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Welcome to Miami

Idyllic beaches, vibrant colors, art deco architecture, Cuban-inflected enclaves, abundant nightlife—turns out, Miami is way more than just a sunny getaway.

Top 10 attractions in Miami

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Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace

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Bayside Marketplace, a vibrant waterfront mall in downtown Miami—and the city’s most-visited attraction—sits above Biscayne Bay and features many shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The open-air market has more than 100 shops ranging from apparel to bath products to electronics, and often live performers are on hand to keep shoppers entertained.More
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South Beach

South Beach

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Miami's South Beach neighborhood features 10 miles (16 km) of beaches with a buzzing, carnival-like atmosphere. With a trendy Caribbean-chic café culture and an impossibly hip and sexy nightlife scene, the area is a non-stop people-watching mecca.More
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Little Havana

Little Havana

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Vibrant Cuban culture permeates every aspect of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida—you’ll find it in the colorful murals, the monuments to heroes past and present, the residents facing off in the domino park as they discuss politics, and in the cigar rollers at work amidst the ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee.More
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Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls

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Wynwood Walls is an art exhibition that spans 80,000 square feet of wall space. Located in Miami’s Wynwood district, the “outdoor museum” boasts a constantly changing collection of murals by some of the world’s top graffiti and street artists.More
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Fisher Island

Fisher Island

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Just three miles of the coast from Miami, Fisher Island is one of the world’s most exclusive beach communities. Cut off from the mainland by the creation of a canal in 1906, it has then been owned by some of Florida’s wealthiest citizens. Today it’s an upscale oasis with private shoreline access and golf course.Real estate here is prime, and the last census revealed that Fisher Island has the highest per capita income of any place in the United States. No roads or bridges lead to the island - it is accessible only by ferry or private invitation. Aside from the warm, turquoise waters and white sands of its shores, there are mansions, apartments, a private marina, an observatory, and one hotel located on the island. Luxurious and tropical, a visit to the private island offers a glimpse into a community that truly is home to the rich and famous.More
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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

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Sandwiched between the sizzling beaches of Miami and the white sands of Key West, the 1.5 million-acre Everglades National Park stands in stark contrast to its seductive neighbors—but don’t make the mistake of passing it by. Visit the park and discover for yourself the spectacular swampy weirdness that draws over one million visitors every year and constitutes a one-of-a-kind destination for nature lovers.More
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Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove

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One of the first established neighborhoods in Miami, Coconut Grove melds an eclectic history with a modern vibe, creating a historic, hipster hub for food, art, and culture. From its idyllic waterfront on Biscayne Bay to quaint walking streets lined with boutiques and cafés, the village is the perfect laid-back base for a Miami vacation.More
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Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park

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Biscayne National Park, 95 percent of which lies underwater, is one of the top scuba diving areas in the United States. Divers and snorkelers flock here to experience Biscayne Bay’s extensive reef system. Above water, you can explore the Florida park’s small mainland mangrove shoreline and keys by boat.More
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Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

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Since 1962 the 2.6-acre urban oasis of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden has provided locals and travelers with easy access to some of the most diverse plant life on earth. Visitors can wander the well-kept grounds where lush green lawns with glittering fountains and stone paths lead the way to impressive atriums filled with colorful blossoms.Wetlands and mangroves, orchids and bromeliads are just some of the standing exhibits on offer at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The stunning Japanese Garden with its classic red lacquered bridge and placid ponds is one of the main attractions of this destination, while an expansive edible garden and placid water lily ponds are among other highlights that draw tens of thousands of travelers here each year.More
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Art Deco Historic District

Art Deco Historic District

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Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District is a colorful, vibrant section of the trendy South Beach neighborhood. The area includes about 900 unique buildings—from nautical-themed hotels to pastel-colored mansions—and was the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.More

Trip ideas

5 Best Weekend Getaways from Key West

5 Best Weekend Getaways from Key West

Top Beaches in Miami

Top Beaches in Miami

Everglades Tours from Miami

Everglades Tours from Miami

Top activities in Miami

Everglades Airboat Adventure with Transport from Miami
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Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami
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Recent reviews from experiences in Miami

