Situated in South Florida on the Atlantic Coast, Miami is a city for party, food, culture and… the famous Florida Everglades. With a population of over 500,000 people, Miami is within the top 50 populated cities in the USA, making it one of the best places to book accommodation. Attracting visitors from all over the world for the famous Miami Beach party scene, as well as art and culture, and of course to Florida’s Disney-world and Universal Studios.
Stay in Miami
Miami is popular with tourists because it offers sunshine throughout the year with plenty of beachfront apartments, expensive shopping boutiques, quirky 1950's style Miami hotels and world-famous night clubs full of A-List celebs. Away from the glitz and glamour, Miami is also famous for the world's largest collection of Art Deco Architecture and hosts many art festivals and events throughout the year.
When to visit Miami?
The simple answer to this is … All year around. Because Miami has a subtropical climate, it means through the summer the sun shines everyday with hot temperatures and the humidity high as well. Whilst during the winter, the temperature do drop slightly but compared to the rest of the US, and the UK, for that matter, it is still hold weather. This means that Miami attracts American visitors searching for their winter sun as you're still able to enjoy the beaches, outdoor attractions and not forgetting, the all important alfresco dining and drinking! One tip on the weather front, hurricane season runs from June until November, so within the sunshine and warm temperatures, you may see quick downfalls and impressive storms.
Where to Stay in Miami?
Knowing where to start in Miami can be tricky because there are so many different neighbourhoods. Whether you're after a Miami Beach hotel with sea views or a sophisticated downtown Miami apartment, there are plenty of different options of accommodation in Miami's varied neighbourhoods.
Miami Beach and South Beach, are probably where you'll think of first when you hear Miami, and it doesn't disappoint. Collins Avenue, is typical Miami, full of Miami beach apartments and colourful art-deco hotels. On Miami Beach, the six-mile-long boardwalk is popular with local runners and those enjoying a leisurely morning walk. For visitors, look into apartments for rent in this district to be in with the action, but also reasonably priced. You only have to look in booking.com in Miami to see the costs of hotels in this neighbourhood.
To escape the city life, and enjoy the tropical island life, then Key Biscayne is a great alternative. Still within a short distance of all Miami's major attractions, Key Biscayne offers luxury villas in the south cape of Florida. Attracting families because of its fantastic Sea Aquarium marine park as well as plenty of water sports to keep those little ones entertained.
Downtown and Little Havana
Stay in a holiday rental in Downtown or Little Havana. Downtime Miami is West of South and Miami Beach and is known to be the financial district of the city. However, for shopping and a city buzz, this area is fantastic. Stay in a luxury apartment or look at the Airbnb options for this neighbourhood. Little Havana offers a snippet into the Cuban Heritage of Miami, with cigar shops, street food and locals playing dominos in Maximo Gomez Park. Eat at Cardon y al Tirana for a diverse mix of small tapas styled dishes. The Asian Style Lechon dumplings are a must try! A tiny dining spot, with only ten tables tucked away; be sure to book or get here early.
What to Do in Miami?
There is so much to do and see in Miami, so if you're only visiting for a few days then plan an itinerary to make sure you squeeze as much in as possible… or just sit by the pool or beach and soak up the rays; it's up to you!
One of the top recommended activities on TripAdvisor is one of the best experiences in the US. Hire a kayak on South Beach late afternoon and head off on the tranquil water to watch the sunset over the city. Book a tour if you aren't confident on the water. Take your go pro or waterproof camera and get some action shots as well as a shot of the sunset over the city.
The Everglades National Park
The Everglades National Park is a well-known attraction in the city being just a short drive from Downtown Miami. The National park covers 1.5 million acres of swamp land. Brave it on the walking trials to view birds, snakes, alligators and crocodiles, or for something to get your adrenaline pumping; jump on a high speed airboat. The tours take you deep into the everglades to spot those humungous reptiles. A family fun activity to excite all ages! Just keep your toddlers safe… We're joking!
Famous for pool parties, A-listers and super clubs, it would be rude to visit Miami without visiting some of the best clubs and bars in the world. Nikki Beach offers those searching for disco and dancing a wonderful experience. For somewhere a little more glamorous and up-market, Skybar Miami Beach is for you; with a poolside lounge, tropical foliage and a cocktail list to make Tom Cruise envious; this spot is a magnet for the rich and famous. Oh, and this spot is open until sunrise, giving you the perfect opportunity to watch the sunshine over the beach.
Watch some Basketball
Fancy a sports match while you're in town? Why not catch a pro basketball game and book to see the Miami HEAT play. Not just a chance to watch some of the best player in the US, but the sport is a fantastic way to mingle and socialise with the locals. Be sure to book accommodation in Miami near to the stadium!