Miami

The Dryftwell Guide to

Miami

Introduction

Miami, Florida, is the ultimate party destination popular because of its beaches, clubs, cruises, bays, and outdoor activities. Since this city acts as the epicentre of American history, culture, and tradition, prominent and extraordinary architecture and art scenes can be seen almost everywhere. Experience the ultimate charm of the city's famous locations and nightlife by getting sightseeing tours and capture the new persona of local lifestyle by enjoying the local culinary.

In this guide to Miami, learn about native culture and many other historical locations blended with fun and unique outdoor activities. Learn about the best time to visit and things to do in different seasons in this guide to Miami. Also, experience the functioning of different neighborhoods in detail given below.


When to go

Winter

The winter season in Miami is warm, with the average temperature ranging around 75 F to 77 F. This season starts in December and lasts till March. Since it is the perfect weather for outdoor activities and night outs, the city mostly remains crowded with many events and festivals happening around, the most famous of which is the Three Points Music, Art, and Technology Festival and South Beach Wine and Food Festival. If you like to see exciting places, visit the Night Garden and Miami Boat Show with your friends or family. Also, you can visit Coconut Grove Art Fest and Art Deco Weekend if you like to see the local art scene and heritage.  

Spring

Miami's spring season only lasts for March and April months and offers a similar summer vibe because of the hot temperature. As compared to summers, the atmosphere mostly remains dry with fewer thunderstorms. It can be ideal if you want to get a city tour and visit all the famous locations in the region. If you're carrying kids with you on the trip, you can see the Zoo Miami and Miami's Children Museum. Also, for art lovers, there are many outdoor avenues such as Perez Art Museum, Deco Walking Tour, and Vizcaya Museum. Get a taste of the enchanting Miami life by dining at the famous local restaurants and have a fun time with the loved ones. 

Summer 

June, July, and August bring the summer heat in Miami, with the average temperature stretching around 90 F. During this intensely hot and humid season, both tourists and locals prefer to swim and enjoy beach-related activities. Also, a lot of indoor places remain open till late at night, such as Coral Castle Museum, Cinema Al Fresco, Miami Science Museum, and Playhouse Theatre. Although the city is crowded throughout the year, comparatively fewer people can be seen during summertime. If you travel the city in the summers, make sure to enjoy the beach festivals and indoor events as they cover the season's highlights. 

 Fall

The fall season in Miami is in full swing during the months of September, October, and November. Regarded as the season of hurricanes and thunderstorms, a lot of rainfall and humidity can be experienced during this time. However, the weather remains pretty bearable, with an average temperature of 70 F. In this guide to Miami, we recommend you participate in the South Beach Food Festival and Eat and Drink Garden. If you are a book lover, you can visit the Miami Book Fair. Also, for some horror adventures, visit The Horrorland at night. You can also get the ultimate touristy flavors by visiting the local museums and gardens.


Neighborhoods

Downtown

Downtown is Miami's locus as it is the most crowded neighbourhood with huge skyscrapers, ocean views, shopping malls, restaurants, and art scene. If you visit this neighbourhood, make your way to the Olympia Theatre to watch the historic cultural art centre. Also, if you are into story-telling, get a $10 ticket to the Moth event to teach stories interestingly. Since Downtown Miami is a blend of both old and new cultures, it is recognized as the neighbourhood's metropolitan. Visit the bars, shops, museums, and parks in the region and make your way over Bayside. Overall, it is added in the Guide to Miami because of its laid back, soothing ambience. 

South Beach

If you want to get an ultimate American beach experience, heading to South Beach is the best option because of the top-rated hotels, restaurants, and beachside food. The fantastic white sand and clear blue ocean water give an out of the world persona. Capture photographs of your loved ones and make great memories together by spending quality time at the culinary spots and beachside area. In South Beach, you can visit Lincoln Road, which is popular because of its amazing bars and clubs. Also, to get a taste of local tradition and culture, you can see Bass Museum of Arts and Wolfsonian FIU.

 Coconut Groove

Coconut Groove is the most touristy and bike-friendly spot located in the heart of Miami. This neighborhood ages back to a long time; therefore, it holds the memories of the past. If you want to walk freely while enjoying the amazing architecture and artistic vibe of the city, it is the place to be. Get the pleasure of walking in the modern bay-front parks and casually dine at the beachside restaurant. Also, to learn about the area and its history, make your way to the Vizcaya Museum, Miami Science Museum, and Cocowalk. 

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Transportation

Since Miami is a huge cosmopolitan city, it has tons of traveling and transiting options. From rental cars to taxis and buses, all the possibilities are easily available. The complete getting around in Miami detail is given below. 

Driving/Parking

Although it is not necessary to have a personal vehicle in Miami, there are some areas such as North Beach, West Avenue, etc., where you will need a car to travel. There are many car rental options available near the Airport, but only a few can be seen in other city areas. You can use your own car if you want to travel to distant locations within the city; however, the parking rate varies a lot, especially in touristy places. The average parking rate per hour is $7, but you can get a parking card for metered parking, which costs around $3 per hour. One other major problem is traffic, especially in the greater area of the city. 

Public Transit

Miami has an excellent public transportation system because of the incorporation of the Metrorail and Metromover Train system. You can get on a train from any home station and can drop off near all the major areas of the city at an affordable rate. Also, buses can be used if you want to travel in a straight line. You can also book and share car rides using Uber and Lyft car services.

Biking/Walking

Miami is a bike-friendly city with a lot of bike trails all over the region, especially near the beachside. Near the downtown area and South Beach, you will not need a car as most traveling can be done on foot or bicycle. Rent a Citibike from one of the hundred stations and travel the city. Locals mostly use bike trails to ride for short distances. Get a bike from any of the bike rental shops and see the fantastic locations by hanging around.