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The simplest way to get around Miami is by car. Miami’s top attractions are spread out over the city. So, it makes sense to rent a car if you are visiting Miami. Miami does have a public transit system that consists of the Metrobus, Metrorail elevated light rail and Metromover trams. Miami also a free trolley service that runs between popular areas. Lyft and Uber are available throughout Miami as are taxis. You could also rent a bike for a fun way to explore the beaches and boardwalks.
Rich in history, shopping, and beaches Miami offers a plethora of options for the traveler. If you want to combine all of the best things that the city offers, opt for an Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Miami or a Miami Combo Tour. No trip to Miami is complete without a visit to the picturesque Miami Beach or the mysterious Everglades. Visit Jungle Island with its streams, waterfalls, lush foliage, and a jungle full of incredible animals from all over the world. For cool things to do you could take a Segway Tour of the Art Deco District or Millionaire’s Row or take and exciting speedboat tour of Miami. You could even go snorkeling in the Atlantic Ocean!
The Miami shopping scene has evolved quite a bit in the recent past, and nowadays you have top luxury brands rubbing shoulders with flea markets and antique stores. For high-end branded like Tiffany, and Saks Fifth Avenue stores Bal Harbor is the right place. Downtown Miami. The open-air pedestrian mall, Lincoln Road is another great shopping destination in Miami. It’s bursting with stores, boutiques, galleries, and eateries. The mall also hosts a farmer’s market on Sundays. Sawgrass Mills, Dolphin Mall and Aventura Malls are also good places for shopping. These malls have factory stores and discount outlets that would make any bargain hunter happy.
Even though Miami does have crime and gang-related problems, it is considered quite safe for tourists. Tourists need to take all the usual precautions that they do while traveling to any part of the world. There are some areas/neighborhoods in Miami, like Overtown and Liberty City, that can be avoided, especially at night or when you are alone. Also, try not to tangle with drunk revelers especially during spring break. Always keep an eye on your stuff, even while at the beach.
If you are the first-time visitor, Downtown Miami would be the right choice – it’s the commercial and financial center of Miami. If you are in Miami for work, Brickell is an area that can be considered. If you’re interested in Miami nightlife, South Beach is the place to be. If you are looking for budget options try Miami Beach. Little Havana is where you can immerse yourself in Cuban American culture. For pristine beaches and its relaxed look no further than Key Biscayne.
While Miami may be more famous for its club scene, it also has a burgeoning restaurant scene that caters to all tastes and budgets. Versailles restaurant offers delicious authentic Cuban food as does Havana 1957. Go to Ariete for a more upscale Cuban experience. Craving some Indian food? Ghee Kitchen offers delicious Indian-inspired cuisine as does Bombay Durbar. Go to Fooq’s or La Petite Maison for mouthwatering French dishes. For good old Americano, there’s no place quite like the Surf Club Restaurant or Joe’s Stone Crab.
Miami is usually warm all year round with a bit of occasional rain. Winter (December to February) is ideal if you want to avoid the summer and spring crowds. Barring some cold fronts, the weather remains quite perfect in Miami even during winter. June and September are generally rainy. Spring (March-May) is quite a good time to visit, but Miami does tend to get swamped by college kids on spring break during that season. So, avoid if crowds are not your thing.