Everything in Miami oozes glamour, elegance and a cosmopolitan attitude. Beaming Miami is nestled on the Atlantic coast of Florida’s most southern tip, rendering it sunny and pleasantly warm all year round. To call this city international is an understatement of criminal proportions. It is a North American core with a twist of the Caribbean, a healthy dose of Latin America, a dash of Africa, a touch of Asia and a hint of Europe. All of these elements combined give Miami a vibrant, exhilarating cultural life.
Miami boasts picturesque beaches, exceptional nightlife, plentiful shopping, and delicious dining options. Although there is an abundance of things to do in the city and on the beach, visitors should not pass up the chance to take one-day excursions to see some of the breath-taking natural surroundings of the city.
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Miami Police Department: +1 305 579 6111
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Venues and shops in Miami usually open a bit late, sometime between 9:30am and 11am. Miami attractions are open Monday through Friday from 10am until 6pm.
In Miami Beach stores remain open until 10pm, and restaurants serve until 1am, while bars don't close until about 5am. Bars in more residential neighborhoods close at about 2am.
City proper: 408,568
Metropolitan area: 5,333,945
Greater Miami and the Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau
701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700
Miami, FL 33131
+1 305 539 3000
Immigration has played a major role in Miami's explosive growth over the last 80 years, and this has naturally had a great influence on the shape of Miami today. Its people make Miami pulsate with a large and vibrant multicultural art scene, while its location on the sea and in the sun has attracted life-indulging pleasure-seekers from all over the world. The lazy beach culture by day gives way to infectious musical rhythms by night.
Miami –in this guide also referring to Miami Beach, built on a sandbar across Biscayne Bay– is a city of contrasts. Across the street from one of the country's most exclusive nightclubs, visitors in the know can catch a gritty open mic night, and where salsa clubs and musical theatre of the highest calibre exist side by side.
Little Havana and Little Haiti are the centres of Caribbean life in the city while the Art Deco architecture near South Beach exhibits Miami’s heyday in the roaring 20s mixed with today’s latest fashion in dining, wining, living and clubbing. Miami Beach exudes celebrity lifestyle, while Miami itself is fast becoming an international cultural hot spot as the centre of Latin and North American art and gastronomy with inspiration taken from all corners of the world.
Miami has unlimited ways to charm visitors. The natural beauty of the city and its surroundings are breath-taking, and the great weather makes outdoor activities a possibility pretty much all year round. But Miami's architectural past and vibrant art scene will tempt you to spend some time indoors, and the warmth of the vastly international population will make you want to stay for good. Explore a little further from the city proper and discover the wonders of the Everglades or the Florida Keys, or stay close by and enjoy some of the beast beaches on the planet.
The Art Deco Historic District
Everglades National Park
Miami Metro Zoo
Parrot Jungle Island
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Florida Keys / Key West
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Miami Food Tours
Adrienne Arsht Center
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Maximo Gomez Park
Matheson Hammock Park and Beach
Like its people, Miami's cuisine is an infusion of flavours. Greatly influenced by the city’s ethnic mix and its location by the Atlantic Ocean, creative chefs have merged Miami’s seafood with Asian, Caribbean, European and South American flavours, and the result is a limitless array of options, ranging from world-class chefs and their fusion experiments to family-run holes-in-the-wall serving up specialties from around the globe. And one cannot leave town before trying the deliciously refreshing local dessert: Key Lime pie.
Smith & Wollensky
Tony Chan’s Water Club
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Coffee culture in Miami is as eclectic as its people, drawing on European, American and Caribbean influences, but one word best captures what it's all about here: outdoors. Be it an espresso by the sands of South Beach, a cappuccino in Coral Gables, or a cafecito in the heart of Little Havana, coffee is best enjoyed outside in the refreshing breeze, while admiring the scenery and passers-by.
