Time GMT - 5 hrs (East Coast) to -11 (Hawaii)
Flight Time (avg) 7 hours to 16 hours (Hawaii)
Population 311 Million
Seasons - Year round
Telephone International dial +001
Capital Washington DC
Money US Dollar
Holidays to Miami offers visitors a chance to enjoy a wide range of water activities like boating, fishing, diving and surfing. Accommodations are varied and you can find anything from luxury Miami hotels, cheaper deals at motels, beachfront properties and short term rentals. Miami holiday is an exotic, diverse and multicultural experience with several neighbourhoods where Spanish is spoken almost as much English here. It is very common to find signs with both English and Spanish at shops and restaurants. The most visited place on holidays in Miami is South Beach (nicknamed SoBe) and Miami Beach which make up the Art Deco district. Downtown Miami is the financial centre with office buildings, the enormous American Airlines Arena and larger department stores. Coconut Grove is a small and lovely neighbourhood with boutique shops and quiet relaxed atmosphere as most of the tourists tend to stay around the action in South beach. It feels like a little village in itself where shopping is abundant. Coco walk is large open air mall in the heart of Coconut grove with elegant restaurants nearby and small boutiques. Coral Gables is a large neighbourhood with fancy homes in gated communities and is also home to the University of Miami. Key Biscayne Island is a mostly residential area with only a few hotels. It is a quiet area with spectacular beaches and any kind of water activity you can imagine. If you do stay in Key Biscayne you will need a car to commute to South Beach or be prepared to take expensive cab rides as distances are long. And then there is Little Havana, which captures the essence of Cuba and almost feels like you are no longer in the United States. Most tourists prefer to stay in SoBe especially if they don’t want to rent a car. The streets in SoBe are lined with pastel coloured buildings, exquisite restaurants, nightclubs and shops on Collins Avenue. It is frequented by a lot of celebrities and has earned a reputation as the place to see and be seen. A must see area is the Lincoln Road Mall, a pedestrian mall favoured by locals and tourists alike. It is the perfect place for a relaxing evening after a day at the beach. Enjoy Italian, French or Cuban cuisine while dining outdoors, people watch while eating some Gelato, browse the shops or enjoy the free music provided by the street entertainers.
Miami is a versatile city making it the ideal destination for families, couples looking for romance or just friends coming for some excitement. There are a lot of activities for children like the Miami Metro zoo, children’s museum or the Museum of Science where you can find great Miami deals on ticket prices. Couples can enjoy a full spa experience in any of the beautiful hotels, dine on fine cuisine from all over the world or just relax on the beach. If you’re coming with friends you can be sure to find fun things to do like water sports or dancing all night at the clubs. Most hotels in Miami on South Beach have direct access to the beaches and offer assistance with any kind of water activities. The W hotel on South Beach is a celebrity favourite and gives its guest the ultimate 5 star experience. The W hotel Miami has direct access to the beach, rooftop bar and spa amenities for all its guests. A more wallet friendly option would be the South Beach Hotel Miami which is ideally located one block from the Beach within easy access to shops, restaurants and nightclubs. If you prefer to stay away from the tourist crowds a good option is the Mondrian Hotel in Miami located just a few minutes from all the action on South Beach. The luxurious 5 star Fontainebleau Miami Resort also offers its guests incredible amenities and access to anything they may need on their holiday. The Standard is another good option if you want to stay away from the noise and bustle of SoBe but still close to it. It has a low key and quiet atmosphere while still offering its guests convenient amenities and access to a beautiful pool. If you want to explore more than the beaches and nightlife on your holiday to Miami you can always explore the Everglades national park with its enormous variety of vegetation and wildlife. A ride on the Thriller is a must in Miami as the boat tour takes you around the many small islands and the guide points out Mansions belonging to celebrities like famous basketball player Shaquille O Neal, actor Sylvester Stallone and even Madonna to name a few. Another popular boat tour is the famous duck tour which will take you around the city on wheels and then cruise into Biscayne Bay for a different view. There are also several walking tours in the SoBe neighbourhood which highlight the uniqueness and history of the Art Deco architecture. If you have time to spare you could even make a day trip to Fort Lauderdale located just 40 minutes from Miami. With large mansions, immaculate sandy beaches and small canals, it is a great attraction to tourists. As mentioned earlier, getting around the different neighbourhoods in Miami may be a little difficult if you do not have a car. So if you do not plan on renting a car it is best to stay in the area where you want to experience the most of your Miami holiday. If you stay in a hotel on the beach and plan on spending most of your time around the vicinity there is no need for a car as everything is within walking distance. Public transport is limited and not very convenient. Getting to Miami from Britain is easy via the American Airlines direct flight from London Heathrow Airport to Miami. American Airlines has an additional non stop flight on the weekends direct to Miami from Heathrow. The average flight time of the trip is under 10 hours. There are many package Miami deals that you can benefit from that offer cheap holidays to Miami. So book your Miami hotels and Miami resorts before hand so you prioritise your interests and get the best cheap Miami holidays.