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Travel tips for first time visitors to Miami

Posted by Harry on June 7, 2017

Miami is an iconic holiday destination for visitors from all over the world. Visit Miami and you are guaranteed a memorable vacation! If you are traveling here to Miami for the first time, then let us help you prepare with this list of travel tips for first time visitors to Miami: 

The weather – the sun shines all year round!

Miami enjoys a subtropical climate. Winter is relatively warm in Miami. The average winter temperature here is 22°C or 72°F. Summer is warmer still, temperatures are usually at high 70s-high 80s°F, that’s 25°C to 32°C. From July to September it is still warm but precipitation increases and this means it can be a bit rainy – this is a factor that goes along with being a sub tropical territory. If there are hurricanes, then these usually land in August and September, but that season runs right through to November. 

The language.

The great thing about Miami is that many nationalities have made their home here. English is the official language in Miami. Over 60% of the population speak Spanish too since many of our residents are from Spanish speaking countries. 


The nightclub district on #SouthBeach #Miami. A must see for any visitor to Miami. 

Where to stay. 

For the low down on where to stay, read our blog on the best places to stay in Miami. It details options in various areas – from Ocean Drive, Miami Beach and Downtown Miami, to options in different budget ranges. Either way, the rule is to plan ahead and book early for the best deals, particularly around the peak periods.  

When to visit. 

Miami is a year round destination. It is always warm. However, the choice on when to visit will really come down to the weather, budget and peak tourism periods. 

Winter is the when we have the best weather in Miami. However, this is also when most of our visitors arrive – so if you don’t mind it being busy, then this might be an option. This period is great for people watching – it’s the time to be seen in Miami. There will be plenty of events on throughout the area – including on Miami Beach. You do need to book in advance though as this period is popular for visitors.  

If you’d rather visit outside the peak times, then March through June is a good time – it’s still warm but there are fewer tourists around. 

June - August is still a popular time as it’s still very warm with temperatures in the high 80s – although there’s a greater chance of rain. 

September to November is still nice and warm here but the Fall is obviously quieter as there is the possibility of hurricanes taking place. The beaches are a little quieter as a result, however there are still plenty of tourists around. 

South Beach and Golden Beach are awesome all the year through.

What to take with you.

To get this right, it’s all about knowing what you want to do on your vacation. The list below covers the main bases – but it really depends on you and your plans. 

  • Casual daywear for sightseeing 
  • Beach and/or pool clothing 
  • Smart wear for the evening
  • Clothes for going out to bars and nightclubs
  • Sunglasses and sunhat! 


The beauty of #Miami is unrivalled. It’s a vibrant place to be. You’ll want to visit again and again!

What to see.

The first thing to point out is there’s so much to see and do. So much in fact, that you might not be able to cover it all in one visit. However, try and add as many of these places as you can to your itinerary. To make the most of your trip, we’d recommend traveling to theses sights with a professional tour company like Gray Line Miami.  

South Beach – or the beaches in general. The beaches in Miami are world class. You’ll be able to sunbathe, play sport, party, people watch and more all the year round. 

Neighbourhoods - You can read about Coconut Grove and Little Havana in our previous blogs. These neighbourhoods have unique atmospheres that you’ll love to soak up. 

Key West – visit the island in the Florida Straits, a relaxing location with a Caribbean atmosphere, laid back vibes and beautiful views. Or the Everglades – glide through a natural region of tropical wetlands, on an airboat ride. Both are within easy reach of Miami.  

Art – From the historic Art Deco district along the beachfront, to the art events held throughout the area, you’ll be spoiled for choice for cultural attractions. 

Nightlife – Miami is famous for its nightlife and celebrity culture. From the nightclubs on South Beach, to the city’s bars – you’ll find a vibe to suit you.  

Tour Miami in safe hands with Gray Line Miami: 

Gray Line Miami is the sight seeing expert of the region. We offer superb tours of Miami, day trips to the Key west, Everglades and Bahamas. Hop over to the Gray Line Miami website at where you will also find full details of all our tours of Miami. 

Here’s why our guests think we are the best hosts to help them on their first visit to Miami: My first trip to Miami and an absolutely wonderful unforgettable experience. All pickups were on time and the guides also very nice people. The everglades tour was exciting and super fun. The Key West tour was perfect to relax and have a shopping day with amazing sightseeing. I will use Gray Line tours without a doubt next time!! Recommended!” Via Nadia, TripAdvisor

You can also visit our Facebook and TripAdvisor pages for travel inspiration and more feedback from our guests. 

We look forward to meeting you soon on one of tours of Miami! 

Gray Line Miami team. 

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