About Miami


Let's have a look around into background of Miami

Miami gets its name from a native tribe that lived here in the 1600s and named the place as Mayaimi for ‘big water’. Miami has several accolades to itself like having 300 high rises with the largest concentration of international banks downtown in the US. It has 800 parks including 2 national ones – the Biscayne and Everglades national park. It is also called the cruise capital of the world as Miami’s port is the no. 1 cruise passenger port in the world accommodating some of the largest cruise ships.

Best known for its stunning white sandy beaches frequented by celebs, Miami also has country’s biggest skiing club it is also dubbed as the “Wreckreational diving capital of the world” for its 50 underwater wreck sites. The city has one of the largest collection of Art Deco buildings, over 800 just in Miami Beach alone.

Ocho Festival is a grandest Miami festival attended by nearly 1 million people every year. There are lots of discounts on flights for Miami as well at this time. 

Although it is the southernmost major city in the US, more than 10 million people visit Miami annually.

  • County: Miami - Dade
  • State: Florida
  • Country: United States
  • Latitude: 25.761681
  • Longitude: -80.191788
  • Time zone: Eastern Time Zone
  • Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -5 hours

Weather in Miami

Miami has a tropical monsoon climate, with a predominantly drier season in the winter. The average temperature is between 70-75 ° making it the warmest city during the winters and it has just snowed once in the metrological history.

The wet season begins sometime in June and ends by mid-October. The temperature during this period, temperatures are in the mid-80s and the Hurricane season goes from June 1 through November mostly, therefore, these 6 months are to be likely avoided by the tourists.

With a balmy weather all through the year, there is always a good time to take a flight to Miami. 

  • Climate: Tropical Monsoon Climate
  • Best Time to Visit: March to May

Location

Miami in the south eastern corner of Florida is a seaport city. It is one of the most populous city in the south east US. The total population of the city is over 5.5 million.

Distance from Miami center to Airport

Fort Lauderdale Hollywood FLL is the nearest and one of the cheapest areas to fly to in all of the U.S. Besides FLL, another nearby airport is West Palm Beach PBI is 62 miles and there always seems to be some sale or other going on

Among U.S. airports, MIA handles second-highest number of international passengers and is also one of the busiest airports in the world especially suitable for flights to Latin America and Europe, as well as to cities in the United States.

Driving Distance: 7 miles / 11 km

Driving Time: 14 Minutes

Languages: English followed by Spanish.

Modes of transport

Miami is a major transportation center. Direct passenger rail service is available to the U.S. Interstate bus lines also serve widely and is connected with the Florida Turnpike and the interstate highway system.

  • Airport: Miami International Airport
  • Rail: Amtrak
  • Road: Bus: Greyhound Lines

Customs and Tipping

Tipping is not obligatory in Miami and is often included in the check. It is discretionary and if completely unsatisfied, one can ask the manager to remove the tip from the check and when the service it is satisfactory, one can add 15-18% to the check.

To Sommelier or Wine Steward it is 15% of the bottle price.

For doorman calling the cab, it proper to pay $2, for concierge $5-10 and for the valet parking, $2 is enough

  • For Restaurants and Bars:
    • Waitress and Bartender – 10 – 15 % of the Bill.
  • For Hotels:
    • Room Service: $5 Minimum
    • Housekeeper: $1 - $2 per Day
    • Concierge: Between $5 - $25
  • Valet Parking:
    • Parking or Returning Car: $2 - $5

Nearby Tourist Cities




Hialeah

Location

Let’s have a look around into background of Hialeah, Florida.

Weather
  • Climate: Tropical Monsoon climate
  • Best Time to Visit: February to June
Tourist Attractions
  • Hialeah Park Race Track
  • Goodlet Park
  • Carl F Slade Park




Tampa

Location

With a population of approx. 335,709, Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida of Tampa Bay.

Weather
  • Climate: Humid Subtropical climate
  • Best Time to Visit: January to April
Tourist Attractions
  • Florida Aquarium
  • Busch Gardens Tampa
  • Hillsborough River State Park

Emergency Contact Numbers in Miami city

  • Fire / Police/ Ambulance: 911
  • Railroad: 1 800 872 7245 (Amtrak)
  • Airport: +1 305 876 7000 (Miami International Airport)
  • Hospital: +1 305 854 4400 (Mercy Hospital)

Events

From high profile parties of South Beach to fall fairs such as Art Basel and to some of the world’s largest parties at Calle Ocho, held in Little Havana Miami is packed with events year round.

