Miami 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.

USA visas

Eligible Australians visiting for less than 90 days no longer require USA visas. Instead, they can take part in the Visa Waiver Program and apply for authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). To be eligible, you must have an e-passport, a return or onwards ticket, and a passport that is valid for six months beyond your return date.

USA currency

The American currency is the US dollar, which can be readily obtained prior to your departure from Australia or at money changers and even banks within the USA. Credit cards are widely accepted and Miami is also well equipped with ATMs, allowing you fast access to funds without the risk of carrying cash.

Miami food

Miami food is diverse and infused with its strong history of immigration. From South American cuisine to hot dogs, burgers and southern fried chicken, there is a vast array of options for diners. America also boasts high food hygiene standards, but like anywhere, you should assess the general condition of your dining venue before ordering.

Tipping in Miami

Tipping is very much a part of the American culture, with gratuities often expected due to the low minimum wage for service workers. Generally a tip that equals 15-20 per cent of the bill total is a good figure to aim for, and some restaurants also provide suggested amounts. It's a great idea to keep $1 bills on hand to use for tipping.

USA electrical plugs and voltage

American plugs and voltage are different to the Australian standard, which means an adapter will be required if you're planning on taking electrical devices to Miami. The US voltage is lower than Australia (110-120V compared to 240V here), while the plug has two parallel pins, and often a third round pin. Adapters are readily available prior to departure or at the airport.

Language in Miami

English is the national language of the United States of America, although due to Miami's extensive Latin American populations, you'll hear a lot of Spanish spoken. In fact, just 27.7 percent of the county's population speak only English. Restaurants, government bodies, and most service industries feature Spanish translations in addition to English.

Miami Airport

Located within 13 kilometres of the Downtown area, the major Miami airport servicing the region is Miami International. This bustling airport is America's second busiest for international passengers and features over 100 airlines. Miami International boasts an array of shopping, dining and duty-free stores. The airport is easily accessible from the city and is serviced by rail, bus and taxi.