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 March 8
    Tatiana Echeverri answered the question: Tatiana Echeverri

    What are the best restaurants in Miami?

    Il Mulino New York.
    Located inside Acqualina Resort and Spa, this great italian restaurant has energetic atmosphere, with extensive selection of fine wines.
    Zuma Restaurant.
    Moden Japanese restaurant located in downtown Miami with fun and vibrant enviroment.
    Joe's Stone Crab:
    A South Beach landmark, for nearly 100 years, they serve the freshest, most delicious seafood in greater Miami. It is a favorite spot for locals and tourists.
    Cecconi's.
    Venetian inspired Italian food, located at the Soho House, elegant and relax place at the same time.
    Bourbon Steak
    Modern American, steak and seafood restaurant, focus on all natural, organic and hormone free cuts of beef poached and  finished over the wood-burning grills

  • On July 30
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best places for dessert in Miami?

    Swine Southern Table & Bar
    In the mood for something sweet? Well, head over to any of these top locations in Miami for the ultimate desserts everyone will enjoy.

    Swine Southern Table & Bar
    Hands down, the Warm Sticky Icky Bun at Swine Southern Table & Bar is one of the best desserts around. This cinnamon bun is served with maple-bourbon toffee syrup, candied smoked bacon and a large scoop of sweet potato pie ice cream on the side for the ultimate extra sweet goodness.

    Michael’s Genuine
    Really, anything that Executive Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith creates is amazing, so it’s no surprise her tasty after dinner sweets are sought after. While the dessert changes with the menu (and the smore’s in a jar was the long time favorite), right now it’s all about the Chocolate Cremoso with sea salt, sour dough crostini, and espresso parfait that’ll be sure to feed your craving.

    Timo Restaurant & Bar
    Sitting alongside Collins Avenue tucked away in cozy Sunny Isles, you’ll find Timo Restaurant & Bar, along with one of the most solid desserts around: Macadamia Brittle. Served with a side of gelato, this sweet treat is well crafted with caramelized bananas, pineapple, and toasted coconut that offers a not-too sweet dessert that’s right on the top of the list.
  • On July 30
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best Miami food experiences?


    There are so many amazing restaurants here in Miami, but to get the best food experience, there are a few excellent events to take part in. For all those foodies out there looking to try something fun and exciting in the culinary world, here are the top five best Miami food experiences to dive right into.

    DishCrawl Miami
    Join your neighbors for a couple of hours of taste testing all the best foods in happening Miami locations in this restaurant crawl. Eaters will head to four different restaurants once signed up for DischCrawl Miami to experience some signature dishes from top local chefs, allowing them to learn more about just what’s offered to the palate in this booming food town.

    Miami Culinary Tours: South Beach
    A fun experience for both locals and tourists, the South Beach Food Tour offers everyone a chance to get to know not just the staple restaurants in the area, but also the culture and history behind the city. You’ll take an incredible culinary journey, stopping at about 7-8 places and tasting some of the best cuisine, along with getting informative background information on the city from a friendly, knowledgeable tour guide.

    Miami Spice
    From August 1st through September 30th, Miami diners are able to enjoy trying dishes from top chefs at fancy restaurants, all for a fixed low rate. During Miami Spice, the best-of-the-best in the restaurant industry fixes up delectable three-course menus for both lunch and dinner, and offer them at low rates starting at just $19, allowing everyone to dine at the most sough-after venues.

    Taste the Nation
    An evening that is packed with the most talked about chefs in Miami, gourmet food, and live entertainment, Taste the Nation is a not-to-miss food event. Over 50 restaurants pack the house, feeding guests their most delicious menu items all under one roof in efforts to help fight childhood hunger.

    The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival
    February not only brings beautiful weather here in the Magic City, but it also shells out one of the most anticipated food events in the country. The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a four-day food fest with celebrity chefs cooking up their favorite eats for spectators along with extravagant after parties that are criminal to miss.
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  • On July 28
    Ana Mantica answered the question: Ana Mantica

    What are the best parks in Miami?

    Escape the crowds of the city and revel in the best of Miami’s natural beauty at one of these amazing parks.

    Everglades National Park
    At over one million acres, Everglades National Park is the largest protected subtropical wilderness in the world. There is something for everyone here—air boating in the wetlands, biking through the trails in Shark Valley, canoeing, off-roading in Big Cypress, camping, and rare alligator, crocodile, and even Florida Panther sightings.

    Matheson Hammock Park – Miami
    With its ‘wild and natural beauty’ as described by the park’s founder – William J. Matheson – this other-worldly yet peaceful haven gives visitors a place to explore lush forests of mangroves, dip in an atoll pool or stroll along a tranquil beach. Nature trails and bike trails also weave through the park. For boaters, the Matheson Hammock Marina is a prime spot for docking.

    South Pointe Park – Miami Beach
    For those already in Miami Beach, South Pointe Park offers a nearby escape.  The 17-acre urban green space features a kids area, dog park, picnic pavilions, fitness courses, observation towers, and boardwalk for strolling. It also offers panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, Downtown Miami, and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – Key Biscayne
    A short ten-minute drive from Downtown Miami is Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park. With over 400 acres, visitors have ample green space to sunbath, swim, and picnic, as well as bike, kayak, and fish. The park is also home to a historic lighthouse built in 1825, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Overnight camping is also allowed in No Name Harbor.

