A fantastically varied Florida destination
Miami, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the USA, is found on the south east tip of North America’s Sunshine State. Miami attracts an astonishing variety of visitors drawn by the wonderful climate, superb sandy beaches, swaying palms, salsa music, glamour, sophistication and a decidedly exotic and relaxed atmosphere. Miami really does have something for everyone whether young partying trendsetters, families with children or the elderly. But there is far more to Miami than simply sun and sand. You'll find a city bursting with life and culture, with distinct characterful neighbourhoods and surprising architectural touches: historic Coral Gables, stylish Coconut Grove, trendy Art Deco South Beach, and the Cuban neighbourhood of Little Havana.
Strolling the beachside promenades and people-watching is a favourite Miami pastime! Miami is blessed with miles of superb wide beaches with soft white sand. Visitors can take advantage of Sunny Isles beach, popular with families, glamorous luxurious Miami Beach, elegant Bal Harbour and trendy South Beach. There are further famous beaches to the north of Miami like Palm Beach and the spectacular Gulf Coast. Miami is undoubtedly a shopper’s paradise with an amazing selection ranging from incredible shopping malls to classy designer boutiques or charming stores in Little Havana. Miami is equally famous for its astonishingly vibrant and varied nightlife which offers an extraordinary range of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants.
Holidays in Miami offer visitors a vast array of attractions including superb art and antique museums. Visitors should try to include trips to state-of-the-art museums that combine thrills with hands-on interactive learning. Children will love the attractions of Watson Island and the Miami Children’s Museum. The long list of holiday attractions also features the world-famous Seaquarium with its killer whales, the Metrozoo and the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium. Miami is also a magnet popular with sports enthusiasts, with excellent golf, watersports and remarkable fishing. There are also wonderful opportunities for snorkelling and diving among the unique coral reefs at Key Largo. Miami is superbly located for visiting the Florida wetlands and plains of Everglades National Park to see alligators, turtles and manatees and enjoy thrilling boat rides. Another holiday essential is taking the spectacular coast drive south to the charming historic city of Key West on the southernmost tip of the US.
It is little wonder the Florida weather has made Miami a favourite city for retirement as well as for British holidaymakers. The weather in Miami is typical of the subtropical climate enjoyed throughout Florida. A veritable paradise for winter sun seekers, the Florida climate is sunny all year round. The best time to visit Miami Beach is between December and May, when average temperatures in Miami are in the comfortable low-to-mid 20C's. Miami winter weather enjoys endlessly blue skies and long days of bright sunshine. Winter evenings are perfect for enjoying Miami's beach promenades and outdoor nightlife, with temperatures around 18C. Winter weather in Miami is idyllic, and this is when the vast majority of tourists arrive from Europe. Miami winters are deliciously warm without being too hot, and the sunshine is almost constant. Make sure you use adequate protection against the strong Miami sun.
Holiday packages to Miami offer a wide range of excellent accommodation to suit your budget requirements. Choose from Art Deco hotels to family resorts on the beach. All accommodation will be clean and comfortable and will have basic facilities, a pool area and sun terrace and a pleasant restaurant. Be sure to check out our 4 and 5 star deals which include luxurious spa packages and stunning accommodation in unique modern settings.
At least a dozen terrific, wide, soft sandy beaches are within reach of the city. Choose relaxing family beaches for quiet sunbathing or the famous city beaches for people watching, glamour and a party atmosphere. Miami beaches all boast superb sand, gloriously blue water and famous Florida sunshine. Quieter family beaches to the north of Miami include North Shore Open Space and the charming neighbourhood beaches of North Miami Beach. Southern beaches like Virginia Key and Hobie Beach have superb views of Miami and are popular with windsurfers. Great promenade walks and dunes on Miami Beach. The most famous Miami beach is South Beach, the best place to watch fashionable Miami at play. Tremendous fun.
Art Deco District
A delightful area featuring charming, pastel-coloured buildings and stylish hotels built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Wonderful period details, glamorous bars and swimming pools. Superb 1930’s Art Deco hotels on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue were popular with Hollywood stars of the era. Opulent mansions like Casa Casaurina, the former home of Gianni Versace. Admire the neon lights at night from the beach and enjoy the sultry atmosphere. Visit the Art Deco Welcome Center, browse South Beach boutiques and sample the restaurants.
A fascinating neighbourhood in the very heart of Miami, bursting with character thanks to Miami’s huge Cuban population. Charming local stores, old-fashioned cafes and authentic Cuban restaurants with a wonderful atmosphere. Older Cubans smoke hand-rolled cigars and play dominos in Domino Park. The last Friday of the month is particularly lively in terms of music and culture.
Museums & Attractions
Miami museums are particularly popular with families, offering plenty of entertainment for children of all ages. The Seaquarium features spectacular live shows with killer whales. The Dolphin Research Center takes a more serious approach. Miami MetroZoo is one of the finest in the USA. The Miami Science Museum is a great example of the modern-day “hands-on” approach. The Space Transit Planetarium has laser light shows. The Wildlife Center features reptiles and birds of prey. The Miami Children's Museum is an interactive paradise for kids.
Miami nightlife is legendary. Part of the fun is simply watching the scene, spotting celebrities and sampling a little of everything, from one-off parties to Art Deco hotel bars and non-stop clubbing. Miami nightlife offers a sophisticated choice of eclectic restaurants, wine bars, cocktail bars, live music venues and stylish nightclubs. Look out for live jazz and salsa. The best of Miami nightlife starts after midnight and goes on until the early morning. Don’t miss the scene at glamorous South Beach.