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Bienvenido a Miami, a Spanish-flavored city that basks in the glow of Florida’s ever-reliable sun. With beachside promenades and sparklingly turquoise ocean waters that are enticingly warm, it’s no surprise that Miami is one of the world’s favorite vacation destinations. With an infectiously youthful exuberance, and a breezily relaxed attitude, this city moves to its own rhythm, and is always ready for a party.

 

Best Time to Travel

 

While the rest of the US is still shoveling snow from its roads, Miami is bathing in the warm glow of winter’s sun. As one of the warmest parts of the US mainland, Miami’s climate is envied across the country, and the year round warmth, and pleasantly dry winters, keep visitors coming back year after year. The temperature ramps up between June and November, which brings the muggy rainy season along with it. Many choose to avoid this time, as large downpours are a regular occurrence, and hurricanes are also a possibility.

 

Not to Miss

 

Feel your heart rattling in your chest as the eyes of a calculating alligator watch you from the swampy water during your airboat tour of Everglades National Park. You’ll also see everything from paddling turtles to curious dolphins and wading ibis birds, as you explore. Swimming’s definitely not recommended in the Everglade’s waters, but you won’t be able to help yourself from dipping into the warm, crystal-clear sea off South Beach. Afterwards, you’ll find countless ways to dry off - whether it’s with a little beach yoga, by skimming effortlessly along Miami Beach boardwalk on rollerblades, or by simply lying back on the white sands.

 

Getting around

 

Finding a flight to Florida’s sunny beaches couldn’t be much easier, thanks to the huge Miami International Airport. Once you’ve touched down, the Airport Flyer bus service will help you to reach Downtown and Miami Beach with ease. Cycling is one of the simplest, nicest ways to get around areas like Miami Beach, and you can easily rent a pair of wheels to help you zip around town. Downtown, meanwhile, is effortless to navigate thanks to the Metromover, which is a handy tram system whirring its way between 21 stops - all for free.

 

Cuisine

 

Get your tastebuds ready for the tantalizing flavors of Miami as you embark on a tour of Latin America’s lip-smackingly delicious foods. Floribbean cuisine brings together the city’s disparate influences, offering fresh cooking designed to dazzle the palate. Try simple but sumptuous Cuban meals like cumin-spiced pollo con arroz - chicken with rice - or delicious Haitian grilled salmon that’s dripping with butter and lemon juice. Don’t miss out on a Florida favorite for desert: tangy Key lime pie.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Miami is a lively, multicultural city, and the locals welcome visitors from across the world to their sun-soaked beaches. Most workers in the service industries rely on tips to make a living, so typically, 15-20% should be added to bills for restaurants. A few dollars to taxi drivers and bar staff is always appreciated as well. Check your bill in tourist-heavy areas like South Beach, as many restaurants aim to remove the grey area by adding a gratuity to your bill - there’s no need to tip twice in these instances.

Fast Facts

 

Population: 419800

Spoken languages: English, Spanish

Electrical: The USA runs on 120V, 60 Hz current

Phone Calling Code: +1 305911