State: Florida. Capital: Tallahassee. Largest City: Jacksonville.
One of America's most cutting-edge cities, Miami has a unique buzz all of its own amongst its enchanting collection of historic Art Deco houses and ultra-modern skyscrapers. Idyllically situated along the east coast of Florida, visitors can choose to relax on a choice of golden-sand beaches or shop to your heart’s content in districts such as vibrant Collins Avenue. Authentic American cuisine and trailblazing local chefs also define Miami as an outstanding dining destination that’s sure to whet the appetite. By moonlight, the magical spirit of Miami truly unfolds. Spend evenings salsa dancing with the locals in Little Havana or in the more refined atmosphere of a candlelit lounge or rooftop terrace, admiring the glistening city skyline. With a love for celebrating and plenty of world-class venues to play host, Miami nights are never short of a party. From music and dance festivals to cultural celebrations, indulging in this city’s spectacular social scene is truly unmissable.
With sunshine-filled skies and naturally beautiful surroundings, there’s no better way to spend your days than outdoors in Miami. Feel inspired to embrace the Miami way of life — the city is full of jogging and running routes, as well as complimentary yoga classes. Head off shore to the warm Miami waters and enjoy watersports such as water-skiing or paddleboarding or a more luxurious and leisurely experience aboard a luxury yacht or speedboat. Golf fanatics can head to the renowned Miami Beach Golf Club, considered a cornerstone of the local community, or relish in more than twenty other award-winning courses in the region.
Cuban culture has been part of the Miami lifestyle since Cubans began migrating to Florida in the 1950s, and there’s no better place to see it’s colourful flair than in Little Havana. Around every corner you’ll discover Spanish-speaking residents, happy to welcome you to their streets lined with bakeries, cigar shops and handcrafted products. Tours around this fascinating district are now easily organised, guiding you through the famous Calle Ocho and providing insight into how this vibrant neighbourhood came to be.
Whether it’s luxury designer boutiques or outlet malls that suit your shopping style, Miami has it all to offer. The recently transformed Design District houses upmarket designers such as Hermés, Cartier and Louis Vuitton in its luxurious showrooms, whilst larger complexes such as Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall and Simons Malls promise many high end and elite brands under one roof. Miami is also brimming with picturesque outdoor shopping for those wanting to soak up the sun — Purdy Avenue, Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue all boast an eclectic mix of designer and quaint independent boutiques to browse.
Museums and Culture
Miami is home to several nationally recognised institutions boasting an exciting mix of art forms, as well as plenty of points of culture. Pérez Art Museum Miami (better known as PAMM) exhibits international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, aiming to highlight Miami’s diverse community, whilst HistoryMiami preserves and celebrates the regions colourful past. A creation formed from this city’s love of culture, Wynwood Walls – an entrepreneur’s vision of reviving a failing neighbourhood – is adorned in everything from abstract paintings, to and out-of-this-world sculptures, presenting a unique insight into Miami’s art scene.
As the sun sets, a whole new spirit of Miami comes alive to the sound of vibrant music and glasses clinking. Nightlife in the city varies from some of the Americas best nightclubs and bars, to spectacular live music performances and festivals. To delve straight into Miami’s party culture, LIV nightclub hosts world-class DJs, such as David Guetta and Steve Angello, whilst their sister club, Story, offers a much more exclusive underground scene. In perfect contrast, guests can also expect plenty of alternative social scenes, such as Wynwood’s choice of independent bars and the Latino flair of Little Havana.
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