What's the best time to visit Miami?

To avoid throngs of tourists, book a trip to Miami between May and September. Sure, temperatures are brutally hot, but you’ll be able to score restaurant reservations more easily and relax on a beach that’s not nearly as crowded. Plus, you’re going on vacation to Miami to get a tan, aren’t you? Just don’t forget your sunscreen and airy clothing.

Many people choose to visit in the winter and spring months for the obvious reason: temperatures average in the 70s from January to April, something most people living in northern states aren’t accustomed to during that time of year. June through October is generally considered hurricane season in Miami, but temperatures and precipitation are ideal and accommodation costs are lower than that of the winter and spring months.

  • On July 24, 2013
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What are the best things to see and do in South Beach?

    South Beach has such a fun, vibrant energy — you’re sure to get swept up in the lively atmosphere. Here are a few things to do while you’re in town:

    1. Stroll down/eat on Espanola Way. This little pedestrian-only street in South Beach is rumbling with music and decorated in white lights. The historic architecture and vibe will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a quaint European town. Outdoor seating at restaurants and cafes stretches out into the street, so pull up a chair and enjoy anything from Italian to Cuban food.

    2. Enjoy the spoils of your hotel’s beachfront amenities. South Beach hotels aren’t shy about making your beach time as luxurious as possible. At the James Royal Palm, for example, guests are given a complimentary cushioned beach chair and optional umbrella, along with a complimentary basket of fruit and water to keep them hydrated. You can even order food and drinks from a server on the sand.

    3. Take in an outdoor showing of a movie. Set up on a blanket, enjoy a picnic, and watch a movie projected onto the 7,000-square-foot wall of the New World Center, with the Soundscape Cinema Series. Movies take place on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., and they're free. 

    4. Lounge. Swanky lounges and clubs abound in South Beach. So slip into your South Beach-appropriate duds and hit up the subterranean FDR at the Delano South Beach (for DJs) or The Regent Cocktail Club at the Gale Hotel (for a classic cocktail and a cigar).

    5. Eat. South Beach isn’t short on delicious food. Popular restaurants include: Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which serves Northern Italian cuisine; Casa Tua, which has a lovely lantern-lit patio for a romantic dinner; and, Villa Azur, which offers French Mediterranean cuisine. Or hit up one of the hotel restaurants — The Restaurant at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Setai, Miami Beach offers delicious Asian cuisine along with a dim, dressy atmosphere, while Catch at The James Royal Palm offers top-notch seafood, including a raw menu.

    6. Indulge at the spa. Many of South Beach's hotels spoil their guests with spa treatments, steam rooms and much needed pedicures — The Spa at Setai, Agua Spa at Mondrian South Beach, Renew the Spa at The James Royal Palm, to name a few. Why not take advantage? At art deco Dream South Beach, we enjoyed a unique herbal poultice massage at boutique Shala Spa that did the trick to soothe aching muscles. Plus, we were even given a fragrant, to-go poultice to try at home.  
  • On July 24, 2013
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What are the best things to see and do in South Beach?

    South Beach has such a fun, vibrant energy — you’re sure to get swept up in the lively atmosphere. Here are a few things to do while you’re in town:

    1. Stroll down/eat on Espanola Way. This little pedestrian-only street in South Beach is rumbling with music and decorated in white lights. The historic architecture and vibe will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a quaint European town. Outdoor seating at restaurants and cafes stretches out into the street, so pull up a chair and enjoy anything from Italian to Cuban food.

    2. Enjoy the spoils of your hotel’s beachfront amenities. South Beach hotels aren’t shy about making your beach time as luxurious as possible. At the James Royal Palm, for example, guests are given a complimentary cushioned beach chair and optional umbrella, along with a complimentary basket of fruit and water to keep them hydrated. You can even order food and drinks from a server on the sand.

    3. Take in an outdoor showing of a movie. Set up on a blanket, enjoy a picnic, and watch a movie projected onto the 7,000-square-foot wall of the New World Center, with the Soundscape Cinema Series. Movies take place on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., and they're free. 

    4. Lounge. Swanky lounges and clubs abound in South Beach. So slip into your South Beach-appropriate duds and hit up the subterranean FDR at the Delano South Beach (for DJs) or The Regent Cocktail Club at the Gale Hotel (for a classic cocktail and a cigar).

