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From the surprisingly affordable and modern YVE Hotel Miami, with prices starting at $149 a night, to the more popular Holiday Inn Port of Miami, there are more than enough budget choices for you to choose from. If you want the best view, book a room at the Hilton Miami Hotel for $164 a night. You'll find yourself within walking distance of the Port of Miami and Bayside Marketplace. If you're coming in town for business or just to relax, you will enjoy the Mayfair Hotel and Spa, as it includes private spa tubs and a rooftop pool and bar.
If you have a long layover and need a comfortable place to stay, consider the Best Western Premier Miami International Hotel and Suites, which offers complimentary Wi-Fi and a cozy restaurant. This and the Hyatt House are reasonable choices, with prices starting at $144 a night, if you desire comfort and convenience away from the Miami International Airport lounge. Wanting something a little more classy? The Hilton Miami Airport is also a good choice that comes with a spacious pool and overlooks the Blue Lagoon.
Escape the city chaos and enjoy a more at-home feel with the quiet Miami Guesthouse or stay in the simple and elegant Tamiami Guest House. Both offer complimentary breakfast and are reasonably priced for the amenities and local attraction tours offered.
Airbnb home rentals are the newest way to vacation while on a budget. Enjoy renting a room or a whole house, some of which even feature a pool or spa, starting at just $90 per night. The list of available Airbnbs range from luxurious modern beachfront apartments in Miami Beach to more quiet and comfortable accommodations in South Beach.
Catch the beautiful weather and escape the crowds during the spring when the weather is warm and sunny with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. When traveling to Miami between March and May, you'll just miss the winter peak season where the hotel rates are high and the beaches are crowded. In the spring, you can still enjoy the beautiful weather with fewer showers than in the summer and less chance of hurricanes than in the fall.
If you like 360-degree views, signature bedding, bathrobes and beachfront restaurants, then you'll enjoy the many luxuries that Miami hotels have to offer. Z Ocean Hotel, for example, is a four-star establishment with a 24-hour gym and state-of-the-art outdoor pool. Sleeping Beauty's Castle, better known as the Mondrian Hotel, is situated on the stunning waterfront of Biscayne Bay and located minutes from Miami Design District and Ocean Drive. The Fontainebleau is another Miami favorite with over 1,500 guest rooms and a penthouse. This hotel is known for its trendsetting, high energy nightlife available in its personal nightclub, LIV.
Hostels vary in size, shape, and personality just like Miami hotels and bed and breakfasts. The difference between booking a hostel and booking a hotel is the booking fees, room rates, and amenities available to the customer. Hostels are fun alternatives to cheap hotels in Miami and sometimes offer things that hotels don't like complimentary breakfast or personal adventure tours. If you understand that there may not be a spiral staircase and chandeliers, then you might prefer the low rates charged by hostels and the communal design that allows guests to easily meet new people.
During the winter, Miami gets very crowded with tourists from all around the world, and even though there are hundreds of hotels in Miami, many of them reach maximum capacity quicker than you think. Booking your hotel in advance leaves you stress-free and comfortable knowing that your trip is one step closer to becoming a reality. Booking in advance also saves you from room rate increases for the last-minute bookers. Travelers find that booking early means the opportunity to check in early, get put into a raffle, and sometimes even score a discount at your favorite Miami restaurant.
Straight from Miami International Airport, you can catch the Metrorail into Downtown Miami and all the way from Palmetto to Dadeland South. The Metrorail consists of two lines and twenty-three stations. Although the Metrorail doesn't cover much of Miami, the Metrobus is another option that transports you to many areas and serves all major shopping, business, entertainment, and cultural centers as well as schools and hospitals.
If the Metrorail doesn't go where you need, the Metrobus provides a second option. It’s a convenient way to get around the city quickly and without breaking the bank. The Metrobus costs $2.25 per trip and is funded with the Easy Card, which also helps you get free bus-to-bus transfers. Several buses run 24 hours, so staying out late at one of the many bar and lounges isn't a problem.
The Metromover is a free mass train-like transit that operates within Downtown Miami. This local transit is a great choice when on a budget and in Miami, as it’s a free and quick way to move around. The stations are approximately two blocks away from each other and are near all major buildings in Downtown Miami.
