Visit Miami: Your travel guide

Once you’ve been to Miami, you’ll understand why Americans fly south for the winter – permanently! “Magic City” offers year-round suntans, sands like sugar icing, a cuisine influenced by its Latina culture, and the sweet taste of a Cuban molasses espresso. Too good to be true? Sure is.

Things to do in Miami
Bayfront Park
What used to be dubbed “Miami’s front porch,” is now park of reclaimed coastline. You’ll find plenty of quirky activities to partake in amidst the palms, twisty trails, and tropical almond trees. Take a break from your flying trapeze class or athletic boot camp to nosh on a gourmet food truck lunch – or check out the rotating rounds of beer festivals and art shows.
301 North Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Open Monday-Sunday 00:00-24:00.
American Airlines Arena
This Arena brings the HEAT. Literally. It’s home to the Miami Heat, NBA’s super-darling of sports teams. When 3-pointers and free throws swish through the hoops, the auditorium booms with claps and caws of approval. Grab a foam finger and a hotdog and feel right at home. Not a sport fan? Catch a concert, and dance your heart out.
601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Open Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00.
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Picasso once said that art washes the dust from the soul. PAMM’s edgy installations and international collections are the perfect place to purify yours. Grab your sketchbook and line up with other budding artists and culturephiles. This utopia of contemporary sculptures, prints, paintings, photographs and films are spread both indoors and out.
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Open Monday-Tuesday 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-21:00, Friday-Sunday 10:00-18:00.
Jungle Island
Animal lovers, look no further. This wildlife habitat, bird sanctuary and botanical garden is for you. Inside the gates you’ll open up a treasure trove of parrots, pink flamingos, potbelly pigs and pygmy goats. Opt in for the VIP tour and learn to love up a lemur up close. Or choose to roam the grounds, specked with sausage trees, cycads, and coconut palms.
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132
Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–17:00.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Picture this most elegant of landscapes. Manicured lawns, sun-kissed fountains, limestone statues, and Italian-style villas topped with terracotta roofs. Sound good? Peruse the preserved mansion nestled in beautiful Biscayne Bay, which was once the summer estate of business tycoon James Deering. The garden’s European influence might make you forget that you’re in still in subtropical Florida.
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129
Open Monday 09:30–16:30, Wednesday–Sunday 09:30–16:30.
Miami Museum of Science
Time to unlock your inner Einstein. There’s a host of activities inside this science museum. Explore marine environments at the Sea Lab, learn basic coding at Teen Tech, and stargaze for days at the Planetarium. Older geeks can drop by Scientist Sundays for schooling on the field’s latest research in climate change, marine biology and the like. Can you feel your IQ elevate?
3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129
Open Monday-Sunday 10:00–18:00.
Miami Seaquarium
There’s no place quite like Florida to learn about the sea. At this oceanarium, you’ll watch dolphins eat lunch, be dazzled by killer whale acrobatics, explore vast coral reefs, and swim alongside seals. The Seaquarium’s prime goal is to raise awareness about endangered species, conserve marine ecosystems and rehabilitate animals. So splash around with a clean conscience!
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149
Open Monday-Sunday 10:00–18:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Miracle Mile
Miamians will always vouch for Miracle Mile as the city’s best place to shop. The buildings showcase Mediterranean Revival style at its finest, with designer boutiques, famed restaurants, live shows, endless stores, and cute markets inside. Stay long enough and you might hear the local phrase “It’s so Gables!” – in reference to the surrounding ‘hood.
220 Miracle Mile, Suite 234, Miami, FL 33134
Check website for details.
Venetian Pool
More than just a pool. It’s a springwater oasis that overflows with lush palms, tropical gardens, small islands, rock quarries, and storybook bridges. This mini-paradise garnered inspiration from the real Venice, giving the aquatic complex an Italian village vibe. The turquoise hue of the artesian well water will quench your thirst for luxury. Sunbathe in style.
2701 de Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Zoo Miami
Lions and tigers and bears – oh my! The usual suspects reside at Zoo Miami. However, what makes this “Noah’s Ark” extra special is its tropical environment – it’s the only tropical zoo in the USA! Line up to feed parrots, but don’t be surprised if a bird perches on your arm. Next door, the giraffes are also a peckish bunch. Don’t forget to feed them, too.
1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 Southwest 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
Open Monday–Friday 10:00–17:00, Saturday–Sunday 09:30–17:30.