    5. Eat. South Beach isn’t short on delicious food. Popular restaurants include: Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which serves Northern Italian cuisine; Casa Tua, which has a lovely lantern-lit patio for a romantic dinner; and, Villa Azur, which offers French Mediterranean cuisine. Or hit up one of the hotel restaurants — The Restaurant at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Setai, Miami Beach offers delicious Asian cuisine along with a dim, dressy atmosphere, while Catch at The James Royal Palm offers top-notch seafood, including a raw menu.

    6. Indulge at the spa. Many of South Beach's hotels spoil their guests with spa treatments, steam rooms and much needed pedicures — The Spa at Setai, Agua Spa at Mondrian South Beach, Renew the Spa at The James Royal Palm, to name a few. Why not take advantage? At art deco Dream South Beach, we enjoyed a unique herbal poultice massage at boutique Shala Spa that did the trick to soothe aching muscles. Plus, we were even given a fragrant, to-go poultice to try at home.  
  • On July 22, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best romantic restaurants in Miami?

    Tosca
    Finding the perfect date night restaurant with the dim lighting, romantic music, and cozy ambiance isn’t very hard here in Miami. There are tons of great places to take a date for a romantic evening, and the best part is that many of these places have the ocean as the backdrop. Can’t get much more romantic than that.

    Red Fish Grill
    This restaurant is completely off the beaten path, to the extremes of having to drive a long dirt road to get there. However, once you’re here in this seclusion, you’ll definitely be impressed with its lovely ambiance set directly on the beach.

    Juvia
    With a breathtaking view of Miami and a beautiful setting, Juvia is one of the most romantic restaurants around by far. Everywhere you sit you’ll have a great view of the city and the water, making it a perfect backdrop for cuddling up with your date over fancy cocktails.

    Tosca
    A restaurant that offers kissing swings, a mini movie theater for two, and antique binoculars for star gazing, can only be noted as one amazing date spot. Tosca offers a beautiful private wonderland of a space with all the fixings to make for an ample date night, including delicious cuisine.
  • On July 22, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best summer activities in Miami?


    While summer might not be the ideal time to come to Miami, since it’s always 90 degrees or hotter and has sticky humidity with random torrential downpours, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do. If you’re looking to visit Miami in the summer, here are a few of the best happenings to take part in.

    Swim Week
    For all those fashion lovers out there, Swim Week will be the main event to hit up. From July 18-22, South Beach is transformed into a fashion mecca with topnotch designers, swanky soirees, and a whole lot of fashionable after parties.

    Pool Parties
    To help keep you cool, most of the large big name and smaller boutique hotels offer up some crazy pool parties for both locals and tourists to enjoy. The Fontainbleau has lots of fun at their pool, with parties, drinks, and live concert performances during their BleauLive concert series.

    Outdoor Sports
    While you can really do any outdoor sports throughout the year here in Miami, during the summertime you’ll be able to enjoy doing them in 85 degree water. Who doesn’t want to windsurf in the ocean or kayak on the bay when the water is this nice?
  • On July 19, 2013
    Jim Lee answered the question: Jim Lee

    What are the best restaurants in Miami?

    Pubbelly Although Miami may not share the same reputation as other global culinary destinations such as New York, Paris or Tokyo, there are a handful of restaurants that feature inventive chefs that are raising the bar on the local culinary scene and causing diners to salivate for more.

    Located in the trendy Sunset Harbour neighborhood of Miami Beach, Pubbelly is an Asian inspired gastropub that features an extensive list of innovative Asian street food, along with homemade pates, sausages and specialty terrines. The Cochinillo, one of my personal favorites, features a locally-sourced suckling pig with sour apple puree, confit of onions and cinnamon soy jus.

    If you’re craving fine dining with gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, head over to Forbes Travel Guide five-star restaurant Azul inside the Mandarin Oriental, which serves New American cuisine with Asian and European influences. Although just about every item on the menu is superb, I love taking advantage of the fresh raw bar and caviar service that features River Beluga and Russian Royal Ostera.

