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Miami is a young city - it was founded in 1896 - but has taken full advantage of its prominent location to become one of the United States' foremost cities. Its meteoric growth from nothing to a city of 5.5 million in 110 years earned it the nickname of "The Magic City".
Miami enjoys a resplendent location in southeast Florida. Tropical weather year-round ensures a steady stream of tourists, especially in winter. The city has some of the most popular beaches in the US and also has a vibrant Latin American community.
Miami hosts many entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks and performing arts centers.
Miami has a tropical climate. During summer (June to September), temperatures range between 24 °C and 32 °C and there is quite a bit of rain. In winter (December to April), the temperatures are between 15 °C and 24 °C, but there is little rain. In winter, Miami tends to attract a lot of Americans trying to escape the cold, while avoiding the humid heat of the summer. Note that officially the hurricane season is from 1 June to 30 November, though hurricanes rarely cause any problems for travellers in Miami itself.
|Avg Max||24 °C||24.7 °C||26.2 °C||28 °C||29.6 °C||30.9 °C||31.7 °C||31.7 °C||31 °C||29.2 °C||26.9 °C||24.8 °C|
|Avg Min||15.1 °C||15.8 °C||17.9 °C||19.9 °C||22.3 °C||23.9 °C||24.6 °C||24.8 °C||24.4 °C||22.3 °C||19.3 °C||16.4 °C|
|Rainfall||51.1 mm||52.8 mm||60.7 mm||72.4 mm||157.7 mm||237 mm||144.8 mm||192.5 mm||193.8 mm||143.3 mm||67.6 mm||46.5 mm|
Miami International Airport (MIA/KMIA) is the city's main airport and is one of the United States' largest airports. It is located around 13 kilometres from downtown Miami. There are non-stop routes from and to well over 100 destinations worldwide, including cities throughout North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Miami International Airport is also the largest international gateway for American Airlines, which has nearly 100 destinations served alone!
Some of the main destinations are Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Havana, Düsseldorf, Toronto, Madrid, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Aruba, La Paz, Lima, London, Rio de Janeiro, St. Thomas, Panama City, Manaus, Santiago, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo and Washington, D.C..
To/from the airport
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) has a number of international connections as well as a fair number of domestic flights. It is located about 5 kilometres from the CBD of Fort Lauderdale and about 33 kilometres from Miami.
To/from the airport
Four interstate highways (I-75, I-95, I-195, I-395) and several U.S. Highways service the Miami-Dade County.
From the airport:
Take the SR 112 (Airport Expressway) into downtown.
Miami has been dubbed the "Cruise Capital of the World". The Port of Miami is one of the most significant ports in the United States and the world's largest cruise ship port. In 2005, over 3.5 million cruise passengers passed through Miami.
Eight cruise lines sail out from Miami:
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Sixt, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
Metrobus, Metromover and Metrorail are all operated by Miami-Dade Transit.
Miami is considered a dangerous city for pedestrians. South Beach is as safe as anywhere for walking any time of the day or night. As are most of the neighborhoods of Miami.
Cycling in South Beach can be fun, but rollerblades are better.