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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
When cruising in and out of Miami, it is worth staying a few days. South Beach is fun but needs exploring as often the best places to eat are a few blocks off the beach. We stay in Coconut Grove which is quieter, has good transport links into Miami and has an atmosphere all of it's own....
Gillian
United Kingdom
25 March 2017
8
Very good
Main attractions are clearly beach and shopping but Miami has more things to offer too. The weather is beautiful all year long, maybe a little too humid for some. The downtown is wonderful and the city as a whole has many many excellent restaurant options for every taste.
Zane Emilija
Mexico
25 March 2017
8
Very good
Nous avons effectué un circuit de 10 jours en floride : disney world - st Augustine - daytona - cap Canaveral - everglades - key - miami et miami beach
Gaelo
24 March 2017
8
Very good
shopping, dinning and party place to be !!..but bring some cash, because it is not cheap..
Paul
Mexico
23 March 2017
6
Review score
I felt like I was in a different country!! Most people spoke Spanish, locals very rude!! Not a vacation for family and relaxation!!
Angela
USA
24 March 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Miami

Hyatt Regency Miami

8.1 Very good

Score from 2,509 reviews

£113

Average price per night
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Miami International Airport Hotel

7.1 Good

Score from 3,655 reviews

£103

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  • “good connection to airport”
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Clarion Inn & Suites Miami International Airport

7.4 Good

Score from 2,329 reviews

£75

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InterContinental Miami

8.7 Fabulous

Score from 2,074 reviews

£115

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Hyatt House Miami Airport

8.5 Very good

Score from 758 reviews

£115

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Miami Airport West

7.5 Good

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£76

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Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel and Executive Meeting Center

7.9 Good

Score from 5,486 reviews

£94

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Pullman Miami Airport

8.1 Very good

Score from 1,361 reviews

£103

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Regency Hotel Miami

7.8 Good

Score from 3,714 reviews

£96

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Discover Miami

Popular neighbourhoods in Miami

Downtown Miami

86 properties

Before asking what you can do downtown, ask what downtown can do for you. Downward dog your way through a free yoga class in Bayfront Park. Drop by a farmer’s market and peel back the skin on one of the world’s juiciest oranges. Catch a concert at the AmericanAirlines Arena, or practice your Spanglish by ordering a taste bud-slaying Cuban.

Brickell

64 properties

Brickell is Miami’s only district where the ties outsell the swim trunks. The office scene is one of breezy-board meetings, where high rollers in pin-striped suits sip one too many cups of espresso. After hours, follow the 9-5ers to happy hour at Blue Martini Bar and imbibe on your choice of martini, served with a side of swanky vibes.

Coconut Grove

20 properties

Coconut Grove: the name conjures images of afternoons laying in a hammock, sipping juice beneath the palms. Sounds nice, right? Add a heap of University of Miami students, a dash of laidback artists, a sprinkle of Florida-fresh markets, some banyan trees and you’ve nailed it! Head to LoKal and try the sinful combo of a burger between two donuts.

Coral Gables

17 properties

Coral Gables is what happens when “cosmopolitan” collides with “casual” living. This must-live area for wealthy Miamians brims with gourmet Palm d’Or and glittery nightlife, plus the luxurious Venetian Pool. Miracle Mile is a palm-filled pedestrian walk edged with hundreds of specialty shops, art galleries, and teeny boutiques. When can we move in?

Miami Springs

16 properties

The 9th hole called and it wants its balls back. But there’s more to Miami Springs than teeing off. It’s an easy drive to the 1001+ beach escapes that put this city on the map. After a day seaside, unlock your inner foodie, and take your taste buds on a flavour-ride of empanadas, fried plantains, or tres leches in Miami’s lauded Caribbean restaurants.

