Miami’s got the sun, sand and surf you’d expect from a tropical island, but with the art, food and nightlife that only big urban centres enjoy. It thrives almost as a nation unto itself – more than 60 per cent of the population speaks Spanish, and Cuban culture influences everything from politics to cocktails.
Miami has some of the best beaches in the USA, with white sand and turquoise water. The beaches are informally ‘zoned’ into areas with their own unique crowds, so everyone can enjoy them in their own way. The most famous is ‘SoBe’, South Beach, renowned for people-watching.
The southeastern tip of Florida boasts of one of the finest beaches in the US – Miami Beach.
Located across Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach is one of the most popular waterfronts in the US, with thousands of travelers from around the world descending upon Miami Beach every year. Biscayne Bay is part of a large south Florida ecosystem and relies upon water that flows directly from the Everglades, through the Biscayne Bay watershed, and into the bay.
Miami is easily accessible by road, rail and airways. Miami International Airport provides more than 70 airlines with nonstop flights from US locations and abroad.
Some of the most popular beaches in Miami are Bal Harbour Beach, Bill Baggs State Recreation Area, Crandon Park Beach, Hobie Beach/Windsurfer Beach, Miami Beach — Mid Beach, Miami Beach — North Beach, Oleta State Recreation Area, and South Pointe Park, amongst others.
In Key Biscayne, Crandon Park Beach, on Crandon Boulevard, is National Lampoon’s Vacation on the sand. It’s got a diverse crowd consisting of dedicated beach bums and lots of leisure-seeking families, set to a soundtrack of salsa, disco, and reggae music blaring from a number of competing stereos.
You can pick your beach from all these options, depending on the specific activity you want to enjoy.
If you want to explore Miami Beach, you can hire rental cars. Rental agencies are located at the airport. There are some agencies that even provide a shuttle service for the travelers seeking rental services.
The best time to visit Miami Beach is the spring. Between March and May, the sun shines with high 70s and low 80s during the day. Also, you’ll miss the peak winter rates. This part of Florida enjoys a subtropical climate, meaning it’s usually warm year-round and a bit rainy. Pack an umbrella if you visit in summer or fall; at the very least, you can expect some afternoon showers.
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To get yourself a unique travel experience, you can choose the Amtrak train service that runs down the east coast to Miami. And if you are on a tight budget you can opt for the Greyhound bus, where the costs are considerably lower than train or airfare.
You can also choose to visit Wolfsonian, the Florida International University Museum in South Beach. The museum has an impressive collection of exhibits like photos, old books, paintings and other objects that date back to the late nineteenth century.
If you are a carnival enthusiast, you can participate in the Miami Carnival, an exuberant nine-day festival that begins in March every year.
The nine days are full of Carnival Night concerts at the Orange Bowl and includes a Latin drag show, jazz concerts and a Miss Carnival contest. As some tourist remarked, “there’s more fun to Miami than just beaches”.
Art Deco Segway Tour
Segway through glamorous South Beach (the “American Riviera”) and experience a tropical paradise!
You’ll discover legendary landmarks like the Versace Mansion, the vibrant Lincoln Road outdoor mall, and the famous Art Deco District – a delightful glide rich in architecture, history, and culture.
The best way to see Miami Beach!