    Crandon Park – Key Biscayne
    Crandon Park covers 808 acres worth of the island of Key Biscayne, and offers visitors a unique breathtaking playground for exploring, relaxing, and fun alike. For the adventure-seekers, the park offers eco-adventures and kite-board and kayak rentals. For the nature-lovers, there are bird and butterfly walks, historical nature walks, and nature trails. And, for beach-goers, there is a peaceful sandy beach.

  • On July 28
    Ana Mantica answered the question: Ana Mantica

    What are the best parks in Miami?

    Escape the crowds of the city and revel in the best of Miami’s natural beauty at one of these amazing parks.

    Everglades National Park
    At over one million acres, Everglades National Park is the largest protected subtropical wilderness in the world. There is something for everyone here—air boating in the wetlands, biking through the trails in Shark Valley, canoeing, off-roading in Big Cypress, camping, and rare alligator, crocodile, and even Florida Panther sightings.

    Matheson Hammock Park – Miami
    With its ‘wild and natural beauty’ as described by the park’s founder – William J. Matheson – this other-worldly yet peaceful haven gives visitors a place to explore lush forests of mangroves, dip in an atoll pool or stroll along a tranquil beach. Nature trails and bike trails also weave through the park. For boaters, the Matheson Hammock Marina is a prime spot for docking.

    South Pointe Park – Miami Beach
    For those already in Miami Beach, South Pointe Park offers a nearby escape.  The 17-acre urban green space features a kids area, dog park, picnic pavilions, fitness courses, observation towers, and boardwalk for strolling. It also offers panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, Downtown Miami, and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – Key Biscayne
    A short ten-minute drive from Downtown Miami is Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park. With over 400 acres, visitors have ample green space to sunbath, swim, and picnic, as well as bike, kayak, and fish. The park is also home to a historic lighthouse built in 1825, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Overnight camping is also allowed in No Name Harbor.

    Crandon Park – Key Biscayne
    Crandon Park covers 808 acres worth of the island of Key Biscayne, and offers visitors a unique breathtaking playground for exploring, relaxing, and fun alike. For the adventure-seekers, the park offers eco-adventures and kite-board and kayak rentals. For the nature-lovers, there are bird and butterfly walks, historical nature walks, and nature trails. And, for beach-goers, there is a peaceful sandy beach.

  • On July 28
    Ana Mantica answered the question: Ana Mantica

    What are the best spas in Miami?

    Everyone wants to look and feel their best in Miami, and the city’s spas are the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and restore. Here, three of the area’s best star-rated luxury spas offering unique experiences for all everyone.

    The Ritz-Carlton South Beach – Miami Beach
    The Ritz-Carlton Spa’s offerings include everything from Swedish, Shiatsu and deep tissue massages to stone therapy, elite La Maison de Beaute Carita beauty treatments to pre- and post-party therapies and after-sun therapies, all perfect for beautification, pampering and restoration for South Beach goers. The new Rhythm Massage also uses Latin-inspired music and draws on the Miami culture for an energizing experience. The spa features 14 treatment rooms, luxurious lounges, a full-service salon and two couple’s suites.

    The Mandarin Oriental Miami – Downtown Miami
    This destination spa for locals and visitors alike offers an indulgent experience overlooking the beautiful Biscayne Bay. The Mandarin Oriental spa’s distinctive approach includes innovative and restorative treatments that are inspired by the life elements hailing from the ancient traditions of Ayurveda, Balinese, Chinese, European and Thai cultures. Guests can take advantage of 11 spa treatment rooms with six VIP suites and a beauty treatment suite that has an anti-aging CACI Ultra machine and Oxygen machine. The spa also features a fully-equipped fitness center, outdoor yoga classes and Thai Chi, and beauty salon services. 

    Acqualina Resort & Spa - Sunny Isles
    The ESPA spa at Acqualina, which is located in nearby Sunny Isles between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, provides European-like service with traditional and tailor-made beauty and wellness programs, all designed with a holistic focus. Treatments range from chakra balancing with hot stones to holistic foot and nail treatments, and all are complemented by essential oils and products from organic ingredients. A majestic Roman waterfall in the spa’s private pool, Finnish sauna and shower and large crystal enhance the spa’s splendor and relaxing experience.
  • On July 28
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best Italian restaurants in Miami?


    Anyone with an appetite for saucy pastas and decadent meats will need to get their fill over at one of these top Italian spots in Miami tonight.

    Sylvano Ristorante Italiano & Sports Bar
    This venue moved a while back from its original Alton Road location to the new spot on Liberty Avenue, giving Sylvano Ristorante Italiano & Sports Bar a much bigger space with larger outdoor terrace. It’s simple, laid back vibe follows the no-fuss menu too, with solid, traditional items consisting of Antipasto Misto, Mezzemaniche alla Putanesca, and Risotto alla pescatore.