Wynwood Art District

6 properties

Art, art and more art. Wynwood buzzes with creative types, vivid paintwork and lively events. Amid the stunning graffiti, beats waft on the air and street food aromas entice taste buds. Experience the essence of Wynwood at R House – this restaurant combines local DJs, an integrated art gallery and fine dining. This area really is hipster heaven.

Local tips for Miami

Bayfront Park
Marilyn by Marilyn

Orlando resident Marilyn eats and shops her way across Miami every chance she gets.

On any given night, a stroll through Bayfront Park and Bayside open-air mall can include free live Brazilian music or salsa dancing along the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy a meal out on the terrace with a stunning view of passing yachts, then browse through the funky little souvenir shops.

Sunset Drive
Anthony by Anthony

Tony grew up in South Florida and still visits Miami regularly to enjoy the shopping and dining.

Some of my favourite stores, boutiques, and restaurants line either side of Sunset Drive in South Miami. You can spend the morning people watching while sipping coffee, then head to Sunset Place open-air mall for a shopping spree. You can also catch a movie, play arcade games or go bowling.

  • Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL 33143
Hollywood Beach
Kion by Kion

A perfect day for Kion is spent on the beach, where he fosters a spiritual bond with the water.

I enjoy taking day trips to Hollywood Beach, about 20 minutes north of Miami. It’s used mostly by locals, and, in my opinion, is the most beautiful beach in South Florida. Restaurants and local shops line the boardwalk. On Fridays, you can catch live reggae music at the amphitheatre.

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Recommendations for Miami

There for The Kiss Kruise so we had three pre parties to attend and catch up with old friends so really not about Miami but entertainment provided courtesy of The Kiss Kruise

Easy of access to and from the malls as free bus service is provide - drop off at 10am and pick up at 4pm. Very good if you are staying for more than one night.

Wynwood (North Miami), Little Havana (East Miami), and Miami Beach near Lincoln Road Mall for unique bistros.

Make the trek to little Havana. Find a highly rated deli. Look for a food-truck event during your stay.

Wide beach, great for yuppies. Lots of young people. Difficult parking

more affordable parking spaces near the beaches.

Yes, there are many things to do in Miami.

Hop on Hop off bus, highly recommende

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Why would you recommend Miami for food?

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Transport

Miami transport

Air - Miami International Airport

The easiest way to get to and from Miami International Airport (MIA), and around Miami in general, is by car. The MIA Mover located on level 3 of the airport takes passengers to the Rental Car Center’s customer service lobby. The most affordable transport from MIA is the Orange Line on the Metrorail (USD 2.25) which connects to key points in the city. You can also order a flat-rate taxi on the lower arrival level. Most city trips cost between USD 17–46.

Air - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Fort Lauderdale Airport is about 35 minutes north of Miami. The most economical way to reach Miami is by Shared Ride service, which departs every 10 minutes or so. Shared Ride service costs USD 21-45, depending on your destination. Alternatively, a Taxi costs about USD 40-85, and a Luxury Sedan can be hired for USD 55-100. Each transportation service can be found outside of baggage claim areas on the lower level. Expect up to a 90-minute commute during rush hour.

  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Train

The Tri-Rail system connects Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the stations' ticket machines. Fares vary according to length of trip, with the longest one-way trip costing USD 6.90. Most trains run from 04:00–23:30 on weekdays, but be sure to check the schedule online. Two-wheeled bicycles are allowed on board.

Bus

The Metrobus connects to the Metrorail, Metromover and the city’s main business, shopping and entertainment centres. One-way trips cost USD 2.25 and must be paid on board (exact change required). Bus stops are marked with a green sign with a route list. Some routes run 24/7, while others provide overnight services. The Miami Beach Airport Flyer costs USD 2.65 and connects the airport to Miami Beach between 06:00–23:40 daily. Most buses only run every 30 minutes.