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Great Experience!
Parker_F, Nov 2021
Magical Sunset Miami Private Helicopter Tour
We got to see everything we wanted to see!
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A great way to see Miami...
Sagnik_M, Nov 2021
Miami Millionaire’s Row Cruise
A great way to see Miami from the water.
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Perfect touristy way to...
CASSANDRA_B, Nov 2021
Miami Millionaire’s Row Cruise
Perfect touristy way to see Miami from the water.
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Miami at night
Semhare_G, Nov 2021
Private Night/Sunset Boat Cruise in Miami
Such an amazing cruise if you want to see Miami’s beautiful nightlight.
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Highly recommend Lexy as your guide!
Robyn_M, Nov 2021
Discover South Beach Golf Cart Tour
Only had 2 days in Miami so this was a great way to see and get an overview of South Beach, it's origins and current attractions.
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Awesome birthday trip
Ayanna_R, Nov 2021
City Tour Miami PLUS (City Tour + Boat Tour)
He showed us all the sites we were to see of Miami.
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Great experience
Toni_S, Nov 2021
City Half Day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruise
The tour was an excellent way to see Miami Beach area and to learn a little about the city and I would do it again thanks
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Art Deco at its best
Linda_M, Nov 2021
Miami Skyline 90 min Cruise of South Beach Millionaire Homes & Venetian Islands
Was a great way to see that section of Miami Beach!
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Amazing experience...
Josielyn_C, Nov 2021
Private Night/Sunset Boat Cruise in Miami
Should be part of your things to do in Miami
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Worth it!
James_U, Nov 2021
Miami Skyline 90 min Cruise of South Beach Millionaire Homes & Venetian Islands
It was nice to see fancy homes combined with the business side of Miami, the Port is happening.
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Wonderful tour
Rita_C, Nov 2021
City Half Day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruise
Excellent way to see the city of Miami and including the cruise potion added another layer to the Miami experience
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It was breathtaking. To see the city from that perspective was amazing.
Martin_I, Oct 2021
Miami Private Evening Boat Tour Including Champagne
The river and the ability to see Miami from a elegant view is amazing !
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David_F, Oct 2021
Half Day Deep Sea Fishing Trip
We plan to come back to Miami next year and this will be first on our things to do list.
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Awesome time here in Miami.
Edward_T, Sep 2021
City Tour of Miami with Optional Biscayne Bay Cruise
Great to see the different communities.
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Tour of Biscayne
Joi_A, Sep 2021
Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride
They explored a lot of things to do in Miami.
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Swati_N, Sep 2021
Miami Highlights Seaplane Tour with Live Commentary
He even recommended us some good places to visit an eat.
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Fun!
Shauna_L, Aug 2021
Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami
Excellent way to see Miami coast.
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Perfect Experience
Taylor_T, Aug 2021
Private Sailing Trip on Biscayne Bay in Miami
It was definitely one of the best activities in Miami.
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Entertaining Ride
Brian_R, Aug 2021
Sightseeing Hurricane Speedboat Tour of Miami
Awesome way to see the Miami skyline, Star Island, and scream across the water!
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Lama_A, Aug 2021
Miami Sightseeing City Tour
Mughel was very friendly and helpful, we had a great time I recommend this tour if you want to see the most important areas in Miami.

All about Miami

When to visit

Weather-wise, spring is considered the best time to visit Miami, but timing is key. March is Spring Break season, and many college students flock to Miami for festivities. Come April and May, students are back in school, which may be the best window to visit the idyllic South Beach.

Summers in Miami are hot and humid, but that doesn’t stop families on summer break flocking to the white sand beaches. Events like Art Basel bring the crowds, making summer an expensive, albeit exciting, time to visit.

Fall is peak hurricane season in the Atlantic. While good weather is not always a guarantee, it can lead to disruptions in travel and reservations.

With temperatures averaging in the mid-70s, winter is a perfect escape from colder northern climes. Miami is a popular holiday-season retreat, with holiday lights adorning its art deco buildings and palm tree-lined streets.

Getting around

Walking: Warm weather year-round means Miami is a great walking city. The city’s mostly grid-like layout and numbered streets and avenues make it easy to navigate by foot.

Train: Downtown Miami has a Metromover rail line that goes to popular locations and is free to all passengers. In addition, the Metrorail line travels throughout the city’s metropolitan area if you’re planning a day trip.

Bus: The Metrobus has almost 100 routes within the city limits, making it a reliable way to get from one neighborhood to the other. The schedules for the bus change throughout the course of the day, so plan accordingly to avoid longer-than-necessary transfers. The Miami Beach Trolleys are an easy—and free—option to get to the city’s major beaches.

Taxi: Miami taxis can be easily found throughout the city, and are a good option for those looking to avoid parking problems in the busier parts of town. Uber and Lyft also operate throughout the city’s metropolitan area.

Traveler tips

Miami may be known for its beaches, but the city’s culture is really its backbone. Bolstered by its hispanic population, Miami has the largest Cuban-American population in the country, which makes the city’s Little Havana neighborhood a must-visit area for food, art, music, and nightlife. Before planning your visit, be sure to check the city’s event calendar to make sure you are planning your visit around some of the larger events—especially if you are looking for a trip on a budget. Miami’s busy seasons span throughout the course of the year, making hotel, airfare, and attraction rates fluctuate, with small windows in between to grab the best deals.

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