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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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Miami is often called the Magic City, and if it truly is, this opulent Italian Renaissance-style villa, the housing equivalent to a Fabergé egg, is its most fairy-tale residence. Built for industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens brims with 15th to 19th century furniture, tapestries, paintings and decorative arts.The poetic seaside grounds, which front Biscayne Bay, are full of splendid gardens (including a secret garden), beautiful fountains, sculptures, elegant pools, a charming Florentine gazebo, canals running everywhere and lots of trails. The landscape and architecture were influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance models and designed in the Mediterranean Revival architecture style.Nearly 200,000 people visit Vizcaya each year including some of the world's leading dignitaries such as President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth of England and King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain. In 1994, the historic Summit of the Americas was held at Vizcaya with President Clinton and the 34 leaders of the Western Hemisphere.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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Zoo Miami (Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens)

Zoo Miami (Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens)

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Thanks in part to its subtropical climate (which allows for large swathes of natural habitat), Miami’s zoo is one of the best in the country, filled with a variety of animals from Asia, Australia, and Africa. More than 200 species roam the cageless exhibits, separated from visitors by cleverly-designed moats.More

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Everglades Tours from Miami

Everglades Tours from Miami

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Top Beaches in Miami

Top activities in Miami

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Biscayne Bay Jet Ski Tour

Biscayne Bay Jet Ski Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Miami

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Great Day
Sheri_M, Jan 2022
Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride
Bus & Boats is the perfect way to see everything.
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Enjoyed letting someone else do the driving
Don_S, Jan 2022
City Tour Miami PLUS (City Tour + Boat Tour)
It was nice to see Miami without having to navigate traffic on our own.
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Good Experience
Tania_S, Jan 2022
Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride
As a solo traveler, first time to Miami, it was a great choice to see so many sights in one day.
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Great boat tour
Matt_C, Jan 2022
Private Night/Sunset Boat Cruise in Miami
Left on the 5:30 tour and think the timing was perfect (last 30 minutes of sundown, dark enough to see the lights in the buildings).
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Amazing experience above the clouds of Miami.
Matt_N, Jan 2022
1 Hour Private Helicopter Tour of Miami and South Florida
Definitely worthwhile to see Miami in a totally new angle.
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Great intro to Cuban culture
Mary_K, Dec 2021
Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami
Little Havana was so vibrant and beautiful the music and the activities were spectacular.
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Jacques was our tour...
Jesseca_C, Dec 2021
Biscayne Bay Jet Ski Tour
Jacques was our tour guide he was patient showed us really great spots for pics was extremely friendly and recommended a few places to visit while we enjoy our stay in Miami.
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Highly Recommend
Lisa_F, Dec 2021
Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami
It was a great way to see the Miami skyline and Star Island, and the ride is fun, fun, fun.
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Do it
Lisel_D, Dec 2021
3 Hours Private Classic Car Tour of Miami Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana
Best way to see the sights of Miami- in style.
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Dreams come true with this trip
barandiaranperez, Dec 2021
Private Night/Sunset Boat Cruise in Miami
We had a nice sunset view and we’re able to see the Miami skyline with all their lights and flare.
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Fun and informative tour.
Barbara_M, Dec 2021
Private Exclusive Classic Car Tour Miami Beach & Wynwood 2-Hour
Exceptional tour guide Fun facts and sights to see around Miami Beach and Wynwood.
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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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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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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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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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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

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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