Miami Tourism

The minute you land here, Miami sucks you in with its Caribbean charm, its laid back yet stylish demeanour and childish eccentricity (find a lot of Miami tours to explore this "Magic City"). There’s peachy skin and picture perfect bodies all around you that make you feel like you are in a sepia-toned page right out of Vogue or from any celebrity filled magazine!

Life in Miami is a celebration of sun, sweat and sand. From the classy backyards of Fort Lauderdale club to the rustic neighborhoods of North Miami; Miami’s strengths lie in its imperfections. A city with an iconic wit and insatiable appetite for party, Miami will spoil you for choice when it comes to beach-lined bars and cafes.

Miami tourism is about letting your hair down, soaking the sun and choosing the Miami that is right for you. The one with splashy art galleries and swanky clubs or the one with laid back bars and cozy restaurants? You will probably need many trips to Miami to fully uncover her many layers.

So pout and pose at South beach or head to the recently re-opened Fontainebleau for some guiltless indulgences, your days in Miami are sure to get by in a blink. Legendary nightlife, warm sunny days and a subtle Cuban attitude await you at Miami. It is not wrong to say that Miami is the most loved and in a way the super star of Florida!

And if that is just not enough, try your luck with the Everglades alligators or revel in the company of beautiful birds at the Parrot Jungle island. Miami will exhaust you, then pick you up and throw you in its moronic, colourful and spectacular scenes till you are head over heels in love with this fantabulous landscape. Miami basically calls out to you to rejuvenate in a completely unconventional manner, if you are looking for that kind of a thing, literally no strings attached! Each one of you should visit Miami at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Miami.

Essential travel information and Miami tips for your visit

Essential Information

  • Time Zone: Miami follows the Eastern Time zone. UTC: 05:00 
  • Currency: US Dollar ($)
  • Electricity: Electric power is standardized in all states across the USA. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. If you bring any electrical appliance to the USA, you may need an adaptor to fit the US electrical receptacles. You may also need a converter to change the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.
  • Languages: Although you will end up finding people speaking various languages here but english is the most widely spoken.
  • Airport Transfers: (Flights from Miami) Miami International-Airport

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • For emergencies please dial 911.
  • For non-emergencies dial 305-4-POLICE.
  • For general government information dial 311.
  • State of Florida Emergency Information Line-800-342-3557

Security Measures

  • Be careful with your luggage at all times - when you check-in and check-out at the airport and at your hotel.
  • Keep your hotel door locked, and don’t leave any valuables in an easy-to-find place in your room.
  • Avoid arguments with other drivers - Miami drivers officially have the worst road rage in the country.
  • Keep your stuff handy while at the Beaches, people can easily pick it up.

Off-beaten Path

  • Do keep aside some time for a relaxing Miami spa that is famed to be signature pampering.
  • Visit the Barnacle Historic State Park
  • Eat food at the Red fish grill.
  • Visit the Venetian Pool.

Tipping

  • For Hotels: Hotel porter toting your bags: $2 to $3 per bag• Doorman if he hails your cab: $2 to $5• Room service without gratuity included: 20 percent• Concierge: $5 to $15, depending on task difficulty• Hotel maid: $2-3 per night• Parking valet: $3-5 at pickup.
  • For Restaurants, Bars and Pubs and Fast food: Restaurant wait staff: 13 percent to 20 percent of the bill• Takeout: $ 1 to 2• Tip Jars: depends on you.
  • Taxi Cabs:10 to 15% of your fare.

Tourist Traps

  • The organized tours in Miami are not of very high quality and are somewhat a waste of your money and time, so try to avoid.
  • Beaches are over priced. If you do not want to spend too much, stick to Miami beach.
  • Avoid talking to strangers in the bars. Before you know it, you might end up with a hefty bill.

Customs

  • Lip to cheek contact is a common custom while meeting a new person in Miami.
  • Miami is also known for adding gratuity on bills instead of having the patron do it himself. This happens especially when dining on the beach. Visitors will also notice that many times there is a " beach tax" added onto the bill as well.
  • You'll find anything from cars zipping through lanes, to ones going way less than the speed limit.
  • Check the availability of Miami tours from the list to book them online.

Do not forget to carry sunblock and sun-screen as it is a major beach destination.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Miami

  • Know the pollution level of Miami before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 28.39 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 49.07 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 49.55 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 38.64 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 26.42 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 34.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 24.55 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 32.69 (Low)
  • How safe is Miami for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Miami.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.76 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 47.92 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 57.35 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 62.65 (High)
    • Car Stealing 48.21 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 55.86 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 45.24 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 65.59 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 68.6 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.37 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 45.54 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.57 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 57.44 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Miami is 149.91 (High)

    • Safety Index 47.31 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 85.9 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 38.19 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 79.93 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 63.27 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.14 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 84.49 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Miami

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.45 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 43.06 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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