Party in the city where the heat is on! Miami is a major city located on the Atlantic coast of southeastern Florida. As a major center and leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade, it is obvious why Miami is one of top tourist destinations in the United States. Nicknamed as the “Capital of Latin America,” residents often speak Spanish and are known to be of Cuban descent. Furthermore, the Port of Miami is known as the “Cruise Capital of the World.” Accommodating some of the world’s largest cruise ships, it is the busiest port in passenger traffic as well as major cruise lines.
Top Attractions in Miami
Looking to relieve some stress? Head out to the awesome beaches of Miami. An adult only choice is the Euro-style topless scene at the Third Street beach located in South Beach. Here, vibrant Art Deco lifeguard stations are the perfect spots to snap some selfies with you and your loved one. An additional adult beach is at the north end of Haulover Park. This beach lies at the northern end of Miami Beach and serves as Miami’s only nude beach. A more family-friendly beach lies along a two-mile stretch and is called Crandon Park Beach located on Key Biscayne. Here, families can enjoy a water playground and a merry-go-round. Matheson Hammock Park is also a fine choice for families traveling with children. Toddlers can splash around in the shallow man-made pool, which is flushed naturally.
Cool off on a hot Miami day at the 1920s public swimming pool uniquely carved out of coral rock. Surrounded by Venetian-style buildings, the adjoining sights are rather appealing. Here, visitors will see waterfalls, a Spanish fountain, and a cobblestone bridge. Additionally, patrons can explore coral rock caves. This is one pool that cannot be described in words. Seeing it in person will offer the beholder an amazing experience. Be advised that children under three are not permitted to enter. Admission is $10 per adults and $6.75 per child during the months of April through October. Prices are reduced during the months of November through March to $5.50 per adult and $3.50 per child.
Here, tourists can experience some of the best looking people in South Florida. Lincoln Road is an eight-block stretch compiled of trendy shops and tasty restaurants just north of the Art Deco District in South Beach. Although chain stores are moving in the area, unique boutiques and locally owned restaurants are among the favorites. Tourists can have an outdoor expensive meal at one of the trendy restaurants, or a .50 bag of chips and a $3 beer at Zeke’s. Either way, visitors will experience what Lincoln Road has to offer. For all the music lovers out there, be sure to swing by the music listening/CD bar at the clothing store, Base. Coffee lovers must try a cup of Cuban coffee at David’s Café.
Come check out the wonderful world of sea life at the 38-acre Miami Seaquarium marine park. Complete with dolphin, killer whale, and sea shows, audiences will experience various aspects of the sea world. Shark and manatee exhibits are also on the property. For $189 per person, visitors can enjoy a two-hour swim with the dolphins. There is an admission fee of $31.95 for adults and $24.95 for children ages 3 to 9. Be advised that there is a $7 parking fee.
Everglades National Park
Visitors must experience Everglades National Park when visiting Miami. Surprisingly, the most beautiful landscapes appear in the evenings, especially when there is a full moon. At nighttime, visitors do not have to worry about stifling temperatures or getting a sunburn. This public park is unique in the fact that it contains 1.5 million acres of swamps, saw-grass prairies, and subtropical jungles. Everglades National Park is home for more than a dozen rare and endangered species. Here, tourists can see firsthand the American crocodile, the Florida panther, and the West Indian manatee. All visitors are welcome to bike or stroll about the grounds. Admission is $10 per vehicle. Bike rentals are available.
Art Deco District
This modern and hip neighborhood consists or artists, models, businesses, nightclubs, and restaurants. Consequently, it makes an unbelievable area for tourists to visit. Here, visitors experience 1930s elegance, neon colored buildings along Ocean Drive, and a breathtaking view from the second-floor deck at Wet Willie’s bar. Check out Art Deco architecture at its finest in this urban neighborhood hotspot of Miami.
This tourist-friendly location is actually a theme park containing various tropical birds, a petting zoo, playground, and daily animal shows. If heading to Miami with a family with children, this is the perfect spot for children to see parrots, flamingos, exotic reptiles, and orangutans. Jungle Island is located between downtown Miami and South Beach. Tickets must be purchased. Cost is $27.95 per adult, and $22.95 for children ages 3 to 10. Be advised that there is a parking fee of $7 per vehicle.
Pick the time right!
Tourists visit Miami from March to May
March, April, and May are the best months to visit Miami. During these spring months, the sun shines and temperatures are at a comfortable 70 to 80 degrees. Typically, Miami is warm year round due to its subtropical climate. Bring an umbrella if visiting Miami in the summer or fall months. Afternoon showers are prevalent. However, summer months tend to be the cheapest is hotel rates and flight fares.
Miami has two major airports served by U.S. and some European airlines. Miami International Airport is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and is owned by the Miami-Dade County government. MIA is located near downtown Miami. The North, Central, and South Terminals total 130 gates with 105 international gates, 26 domestic gates, and 645 ticket counters. The MIA Mover is the elevated train that connects MIA and the Rental Car Center and the Miami Intermodal Center, which is a massive ground transportation hub linking rail, automobile, and bus traffic.
For domestic travel, Fort Lauderdale airport (FLL), approximately 30 miles away, provides a cheaper option in terms of ticket pricing. Even though travelers flying into FLL will most likely have to rent a car, they will save a significant amount of money versus flying into Miami International. Both airports have car rental companies on sight. Additionally, taxis and shuttles are available between both Miami International and FLL.
There are plenty of options for moving about the city of Miami. Public transportation is available, as well as private car services, rental cars, buses, taxis and even trolleys and water transportation. An inexpensive way to head to Miami Beach without renting a car, taxi, or taking a shuttle, is to take the Metrobus route 150. For only $2.35 per person, each way, passengers can take the bus to South Beach. Buses run all day. Take the metro system if interested in heading downtown Miami to visit the business district full of shopping and the University of Miami. This public service is free of charge.