Miami is located at the southern tip of the Florida
peninsula and has an urban population of more than 2 million people.
It is well known for its sports teams, its beaches and for being a popular
retirement location due to its weather. Miami is a signficant port in the
cruise ship industry and is the starting point for a large number of
The winter weather is
perfect for tourism with highs of around 80 F (25 C), average
lows of 63 F (17 C) and low rainfall.
December through April have pleasant temperatures, but the height of the tourist
season is March and April. Summer weather is slightly warmer and more humid, with regular
thundershowers. Average highs in July and August are 91 F
(33 C) and lows average 77 F (25 C).
cruise terminal in Miami is about a 20 minute cab ride from the
airport. Cruise ship passengers will likely find the cab ride costs
less than pre-paid transportation with the cruise line. There is a
Hop-on-Hop Off tour that provides access to major attractions from a large
assortment of hotels. The Fort Lauderdale airport is just over a
half hour away from Miami, so this provides an additional option for air
arrival. Travel between Fort Lauderdale
and Miami airports is easy and inexpensive on the Tri Rail.
Things to see and do in Miami:
South Beach - SoBe is Miami's premier beach location and the
place to be for partying and shopping. It is actually the
southern section of Miami Beach. It includes Ocean Drive, known as "the Road"
where you will find the Art Deco District with distinctive
architecture and many Mediterranean
The Everglades - a short drive west of the city takes
you to tourist locations, such as Everglades
Safari Park or Gator
Park, where you can ride an airboat and see
alligators in the wild.