Your Miami vacation
Whatever your pleasure, Miami brings it on with mucho gusto. Hit celebrated beaches where the heat is never too hot for the party, and glam it up at the world's sexiest nightclubs. Take in fabulous hotels against a vibrant Art Deco scene, and feast on cutting-edge cuisine anywhere from Little Havana to Miami Beach.
Choice is the operative word, and with so many options, a Miami vacation can overwhelm even the wildest of partygoer. Let Orbitz show you the way to a perfect Miami getaway with recommendations and insider tips from our most formidable Miami travel experts.
|New York||Miami||Wed, Jun 12 - Thu, Jun 20||$212|
|Newark||Miami||Wed, Jun 12 - Tue, Jun 18||$238|
|Chicago||Miami||Tue, Jun 25 - Tue, Jul 2||$318|
|Philadelphia||Miami||Wed, Jun 19 - Fri, Jun 21||$228|
|Washington DC||Miami||Tue, Jun 18 - Thu, Jun 20||$206|
|Boston||Miami||Tue, Jul 2 - Tue, Jul 9||$239|
|Mexico City||Miami||Thu, Jun 20 - Thu, Jun 27||$315|
|Atlanta||Miami||Tue, Jun 18 - Tue, Jun 25||$239|
|Los Angeles||Miami||Mon, Jun 3 - Wed, Jun 5||$350|
|Baltimore||Miami||Tue, Jun 25 - Wed, Jul 3||$182|
|Detroit||Miami||Wed, Jun 5 - Sat, Jun 8||$234|
|San Francisco||Miami||Wed, Jul 17 - Thu, Jul 25||$354|
Best time to take a vacation to Miami
Glorious weather shines on Miami between September and May, with temperatures ranging between the 60s and 80s. This is peak season for Miami vacations so expect crowds. Cooler weather spans from December to February, when temps can suddenly drop to the mid 50s and low 40s.
Come summer, the intense summer heat and humidity combines with hurricane season. For those willing to sweat it out, great deals and deep discounts on Miami hotel stays, dining and popular events are often a worthy reward.
Insider tips for Miami travel
Coconut Grove’s Jaguar
Dine outside and enjoy great ceviche and Latin American eats right in the thick of the action.
Travel off-season for awesome summer savings with Miami Spa Month and 3-course dining deals at top restaurants with Miami Spice.
Loews Miami Beach
Find the coolest family scene at Loews Miami Beach, where kids get special treatment with Kidbanas, SushiKool, camp and more.
Pelican Miami Beach
Check out Diesel’s own Pelican Miami Beach, where no outlandish room is the same and the restaurant and cocktails amaze.
See and be seen at Miami Beach’s most glamorous hotel with nightlife -- don’t miss Liv -- and serious signature dining.
Snowbirds, celebs and locals flock to the beautiful beaches, insane nightclubs and sultry lounges, all drenched in Latin flavor. Cover up with little more than sunscreen and head to the beach, shop for haute couture on Lincoln Road, and refresh at a spa before hitting the all-night party.
Home to 3,000 exotic animals and 500 species of plants, the 18.6-acre theme park delivers you deep into the heart of a lush island with aviaries, jungle trails, a petting farm, Serpentarium, and shows with African penguins and talking parrots. Other famous residents include a high-wire riding Cockatoo, and a liger cat.
Miami Children's Museum
Take a break from the heat and bring the family to this Watson Island museum. With some 14 galleries, a big auditorium, plus a restaurant and gift shop, the hours pass easily in cool, engaging comfort. Explore a two-story sandcastle, meet Miami’s many cultures and check out the Wall of Bubbles.
Catch a crocodile smile with a trip to the Alligator Farm, which includes an exciting Everglades airboat tour with every admission. Meet thousands of alligators, crocodiles, caimans and snakes. The cherry on top is delivered hourly in the form of informative wildlife shows, snake shows and feedings.
Everglades National Park
Take a tour by foot, airboat, canoe or Hummer ride through saw grass prairies, subtropical jungles, mangrove swamps, and the waters of the Florida Bay. Discover the totally exotic plants and animals of the Florida Everglades, including the endangered American alligator and Florida panther.
See another wild side of Miami. Set against a picture-perfect skyline, Seaquarium features marine animal shows, and loads of opportunities to see killer whales, dolphins and more. Get an even closer look (and a good soaking) in the “splash zone” or count on some good laughs at the sea lion show. Lucky or not, you might even get picked to be part of a show.
Take a day-trip to witness a labor of love. Using his own two hands and over 1,100 tons of coral rock, Latvian-born Ed Leedskanlin built Coral Castle for his girlfriend over the course of 28 years.
30-acres of legit monkey business, Monkey Jungle features orangutans, gibbons, guenons, spider monkeys and nearly 100 Java monkeys. Javas are notoriously skilled divers when it comes to foraging along the riverbanks and swamps, so be sure to stick around for entertaining mealtimes.
Consistently rated as one of the top 10 zoos in the country, Zoo Miami is one for the bucket list. Meet white Bengal tigers, Komodo dragons and black-necked storks. Other showstoppers include Tropical America with jaguars and anacondas, Wings of Asia with 70 rare Asian birds in a free flight area, and a virtual African safari.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Take a day-trip to Biscayne Bay to discover 70 rooms of art and historic collections, acres of Italian gardens with statues and fountains, a native rockland hammock and breathtaking views of Key Biscayne and the skyline. The new 90-minute audio tour makes for perfect self-guided visits.
More on Miami from AOL Travel
A Miami vacation is all about fun. This international city on the southeast Atlantic coast of Florida is enjoying a retro revival of sorts, and not that of its Don Johnson/”Miami Vice” days. After major renovations at the Fountainbleu and Eden Roc hotels a few years ago, there’s new love for Miami’s “Magic City” heyday in the 1950s, when it was a denizen for the wealthy, the Rat Pack and the mob, who lived large at those Miami Beach resorts before the area fell on hard times. South Beach, famous for its Art Deco architecture, cleaned itself up first in the late 1980s. Trendy boutique hotels, restaurants and rooftop nightclubs started opening, and it has since remained a popular party spot. Even in its slow years, the area never lacked upscale shopping malls. At the top of any Miami itinerary is its famous Cuban heritage; visit Little Havana for music, cuisine and culture from the nearby Caribbean island. Art and food are big business in Miami too. Try to visit during one of the city’s many annual festivals, including the Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival and Art Basel Miami. There are plenty of Miami family attractions too, besides the beach, including the Zoo, Seaquarium, Museum of Science, Parrot Jungle Island, and Vizcaya, a historic mansion and estate. For those who want to see what the area was like before developers settled in, take a day trip to the swamps of Everglades National Park and try to spot crocodiles and the Florida panther. It’s a jungle out there.