    Without question, Michael Schwartz is one of the pioneers of the culinary scene in Miami and the James Beard award-wining chef and owner of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink put the city’s Design District on the map with freshly-sourced dishes such as the Crispy Rice Cake Chorizo with Florida rock shrimp, chili aioli, and Lake Meadow farm egg; and the Slow Roasted & Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Short Rib with roasted cipollini onions, romesco sauce and duchilly hazelnuts.

    The chef’s latest endeavor at the iconic Raleigh Hotel, appropriately called Restaurant Michael Schwartz, brings his culinary talents to South Beach where diners can enjoy a range of delicious food options, many of which can be shared, paired with well-crafted cocktails or housemade sodas. The desserts, such as the Lemon Meringue Bread Pudding, by renowned pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith are also not to be missed.
  • On July 18, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best bakeries in Miami?























    If you’re in the mood for something sweet to go with that cup of coffee, you’ll want to check out one of these yummy bakeries to get your fix.

    Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe
    This Sunset bake shop has been around for a few years and have been expanding with a new spot in Hialeah and a food truck, shelling out tons of yummy cakes and sweets on-the-go. If you’re looking for something sweet and buttery, you’re in for a treat when you come here because they only offer the best in baked goods, like Red Velvet Cake Pops, Chocolate Cubed cup cakes, and Coconut Key Lime pie.

    Karla Bakery
    Known as the “home of Miami’s finest pastries,” this bakery has been dishing out tons of tasty treats for over 20 years in the Magic City. You’ll find cakes, empanadas, pies, and other fine sweets that include Borrachas and Churro Topped with Dulce de Leche. There’s also plenty of new items worth trying here too, such as the Cake Shaped Cup Cakes that are ideal for kids birthdays or the Rice Pudding Cup Dessert that works well for entertaining.

    El Brazo Fuerte Bakery
    This is one of Miami’s best Cuban and French pastry shops around that offers some of the most sought-after Cuban “pastelitos” infused with anything from guava to ham. Some other solid pasty options include eclairs, key lime tarts, and a small cake dipped in syrup called Capuchinos.
  • On July 18, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best bakeries in Miami?



























    If you’re in the mood for something sweet to go with that cup of coffee, you’ll want to check out one of these yummy bakeries to get your fix.

    Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe
    This Sunset bake shop has been around for a few years and have been expanding with a new spot in Hialeah and a food truck, shelling out tons of yummy cakes and sweets on-the-go. If you’re looking for something sweet and buttery, you’re in for a treat when you come here because they only offer the best in baked goods, like Red Velvet Cake Pops, Chocolate Cubed cup cakes, and Coconut Key Lime pie.

    Karla Bakery
    Known as the “home of Miami’s finest pastries,” this bakery has been dishing out tons of tasty treats for over 20 years in the Magic City. You’ll find cakes, empanadas, pies, and other fine sweets that include Borrachas and Churro Topped with Dulce de Leche. There’s also plenty of new items worth trying here too, such as the Cake Shaped Cup Cakes that are ideal for kids birthdays or the Rice Pudding Cup Dessert that works well for entertaining.

    El Brazo Fuerte Bakery
    This is one of Miami’s best Cuban and French pastry shops around that offers some of the most sought-after Cuban “pastelitos” infused with anything from guava to ham. Some other solid pasty options include eclairs, key lime tarts, and a small cake dipped in syrup called Capuchinos.
  • On July 18, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best bakeries in Miami?

    If you’re in the mood for something sweet to go with that cup of coffee, you’ll want to check out one of these yummy bakeries to get your fix.

    Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe
    This Sunset bake shop has been around for a few years and have been expanding with a new spot in Hialeah and a food truck, shelling out tons of yummy cakes and sweets on-the-go. If you’re looking for something sweet and buttery, you’re in for a treat when you come here because they only offer the best in baked goods, like Red Velvet Cake Pops, Chocolate Cubed cup cakes, and Coconut Key Lime pie.

    Karla Bakery
    Known as the “home of Miami’s finest pastries,” this bakery has been dishing out tons of tasty treats for over 20 years in the Magic City. You’ll find cakes, empanadas, pies, and other fine sweets that include Borrachas and Churro Topped with Dulce de Leche. There’s also plenty of new items worth trying here too, such as the Cake Shaped Cup Cakes that are ideal for kids birthdays or the Rice Pudding Cup Dessert that works well for entertaining.

