This post is modified from IHG’s Guide to Miami.
Miami with its world class beaches, vibrant Latin influences and gorgeous Art Deco architecture is also a great family destination. You’ll find relaxation, trendy nightclubs, amazing cuisine and cutting-edge art galleries as well as fun attractions.
Things to See
The coastline is a major attraction in Miami with its towering high rise buildings towering over the ocean. South Beach, located off the mainland between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, attracts a cosmopolitan mix of beach-goers during the day and is the epicenter of Miami-area nightlife. Be sure to take the free SoBe Art Deco Tour for a peek at the iconic buildings that define the area, and explore Ocean Drive for premium shopping, nightlife, decadent spas, and stunning hotels.
Take the family hunting for shells on Bal Harbour Beach, or cross the causeway to Haulover Beach for surfing. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy local games played by MLB’s Miami Marlins, the Miami Heat basketball team or the NFL Dolphins depending on the time of year.
Visit Little Havana, a welcoming Cuban-American community with great food and historic landmarks. There are also plenty of aquatic options for those who enjoy fishing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and diving. Wildlife attractions include Everglades Alligator Farm, Monkey Jungle and Zoo Miami.
Hotels in Miami
Waterfront resorts with private beach access, family friendly extended stay hotels, and additional choices that suit every preference and budget are easy to find. The most popular times to visit are winter and spring when guests can expect to pay a premium for many hotels in Florida. You can often find lower rates between June and August, and the best rates are usually found from September to November.
Where to Stay
South Beach is the most popular district where you’ll find a concentration of shopping, world-class restaurants, chic galleries and museums as well as Miami Beach’s incessant nightlife and pristine beaches. Coral Gables is ideal for those who wish to stay near University of Miami, while Doral offers a more settled version of comfortable luxury, separated from the downtown crowd yet not too far from Miami International Airport (MIA). Miami Springs also offers close proximity to MIA, while downtown Miami hotels along Biscayne Boulevard are always great choices to take in the scene.
How to Get to Miami
MIA is the closest airport to Miami. Use the SuperShuttle premium van service for convenient transportation to several Miami neighborhoods and suburbs, including Coral Gables, Sunny Isles and Miami Beach. Also consider checking flights into Fort Lauderdale, just 40 miles away. In addition to taxis, The Metrorail system serves 25 miles, has 23 stops that are mostly within one mile of each other, and has connections to transportation in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Metrobus operates year-round with fees under $5 to many areas of Miami-Dade County, while the electrically powered Metromover rail offers a free way to get around downtown within a 4.4-mile radius.
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