Miami was a sleepy holiday town until the 1920s, when the bright young things decided to make it their own. Luxury travel agents for Miami have enjoyed non-stop bookings ever since that time, and the city has slowly transformed itself into the exciting, brash playground that we know today.
Basking under benevolent Florida skies, the sun pours down on Miami and the stunning legacy of Art Deco architecture that graces its streets.
Miami's large Cuban community adds to the city’s atmosphere in the sultry neighbourhood of Little Havana. The city is rightly renowned for its Cuban restaurants and the many others that have come to specialise in the unique local Floribbean cuisine – a combination of Latin, American and Caribbean. Eateries range from steakhouses and cafés to Italian, Oriental and Middle Eastern restaurants.
Over in Coconut Grove is where the trendsetters hang out, while the sun lovers nonchalantly drape themselves over the miles of white sandy beaches that can be found.
The city is the gateway to Latin America and the hub of a vibrant cruise ship industry, offering easy access to Florida's popular Gold Coast resorts and the natural wonders of the Florida Everglades.
Miami is great for holidays with the kids. From amusement parks and beaches to fantastic museums, there is no shortage of places to let them burn off some of that energy. Attractions include the outer-space exhibits at the Miami Science Museum, the entertaining killer whale performances at Seaquarium and Jungle Island's exotic parrots, crocodiles and penguins.
There’s plenty here for adults too. Miami's nightlife is hot! The South Beach streets pump with clubs and bars, and there's also live music to catch in the Design District area. Downtown Miami hosts a few trendy venues and Coconut Grove is a popular party zone for the style-conscious.
Miami dance clubs and lounges tend to sizzle to a sultry Latin beat, while nightclub music encompasses Afro-Cuban, rumba rap, indie rock and electro-pop.
For stylish shopping, head to Bal Harbour Shops, where stores include Tiffany & Co, Prada and Saks Fifth Avenue. Miracle Mile is also well worth a visit, boasting over 170 upscale shops and 40 gourmet restaurants within walking distance of each other.
Miami enjoys a subtropical climate that delivers plenty of sunshine all year round. Watch out for the cooling effect of those breezes and don’t forget to apply your suntan lotion regularly.
Rainfall occurs mainly during summer and early autumn. Summer humidity levels are usually between 85-90 percent, making Miami one of the most humid cities in the US.
July to September is the hottest summer period when average temperatures do not move from 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit), yet even in the coolest winter months of January and February you can still expect a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).
English is the most common language, but Spanish is often also spoken.
Visitors entering the country under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) must have a machine-readable passport (MRP) that includes their biometrics. They also need to register online three days before travel.
All visitors to the USA will have a photograph and two fingerprints taken by an inkless scanner on arrival.
Please check rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.
Travel within the United States is generally trouble-free, however, the US shares with the rest of the world an increased threat from terrorist incidents.
Hurricanes are common between June and November – and Florida is among the areas most at risk.
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