    El Brazo Fuerte Bakery
    This is one of Miami’s best Cuban and French pastry shops around that offers some of the most sought-after Cuban “pastelitos” infused with anything from guava to ham. Some other solid pasty options include eclairs, key lime tarts, and a small cake dipped in syrup called Capuchinos.
  • On July 18, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best bakeries in Miami?




    If you’re in the mood for something sweet to go with that cup of coffee, you’ll want to check out one of these yummy bakeries to get your fix.

    Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe
    This Sunset bake shop has been around for a few years and have been expanding with a new spot in Hialeah and a food truck, shelling out tons of yummy cakes and sweets on-the-go. If you’re looking for something sweet and buttery, you’re in for a treat when you come here because they only offer the best in baked goods, like Red Velvet Cake Pops, Chocolate Cubed cup cakes, and Coconut Key Lime pie.

    Karla Bakery
    Known as the “home of Miami’s finest pastries,” this bakery has been dishing out tons of tasty treats for over 20 years in the Magic City. You’ll find cakes, empanadas, pies, and other fine sweets that include Borrachas and Churro Topped with Dulce de Leche. There’s also plenty of new items worth trying here too, such as the Cake Shaped Cup Cakes that are ideal for kids birthdays or the Rice Pudding Cup Dessert that works well for entertaining.

    El Brazo Fuerte Bakery
    This is one of Miami’s best Cuban and French pastry shops around that offers some of the most sought-after Cuban “pastelitos” infused with anything from guava to ham. Some other solid pasty options include eclairs, key lime tarts, and a small cake dipped in syrup called Capuchinos.
  • On July 18, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best bakeries in Miami?

    If you’re in the mood for something sweet to go with that cup of coffee, you’ll want to check out one of these yummy bakeries to get your fix.

    Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe
    This Sunset bake shop has been around for a few years and have been expanding with a new spot in Hialeah and a food truck, shelling out tons of yummy cakes and sweets on-the-go. If you’re looking for something sweet and buttery, you’re in for a treat when you come here because they only offer the best in baked goods, like Red Velvet Cake Pops, Chocolate Cubed cup cakes, and Coconut Key Lime pie.

    Karla Bakery
    Known as the “home of Miami’s finest pastries,” this bakery has been dishing out tons of tasty treats for over 20 years in the Magic City. You’ll find cakes, empanadas, pies, and other fine sweets that include Borrachas and Churro Topped with Dulce de Leche. There’s also plenty of new items worth trying here too, such as the Cake Shaped Cup Cakes that are ideal for kids birthdays or the Rice Pudding Cup Dessert that works well for entertaining.

    El Brazo Fuerte Bakery
    This is one of Miami’s best Cuban and French pastry shops around that offers some of the most sought-after Cuban “pastelitos” infused with anything from guava to ham. Some other solid pasty options include eclairs, key lime tarts, and a small cake dipped in syrup called Capuchinos.
  • On July 18, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best bakeries in Miami?


    If you’re in the mood for something sweet to go with that cup of coffee, you’ll want to check out one of these yummy bakeries to get your fix.

    Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe
    This Sunset bake shop has been around for a few years and have been expanding with a new spot in Hialeah and a food truck, shelling out tons of yummy cakes and sweets on-the-go. If you’re looking for something sweet and buttery, you’re in for a treat when you come here because they only offer the best in baked goods, like Red Velvet Cake Pops, Chocolate Cubed cup cakes, and Coconut Key Lime pie.

    Karla Bakery
    Known as the “home of Miami’s finest pastries,” this bakery has been dishing out tons of tasty treats for over 20 years in the Magic City. You’ll find cakes, empanadas, pies, and other fine sweets that include Borrachas and Churro Topped with Dulce de Leche. There’s also plenty of new items worth trying here too, such as the Cake Shaped Cup Cakes that are ideal for kids birthdays or the Rice Pudding Cup Dessert that works well for entertaining.

    El Brazo Fuerte Bakery
    This is one of Miami’s best Cuban and French pastry shops around that offers some of the most sought-after Cuban “pastelitos” infused with anything from guava to ham. Some other solid pasty options include eclairs, key lime tarts, and a small cake dipped in syrup called Capuchinos.
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