When rest of the country is shivering, its party time here in Miami, enjoying best live music besides the beaches or sipping cocktails on the rooftop bars.

The Beaux Art festival has lots of outdoor exhibits and lots of food from local vendors.

Get covered in bright hues and party all night at the world largest paint party “Life In Color Festival”marked by EDM superstar and many hip-hop heavyweights.

Enjoy the first-class concert and DJaying at the Miami Music Week in March. There is plenty of celebrity appearance and Instagram worthy moments at the Ultra Music Festival is the longest running dance festival in the US.

Let’s step into the list of To Dos in Miami

  • Calle Ocho
  • Coconut Grove Arts Festival
  • Winter Music Conference

Tourist Attractions

Miami's conducive tropical weather allows for year-round outdoor activities like boating, sailing, fishing, beachside parties on the citie’s numerous marinas, bays, canals, and the Atlantic Ocean.

 Biscayne Bay is the no.1 spot for snorkeling and scuba diving as it has numerous coral reefs. The city has over 80 parks and gardens, the largest and most popular are Bayfront Park and Museum Park.

Located in the heart of Downtown are the Bayside Marketplace, Tropical Park, Peacock Park, Morningside Park, and Watson Island.

Miami Zoo, Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island, Coral Castle, Fairchild Botanical Gardens, and Key Biscayne are other popular attractions.

More than 10 million tourists come to Miami to enjoy Miami’s weather, convivial shopping, and the eclectic natural attraction.

  • Jungle Island
  • Villa Vizcaya
  • Miami Seaquarium

Theatre & Concerts

Miami hosts one of the most popular Miami International Film Festival that is held every year in the 1st week of March and lasts for 10 days. Miami also has the legendary Florida Grand Opera; the oldest performing arts center that is embarking on its 75nd-year journey of continuously producing grand operas. The Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2nd largest performing art stage in the US, the Knight Concert Hall- one of the most desirable stages for the world's legendary musicians and the Carnival Studio Theater and the Peacock Rehearsal Studio attracts many large-scale operas, ballets, concerts, and musicals from the world over.

Other prominent performing arts venues in Miami include the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Gusman Center for Performing Art, The Lincoln Theater, Wertheim Performing art center, and the Bayfront Park amphitheater.

  • Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
  • Olympia Theatre
  • The Fillmore Miami Beach

Visit Top Restaurants in Miami

  • Crust
  • Farfalle
  • Pollos and Jarras

Top Shopping Centers in Miami

  • The Shops at Midtown Miami
  • Bayside Marketplace
  • The Shops at Mary Brickell Village

Museums, Galleries and Gardens

Greater Miami has a number of art museums. The Vizcaya Museum has an exquisite orchid collection and has artwork that is 2,000 years old. More than 170,000 visitors come to the Vizcaya Museum each year.

The Coral Gables on Miami University campus showcases paintings from the Kress Collection and the Bass Museum on Miami Beach is the nominee for the Best New Attraction in the USA.

There are many Specialized museums including the Holbrook Antique Arms and Gun Museum, and the Museum of Science with a planetarium.

Besides Museums, Miami also has some commendable national parks like the Everglades National Park devoted to nature and has flora and fauna in abundance amidst unspoiled wilderness. The, near Homestead, is famed for its healing mineral springs.

Crandon Park Zoo on Key Biscayne is a well-protected refuge. The Monkey Jungle and Parrot Jungle are Seaquariums located south of Coral Gable's host marine shows simply loved by kids and families.

Besides this, there is no dearth of public parks with a profusion of trees and flowers and some have the facility for camping and other sports activities.

  • Frost Art Museum
  • Vizcaya Mueseum and Gardens
  • Art Basel Miami

Iconic Delicacies of Iconic Restros

  • Arepas – La Latina Miami
  • Ceviche – My Ceviche Brickell
  • Empanadas - Charlotte Bakery
  • Empanadas - Charlotte Bakery
  • Empanadas - Charlotte Bakery

Sports Club

  • Miami Marlins – Baseball
  • Miami MLS Team – Soccer
  • Miami Heats - Basketball

Shelling Out Dollars

  • Imported beer: $ 3.50
  • Taxi: $ 2.95 (base price)
  • 3 BHK (Downtown): $ 2413.33
  • Cheap meal: $ 18
  • Gasoline: $ 0.64 / litre
  • 3 course meal: $ 70
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