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Miami, © Can Stock Photo Inc. / sborisov

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 Caribbean cruises.

Weather:

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).

   

Transportation:

The 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 style homes.

  • 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.

  • Little Havana - the Cuban district of Miami.

  • Sightseeing cruises of Biscayne Bay - cruise past Millionaires Row on Island Queen Cruises.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami Bayside Marketplace, © Can Stock Photo / korzeniewskidan

Things to see and do near Miami:

  • Travel north a half hour along the coast to Fort Lauderdale on the Tri Rail.  It's very inexpensive.

  • Take a day trip south to Key West.

  • Travel north 3 hours to Orlando in central Florida to visit Epcot Cente, Sea World, Universal Studios and Disney. World

  • Travel north 3 hours along the coast to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral.

Miami Tours:

Hotels in Miami:

Take That Vacation Recommendations for Miami:

Miami International Airport - (MIA) - includes list of hotels with a shuttle.


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