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Holidays in Miami

Picturesque beaches, lively nightlife, and an exciting mix of American and Cuban cultures – holidays to Miami have it all. Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice, whether you fancy sunbathing on Key Biscayne or trying out some watersports at Bal Harbour Beach. Lively South Beach is the place to be for some of the best bars and restaurants in Miami, while shopaholics won’t want to miss a visit to the Lincoln Road Mall. With exciting art cultures to explore in the Design District, unforgettable nightlife to enjoy in South Beach, and fun family days out to be had at Jungle Island, Miami should be right at the top of your holiday wish list.

Most popular hotels in Miami

Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay
Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay
Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay

Miami, Florida

from £648 pp
Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell
Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell
Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell

Miami, Florida

from £790 pp

Florida Travel Guide: Part 3 – The Essentials

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At a glance

  • Currency: United States Dollar
  • Language: English
  • Time Zone: GMT +-5
  • Average flight time: 9h 25m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

You’ll feel like you’re in a movie along the famous Ocean Drive, surrounded by roller-bladers, beach bars, and palm trees. Popular South Beach is at the heart of this Floridian resort, and with picturesque beaches and lively bars, it’s the perfect place to enjoy all the best of Miami, day or night. The Design District is well worth a visit to get a taste of Miami’s exciting art culture, while the Downtown area is home to a whole host of urban nightclubs and bars. If you don’t fancy bargain-hunting at the Lincoln Road Mall or stopping for a coffee at the stylish Coconut Grove, then why not head over to Little Havana for an authentic taste of Cuba? Alternatively, escape the hustle and bustle of city life at the scenic Key Biscayne, or relax with a tour or the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

Miami is a city full of flavours, and you can look forward to tasting everything from authentic Latin American cuisine to modern Asian fusion. Treat your taste buds to some of the most popular meals in Miami – chicharron is a must-have for meat lovers, and you’ll find this fried pork belly dish in restaurants and stalls all over the city. Tuck into some churrasco – grilled meat with an Argentinian sauce – before washing it down with a Cuban beer, or a café con leche. No holiday in Miami would be complete without trying at least one Cuban sandwich during your stay, or alternatively, why not try a Cuban burger, or ‘frita’? Fried chicken is a staple of South Beach, while fish is a favourite of Little Haiti. There’s plenty for sweet tooths, too, whether you fancy trying a tasty pastelito or a slice of key lime pie. 

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For Families

For Families

Miami holidays aren’t all about beach parties and nightclubs – more and more families are choosing to escape to the sunny south of Florida. Jungle Island is one of the top attractions in Miami, and it has something for the whole family to enjoy. Kids will love meeting visiting animals such as kangaroos, tigers and orangutans. Feed the birds as you walk around this tropical attraction, before spending the afternoon at Parrot Cove. Grapeland Water Park is another great place to take the kids, thanks to its exciting choice of slides and play areas. Families can get up close and personal with Florida wildlife at the Everglades Alligator Farm, and little ones will love a trip to the interactive Miami Children’s Museum.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Thanks to its spot on the Atlantic Coast, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take to the water in Miami. Boat tours in Miami are a popular past time – hop on board an airboat tour of the Everglades for an unforgettable ride through Miami’s natural landscape. Alternatively, thrill-seekers will love a speedboat excursion through the Port of Miami. You’ll find plenty of off-shore excursions available, too, ideal for any fishing fans, plus a whole host of local watersports, including flyboarding and jet skiing. There’s plenty of other things to do in Miami on dry land. Speed-freaks can head over to the Miami speedway, where adults can test drive a sports car for a lap – or two! If you’re looking for a thrill ride that doesn’t break the bank, why not give go-karting a try instead? Miami is also well-known for its golf courses, so sports fans can tee-off at famous spots like the Miami Beach Golf Club.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

White sand, palm trees, and clear blue waters – Miami holidays are all about the beaches, and you’ll have plenty to choose from. Lively South Beach is a popular place to start, as it’s home to the picturesque Lummus Park in Miami Beach. It’s a favourite with locals, and from volleyball to rollerblading, you’ll find plenty of activity down at the shore. The picture-perfect beach at Key Biscayne is a dream come true for scenery-lovers, while active-types can try surfing the waves at Hobie Beach or Bal Harbour Beach. Fort Lauderdale Beach is another popular spot, while families will love Crandon Park Beach. Glamourous Nikki Beach has been designed for lovers of luxury, so whether you’re celeb-spotting or sunbathing, you can relax in style.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

There’s a lot more to Miami than beaches, and when the sun goes down, the resort comes to life. From comedy clubs and live shows, to stylish bars and laid-back lounges, you can look forward to enjoying some incredible nightlife in Miami. Lively South Beach is the place to be for some of the best music, bars, and clubs in Miami – the Art Deco movie theatre is a popular spot. The Strip is also a hotspot for celebrities, so you may spot one or two famous faces throughout the night. From modern house and electronica music in the Design District, to live Latin music at the resort centre, you’ll get a taste of Miami’s diverse music culture wherever you choose to go. The Downtown area is well worth a visit for party-goers thanks to its choice of nightclubs, and often plays host to some of the world’s leading DJs during summer festivals. Creative district of Wynwood is home to some up and coming hangouts if you’re looking for a laid-back drink, or why not head over to Coconut Grove for a little luxury? 

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For Couples

For Couples

Couples will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in Miami. With so many of Miami’s beaches to choose from, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to lie back on the golden sand and soak up the Floridian sun. If you’re looking to stay active while you’re away, then why not rent a pair of bikes and go for a romantic beachfront ride around the city? South Pointe Park is a great spot to explore on two wheels, or you could have a ride out to Coconut Grove. For scenery-lovers, a trip to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is unmissable, and the famous Venetian Pool in Coral Gables is well worth a visit for a relaxing day out. And after a cocktail or two in a beachfront bar, you can head out and get a taste of the nightlife in Miami.

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Culture

Culture

You’ll love getting a taste of Miami’s diverse culture throughout your holiday. The city is alive with art – the neighbourhood of Little Haiti is home to plenty of vibrant galleries and studios, and you’ll find some incredible displays and architecture at the Institute of Contemporary Art, plus some amazing street murals at the Wynwood Arts District. From Miami Vice and Dexter, to Goldfinger and Scarface, Miami has been the backdrop to many famous films and TV shows, so movie-buffs will love a sightseeing tour of some of its best-known locations. Shopaholics won’t want to miss a trip to the famous Lincoln Road Mall, where you’ll find everything from coffee shops to high-end boutiques. Of course, no holiday to Miami would be complete without exploring the Cuban spirit of Little Havana, whether you’re sipping on a cafecito, or taking a walk around Domino Park.

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