It's one of the most glamorous and iconic cities in the States, and a holiday in Miami will certainly live up to expectations. The resort of Miami Beach, which incorporates South Beach, is a must-visit, as is exclusive Star Island, where a host of A-listers own houses. South Beach itself is famed for its nightlife, while culture lovers should head to the Design Destrict, a whole neighbourhood devoted to art galleries and restaurants. And hop over to nearby Coral Gables to go for a dip in the Venetian Pool, one of the most breathtaking swimming pools ever created.
Direct flights to Miami are available courtesy of such airlines as KLM, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines. They all take off from London Heathrow, but if you'd like a wider variety of departure points to choose from, indirect flights are available from airports including Manchester, Birmingham and Aberdeen. Your Miami holiday will begin at Miami International Airport, which is situated around 13 kilometres from the city itself. Taxis are readily available at the airport but can very rather expensiveyou'd be better off making use of the very frequent buses, which will easily and cheaply connect you with Miami's Metrorail system.
Getting around during your holiday in Miami is simple thanks to the hugely sophisticated public transport network. As well as Metrorail, there are Metrobuses and the elevated, monorail-like Metromover. Just purchase an EASY Card or EASY Ticket, which will make using the various transit options as seamless as possible. Of course, you could also hire a car in Miami, which is best if you're looking to explore the wider county beyond the city limits. It's always best to look around online before travelling to ensure you get the best deal.
There are a huge variety of hotels in Miami to choose from. Yes, many of them are super-chic and trendy boutique establishments, but you don't necessarily have to have the bank balance of a celebrity to have a good time here. Just ensure you look around online to compare different hotels and book as far in advance as you possibly can, particularly if you're thinking of visiting during the January to April peak season.
Thanks to the sheer popularity of Miami as a tourist destination, there are restaurants to suit every budget. So just explore the area and don't make do with the first few that come alongchances are you'll find somewhere that's both nice and suits your budget if you carry on looking. Look out for Latin and "New World" cuisine restaurants for a real taste of South Florida.
Updated 15th May 2013
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