Miami awaits: its beaches, art, oceanfront, and more!

With glorious beaches, art deco architecture and hot nightspots, Miami, Florida, is a true “Magic City.” This nickname took hold in the 1920s, after a construction boom seemed to transform Miami overnight. Today the city’s tropical climate and easy access to the glistening waters of Miami Beach and South Beach attract everyone from honeymooners, to families, to celebrities. As well as the beaches, water and warmth, you'll find high-end shops, fine eateries and museums, beautiful gardens and plenty of night life.

Stroll through the 10-acre (four-hectare) Vizcaya Museum and Gardens on Biscayne Bay. Here you'll find a European-inspired estate established in the 1910s that boasts a beautiful collection of rare orchids. The Miami Seaquarium is a great family outing. Spend a day with hundreds of marine creatures and watch the spectacular killer whale and dolphin shows. Jungle Island is another winner for families. Nestled between downtown and South Beach, the zoo houses some of the world’s rarest animals and is home to Pinky, the bicycle-riding cockatoo.

Once you’ve soaked up the sun, explore some of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, such as the Miami Beach Architectural District. Nicknamed the “Art Deco District”, it has the largest collection of 1920s and ’30s resort architecture in the U.S. Get an umbrella drink, relax, and enjoy the ocean view at one of these pastel-colored retro buildings. Take the opportunity to admire them from the inside too, as many have been converted to restaurants, bars and hotels.

Each winter the Little Havana area hosts one of the world’s biggest festivals. The Calle Ocho street festival draws more than one million people annually. If you're in Miami around the beginning of March, don't miss this no holds barred celebration of the music, folklore and food of Miami’s Latin American culture.

After you’ve ticked off the city’s key attractions, do as the locals do. Watch the Miami Heat basketball team play, or eat fresh crab at South Beach’s iconic eatery Joe’s Stone Crab, which has been serving up fresh seafood since 1913. Grab your towel and relax with some sunbathing and swimming at Miami Beach. At days end, watch the sunset from South Beach, or head out and dance until dawn at one of Miami's legendary nightspots.

Best time to visit MiamiWinter (December–April) is the ideal time to visit South Florida—the weather is warm, but not hot. During the summer, South Florida practically comes to a standstill as far as special events, cultural activities, and overall pace is concerned. If you feel like braving the heat, plan your travel from June through October and enjoy a less congested, less expensive travel experience.

Peak Season: Winter (December–April) is the peak travel season in Miami, with perfect weather and sunny skies. Plus, everything happens here in the winter; visitors will enjoy a wide array of special events and activities.

Value Season: The summer months bring a slower pace, humid weather, fewer crowds, and lower hotel rates. In addition to high temperatures during the summer, you should also expect rain daily (though often just a quick shower). The official hurricane season runs from June to November.

Known for

Shopping, Beaches and Live Music

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Where to stay in Miami

South Beach
South Beach featuring skyline, swimming and a sandy beach

South Beach

Known for Beaches, Culture, Sea

4.5/5(9,246 reviews)

Sunbathe, shop, people-watch, or party with the stars at one of Miami’s most famous beach promenades, also regarded as the art deco capital of the world.

Downtown Miami
Downtown Miami which includes a river or creek, night scenes and boating

Downtown Miami

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Live Music

4.5/5(3,537 reviews)

Known for its stunning beaches and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Miami. Check out top attractions like Downtown Miami Shopping District and Bayfront Park, and jump on the metro at First Street Metromover Station or Knight Center Metromover Station to see more of the city.

Brickell
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Brickell

Known for Urban, Skyscrapers, Luxury

4/5(98 reviews)

Known for its beaches and abundant dining options, there's plenty to explore in Brickell. Top attractions like Brickell City Centre and Mary Brickell Village are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Financial District Metromover Station or Brickell Metromover Station to see more of the city.

Mid Beach
The Confidante is a beautiful oceanfront hotel located on Collins Ave. in Miami Beach.  Our room was modern, clean and had a incredible view of the beach.
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Mid Beach

Known for Beaches, Sea, Skyscrapers

4/5(3,297 reviews)

Miami Beach Boardwalk and Indian Beach Park are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Mid Beach. Travelers also love the stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife, and popular shops.

Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove which includes a marina and tropical scenes

Coconut Grove

Known for Gardens, Shopping, Dining

4/5(543 reviews)

Immerse yourself in the arts culture of one of Miami’s quaintest towns. Step back in time on Charles Avenue or visit the finery of Villa Vizcaya.

Little Havana
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Little Havana

Known for Baseball, Sports, Urban

3.5/5(52 reviews)

Explore this quirky part of Miami to find art galleries, murals, hand-rolled cigars, meat markets, herbal stores, Cuban music and dance.

Top Hotels in Miami

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4.5 out of 5
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
NT$7,957
per night
Nov 18 - Nov 19

Located in Mid Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Indian Beach Park and Miami Beach Boardwalk. Collins Avenue ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7,753 reviews)

"I had a great stay loved my room n the hotel in all will stay there again when I travel back to Miami"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/17

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Loews Miami Beach Hotel – South Beach
Loews Miami Beach Hotel – South Beach
4.5 out of 5
1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
NT$7,005
per night
Oct 26 - Oct 27

Located in South Beach, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Avenue Shopping Area and Espanola Way and Washington Avenue. Lummus Park Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (4,445 reviews)

"Everything perfect stayed pleasant back again nice place to stay"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/20

Loews Miami Beach Hotel – South Beach
Miami International Airport Hotel
Miami International Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
N.W. 20th & Lejeune Road, Miami, FL
NT$3,614
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

Situated in Miami, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Grapeland Water Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Magic City Casino. Miracle Mile and Marlins Park are also ...

3.3/5 (7,785 reviews)

"The hotel is right in the airport so it is very convenient. It is dated and needs a facelift, but very clean."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/18

Miami International Airport Hotel

Popular things to do in Miami

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

4/5(1,419 reviews)

The villa, horticultural displays and courtyard of this National Historic Landmark provide a serene oasis in central Miami, with views of Biscayne Bay.

Zoo Miami
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Zoo Miami

4/5(583 reviews)

One of the first free-range zoos in the United States is home to animals, exhibits, amusement rides and a strong focus on education and conservation.

Lincoln Road Mall
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Lincoln Road Mall

4.5/5(3,202 reviews)

Explore one of South Beach’s most popular meeting places to enjoy boutique shopping, outdoor dining and a selection of Miami’s premier cultural destinations.

Miami Seaquarium
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Miami Seaquarium

4/5(719 reviews)

Jump into a tropical reef and swim with fish and marine mammals at this large oceanarium, known for its dolphin and sea lion shows. 

Jungle Island
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Jungle Island

4/5(531 reviews)

Play with tiger cubs and walk among free-flying exotic birds at this tropical zoo.

Miracle Mile
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Miracle Mile

4.5/5(678 reviews)

Chic boutiques, fine dining and cultural attractions make this glamorous boulevard one of Miami’s favorite places to be seen.

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