Miami is a magnet for many travelers because of Florida’s warm weather and beautiful beaches. Besides its vibrant culture and culinary scene, it also has many art museums, art galleries, and family-friendly activities. Here is the ultimate Miami travel guide for things to see, do, and where to stay in Miami.
Miami is a city that has bridges cultures between North and South America. As a result, Miami is the perfect getaway destination for families, solo trips, and even romantic getaways.
Are you looking to plan a trip to South Florida? Here is everything that you need to know.
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When To Visit
The best time to visit South Florida (Miami/ Fort Lauderdale) is after hurricane season if you want to enjoy the beach. Think more like mid-November-June. Florida’s “winter months” are January – March, but it’s still hot enough to escape the cold.
January through March tend to be a bit busier as people are heading to South Florida to get away from actual winter weather and go on vacation since many kids in school have a few winter breaks. So if you are planning to visit Miami and South Florida during those months, expect to pay a bit more to travel.
Should you decide to travel during hurricane season (June-November), I highly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.
Best Ways To Get To South Florida
South Florida has two major airports in this region, Miami International Airport (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). They are both bustling airports.
Miami International Airport is closer to the city, but you may strike a better deal flying into Fort Lauderdale depending on your travel date. The best way to find the best deal is to set an alert on Google Flights.
Where To Stay in Miami
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- W South Beach
- Royal Palm South Beach
- The Ritz Carlton South Beach
- Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club
- The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
- The Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour
If you want to give Fort Lauderdale a try, there are a few hotels along the beach. Ft Lauderdale is about a 30 minute or less drive to and from Miami (without traffic).
- W Fort Lauderdale
- The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale
- The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale
- The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Things To Do In Miami
The Wynwood Walls
There are walls and art in every corner, making it very Instagram-worthy. Plus, there are great restaurants to check out.
This marketplace is an open shopping center located downtown. It’s filled with tons of shops, restaurants, and attractions. The Port of Miami is just a mile away, so while enjoying the views; you’ll also see lots of cruises and freight trains heading to the dock.
More things to do:
- Visit Little Havana
- Vizcaya Museum
- Perez Art Museum
- Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
- Miami Zoo
- Miami Children’s Museum
The region of South Florida is one of the nation’s most popular vacation spots, offering a healthy mix of urban excitement and laid-back beach vibes. Perfect for any travel group, you are bound to love South Florida’s culture.