    Escopazzo
    A small hole-in-the-wall venue known for its organic menu and quaint Tuscan-type setting, Escopazzo is a go-to for many South Florida locals looking for decent pasta dishes. Items such as the Butternut Squash and Amaretto Filled Tortelli and Spaghetti with Pacific Sea Urchin will never disappoint the hungry yet health-conscious eater.

    Macaluso's Restaurant Miami
    This cozy Italian spot is nestled inside a small strip mall right off of busy Alton Road in South Beach, and delivers some of the best homemade Italian around. The meatball appetizer is just one of the many dishes that makes Macaluso's Restaurant such a staple in the food scene here, along with their pastas, pizzas, and huge piece of white cake covered in sprinkles, just like grandma used to make.
  • On July 28
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best Italian restaurants in Miami?


    Anyone with an appetite for saucy pastas and decadent meats will need to get their fill over at one of these top Italian spots in Miami tonight.

    Sylvano Ristorante Italiano & Sports Bar
    This venue moved a while back from its original Alton Road location to the new spot on Liberty Avenue, giving Sylvano Ristorante Italiano & Sports Bar a much bigger space with larger outdoor terrace. It’s simple, laid back vibe follows the no-fuss menu too, with solid, traditional items consisting of Antipasto Misto, Mezzemaniche alla Putanesca, and Risotto alla pescatore.

    Escopazzo
    A small hole-in-the-wall venue known for its organic menu and quaint Tuscan-type setting, Escopazzo is a go-to for many South Florida locals looking for decent pasta dishes. Items such as the Butternut Squash and Amaretto Filled Tortelli and Spaghetti with Pacific Sea Urchin will never disappoint the hungry yet health-conscious eater.

    Macaluso's Restaurant Miami
    This cozy Italian spot is nestled inside a small strip mall right off of busy Alton Road in South Beach, and delivers some of the best homemade Italian around. The meatball appetizer is just one of the many dishes that makes Macaluso's Restaurant such a staple in the food scene here, along with their pastas, pizzas, and huge piece of white cake covered in sprinkles, just like grandma used to make.
  • On July 28
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best seafood restaurants in Miami?


    Seafood here in Miami is a must, so if you’re hunkering for some sauteed scallops, baked lobster, or even a good batch of oysters, this city has just the places. Here are the top three seafood spots to get your fish fix.

    Monty’s
    An old staple to the Miami food scene, Monty’s is one place that has been around for years and still offers some of the best seafood today. It provides a simple, beachy-type setting with impeccable views and tasty food, including the famous conch chowder, fried clams, and popcorn shrimp.

    The River Seafood & Oyster Bar
    A hot spot for many locals, The River Seafood & Oyster Bar never disappoints its awaiting fans with mouthwatering seafood inside its cozy Brickell location. Everything from the snapper tartare with crispy wontons to the gnocchi and blue crab with shaved black truffles is always solid.

    Joe’s Stone Crab
    You can’t really get away from talking about Joe’s Stone Crab when discussing top seafood spots in Miami. Although the expected wait time is about 45 minutes or longer (unless you know a person) the food is usually worth it, including the stone crabs themselves when in season.
  • On July 25
    Jim Lee answered the question: Jim Lee

    What are the best bars in Miami?

    Hakkasan The bar culture in Miami is quite diverse and whether you’re looking to enjoy a craft cocktail at a posh hotel in South Beach or some cheap beers at a casual watering hole, the city will cater to your individual interest. With talented mixologists and profit-hungry bar owners continuously being attracted to Miami’s vibrant hospitality scene, travelers can enjoy a wide range of bar experiences from Happy Hour to sunrise.

    Serving some of Miami’s most inventive cocktails, visit the lively bar scene inside Forbes Travel Guide four-star restaurant Hakkasan at the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Offering a variety of refreshing drink options, combined with its modern Cantonese cuisine and sexy Chinois-inspired interior design, take a seat at the main bar or at a private table depending on your mood. Order one of their signature cocktails and my personal favorite, The Hakka, which combines premium vodka, sake, fresh coconut, lychee juice and passion fruit.

    WIth sunshine year round, Miami features a staggering number of outdoor drinking options whether it’s enjoying an energizing libation poolside or at a location with mesmerizing views of the ocean. The Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami continues to attract both locals and travelers by offering a range of specialty handcrafted cocktails where skilled bartenders use select ingredients right from the property’s own garden. The setting, which includes an inviting pool, ping pong tables and a DJ, immediately puts you at ease as it's the kind of place where you know the crowd is there for one purpose: to kick back and enjoy some of the city’s best drinks.

    For travelers who are looking for an even more low key experience and are fans of craft beers, Abraxas in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood is a hidden spot that offers an extensive list of domestic and international varieties, including a number of Belgian rarities. Check out Trivia Nights on Tuesdays which is a fantastic way to meet some of the locals at this darkly-lit casual neighborhood bar. The Abbey Brewing Company, one of Miami’s oldest pubs, is another inviting cozy bar that offers an impressive selection of hand crafted beers including my favorite, The Immaculate IPA, which is made from their special house recipe. Open every day until 5 a.m., it’s a great location to share a toast with locals and visitors from around the world. 
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