Things to know BEFORE you go to Miami 2020 | Florida Travel Guide

Things to know BEFORE you go to Miami 2020 | Florida Travel Guide

In this video, we’ll cover all you need to
know before traveling to Miami. Including where are all the major attractions,
the best time to visit, where to stay and for how long, public transportation, how much
things cost, the best apps to use, the best views of the city and other practical information. Here are 11 essential tips to know before
you visit Miami: NUMBER 11: The map of Miami. Miami lies between the enormous tropical wastelands
called the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay to the east. For orientation, let’s start with downtown
Miami, full of impressive modern Manhattan like skyscrapers and continue to Miami Beach. The city is situated on natural and artificial
barrier islands known for beautiful beaches. South Beach includes the renowned Ocean Drive,
home to the Art Deco district, the world’s largest concentration of Art Deco architecture. Lincoln Road Mall is a promenade full of stores,
restaurants and galleries. And South Pointe Park Pier is located right
at the very tip of South Pointe Beach. Bayside Marketplace, a large waterfront shopping
center filled with popular shops and restaurants is located close to Bayfront Park and the
Freedom Tower. We shouldn’t forget about two interesting
neighborhoods: Little Havana, the Cuban District with famous Calle Ocho and Little Haiti known
for its unique international restaurants and thriving art scenes. South of Little Haiti, you will find Wynwood
Walls, a one-of-a-kind outdoor gallery featuring large colorful street murals. Coconut Grove, a charming old neighborhood
where you’ll find the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is bounded by the Biscayne Bay. Located in Coral Gables, you will find the
iconic Venetian port. On the other side of a causeway south of downtown
Miami lies Key Biscayne, a paradise-like Island with amazing beaches and parks. If you continue south, you will find Fairchild
tropical Botanic Garden next to Matheson hammock Park. Continue further south to Zoo Miami. If you have time, don’t forget to visit Florida’s
southernmost point, Key West. You can arrive to Miami through two major
airports; Miami International Airport located only about six miles from downtown Miami and
Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport located about 25 miles from downtown. If you’re arriving by train, you have two
options; if you’re using the Amtrak, you’ll arrive at the Miami station and if you use
Tri Rail and Brightline, you will arrive at Virgin MiamiCentral in downtown Miami. To get a better sense of the distance, an
11 mile or 18 kilometer car ride from Miami International Airport to the Art Deco district
takes about 20 minutes. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from one
side of Ocean Drive to the other. NUMBER 10: Weather and climate. Miami has a tropical monsoon climate. It gets a great amount of sunshine throughout
the year as well as plenty of rain, especially in the hurricane season, from June to November. In fact, did you know that Miami gets more
rain than Seattle or New York City? Winters are warm with temperatures ranging
between 63 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit or 8 and 15 degrees Celsius. Summers are hot and humid, temperatures range
between 77 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit or 25 and 31 degrees Celsius, and rain showers and
thunderstorms are frequent. In the spring and fall, the weather is relatively
mild. Temperatures range between 67 and 83 degrees
Fahrenheit or 19 and 20 degrees Celsius in the spring and between 70 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit
or 21 and 30 degrees Celsius in the fall. Of course these are all just averages, the
weather and temperatures can be different at the time of your visit, so remember to
check the weather forecast before you travel. NUMBER 9: Best time to visit. The best time to visit Miami is in the spring
from March to May when the weather is warm but not humid and hurricane season has not
started yet. Also, the peak season is coming to an end
which means less crowds and lower prices. June to September are the cheapest months
to visit Miami. Probably this convenient time to visit is
July when the weather is hot and humid, plus this is the hurricane season, but don’t worry,
Miami has it all from year-round sunshine to natural beauty to an exciting food art
and culture scene so you’ll have a wonderful time regardless of the season. And how can you figure out the best days and
hours to see the attractions? Just check Google to see how crowded a specific
location is at a certain time of day. Of course, we recommend going early during
