Art Deco boulevards, palm-lined beaches and one of the country’s most varied party scenes make Miami a year-round destination with visitors from across the US. And with natural wonders like the Everglades on the doorstep, there’s a little something for everyone.
One of the best times to visit Miami is from March to May, when the sun is shining but temperatures are more manageable during the day. The glorious sunshine of spring is more tolerable than the heat of high summer – and there are fewer crowds too.
If you visit in the summer or fall, then bring an umbrella as there are showers. And it’s stormy season from June to November, so downpours can be heavy. However, it’s easier to get cheaper tickets to Miami at this time of year.
If you’re planning on visiting during any of the college holiday periods, then you’re advised to book early, as Miami is a very popular destination with the younger crowd.
Using Orbitz, it’s possible to find the best value flights to Miami from a wide range of domestic carriers. But, in order to enhance your chances of getting cheap tickets to Miami, there are a few tips to bear in mind.
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Similarly, tick the box marked ‘My Dates Are Flexible’ and you will see the best value flights from days around your selected departure. Due to the way airlines price their flights, it may be possible to pick up cheaper flights on certain days of the week.
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There are numerous flights to Miami, with often several options for flights each day.
The main airport serving the city is Miami International Airport. It’s located around eight miles to the northwest of the downtown area and is the main air hub for south Florida. With flights to multiple US destinations, as well as Europe, Asia and Latin America, it handles around 45 million passengers every year.
The airport is well linked to the city by the Metrorail (via the Orange Line) and Metrobus networks. Greyhound buses also operate here, and there is a good choice of rental car agencies. For travel onwards to other destinations, there is a recently opened Amtrak station, plus the Tri-Rail commuter network.
Direct flights to Miami, Florida are available from a number of different carriers.
Miami’s public transport system is comprehensive and diverse.
The Metrobus network covers much of the city and wider area, with many of the major routes operating a 24-7 service.
The Metrorail service is an elevated rail line covering around 25 miles and 23 stations. Use it to access attractions like the Miami Museum of Science and Lowe Art Museum.
Taxis can be a little expensive, with an initial charge of around $3, but rental cars are generally affordable and a convenient way of getting around.
It’s well worth exploring some of Miami’s distinct neighborhoods. Dine and dance in the Latin flavored Little Havana or relax in the elegant surroundings of Coconut Grove. Miami Beach is a little separate from the main bulk of the city, but it’s where you’ll find the majority of the best bars and clubs, with a real party vibe every day of the week.
Take in the Art Deco architecture in the city, or head out on a fan boat trip in the Everglades’ unique wetland ecosystem. You might also meet some of the huge gators that call it home – just don’t get too close. It’s also possible to take a day tour to ‘America’s Caribbean islands’ - the Florida Keys.
Of course, you’ll also want to spend some time at the beach, and there’s a fantastic choice. Miami Beach is on a barrier reef across the Biscayne Bay, its South Beach stretches all along the Florida coastline.
It’s probably best to avoid the beach after dark, sticking to the busier areas. During the day, be aware that Miami can get very hot, so make sure you dress sensibly and wear plenty of sunscreen.
Winter is so busy in Miami (particularly in South Beach) that locals call it simply “the season.” Europeans and snowbirds crowd the beaches, and major events like Art Basel (December), the Miami International Boat Show (February), and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February) pack the hotels. Still, with daytime temps hovering around 80 degrees and the ocean a pleasant 72 degrees, visitors escaping winter’s grip will hardly mind the crush.
Summer here is hot, humid, and prime hurricane season, but it’s becoming a popular time for those who crave solitude on South Beach, where the mellow ocean waters in the mid-80s have even the most reclusive locals donning barely there swimwear.
Shoulder seasons in spring and fall are also good alternatives if you want to beat the crowds. Reasonably priced hotel rooms are easier to snag, and the summer rain showers are absent. Just be aware of major events, like March’s gay Winter Party Festival and November’s esteemed Miami Book Fair International.
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