Visit Miami: Your Travel Guide

As soon as you’ve been to Miami, you’ll understand why everyone heads south for the winter – permanently! “Magic City” has sun all year round, sands like powdered sugar, delicious cuisine influenced by the area's Latin cultures, and the sweet taste of Cuban molasses espressos. Too good to be true? It definitely seems like it.

Things to Do in Miami

Bayfront Park
What used to be dubbed “Miami’s front porch” is now a park of reclaimed coastline. You’ll find plenty of quirky activities to partake in among the palms, twisty trails, and tropical almond trees. Take a break from your yoga in the park or dancing at one of the many concerts to chow down at a gourmet food truck – or check out the rotating rounds of beer festivals and art shows.
301 North Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Open 24/7
AmericanAirlines Arena
This arena brings the HEAT – literally. It’s home to the Miami Heat, NBA’s superstar sports team. When 3-pointers and free throws swish through the hoops, the auditorium booms with clapping and shouts of approval. Grab a foam finger and a hot dog and feel right at home. Not a sports fan? You can also catch a concert here and dance your heart out!
601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Open Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm
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 get creative. 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 Tuesday to Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday 10 am – 9 pm, Friday to Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Jungle Island
Animal lovers, look no further. This wildlife habitat, bird sanctuary and botanical garden was made for you. Inside the gates, you’ll open up a treasure chest of parrots, pink flamingos, potbelly pigs and pygmy goats. Go for the VIP tour and learn to love a lemur up close. Or you can just wander the grounds, filled with cool cycad plants, sausage trees, and coconut palms.
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132
Open Monday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday to Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
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? Wander the preserved mansion here 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 you’re still in Florida!
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129
Open Monday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Wednesday to Sunday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Miami Museum of Science
Time to unleash your inner Einstein! There are a ton of activities to enjoy inside this science museum. Explore marine environments at the Sea Lab, learn basic coding at Teen Tech, and stargaze for days at the Planetarium. Mature geeks can drop by Scientist Sundays for schooling on the field’s latest research in climate change, marine biology, and other similar topics. Can you feel your IQ rising?
3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129
Open every day 10 am – 6 pm (changes seasonally, check website for details)
Miami Seaquarium
There’s no place quite like Florida to learn about ocean life. At this oceanarium, you can watch dolphins eat lunch, be amazed by killer whale acrobatics, explore vast coral reefs, and swim next to seals. The Seaquarium’s prime goal is to raise awareness about endangered species, conserve marine ecosystems, and rehabilitate animals. So you can splash around with a clean conscience!
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149
Open every day 10 am – 6 pm (changes seasonally, check website for details)
Miracle Mile
Miamians will always vouch for Miracle Mile as the city’s best place to shop. The cool architecture of the boulevard's buildings showcases the city's signature style at its finest – with designer boutiques, famous restaurants, live shows, endless stores, and cute markets inside. Stay long enough and you might hear the local phrase “It’s so Gables!” referencing the nearby neighborhood.
220 Miracle Mile, Suite 234, Miami, FL 33134
Open every day 7 am – 10 pm
Venetian Pool
More than just a pool, this freshwater oasis is overflowing with lush palms, tropical gardens, small islands, rock quarries, and storybook bridges. This mini paradise got its inspiration from the real Venice, giving the aquatic complex an Italian village vibe. The turquoise hue of the artisan well water will quench your thirst for luxury. Head here to sunbathe in style.
2701 de Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Open Monday to Friday 11 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday to Sunday 10 am – 4:30 pm (changes seasonally, check website for details)
Zoo Miami
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The usual suspects reside at Zoo Miami. But what really makes this “Noah’s Ark” extra special is its tropical environment – it’s the only tropical zoo in the US. Line up to feed parrots, but don’t be surprised if a bird perches on your arm. Next door, the giraffes are also a hungry bunch. Don’t forget to feed them, too!
1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 Southwest 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
Open Monday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday to Sunday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Loved South Beach, the malls and liked that Uber was so convenient and made getting around so much easier. So many choices for food- Red Lobster was close by, Food Courts at the malls actually had good tasting food- love that you can sample some of the dishes prior to choosing.
Chandra
Trinidad and Tobago
December 5, 2017
8
Very Good
Beautiful place would not recommend off site shopping. Not sure what nationality some of the Latinos were Cubans I would guess but they were rude not only to me and my wife but also very rude to each other.
Greg
United States of America
December 4, 2017
10
Exceptional
The location was great.I did not like the fact that breakfast was served at 6:30am and not 6:00.And also that there was no variety of choices. The breakfast was the same thing every morning.
Marsha
Bahamas
December 3, 2017
10
Exceptional
It was beautiful and full of culture and the weather was perfect! We went to South Beach and relaxed, we shopped and had dinner, we just loved it! We were able to use Lyft to easily get around.
Shounta
United States of America
December 5, 2017
6
Review score
City is not so good, it has good propagation, miami beach is not so nice like pictures and was dirty sand and water too. I recomend trips around miami like key west. Very good shopping in Sawgrass mill malls
Peter
Slovakia
December 8, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Miami

Hyatt Regency Miami

8 Very Good

Score from 2,365 reviews

$137

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    178 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    131 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    51 related reviews
Clarion Inn & Suites Miami International Airport

7.3 Good

Score from 3,108 reviews

$104

Average price per night
  • “good connection to airport”
    85 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    63 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    55 related reviews
Miami International Airport Hotel