the week and/or in the morning. Many travelers stay in Miami for three days
to see the top attractions and feel the vibe of this vibrant city. If you want a more relaxed schedule and still
get the best of what Miami has to offer, we recommend staying at least two more days. NUMBER 8: Where to stay and prices of accommodation. If this is your first time in Miami, you can
stay in downtown. If you’re on a budget, you’ll find most backpacker
friendly hostels in Miami Beach. For beaches and nightlife, choose South Beach
and for cool restaurants, bars and boutiques, stay in Brickell. If you’re traveling with a family, Coconut
Grove and Key Biscayne may be the best options for you. A mid-range hotel room in Miami costs between
100 and $250 per night. For budget hotels, the average is $120. Again, these are all the average prices and
the ranges for different hotel categories are relatively wide. However, with little research online, you
can get better deals and especially if your dates are flexible, you don’t travel in high
season or if you visit Miami during the week, you can also book an Airbnb. The average cost per night for two people
is $130 and $170 for four guests. Check out our video on the best apps for booking
your stay. NUMBER 7: Transportation from and to the airport. To get to and from Miami International Airport,
you can use: Metro Rail, Metro bus, Miami Beach bus, Tri-rail, Shuttle Bus or hotel
shuttles, taxis, private transfers, Ubers and Lyfts and car rentals. To get to and from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood
International Airport, you can use Tri-rail, shuttle bus, taxis, private transfers, Ubers
and Lyfts or car rentals. Arriving by train: You can travel to Miami
by train from over 200 destinations via Amtrak, Tri-rail and Brightline. For more information, check out our travel
guide. Arriving by car: You can use Google Maps for
driving directions to Miami. You’ll probably also want to know where to
park in advance. Apps like PayByPhone, ParkMobile, SpotHero
and Parkways will help you find and book parking locations in the city. You can book one of the many hotels in Miami
that offer parking. However, some hotels in popular areas such
as South Beach charge extra for parking, so make sure to always check in advance. Getting around the city: Many top attractions
in Miami are spread out. So, renting a car can save you a lot of time
when getting around. But if you want to save some money on tolls
and parking or if you’re staying in just one area, you should take advantage of the city’s
public transport system. You can use the Metrorail, Metrobus, Metro
Mover or Trolleys. Other options for getting around the city
also includes taxis and Ubers and Lyfts. We recommend Scooters, Segways, bikes even
walking to explore the sandy beaches or pedestrian friendly areas such as South Beach but not
as main means of transportation for getting around Miami. NUMBER 6: General information. Here are some of the things that you should
know for a nice and easy experience in Miami; drinking water. It is completely safe to drink tap water in
Miami. We’ll cover apps for finding drinking fountains
in the city in a minute. In Miami Beach, you can get ice-cold purified
water from Woosh Refill Stations for a small fee. Learn more in our travel guide. We’ve also created a mobile-friendly PDF document
covering all the things in this video plus the top 20 things to do in Miami with maps,
links, opening hours and more. Toilets: There are several public restrooms
at or near major attractions; on beaches and in the parks. Alternatively, you can use the toilets at
cafes, restaurants and even at hotel lobbies. We’ll cover apps for finding restrooms later. Free Wi-Fi: There are many free Wi-Fi hotspots
in fast-food stores, cafes or hotels throughout Miami. Stay tuned to find out more. Crowds and lines: Miami is one of the world’s
most visited cities. With the huge crowds, exploring the city can
be a challenge. Even if you can’t avoid the crowds, you can
do some things to make your trip to Miami a more pleasant experience. You can avoid peak seasons, avoid traveling
during rush hours, get up early in the morning to explore the city without the crowds, use
Google Maps or a similar app to check how crowded a specific location is at a certain
time of day, or explore the suburbs once you’ve visited the must-see attractions at the City
Center. Safety: Overall, Miami is a safe city especially
for tourists. However, pickpocketing can be an issue around
Miami Beach and downtown. You should also watch out for scams like fake
petitions and people who try to distract you or offer help in your luggage. As you should do in all major cities around
the world, watch your valuables and use common sense. NUMBER 5: For international travelers. If you’re coming from outside the US, you
