Welcome to the decadent and ultra-modern city of Miami
, Florida! There’s much to see in the part of the USA, from the flash Art-Deco district
to the Downtown area and the glorious Miami Beach
. Miami and the surrounding area is home to 5.4 million people making it one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the USA. Miami enjoys warm temperatures all year round - it’s warm and dry in the Winter and Spring and hotter and wetter during the Summer and Autumn! There are plenty of glamorous hotels located throughout Miami as well as accommodation options for travelers on a budget such as hostels and guest rooms. If you’d like to experience how people in Miami live why not stay in Wimdu accommodation – we have apartments, rental and villas throughout the city
There are 800 separate Art Deco structures in Miami Beach alone!
Sun cream was invented on Miami Beach in 1944 by Benjamin Green!
Miami is named after the Mayaimis Native Indian tribe that used to reside in the area.
One of the founders of Miami was a woman called Julia Tuttle – one of just a few women to found American cities!
Did you know Miami is home to one of the USA’s largest snow skiing clubs?
Florida means ‘Feast of Flowers’ in Spanish!
Things to do in Miami
Miami is packed with interesting things to see and do! The city has four notable districts – Downtown (the city’s cultural and financial centre), North (this hip area contains Little Haiti and the Design District), West and South (where the city’s famous Little Havana is located) and Miami Beach (where some of Florida’s best beaches can be found). Each district has a unique vibe and flavour – we’re sure you’ll find your favourite area of the city!
What do think you should see in Miami? The Zoological Wildlife Foundation
is loved by everyone who visits this exotic animal petting zoo. Pet a tiger cub, hang out with an owl or shake hands with a lemur. You must book a tour in advance – each tour is private but booking is simple! In the Coral Gables
seaside district you’ll find Vizkaya Museum and Gardens
. The museum is regarded as one of the USA’s best museums so don’t miss out on seeing this splendid attraction! Inside you’ll find an extremely important and magnificent collection of artworks and historical artifacts. The stunning building was built using locally sourced coquina limestone and has the air of a grand Florentine mansion or Roman palace. The museum and gardens are located on the water and there are some beautiful garden features worth admiring. Free tours are available which help explain the rationale behind the grand and regal design of the building. The museum is best visited in the morning to avoid the crowds!
Whilst in Downtown
make sure you admire the Freedom Tower
which is a replica of Seville’s La Giralda Tower. It stands tall and proud above the city and inside you’ll find an art museum which is also worth a look! The tower is just across the road from the American Airlines Arena where Miami’s famous basketball team Miami Heat
play. It’s also an architecturally interesting building and attending a Heat game at this venue will give you a real taste of local life!
No visit to Miami would be complete without a visit to Miami Beach which is technically a different district to that of Downtown. There’s plenty to do at the beach including boat trips, surfing and miles of beautiful sandy beaches. We suggest you spend some time in this part of town – it’s a great place to soak up the Miami vibes! Star Island is worth visiting, it’s an artificial island that is where many famous people have homes. The island is public and you can take a walk around and see some amazing architecture.
We recommend you take a Miami City & Boat Tour
which will take you to all the important sights in Miami. There are two parts of the tour – a bus tour and a boat tour. The bus tour takes in all the important sights such as DownTown, Little Havana, Coral Gable and Miami Beach. The boat tour takes in the Biscayne Bay and the Private Islands. Tours run daily including Sundays.
Getting Around Miami
Miami International Airport
is located to the west of Miami and is an important transportation hub for passengers travelling to Latin America from Europe. The airport is also predominately used by American Airlines which has connections which handles domestic flights within the USA. Fortlauderdale International Airport
is 25 minutes north of Miami and mainly handles domestic flights from companies such as JetBlue and Southwest Airlines. There are various public transportation options available for passengers including a free shuttle bus from both MIA and FLL to the nearest Tri-Rail train station and MetroRail stations. Perhaps the best and quickest way to get to where you want to go is to take a taxi or hire a car. The USA’s infamously poor public transportation system will have you cursing in no time so we suggest you try one of these options - you’ll find several car hire outlets in both airports. When you are in the city, getting around is possible by public transport, so don’t worry if you don’t have the option to drive a car. Most attractions are reachable by the city’s bus or MetroRail systems. Buses are good but can often be held up in traffic. Having access to a car is unfortunately the most convenient way to see and get around Miami.