Bathed in year round sunshine, with a colorful cultural calendar and a popping party scene, Miami is a seriously cool vacation destination. With so much to do and see, you might be wondering when is the best time to visit Miami? Well, wonder no more, with our helpful guide to your Miami vacation.
The best time to visit Miami for great weather
The wonderful thing about Miami, and all of Florida, is that it lives up to its nickname, The Sunshine State. Temperatures remain steady between about 69°F and 84°F all year round. For this reason, it makes a great winter escape for visitors looking to escape the cold. What does change is the amount of rain. Between the months of June and October, you can expect heavy rain and thunderstorms most days, with high humidity making everything a little bit uncomfortable. This is also hurricane season. Hurricanes aren’t guaranteed in Miami, but it’s always best to be prepared.
The best weather for making the most of Miami’s attractions is between January and April. Temperatures will be at their coolest, although still very balmy, and humidity is low. Some beaches may be closed on the coldest days, so if you’re going exclusively to catch some rays, try looking at November or December instead.
When to visit Miami for fewer crowds
With such glorious weather and so much to do, it should come as no surprise to hear that Miami draws in a lot of visitors. Many of these trips will be in the peak seasons. The school break period, between June and September, finds huge crowds of family holiday makers in town. Numbers rise again around the Holiday season.
The quietest times to visit Miami are generally in the Spring and Autumn shoulder seasons. Between February and May, temperatures in the city are cool as the families have gone back home, leaving behind a much calmer city. Spring Break may cause a spike in numbers in March and April. Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Miami. Weather for the beaches is perfect, while the humidity is low enough to explore comfortably. It’s still the tail end of hurricane season, so you might get some inclement weather, but it’s still a great time to go to Miami for fewer crowds.
When is a good time to visit Miami for families?
Miami is a fabulous family destination. With a plethora of museums, zoos and beaches to enjoy, it’s ideal for kids, teens and adults. Miami really comes alive during the holiday periods. Between June and September, attractions are open and events happen all over the city. There is so much for children to do, including Zoo Miami and the Miami Science Museum. You could fill every day of a family vacation and still not do everything Miami has to offer. The weather during this time is hot, humid and can be pretty wet, with a chance of hurricanes.
Alternatively, head down to Miami for the Holiday season. In the run-up to Christmas, Miami takes on a magical feel, with dainty lights strung up in the palm trees and the Christmas spirit in full swing. If you want to take a family vacation at this time of year, get yourself organised early, as rooms book up fast and prices rise as the end of the year approaches.
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The best time to visit Miami for events and festivals?
The good news is, Miami is a vibrant city, and there’s something going on all year around. Whether you’re a sports supporter, a music maestro or a food fan, there are events and festivals to enjoy every month.
Spring Events in Miami
Miami Film Festival
Florida’s answer to Cannes is just as glamorous, with a little East Coast flair. Miami turns into a labyrinth of movie theatres, with screens popping up in locations across the city. Guests can see short films, documentaries and international feature films during the festival.
Miami Music Week
Each March, Miami turns up the volume with a weeklong celebration of music. EDM fans flock to the event, where world-renowned acts and DJs perform in concerts and outdoor events.
Flamenco Festival Miami
Every year, Miami turns the spotlight on the sultry art of Flamenco. Featuring dancers who travel over from Spain, the festival brings an authentic taste of Seville to the streets of the city.
One of the most famous tennis tournaments in the world, bringing the sport’s biggest and brightest stars to face-off in the Florida sunshine.
Summer Events in Miami
Redlands Summer Fruit Festival
Sample the most delicious produce of the Sunshine State in this fruity event. Sample the best fresh fruit, spices and wines you’ll ever taste.
Get your geek on for this celebration of all things pop culture. Dress up as your favourite superhero and get involved in the fun, or simply sit back and enjoy the parade of cosplayed characters and indulge in a bit of celebrity-spotting.
Nu Wave Swim Week Garden
Fashion shows get a beach-ready update with this spotlight on emerging and established swimwear brands. This week-long event features runway shows and glamorous events, all taking place in the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. The venue runs a plastic-free policy throughout the event, and partners with local ocean conservation groups to draw attention to our precious underwater worlds. Fashion with a side order of sustainability? Now that’s something we can get behind.
For something a little different, head to Wynwood for a pulsating celebration of Colombian Independence Day. Indulge in a range of delicious Colombian treats from a fleet of authentic food trucks and dance the night away to Latin beats from an international line-up of musicians.
Miami Fall Events
Miami Book Fair
Bookworms rejoice! The Miami Book Fair is a week-long event dedicated to the power of the written word. With author panels, presentations and of course, countless books to buy, it’s the perfect excuse to grab a few more volumes to add to your already groaning bookshelves.
When spooky season rolls around in Miami, the ghosts and ghouls come to town. Horrorland is a unique and immersive no-contact haunted house experience, which participants enjoy from the ‘safety’ of their cars. Monsters, zombies, ghosts and other spooky creatures make up the cast of your very own horror movie experience.
Overture to Overtown
Overtown’s historic jazz roots are in the spotlight in this month-long exploration of music and poetry. Local musicians working to keep the history and sounds of the area alive participate in concerts and readings.
Zoo Run 5K
Every year, kids and adults get together to raise money for Zoo Miami in their annual fundraising fun run. All fitness levels are welcome to take part, it’s for a great cause afterall.
Winter Events in Miami
King Mango Strut Parade
A fun, chaotic and satirical parade featuring wacky floats and locals lampooning current affairs. This vibrant street festival is a must-see in Miami due to the sheer fun of it. Marching bands, both professional and from local schools, also take part.
South Beach Food and Wine Festival
South Beach in Miami comes alive in the city’s most famous food festival. International chefs, hungry Floridians and visitors from all over the world descend to indulge in every imaginable type of food and drink.
Miami International Boat Show
Live the high life (or at least pretend to) by taking a peek at some of the most ostentatious super yachts on the planet.This 5 day event hosts beautiful vessels in Miami Harbour, in a celebration of all things nautical.
Miami Beer Festival
Hop aficionados will be in paradise at this annual event, where visitors can sample over 200 local beers and foods.
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