7.1 Good

Score from 3,941 reviews

$159

Average price per night
  • “good connection to airport”
    339 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    152 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    60 related reviews
Red Roof Inn Plus+ Miami Airport

7.1 Good

Score from 2,858 reviews

$125

Average price per night
  • “good connection to airport”
    134 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    76 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    38 related reviews
Regency Hotel Miami

7.7 Good

Score from 3,732 reviews

$130

Average price per night
  • “good connection to airport”
    225 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    219 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    70 related reviews
Days Inn Miami International Airport

6.9 Review score

Score from 2,739 reviews

$101

Average price per night
  • “good connection to airport”
    103 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    43 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    42 related reviews
Hilton Miami Downtown

8.3 Very Good

Score from 1,245 reviews

$159

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    68 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    60 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    50 related reviews
Holiday Inn Hotel Port of Miami-Downtown

7.8 Good

Score from 1,461 reviews

$113

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    140 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    66 related reviews
  • “good connection to airport”
    21 related reviews
InterContinental Miami

8.7 Excellent

Score from 2,558 reviews

$162

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    112 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    90 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    72 related reviews
Discover Miami

Popular Neighborhoods in Miami

Downtown Miami

166 properties

Before asking what you can do downtown, ask what downtown can do for you. Flow your way through a free yoga class in Bayfront Park, or drop by a farmer’s market and get yourself some of the world’s juiciest oranges. You can also catch a concert at the AmericanAirlines Arena, or practice your Spanglish by ordering a taste-bud satisfying Cuban sandwich.

Brickell

102 properties

Brickell is Miami’s only district where ties outsell swimsuits. The office scene is one of breezy board meetings, where high rollers in pin-stripe suits sip a few too many espressos. After hours, follow the 9-5ers to happy hour at M-Bar and treat yourself to your favorite cocktail, served with a side of stunning cityscape views.

Coconut Grove

30 properties

Coconut Grove – the name brings up images of afternoons laying in a hammock, sipping juice under palm trees. Sounds nice, right? Add a ton of University of Miami students, some laid-back artists, a few Florida-fresh markets, some banyan trees, and you’ve got this place down. Head to LoKal and try the sinful combo of a burger between two donuts!

Coral Gables

20 properties

Coral Gables is what happens when cosmopolitan meets casual living. This area is popular with luxury-loving Miamians, since it's packed with gourmet Palm d’Or and to-die-for nightlife, plus the luxurious Venetian Pool. Miracle Mile is a palm-lined pedestrian walk with hundreds of specialty shops, art galleries, and adorable boutiques. When can we move in?

Miami Springs

16 properties

If you're into golfing, then you've come to the right place! But there’s more to Miami Springs than just tees and clubs. It’s an easy drive from the 1,001+ beach escapes that put this city on the map. After a day on the sand, unlock your inner foodie and take your taste buds on a flavor ride from empanadas and fried plantains, to tres leches in Miami’s lauded Caribbean restaurants.

Wynwood Art District

12 properties

Art, art, and more art! Wynwood is packed with creative types, vivid paintwork and lively events. Surrounded by stunning graffiti, chill beats move through the air and street food aromas entice your 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 favorite 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 includes hanging out at the beach, feeling the calming vibes of 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 amphitheater.

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 do you recommend Miami for food?

Beacause of its great quality

Transportation

Miami Transportation

Air

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 transportation 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 18-32.

Air

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 rented 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 4 am - 11:30 pm on weekdays, but make sure you 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 centers. 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 6 am - 11:40 pm daily. Most buses only run every 30 minutes.

Miami Trolley

Seven free trolley services are available in Miami. There are routes in Coral Gables, Biscayne, Brickell, Coral Way, Allapattah, Health District and Overtown. Hours of operation vary per route, so make sure you 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. Using GPS is suggested, since there are numerous intersecting highways, and streets stop following a grid pattern where I-95 ends and becomes US-1. Avoid driving during rush hour (7 am -10 am and 3 pm - 7 pm), especially on US-1, the 826 and the 836. Parking can be hard to find and parking garages can be pricey, especially 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, and a ride to South Beach is USD 32.00. The normal starting rate 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 transportation in other areas, it’s best to call and reserve – hailing one on the streets can be difficult.

Tram

The Metromover is an above-ground transit 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 5 am to midnight daily. A digital display in the platform’s center 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 Eats
American
The Filling Station & Garage Bar
Mid-Range Fare
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
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Fratelli Milano
Upscale Dining
American
DB Bistro Moderne
Upscale 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
Mid-Range Fare
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
Mid-Range Fare
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
Upscale Dining
Latin American
Toro Toro
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Caribbean
La Sandwicherie Brickell
Upscale Dining
Italian
Il Gabbiano
Upscale Dining
Latin American
Tuyo
Upscale Dining
Italian
Il Gabbiano
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French
Atelier Monnier
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Latin American
Tinta y Café
Upscale Dining
Japanese
NAOE
Upscale Dining
Japanese
NAOE
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Japanese
Sumi Yakitori
Upscale Dining
French
Azul
Cheap Eats
Latin American
My Ceviche
Mid-Range Fare
American
Batch Gastropub
Cheap Eats
Asian
Nikko By Sunshine
Mid-Range Fare
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
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Crazy About You
Cheap Eats
Seafood
Casablanca Fish Market Seafood Bar & Grill
Upscale Dining
Seafood
Seasalt And Pepper
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