Quick Guide to Miami
Miami and Miami Beach are located on the Atlantic coast of the US state of Florida, and whilst they are technically two separate locations, very close together, when most people say that they want to go on a beach holiday to Miami, they really mean they fancy going to Miami Beach. This world-famous destination has been a celebrity holiday haunt for decades and spring break holidays in Miami as well as winter sun holidays are big hits with both US tourists and worldwide visitors, especially those sought after all inclusive steals.
Thanks to its great weather all year, there is never a bad time for a holiday in Miami for 2017. Expect winter and spring to have the best weather, whilst summer and autumn can see rainier weather and a more humid climate, so this is when you've got a better chance of bagging a cheap Miami holiday.
Fab holidays for:
Sunbathing holidays, Swanky nightclubs, Celeb spotting
Miami and Fort Lauderdale International Airport
Did you know?
Miami is the only US city that shares its border with two national parks.
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Top 5 Things to Do in Miami
Miami is a buzzing city set alongside blindingly white sands and it attracts just as many Americans as it does tourists to its shores. It's not just the balmy weather that sets it alight, however.
- Most holidays to Miami are beach-based as it's famous for its beautiful beaches, which can usually be found with more than their fair share of gym bunnies and muscle men.
- There are plenty of opulent nightclubs and bars that will tempt you from the beach into a whirlwind night of debauchery and dancing, South Beach being its most famous. Even if you can't afford to stay on South Beach, it's a must-see and the clubs are like no other.
- Visit an eco-park
- You could also head off on an eco-park adventure, snorkelling or kayaking in the super clear and warm waters.
- Walking tour
- Take an Art Deco walking tour to understand Miami's past. You'll walk by countless shops to be sure so keep a credit card handy to splash the cash at one (or two) of Miami's numerous shopping malls!
- Experience the wildlife
- A little off the beaten track you will find family-friendly treats like Parrot Jungle Island and Monkey Jungle where the people are caged and the monkeys roam free. Make sure you also book an air boat trip around the Everglades to say hello to the many alligators.
How to get to Miami
There are two choices when it comes to booking a cheap flights to Miami, with Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport both within easy distance of all the Miami and Miami Beach holiday destinations. It's best to check the prices for both, especially if you're after a cheap holiday to Miami, as there can be big savings made.
Expect to be in the air for around eight hours if you're heading direct, or upwards of 11 hours for indirect flights. Make sure you check your Miami holiday travel itinerary carefully as you might find that flights can take close to 24 hours to arrive without much of a saving to compensate. Booking a package holiday to Miami can be a great way to get the best value flights combined with a good hotel.
Once you touch down you will need to get from the airport to your hotel. Miami car hire can be a great way to enjoy freedom on your holiday, but there are some alternatives as well. Before you start investigating, check whether your hotel or holiday package includes transfers, as these are definitely the easiest way to get there.
If you arrive into Miami Airport to start your holiday, the cheapest way for onward travel is the orange line of the Metro-Rail. You can also hop on the free shuttle bus to the Tri-Rail station, from where you can take the train into central Miami. There are also local bus options. It's much easier to use these if you are going to be on holiday in Miami itself rather than Miami Beach. If you're heading to Miami Beach then a taxi is probably your best bet.
From Fort Lauderdale Airport, your choices are much more limited, with public transport only available to take you into Fort Lauderdale, so getting a hire car, taxi, or perhaps a hotel shuttle, are your main options. Think about the increased cost of a taxi from Fort Lauderdale when comparing prices with Miami Airport.
Where to stay in Miami
Whether you are on holiday in Miami or in Miami Beach there will certainly be a range of budget hotel options if you're looking to keep a strict hold on your budget, but you shouldn't expect to be in the heart of the action.
In Miami look out for the Art Deco boutique hotels to get a real feel for the city, but be warned that some of the rooms can be quite small. It's the character you're paying for, as well as the location, not the floor space!
For hotels in Miami Beach, it's understandably all about the beach. South Beach is the most upmarket, and this celeb-filled area boasts plenty of swanky hotels, but away from these high prices, you will be able to find better value places. Look for those set just back from the beach itself to save even more on a cheap Miami holiday, especially if you're struggling to find somewhere last minute.