Miami Trolley

Miami’s ten free trolley services cover the following routes: Biscayne, Brickell, Coral Way, Allapattah, Health District, Stadium, Overtown, Coconut Grove, Little Havana and Wynwood. Hours of operation vary per route so be sure to check the schedule beforehand. The green and orange trolleys are air conditioned and come equipped with a bicycle rack at the front of the vehicle. Routes and real-time tracking for the trolleys are available through the city’s app.

Car

Driving in Miami is tricky, but it’s the most efficient way to get around. Use of a GPS is suggested as there are numerous intersecting highways, and streets stop following a grid pattern once I-95 ends and becomes US-1. Avoid driving during rush hour (07:00–10:00 and 15:00–19:00), especially on US-1, the 826 and the 836. Parking can be hard to find and parking garages can be pricey, particularly on weekends and by the beach. Most street meters take credit cards.

Taxi

Flat-rate yellow taxis are available on the lower arrival level of the airport. Rates vary according to zones. A trip to downtown will cost USD 21.70, while a ride to South Beach, USD 35.00. The normal starting tariff is USD 2.50, with an additional USD 0.40 per 1/6 mile. Several taxis can be found around South Beach, but if you need transport in other areas, it’s best to call and pre-book; hailing one on the streets may be difficult.

Tram

The Metromover is an above-ground transport system that loops around downtown Miami and Bayside, and branches northward to the Adrianne Arsht Center. The route may be limited, but use of the Metromover is free and provides connections to the Metrorail. It runs from 05:00–00:00 daily. A digital display in the platform’s centre shows each car’s destination. The Metromover runs every 90 seconds during rush hour, and every 3 minutes during off-peak hours.

Food in Miami

Top restaurants in Miami

Cheap 'n' tasty
American
The Filling Station & Garage Bar
Good value
Brazilian
Steak Basil Churrascaria
  • 190 Southeast 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
  • Open Monday 11:30–17:00, Tuesday–Friday 11:30–22:00, Saturday 12:00–22:00, Sunday 12:00–19:00.
  • 001 786 384 6195
Good value
Italian
Fratelli Milano
High-end dining
American
DB Bistro Moderne
High-end dining
Japanese
Zuma
  • 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131
  • Open Monday–Friday 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–00:00, Saturday 12:00–14:00 and 18:00–00:00, Sunday 11:30–14:30 and 18:00–23:00.
  • www.zumarestaurant.com
  • 001 305 577 0277
Good value
Japanese
Bonding
  • 638 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
  • Open Monday–Friday 12:00–23:00, Friday 12:00–24:30, Saturday 12:00–24:00.
  • 001 786 409 4796
Good value
Peruvian
CVI.CHE 105
  • 105 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:30–22:00, Friday 11:30–23:00, Saturday 12:00–23:00, Sunday 12:00–22:00.
  • www.ceviche105.com
  • 001 305 577 3454
High-end dining
Latin American
Toro Toro
Cheap 'n' tasty
Caribbean
La Sandwicherie Brickell
High-end dining
Italian
Il Gabbiano
High-end dining
Latin American
Tuyo
High-end dining
Italian
Il Gabbiano
Cheap 'n' tasty
French
Atelier Monnier
Cheap 'n' tasty
Latin American
Tinta y Café
High-end dining
Japanese
NAOE
High-end dining
Japanese
NAOE
Cheap 'n' tasty
Japanese
Sumi Yakitori
High-end dining
French
Azul
Cheap 'n' tasty
Latin American
My Ceviche
Good value
American
Batch Gastropub
Cheap 'n' tasty
Asian
Nikko By Sunshine
Good value
Japanese
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
  • 34 Southwest 13th Street, Unit R1, Miami, FL 33130
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:30–23:00, Friday–Saturday 11:30–24:00, Sunday 11:30–22:00.
  • www.gyu-kaku.com
  • 001 305 400 8915
Good value
Italian
Crazy About You
Cheap 'n' tasty
Seafood
Casablanca Fish Market Seafood Bar & Grill
High-end dining
Seafood
Seasalt And Pepper
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