Location and size
Miami is located in southeast Florida. The urban area covers an area of 143 km². Geographically, Miami-Dade County covers 3,145 km² and consists of countless islands connected by suspension bridges or causeways. The Everglades National Park, the third largest national park in the USA, is a natural highlight. Nearby, off the Miami coast, is Biscayne National Park.
Around 3 million people live in the Miami metropolitan area. Multicultural coexistence can be traced back to Florida’s pro-immigration policy. More than 50% of all residents of Miami have Hispanic roots, which means that Spanish as a language is part of everyday life.
Miami International Airport (MIA) is seven miles northwest of Miami.
According to Itypetravel, around 7.2 million international visitors come to Miami every year. Tourism is therefore an important branch of the economy. In 2015, foreign guests spent around 14.6 billion US dollars.
The climate in Miami is fairly mild. It is often very sunny and hot. Humidity can be very high in midsummer, but the sea breezes are particularly refreshing. In general, the best times to visit are May to early June and mid-September to October. The climate is at its most pleasant at this time.
Even in winter – from December to February – the average temperatures are very mild and range from 13°C to 15°C. Outside the winter months the temperatures vary only slightly and it is always very warm. Average temperatures in June, July, August and September between 25°C and 30°C.
In summer the climate is very pleasant and warm. In general, temperatures in the heart of the city are slightly warmer than the rest of Miami because heat radiates off the large buildings, high-rise buildings, and concrete.
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From sporty to super chic – anything goes in Miami. For a dinner in an elegant restaurant and one or the other cocktail in Miami’s hot clubs, however, the right evening dress should find space in the suitcase.
Miami & Miami Beach Tips
Natural attractions in and around Miami include the Miami Zoo, Parrot Jungle Island, Monkey Jungle and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. One of the greatest natural highlights is of course the Everglades National Park.
History & Heritage
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a unique European-inspired facility and a National Historic Landmark. In Coconut Grove, the Barnacle State Historic Site offers a glimpse into pioneer life in Miami at the turn of the century. Guided tours are offered.
World- Class Museums
Check out Miami’s fabulous museums like the Bass Museum of Art, the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, the Miami Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Wolfsonian FIU.
Arts & Culture
The Carnival Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Florida Grand Opera and the Miami City Ballet. Modern dance and theatrical performances are held at the Colony Theater and Lincoln Theater and the Byron-Carlyle Theatre. Wynwood in particular has established itself as a new bohemian quarter. Years before Wynwood attracted many artists, and decades before it became one of the hippest places in the US, this neighborhood with its many warehouses was known as the “Miami Fashion District”. Now more and more galleries, restaurants and bars are being drawn to this rapidly changing neighborhood and meanwhile the “Wynwood style” is becoming more and more popular.
Sights and Attractions
Festivals, Events and More
As one of the hippest metropolises in the United States, Miami has a lot to offer when it comes to events. Here is a brief excerpt from the city’s densely packed festival calendar:
Right at the beginning of the year, in mid-January, the “Art Deco Weekend” invites visitors to the city to find out more about the art and culture from the Art Deco era (approx. 1925 – 1945). www.artdecoweekend.com
At the beginning of February, the “South Beach Wine & Food Festival” lures gourmets to Miami.
In mid-February, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, one of the largest open-air festivals for the visual arts in the United States, takes place in Miami.
February ends with the Winter Party, bringing numerous DJs, parties and a big beach party to the city in aid of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
Fashionistas will be in their element during Miami International Fashion Week, in early March.
In July and August, during “Miami Spa Month”, treatments are offered at up to 50% cheaper rates in many places in the city’s top spas.
Every year in August and September, the “Miami Spice Restaurant Month” helps to save money with discounted menus in numerous gourmet temples in the city.
At the end of November, the “White Party Week” enriches the event calendar of the city. Proceeds from the event go to a charitable fund to fight HIV/AIDS
The largest art fair in the USA, the “Art Basel Miami Beach” and the “Art Miami” taking place at the same time, an art fair for newcomers and already established artists, close the annual event calendar at the beginning of December.