all kinds of exotic, colourful birds. If beaches are more your thing then you are spoilt for choice along the Miami coastline, or head south to the Florida Keys. Key Largo is close enough to visit on a day trip and with its crystal clear waters is famous for diving, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat rides as well as fishing and kayaking.
What to bring from Miami?
Bring a little of Miami back home with you. Top souvenir ideas include Miami Beach jewellery, tote bags and phone cases. A Wynwood colouring book is an unusual arty gift, while any art deco item is quintessentially Miami – there are many to choose from, everything from mugs and coasters to clocks and posters. Other ideas include Cuban music, rum cake, sand globes and shell art. Florida is known for Key limes (think Key lime pie) and all kind of products are made with Key lime juice, including salsa, chutney, syrup, confectionery and cookies. Look at our cheap holiday packages and your money will stretch that little bit further.