Eternity Coffee Roasters
Brunch At The Nikki Beach Club
As tantalizing as the glamourous VIP nightclubs of South Beach are, Miami's nightlife offers much more. Latin dance clubs can be found on Española Way, or fancy martini bars in the Design District. Laid-back bars for post-sun bathing drinks abound, and the live music scene always has plenty of options to choose from, whether you're into jazz, flamenco or salsa. Look harder and you can also find poetry slams and world-class theatre and art to fill your nights.
Ball & Chain
Hoy Como Ayer
MO Bar & Lounge
The Rum Line
Varied and enjoyable shopping opportunities await in breezy open-air venues or closed air-conditioned megamalls and department stores alike. Interior design, art and furniture flourish in the Design District, and shopping on Miami Beach’s Collins Avenue can be paired with celebrity-spotting. Or visit designer boutiques at Bal Harbour or mainstream chains at Bayside Marketplace. For more exotic tastes, check out Little Havana or Española Way on Sunday afternoons.
Miami Design District
Miami Fair Trade Marketplace
Bayside Market Place
Bal Harbour Shops
Dylan's Candy Bar
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Miami International Airport (MIA)
Miami International Airport (MIA) is one of the busiest airports in the world and is located about 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Miami.
Taxis are available just outside baggage claim, and there is also a 24-hour ‘Super Shuttle’ van service available outside the baggage claim.
Bus services link the airport to all areas of Miami-Dade County.
The ‘Tri-Rail’ train can be reached on the Airport Station just east of the airport. It is worth asking your hotel beforehand if they offer a shuttle service from and to the airport.
An Info-Center can be found on level 2 in Concourse E, which also hosts a bank, post office, pharmacy, baggage storage, ATMs and several car rental companies.
Address: Miami International Airport (MIA)
Phone: +1 305 876 7000
Fort Lauderdale Airport (FFL)
Fort Lauderdale Airport (FFL) is located 40 kilometres from downtown Miami. Feeder buses take you from the airport terminals to the Tri-Rail commuter train to Miami. Yellow Cab taxis are available on demand at all times at the airport. At the transportation podium located outside the baggage area on the lower level at the curb of each terminal, you can find rate comparison charts posted on the wall.
There is also a car rental center with many of the major car rental companies. The four terminals in the Fort Lauderdale Airport also offer the same amenities as Miami International Airport.
Address: Fort Lauderdale Airport
Phone: +1 866 435 9355
As in many cities across the United States, car is by far the main mode of transport. However, Miami still has a lot to offer in terms of public transport.
The Metromover is an excellent way of moving around in downtown Miami – it is free and runs from 5am until midnight every day.
Metrorail runs from the north to the south of Miami across downtown. The service runs every day from 5am until midnight.
The Metrobus service covers all of the Greater Miami area. Several buses operate all week, 24 hours a day. Fares can be paid with small change either on board the bus or before entering the Metrorail. Otherwise, the EASY Card, loaded with money or for a period of time, that can be used on both services, can be bought in certain specified outlets across the city.
The South Beach Local is the cheapest and most scenic way to travel along South Beach. The shuttle comes to numerous bus stops every 12-20 minutes. It operates Monday to Saturday from 7:40am-1:20am, and on Sundays from 10am-1pm.
If you don't manage to hail a cab from the street you can find several taxi stand locations around the city. Just be sure to take a taxi that is licensed. The easiest way to know is to look for the word "taxi", "cab" or "taxicab" that should be displayed on both sides of the car. Inside the vehicle you should also be able to see the driver's license and rate card. One of the licensed cab companies is Central Cab.
Phone: +1 305 532 5555
Miami Post Office
Address: 2200 NW 72nd Ave, Miami
Phone: +1 305 470 0691
Walgreens Drug Store
Address: 1845 Alton Road, Miami Beach
Phone: +1 305 531 8868
Country Code: +1
Area Code: 305
Miami is in the Eastern time zone, and all times are reflected in Eastern time.
Flat two or three-prong plugs are standard with 110-115 volts. Adaptors can be bought in most electrical shops.