will probably need a special US travel adapter to charge your phone and other devices. This is what a U.S. Power plug looks like. If you travel a lot, consider buying a universal
travel adapter that you can use in other countries too. Money exchange: To get US dollars, you can
withdraw from ATMs located at the banks, but also hotel lobbies, fast-food joints and other
places in the city. You might need to pay a convenience fee on
top of your banks charge for using an ATM outside your network. You can also consider using prepaid cards
that don’t charge fees for ATM withdrawals. You can also exchange your foreign cash for
US dollars at a currency exchange office. You usually get better rates out in the city
rather than at hotels and airports. Internet: You can purchase a prepaid SIM card
to access the internet on your phone. Local carriers include T-Mobile, Mint Mobile,
Ultra Mobile and others. See our travel guide for more information. Alternatively, you can consider renting a
pocket Wi-Fi or mobile hotspot. For more information, check out our travel
guide. Tipping: You should always tip at restaurants,
bars and hotels in the United States and therefore Miami. The normal rates are between 15 and 20% pre-tax
for wait staff at restaurants and 1 to $2 per drink or 15 to 20% of the bar tab for
bartenders. For Uber and Lyft drivers, 10% is a standard. Read more about tipping in our Travel Guide. NUMBER 4: Best apps to use in Miami. Your phone can be your best buddy in Miami. Here is a list of useful apps: Miami-Dade/Transit
Tracker to get practical information on Miami’s bus, train and mover car system. PayByPhone, ParkMobile, ParkMe – Miami Beach,
SpotHero or ParkWhiz to find and book parking near your destination. Groupon for promo codes and saving, alerts
for nearby dining and other deals. TripAdvisor and Yelp for reviews of restaurants,
hotels, museums, tours et cetera. Uber or Lyft for getting around the city,
Google Maps or Apple Maps for walking, public transportation, driving et cetera. Google Maps also lets you download maps which
is a great option if you don’t want to use roaming. SitOrSuat or Flush for finding public restrooms,
Tap to find the nearest drinking water fountain or refill station and Wi-Fi Map or Wi-Fi Finder
which helps you find Wi-Fi throughout Miami. Check out our travel guide for links to download
these apps on iOS and Android and for more great Miami apps suggestions. NUMBER 3: Food and prizes. You have plenty of dining options in Miami,
from stylish five-star restaurants to amazing Street food places. We suggest using Yelp or TripAdvisor to find
the nearby place with good reviews. In Miami, a meal from a food truck costs about
$10 while an inexpensive restaurant meal costs about $15 on average. You can have a three-course meal for two at
a mid-range restaurant for around $65. A burger can be as cheap as $4 at a fast food
joint or as expensive as $20 at a mid-range restaurant. As for drinks, a coffee costs between $1.50
and $5, a bottle of soda about $2, beer from 5 to $8 and a happy hour drink special from
$5. You can get a Pastelito, a traditional Cuban
pastry for under $1. There are several great cheap eats in Miami. Check out our travel guide for a list of the
best inexpensive dining places. Finally, you can choose to buy food and drinks
at a local grocery store or fresh fruits at a farmers market to hold down the costs. Use Google Maps or similar app to locate a
store or market near you. NUMBER 2: City passes and guided tours. You can choose from all-inclusive pick-your-attractions
or build your own passes. With all-inclusive passes like the Miami Sightseeing
Day Pass and Go Miami all-inclusive card, you can visit an unlimited number of attractions
for one, two, three or five days. You’ll also get to Skip The Line at certain
locations. See our travel guide for current prices and
links. Another great way to discover different neighborhoods
in Miami are walking tours organized by professional guides who know a great deal about the city’s
rich history and culture. See our travel guide for links to websites
and other interesting tours. NUMBER 1: Best free views of the city. You can enjoy several amazing views of Miami
from one of the following locations completely free of charge. Ride a free Metro over promenade Miami River
or on the opposite side on Miami River walk Bayfront Park, Brickell Key, Bayside Marketplace,
on top of the MacArthur Causeway and South Point Park and Pier. Check our travel guide for more places with
amazing free and paid views of the city and maps, links, opening hours and other information
that will help make your trip to Miami stress-free.

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