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Miami 101: 8 Magic City Travel Tips

July 15, 2016
Written by: Yasha Wallin

Miami is always a good idea: beautiful people, stunning ocean front, a melting pot of cultures, and world-class food and drink—you’ll never have a dull moment in the Magic City. Whether you have a trip coming up, or are thinking of booking in the future, here are the top travel tips to make your experience that much better:

  1. There’s more to Miami than South Beach: Explore one of the city’s best assets – it’s diversity – by checking out Little Haiti, Little Havana, the up and coming Brickell area, or the arts district of Wynwood.
  2. Eat like a local: No visit to Miami would be complete without indulging in Cuban cuisine, for more on that, check out our tips here. Cleo at The Redbury South Beach also uses the best local ingredients from the farmer’s market for their family style plates.
  3. Ride like the wind: During rush hour, South Beach’s streets can become overly congested. For the adventurous, you can bypass all the traffic by taking advantage of the city’s hop on hop off bike rental program.
  4. Rain check: The summer is hurricane season, but not to worry, Miami’s boasts some of the best museums and galleries in the US. Check out the Bass Museum or Perez Art Museum for starters.
  5. Stay in style: There are countless hotel offerings, but of course we’re biased and would opt for the perfect balance of playful and lux by staying at SLS South Beach, The Redbury South Beach, The Raleigh Miami Beach, SLS Brickell, or the Townhouse Hotel.
  6. Get wet: Believe it or not, many people come to Miami without even dipping their toes in the ocean. The best way to remedy that is to try stand-up paddle boarding, which can be done at Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails.
  7. Timing is everything: January through April is high season, and you’ll be fighting the crowds to enjoy all that Miami has to offer. June through September can be sweltering and humid. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be a great experience; there’s always something to do rain, humidity, or shine.
  8. Be in the know: Yes, while timing is everything, travelers who don’t mind a little inclement weather will find the best hotel rates during the summer, and will be able to score a table at their favorite restaurant because of the drop in tourism.