Miami is one of the busiest cities in America, so traffic can get frustrating. The City of Miami is always reconstructing the roads and large crowds are constantly sweeping the streets, so patience is a virtue as traffic jams occur every day. To control your gasoline expenses, be careful when renting a car or driving your own thought the city. Lastly, do as the Romans do and follow the locals when you're unsure. The city can be a scary place to drive, especially when it's unfamiliar and crowded.
The taxi drivers in Miami reflect the melting-pot makeup of the city itself; they are as diverse as the rest of the population in skill and speed. Most are friendly and helpful, willing to offer tourism tips during a traffic jam. Be aware that taxi drivers do charge a flat rate for long-distance rides, so if you plan to take a taxi, negotiate a fair price before the taxi driver pulls away from the curb.
Miami is known for its world-renowned hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. Although there are many free things to do, there are also many expensive activities, so design your itinerary to fit your budget. If you're renting a car, factor in the costs of gasoline and parking. Plan your day according to the weather, as well, because it's always changing. Miami is in a sub-tropical climate, which means frequent rain and occasional downpours, but don't mistake the rain as a breath of cool air because it's always warm in Miami.
Miami Beach and its pristine white sand is world-famous and one of the top destinations for anybody traveling to Miami. For the nature lovers, there are a few hiking trails in the Oletta River State Park along with an array of tropical plants at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Go canoeing and experience the wildlife at the Everglades National Park, then enjoy a scuba diving session or a couple of hours of snorkeling in crystal clear waters at Biscayne National Park.
Take a stroll through the Perez Art Museum for $16 or save your cash on the first Thursday of the month when admission is free. Indulge in Art Week during the first week in December. Be inspired by the works of the featured 50 mid-career artists at Art Fusion Galleries, which is in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District. Gaze at the temporary and traveling exhibitions at the Lowe Art Museum and, if you're close to the Florida International University, stop by the Frost Museum of Art, which you can tour for free.
If you're staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, you'll find nearby Miami's largest performing arts venue, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The Miami Art Museum and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida are also great choices and both in the Miami Cultural Plaza, offering visitors the option of buying one-day passes to both museums.
One of America's favorite basketball players, Dwayne Wade, can be watched playing basketball at the AmericanAirlines Arena with the Miami Heat. Football season starts in August, so if you're in Miami, catch the Miami Dolphins at the Sun Life Stadium playing against one of their rivals. If you're not into basketball or football, grab a line and go deep-sea fishing off the coast and into the Atlantic Ocean. If you're feeling lazy, sit back and watch the surfers catch a wave at the world-famous Miami Beach. Tourists who are feeling lucky and want to practice their swing might want to hit a few balls at the Miami Beach Golf Club
Put on your dancing shoes and walk down to Park West, also known as Club Row, where you'll find many dance clubs, bars, and lounges to suit the musical and aesthetic tastes of any visitor. Club Row is a hot spot for tourists because all venues are less exclusive and less expensive than South Beach. However, if you're looking to spot a celebrity, you should head to South Beach and Ocean Drive, but be sure to bring enough cash to get you through the doors.
If you're interested in wild animals, you can venture to the Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island or Zoo Miami. If sports is your thing, the AmericanAirlines Arena and Sun Life Stadium could be the best choice for you. Those who love the wild outdoors will enjoy the many state parks available: Oleta River State Park, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park or the Everglades State Park.
Take a stroll through the city and pass the Intercontinental Hotel, Freedom Tower, Epic Tower, and Miami Tower. Travel through time at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Gesu Catholic Church and the Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard Clairvaux are both beautiful and perfect for photographers. The Barnacle State Historic Site and Calle Ocho are interesting destinations and a fun place to take the kids.
Every city has its good side and its bad side. Miami is a party hot spot, so naturally there are people who have too much fun. Compared to other cities in America, Miami’s crime rate is surprisingly low. Overall, Miami is a fun stop for couples and solo travelers alike, but it never hurts to take necessary precautions. Tell the Miami hotels where you'll be going and become close with your concierge. Ask your hotel for a number for a reliable taxi service and try to carry as little cash as possible. It's also a good idea to charge your cell phone right before you leave just in case you need to call for transportation.
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