Miami is often referred to as the epicentre of 'cool' and is located on the south-easterly tip of Florida. Famous for many things, Miami is best known for its extremely sunny weather, golden beaches, Art Deco character and lively nightlife. Also known as the 'Gateway to the Americas', the 15 miles / 24 km of glorious beaches make Miami a little different to other large cities and it is understandably popular with all ages, attracting a broad spectrum of tourists.
With the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce on Meridian Avenue being well worth a visit. Art Deco Welcome Centre on Ocean Drive, and the Greater Miami and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has branches located on Brickwell Avenue, Coconut Grove, at the Snapper Creek Plaza and next to Sunny Isles Beach.
Beachfront hotels understandably fetch a premium rate, although holidaymakers can enjoy considerable savings by simply staying a few blocks back from the beach. Miami is small enough that you can stay just about anywhere without feeling isolated, although for many, the beach serves as an ideal base for nightlife, dining out and touring the city.
Miami is full of interesting and appealing tourist attractions, and the most notable include the Miracle Mile - one of the city's major shopping regions, situated in the Coral Gables district the Freedom Tower - an important landmark tower built in 1924; the Metrozoo - one of the finest wild animal parks in America; and the Seaquarium - a 15-hectare / 38-acre complex of huge saltwater pools, with a number of majestic killer whales and friendly dolphins, sea lions, porpoises and a group of manatees
There are also many excellent museums in Miami, providing interesting heritage information about bygone days. Some of the best include the Gold Coast Railroad Museum - one of the city's most popular and impressive cultural attractions.
Everglades National Park, which is amongst the largest natural parks in Florida, made up of large swamps and marshes. Those who choose car rental in Miami will be pleased to learn that the Everglades is just an hour away by car and easy to reach. Air boat tours are available to safely negotiate the Everglades National Park and view the numerous alligators residing here. Also within driving distance of Miami is the vast Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area in Greater Fort Lauderdale, and the Dolphin Research Centre at the Florida Keys.
Warm days and nights throughout the year are what make South Miami Beach the closest thing to a 24-hour city in America. Biscayne Bay, which separates the city from Miami Beach's barrier island, is a sailor's delight and there are numerous small islands waiting to be explored. The city is home to an enormous cruise port and the Port of Miami is considered the cruise capital of the world. There are also a number of large public parks, preserving thousands of forested acres and grass beaches.
Over the years, the city's reputation has changed from being the celebrity hangout in the fifties to the vice capital of America in the eighties. More recently, the last few years has seen Miami undergo a major personality change, known as the 'second wave'. Basically, Miami is booming and has never been more popular, riding high and becoming one of the 'in places' in America, attracting all kinds of people, all ages and all persuasions.
Average daily January temperature: 24°C / 75°F
Average daily July temperature: 32°C / 90°F
Miami World Guide