Shop till you drop or dance till you flop - the beaches of Miami are there for you to relax on, before you get going again...
You can spend your days on the beautiful Miami beaches, visit a number of museums and shop in many exquisite malls, markets and shops that are peppered around the area, then dance the night away to the sound of Latin music. Miami is a sunny place year-round with an average annual temperature of around 24C.
Besides trips to the beach, visitors should try to see the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Everglades National Park, HistoryMiami, Ancient Spanish Monastery and Coral Castle Museum. If you're travelling with children, Jungle Island, Seaquarium and the Miami Children's Museum should make everyone in the family happy.
The best shopping can be found in Bal Harbour, Bayside Marketplace, Aventura Mall and Coral Gables' Miracle Mile. There are also many other markets, malls and shops in the Miami area.
Visitors who come to Miami love to explore the labyrinth of the Everglades and to experience the glorious beaches, including Miami Beach, Surfside Beach and Sunny Isles. There is also an array of water sports, charter fishing boats and outdoor parks to try out.
If you have a keen interest in the arts and culture, there is no shortage of museums. These include: the Wolfsonian (decorative arts), Bass Museum of Art (Art Deco) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (mainstream art). If you are feeling bold, the World Erotic Art Museum is an option for adults.
If you are interested in theatre and music, the Jackie Gleason Theater, the Colony Theater and The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts have a large variety of performances to choose from.
Little Havana is worth visiting as it is steeped in Cuban-American culture, especially on the last Friday of the month for Viernes Culturales, which also has free walking tours.
The Ancient Spanish Monastery is a must for history buffs, as well as The Barnacle Historic State Park. The Art-Deco buildings that have been re-purposed for new businesses are also a link to the past.
Whether it's Cuban food in Little Havana, five-star cuisine on Lincoln Road in South Beach, an eclectic selection in Downtown Miami or Haitian food in Overtown, the choice of restaurants is as diverse as Miami itself.
Miami-Dade sprawls across a mixture of land and waterways and is broken up into grids. It is a good idea to carry an up-to-date map and check your routes before you set off each day. It is best to carry a good amount of change, as there are a number of toll roads. If you are spending more than a week in the area, investigate a SunPass. There are also charges for parking in some areas. There are bus services in the Art Deco District and South Beach. Walking is the preferred method of transport for the beaches and there are also pedestrianised areas in Espanola Way, Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. There are many charter boats, speed boats and cruise ships available if you want to see the area from the water. A sunset cruise is something all visitors to Miami should experience once in their lives, as a Florida sunset is very special.
In Miami, hotels are best enjoyed if you match your location to the type of holiday you are after...
The choice of hotels in Miami is quite varied, so if you are visiting South Beach, Ocean Drive is the best place to stay. If shopping around North Beach and Bal Harbour is important, then Collins Avenue is the most convenient. If your visit is more geared towards the Downtown Miami area, then Bricknell Avenue or Biscayne Boulevard are most suitable. Book Miami hotels as early as possible, especially when visiting from November to April.
There are plenty of places to see during your stay in Miami...
Discover the best bits of Miami with our handy guide to the city's premier attractions.
Top five attractions
Miami sizzles with the flavours of Cuba and nowhere is this more obvious than in Little Havana, which is also known as the Latin Quarter.
If you want to sound like a local, call it SoBe. The most famous beach in Miami, these are the sands on which to be seen and top up your tan. It's a hip area and a must-see during your trip, even if you choose not to stay in South Beach.
Miami Art Deco Historic District
Whether you like the style or not, this is the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world and it is a pleasure to simply stroll around or take a tour to learn more about this striking part of the city.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Take a trip to the wonderfully-named Coconut Grove to see the beautiful Italian Renaissance gardens and villa, which is crammed with antiques and art.
Everglades National Park
At only an hour from Miami, the crocodile- and alligator-infested waters of the Everglades are a major draw for visitors to Florida. Book boat trips through the subtropical wetlands to see the swamps and the creatures up close.
There is something happening in Miami just about every month of the year...
Remember to book your hotel early if you wish to attend any of these events.
Art Deco Weekend; January: Delve even deeper into the distinctive Art Deco style of Miami with this dedicated weekend of events, which includes special tours, parades and films.
South Beach Comedy Festival; February/March/April: The dates of this popular event change every year, but what never changes is the calibre of the comedy greats that grace stages around South Beach every year and gets crowds howling with laughter.
Carnaval Miami; March: Join in the fun times of this typically vibrant and colourful carnival in Little Havana. The Calle Ocho Festival, part of the carnival activities, is a particularly well-attended event. Calle Ocho is a street in the area and a journey here at any time is like a journey back in time.