State: Florida. Capital: Tallahassee. Largest City: Jacksonville.
One of America's most ultra-modern cities, Miami has an appeal all of its own.The buzz of Miami is distinctly different from any other city and visitors can relax on the beach, shop until they drop and enjoy a myriad of dining options. For a true taste of Miami, take a stroll alongside the ocean and explore the eclectic and vibrant Collins Avenue with all it's shops, restaurants and entertainment. When the sun sets, the hotel club scene comes alive in an array of custom-projections, enticing colour and electric sound.
Visitors to Miami could be mistaken for thinking they were in South or Central America, with Spanish spoken on every corner, a citrus scent in the air and a pulsing energy reverberating throughout the city. And at night, the Latino spirit really heats up, with a wide range of superb restaurants, bars, bistros and clubs to keep you entertained until dawn. If you want to join in with the salsa beat, time your arrival to coincide with the annual Calle Ocho street festival (February/March) in Little Havana – it’s an absolute must-see, must-do event.
When it comes to shopping, guests are spoilt with a selection of high-end Avenues and all-encompassing Malls - such as Town Center at Boca Raton at Palm Beach, Aventura Mall and Dadeland Mall. For those with a passion for fashion, these retail hubs are destinations in their own right and definitely worth adding to your 'must-see' list!
Reached from Miami via Ricenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne is an exclusive seven-mile stretch of land where there are multi-million dollar homes, incredible beaches and a coastal barrier reef and The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Miami boasts a fantastic location in the heart of it all. Do visit Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park where there is a historic lighthouse and a mile of beach for sunbathing, swimming and picnicking, as well as biking, kayaking and fishing opportunities.
Running along the oceanfront of Miami Beach is the main road, Collins Avenue, where most of the vibrant luxury hotels are located including W South Beach , The Miami Beach EDITION. It passes through several seaside resorts, including South Beach - where The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach enjoys a prime position – with its iconic stretch of sands that are very popular with sun-worshippers and surfers.
Sunny Isles Beach
Here you’ll find miles of pristine beaches and one of Miami’s most striking ocean fronts, with pretty parks, world-class restaurants and shops.
See the city in style courtesy of a guided boat, helicopter or driving tour, and indulge in some fabulous water sports including skin-diving, snorkelling and water-skiing. If you can, do take the Everglades Airboat Tour – it will give you an entirely new perspective of this incredible swampland environment- and Miami!
For those with a passion for gardens, there’s Miami Beach Botanical Garden, an urban oasis showcasing native Floridian flora: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, featuring collections of rare tropical plants, and the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens located on Biscayne Bay – where our featured property The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami resides, and boasts some fabulous gardens of its own – comprising a stunning Italiante mansion and ten acres of serene, European-inspired formal gardens.
Shoppers who love exclusive brands can spoil themselves at the many Malls, including Town Center at Boca Raton, Palm Beach. As one of south Florida's top luxury shopping destinations, this Simons Malls complex sells a wealth of high end and elite brands, alongside fellow Dadeland Mall, Aventura and Bal Harbour Malls – guests of the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach will enjoy complimentary transfers to both.
Head to South Beach where you’ll find the world-renowned Miami Art Deco District, with a collection of over eight-hundred historic buildings from the 1920s and 1930s. Stay at The Setai and you may find yourself in your very own Art Deco room – a meticulously replicated Art Deco landmark, the hotel was once the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. Miami Beach is also home to a host of beachfront properties that include the mansion that belonged to the late Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace, which is located amongst the swaying palm trees of the much-filmed Ocean Drive. This affluent area is known for its choice of stylish dining and partying places, including bars and nightclubs.
The best time to visit Miami is between November and May, for the long sunny days. From June to October, expect extremely high temperatures and increased humidity.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Miami.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines direct from London Heathrow to Miami.
From London Heathrow to Miami: 9 hours, 20 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Travel Advice Update
The FCO travel advice for the USA has been updated with an amendment to the Entry requirements section - on 18 December 2015, the US Congress passed a Bill updating the requirements for the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP); under the new rules, with effect from 1 April 2016 all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip.
The web-based Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) requires all passengers (including infants) travelling via or to the USA to apply for authority to travel a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel. You may be denied boarding or refused entry to the US if you have not registered and obtained authorisation. To apply visit the official website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ A charge of UD$14 per person (subject to change) will apply and must be paid by either credit or debit card.
Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. If you’re a British citizen and a frequent visitor to the USA you can now register to get a UK background check on www.gov.uk/apply-faster-entry-usa. If you pass the background checks, you’ll be invited to apply for Global Entry.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for Miami to reflect the health advice of The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNac) in relation to the Zika Virus.
ZIKV is a dengue-like virus that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The infection often occurs without symptoms but can also cause an illness similar to dengue. The condition is usually mild and short-lived; severe disease is uncommon and insect bite avoidance measures are recommended. http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
Recently, a possible link between exposure to Zika virus (ZIKV) in pregnancy and microcephaly and other congenital malformations has been identified and investigations are ongoing. Whilst investigations continue,
NaTHNaC advises that it is recommended that pregnant women should postpone non-essential travel to areas with active Zika transmission until after pregnancy. This is a change to the previous advice which encouraged pregnant women to consider avoiding travel and seek travel health advice.
In addition it is recommended that women should avoid becoming pregnant while travelling in an area with active Zika virus transmission, and for 28 days following return home. If a woman develops symptoms compatible with Zika virus infection on her return to the UK, it is recommended she avoids becoming pregnant for a further 28 days following recovery. If travel is unavoidable, or you live in areas where ZIKV is reported, you should take scrupulous insect bite avoidance measures, both during daytime and night time hours.
Symptoms of Zika virus infection may include fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis/red eyes, headache, muscle pain and eye pain. No specific anti-viral treatment is available for Zika virus infection.
Elegant Resorts advises that pregnant women already booked to travel to any of the destinations affected, should seek medical advice from their GP and talk to their travel provider. Where it is necessary to change or cancel their holiday arrangements in light of the NaTHNaC advice, they should request that their GP provides them with a medical certificate in order to assist with them with any possible insurance claim.
Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with ZIKV and receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures. http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice