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Florida City Guide: Miami

Welcome to Miami: a thriving, colourful, urban city with a strong Latin-American heritage. Whether you’re planning a weeklong trip or just heading there for the day, there are some things everybody must do during their stay.

 

When to visit

Temperatures in Miami are high all year round, rarely falling below 20 degrees. High season, however, is during Miami’s winter and runs from November to April. Many visitors from other parts of the US and Canada flock to the city to catch some rays, and UK residents might be surprised to discover that the hotter period between July and September is usually rather quiet.

 

In summer, temperatures reach a sweltering 30 degrees and Miami can become incredibly humid. It’s hot, rainy and prime hurricane season – so understandably, prices can plummet. If you’re looking for a bargain, visit in August.

 

To enjoy the peak season – and to catch some of Miami’s biggest events – visit between November and April. If you’re after heat without the rain, visit between May and June. It’s also worth noting that families might want to avoid Spring Break as Miami tends to be a hotspot for students! Spring Break varies for each individual University, but the majority of institutions tend to schedule the holiday in March.

 

Events not to miss

Many of Miami’s major events occur during the winter. There’s always something going on in the eclectic city, but some events return every single year.

Art Basel Miami Beach

When: December

Celebrating modern and contemporary art, the Art Basel art fair in the City of Miami Beach is the sister of the original Art Basel in Switzerland, established in 1970. Although slightly younger than its sibling, Miami’s Art Basel has been attracting an international crowd of art lovers, collectors and tourists since 2001.

Ultra Music Festival

When: March

Fans of electronic music will love the outdoor Ultra Music Festival. Usually taking place at the end of March, the three-day festival attracts over 150,000 people every year.

Miami Fashion Week

When: May

Celebrating Latin American and Caribbean designers, Miami Fashion Week celebrates the glitz and glamour of the city. Resort wear rules the catwalk, and tickets start at $50.

 

 

Must-see attractions

You can’t visit Miami without visiting some of its most iconic attractions. If you’re limited on time, make sure you catch a glimpse of our top three must-see spots.

 

South Beach

The iconic South Beach is the trendy, booming epicentre of Miami. You’ll find crystal blue waters and white beaches, a diverse mix of delicious cuisines and once the sun goes down, the beach attracts crowds of party people with its world-class nightlife.

 

Art Deco Historic District

During your trip to South Beach, make sure you take a trip to Miami’s Art Deco historic district. The colourful, energetic area features more than 800 buildings designed between 1920 and 1940. Explore Miami’s past and take a tour of the district to learn more about the history of the city.

Venetian Pool

Made entirely from coral, the beautiful public pool from 1923 is situated in Coral Gables, just southwest of Downtown Miami. We recommend visiting early, as entry closes once the pool reaches capacity.

 

Miami is one of Florida’s most popular destinations, and it’s easy to see why. The city’s diverse, rich culture offers an endless range of activities and entertainment for visitors to enjoy. No matter when you visit, you can guarantee that something will always be going on in the bustling city.

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