Miami travel guide

From Sunny Isles Beach in the north, down to South Beach and across to Little Havana, Little Haiti, Wynwood, Coconut Grove and more – every Miami neighbourhood has a story to tell. Do you want to be able to walk from your hotel in the morning to enjoy an authentic Cuban coffee? Is the art deco playground of South Beach where you’d like to base your Miami getaway? This city has beautiful beaches, incredible nightlife, culture galore (and is also family friendly, if you’re travelling with the tribe). How can you resist? If you’re planning a visit, explore our Miami travel guide and find out how to make the most of your time in Florida’s capital. We’ve collected the best tips from our travel experts, and have top suggestions for things to do, the best time to travel, where to stay in Miami, getting around and more.

Where to stay

Whether you’re after a quiet retreat or the excitement of South Beach, deciding where to stay in Miami is all about the experience you hope to enjoy. The city features a range of accommodation precincts each boasting their own unique character and enduring charm. South Beach is home to all the action, Miami Beach offers spectacular beachside convenience, and Downtown is a place to enjoy the modern convenience of this thriving city. A little farther afield, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove offer a more relaxed feel that’s still within easy reach of the city.

Things to do

With a vibrant culture, lively arts scene and beach-going lifestyle, there’s a wealth of things to do in Miami. Discover nature, delve into dining, or simply kick back on the beach. From lounging in the sub-tropical warmth to exploring cutting-edge street art, this is a destination where entertainment, architecture, attractions, and relaxation effortlessly mix into a sun-soaked holiday of endless choice. 

Travel tips

Visiting this vibrant city is generally a safe and enjoyable experience, with just a few Miami travel tips to keep in mind. Like many nations, the US remains alert to terrorist activity with high security at airports and public places including the government buildings of Miami.  US travel advice can change, but it generally includes keeping an eye out for suspicious activities and being mindful of your personal safety.  As medical treatment in the US can be expensive, you should take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure and ensure any required vaccinations are up to date.

Getting Around

There’s a range of Miami transport to help you get around this sprawling city. From old-style trolleys to bike hire and buses, navigating the bustling streets and varied precincts is convenient and sometimes free....

Where to eat

Miami food and drink is a serious business with destinations and cuisine to suit all tastes and desires. The region not only boasts contemporary cuisine and upscale eateries but also features a thriving street food industry....


Miami shopping caters to all the vibrancy and style of the region, with outdoor shopping malls, designer precincts, and emerging artisan hubs. With great weather year-round, much of the shopping action takes place in the great outdoors and you can casually stroll shopping strips amid live music and swaying palms....

Best time to travel

Boasting a sub-tropical climate, the weather in Miami is warm year-round. This makes it a popular destination for tourism throughout the year, but particularly in the American winter when rates tend to be higher and the region more crowded.  If you’re looking to sidestep the peak times, March to May is perhaps the best time to travel to Miami, with warm, sunny days and temperatures in the mid 20s. A spring visit also allows you to avoid the traditionally wetter months of June to November, which coincide with hurricane season.


Framed by bays, oceans and keys, Miami beaches are the subjects of postcards. From shaded beaches adjoining parks to historic beaches signalling the southernmost point of America, Miami serves up endless beaches in all directions....