Coconut Grove was established in 1825 and is the location for many nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
|AAE Miami Beach Lombardy Hotel and Hostel||Collins Road 6300||Hostel||70|
|Airport Villas||4325 N.W. 18th Street||Hostel||-|
|Chateaubleau Hotel||1111 Ponce De Leon Blvd Coral Gables, Florida||Hotel||-|
|Deco Walk Hostel | South Beach||928 Ocean Drive||HOSTEL||73|
|Freehand Miami||2727 Indian Creek Drive||HOSTEL||78|
|Island House South Beach||1428 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139||Hotel||75|
|Jazz on South Beach Hostel||321 Collins Avenue||Hostel||73|
|Miami Beach International Hostel||236 9th Street Miami Beach||Hostel||82|
|Miami Beach Vacation Apartments||919 Michigan Av South Beach Miami Beach||Apartment||-|
|Midtown Inn - Port of Miami||3400 Biscayne Blvd.||Hotel||71|
|Motel Blu||7700 Biscayne Blvd.||Hotel||69|
|Red Roof Miami Airport||3401 NW Lejeune Rd||Hotel||72|
|Santa Barbara Hostel||230 20th Street||Hostel||-|
|The Clay Hotel and Hostel||1438 Washington Avenue South Beach, Miami Beach||Hotel||-|
|South Beach Hostel||235 Washington Avenue Miami Beach||Hostel||79|
|The Tropics Hotel and Hostel||1550 Collins Ave||Hostel||76|
|Days Hotel Thunderbird Beach Resort||18401 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach||Hotel||-|
|Travelodge Monaco||17501 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach||Hotel||-|
|Rodeway Inn Miami Airport||1050 NW 14 ST||HOTEL||-|
|Chesterfield Hotel, Suites & Day Spa||855 Collins Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Whitelaw||808 Collins Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Chelsea||944 Washington Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Catalina Hotel & Beach Club||1732-1756 Collins Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Metropole South Beach||635 Collins Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Riviera South Beach||2000 Liberty Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Everglades Hostel & Tours||20 SW 2nd AVE||Hostel||96|
|The Best Miami Hotel||5959 SW 71 Street 0000||Hotel||-|
|River Park Hotel & Suites||100 SE 4 Street 00000||HOTEL||-|
|Airways Inn||5001 nw 36 street 0000||HOTEL||-|
|Ocean Surf||7436 Ocean Terrace Miami||Hotel||-|
|Holidays Golden Glades||148 nw 167 st North Miami Beach 0000||HOTEL||-|
|Venezia Hotel||3865 Indian Creek Dr||Hotel||-|
|Hawaii Hotel||7430 Ocean Terrace||Hotel||-|
|Beach Place Hotel||8601 Harding Ave||Hotel||73|
|Greenview Hotel||1671 Washington Ave,Miami Beach 0000||Hotel||-|
|Leamington Hotel-Downtown/Port of Miami||307 NE 1st Street||Hotel||71|
|Miami Hostel||810 Alton Rd. Miami Beach, FL||HOSTEL||79|
|The New Casablanca On The Ocean||6345 Collins Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Hotel 18||230 18th Street||Hotel||-|
|Miami Apartment Hostel||1620 Bay Road #4||Hostel||74|
|SoBe Design Studio||420, 15th street||Apartment||-|
|Sobe studios at the Royal||763 Pennsylvania Avenue||Apartment||-|
|Bikini Hostel Miami Beach||1247 West Avenue Miami Beach||Hostel||79|
|First on Lincoln||1619 Lenox Avenue||Apartment||-|
|First Sofi||130 3rd street||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Roma||16805 NW 12th Ave.||Hotel||-|
|Circa 39 Hotel||3900 Collins Avenue||Hotel||-|
|AWA Miami Hotel and Hostel||226 Northeast 1st Avenue||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Shelley||844 Collins Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Sadigo Court Apartment Hotel||334 20 street||APARTMENT||-|
|Zuly's Guest Rooms||7861 NW 113 Pl||GUESTHOUSE||74|
|Bikini Hostel||1255 West Ave||Hostel||78|
|Quality Inn Miami Airport||3959 NW 79th Avenue||HOTEL||74|
|European Guesthouse||721 Michigan Avenue Miami Beach||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Alamo Hotel||4121 Indian Creek Drive||HOTEL||-|
|Miami Springs Inn||661 East Drive||HOTEL||73|
|Wishes Motel||4700 SW 8th Street||HOTEL||73|
|Aladdin Miami Hotel||901 S. Royal Poinciana Boulevard||HOTEL||-|
|Collins Hotel||6600 Collins Avenue Miami Beach||HOTEL||-|
|Design Suites at Castle Beach||5445 Collins Avenue||APARTMENT||-|
|Comfort Inn & Suites Miami Airport||5301 N.W. 36th St||Hotel||-|
|Posh South Beach||808 Collins Avenue||HOSTEL||-|
|Mercury Resorts||100 Collins Avenue||Apartment||-|
|Room in Apartment in Miami Brickell Bay||950 Brickell Bay Dr unit 4907||GUESTHOUSE||-|
There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.
The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.
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The home town of my close family. I visit Miami several times a years, for many years.
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I am (nearly) a Native Floridian who has lived in the state for 3/4 of my life. I am a Miami local y vivaba aqui por mas de 15 años. I used public transportation regularly.
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