Advance Planning

One month before Book tickets at major venues (Miami Heat or Dolphins tickets, concerts at New World Center or Adrienne Arsht Center).

Two weeks before Reserve a table at any high-end restaurants you'd like to dine at.

One week before Check online for the latest restaurant and bar openings, as well as upcoming concerts and art exhibitions.

Resources

Art Circuits (www.artcircuits.com) The best insider info on art events; includes excellent neighborhood-by-neighborhood gallery maps.

Miami (www.miamiandbeaches.com) A great guide for Miami visitors, covering sights, restaurants, nightlife, events, tours and more.

New Times (www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants) The latest art exhibitions, restaurant and bar openings and upcoming events.

Miami Nice (www.miaminicemag.com) Local blog that covers fashion, food and culture.

Miami Bites (www.miabites.com) A community of food bloggers share the latest culinary hits (and misses).

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/miami) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Citi Bike is a great way to zip around Miami Beach as well as Wynwood and Downtown Miami. Cycling between any of those destinations can be a little harrowing, however.
  • Plan at least a few early-evening nights. Happy Hour (which generally runs from 4pm to 7pm) gets you great drink deals (and often food deals as well), and it's usually a fun time to be out.
  • Take advantage of Miami's lush backyard. Go for walks in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park or Oleta River State Park, kayaking off Virginia Key and standup paddleboarding off North Beach.
  • Do get out of South Beach. Miami has much more to offer than just this seaside 'hood.

What to Take

  • Driver's license
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Rain jacket
  • A dressy outfit or two, essential for nights out
  • Ear plugs (especially if lodging near Ocean Dr)
  • Reading material for the beach
  • US electrical adapter

What to Wear

Miami is fairly casual, though for nights out you should have some outfits that don't revolve around shorts, t-shirts and sneakers. More so than in other parts of Florida, Miami folk dress up when heading out to nicer restaurants, upscale bars and nightclubs.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Check the calendar to see which festivals to visit (or avoid!).
  • If coming from overseas, check whether you can use your phone, and ask about roaming fees.
  • Book your first few nights of accommodation.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re heading away.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.