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12 Things Every Traveler Should Know Before Visiting Miami

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Perched on Florida’s southern tip, Miami draws visitors from around the world with its blend of urban buzz and glamorous beach scene. However, visiting Miami is very different from visiting other popular Florida destinations. Why is that? Well, in terms of cultural diversity, vibrant nightlife, and overall bustle, Miami can feel light years away from hotspots like Orlando , St. Pete Beach , and the Florida Keys . To help first-time visitors make the most of their time by avoiding any faux pas (and hopefully saving some cash along the way), we’ve compiled a list of 12 key things every traveler should know before visiting Miami. Read on for tips on everything from the best time to go to Miami and its best beaches to where you should stay on your Miami vacation.

1. Miami is a late-night city that likes to party.

Downtown Miami at night

Downtown Miami at night; Hector Falcon/Unsplash

New York isn’t the only U.S. city that never sleeps. Whether you’re just dining out or gearing up for Miami’s legendary club scene, you’ll want to consider pushing your plans back later than usual — or risk being the first to arrive. Leading clubs, such as Space and E11even are open around the clock, while another top choice, LIV, doesn’t open its doors until nearly midnight. You’ll also want to keep in mind that headlining DJs usually don’t take the decks until as late in the night — we’re talking between 2 and 3 AM in most instances. If you’re looking for something on the earlier side, head to Lagniappe, an open-air bar that puts on live music for a more traditionally primetime crowd. You’ll also want to make note of the many seasonal parties that take up residence along Miami Beach, which can mean 24/7 beats for days at a time. These include March’s Ultra Music Festival, May’s Rolling Loud, and the week-long Miami Beach Pride that starts in late-March. This is to say nothing of the individual hotel parties that take place up and down the beach, as well as the events associated with major events like Art Basel and the Miami Food Festival.

2. Pack more than beachwear for your Miami vacation.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach/Oyster

This isn’t the Florida Keys or Daytona Beach , so don’t plan on sporting flip-flops and swimsuits anywhere other than the beach or hotel pool when you’re in Miami. To be fair, even the pools can feel like fashion runways at some of the city’s posh hotels. Many restaurants and bars enforce dress codes in Miami — including Miami Beach and South Beach — while clubs can be as selective, barring entry to sandal-wearing clientele. Miami is one of the United States’ most cosmopolitan cities, so dress to impress, or at least try not stand out for the wrong reasons. If you’re after a more casual vibe, the beach towns up the coast makes a great alternative, or stick to the restaurants and bars tucked away on Miami’s side streets rather than the dining scene along Collins Ave., Lincoln Road, and Ocean Drive.

3. The effects of climate change are already flooding Miami — and it’s not going to get better.

Beach at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Beach at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne/Oyster

Oh, Miami — so blessed and so cursed at the same time. While the city sits firmly in the hurricane zone and has been victim to several major storms in the past, the largest current threat is fair-weather flooding due to climate change. These floods are most often associated with king tides, which are excessively high tides caused by lunar and solar cycles. While these have been a normal occurrence since the beginning of time, rising sea levels fueled by climate change have cause these tides to become even more destructive in Miami. This is exacerbated by the porous stone that underlies much of the South Florida region, allowing water to rise from directly underneath this major urban area. King-tide flooding can happen regardless of weather — though it’s worse during high tides and weather events that cause the sea near shorelines to swell. In other words: It can be perfectly sunny outside, but several streets will be filled with water and impassable. September through November — which coincide with the end of hurricane season and the king-tide cycles — are the worst time of year for this troubling phenomenon.

4. Miami is home to huge Caribbean and Latin American communities.  

Domino Plaza

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Cuban culture is incredibly prominent in Miami, and enjoying a fresh mojito while watching a live salsa performance are highly recommended experiences. The strong Cuban presence stems from the fact that more than 25% of Miami-Dade County residents are Cuban-born plus the many descendants of Cuban immigrants that have arrived over the past six decades. However, this still constitutes less than half of the city’s foreign-born population. Miami is also home to significant Haitian, Bahamian, Venezuelan, and Colombian communities — to name just a few. Between restaurants, art galleries, and music venues, there are plenty of ways to dive deeper into these other cultures. For starters, head to Little Haiti for free concerts and art at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Be sure to stop for spicy seafood at laidback Chef Creole.

5. The art scene is booming in Miami.

Wynwood, Miami, United States

Wynwood, Miami; Meriç Dağlı/Unsplash

Miami may not have the largest collection of museums, but art permeates the city in numerous ways, from public art and cultural centers to galleries and major art fairs. The Wynwood neighborhood, located just north of Downtown Miami, is teeming with street art and murals. The movement began in 2009 with the open-air Wynwood Walls, which encompasses 18 walls of work created by international graffiti artists. Since then, street art has expanded throughout the neighborhood, with notable displays at Wynwood Brewing Company and along NW 2 nd Avenue. Other street art hotspots include Calle Ocho in Little Havana and throughout Little Haiti. Since 2002, Art Basel has drawn renowned artists, collectors, and enthusiasts to Miami each December for a week’s worth of exhibitions. If you can’t make the event, fret not, as many of the participating galleries showcase outstanding works of art year-round. The sizable Rubell Family Collection exhibits a wealth of avant-garde works by art legends like Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Free exhibits can be found at Locust Projects and Spinello Projects, while Yeleen Gallery in Little Haiti features works that highlight the neighborhood’s Caribbean roots.

6. Miami Beach isn’t the city’s only beach (and isn’t all there is to Miami).

Aerial Photography at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Aerial Photography at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel/Oyster

Miami Beach — the famed stretch of sand that’s lined by stunning art deco buildings — is a must for a proper Miami visit. In fact, many people consider Miami Beach and South Beach to be Miami itself. That’s problematic for a ton of reasons. However, one of the biggest sins among them is limiting yourself when it comes to beaches. Many first-time visitors make the mistake of not venturing farther afield to take full advantage of the extensive network of beaches found in the Miami region. Below South Beach, Virginia Key boasts sandy shorelines without the crowds. Admission to Virginia Key Beach Park costs $8 per vehicle on the weekend, but the extra space and kayaking through wetlands are worth the added cost. Heading farther out on the causeway, Crandon Park is a family-friendly beach on Key Biscayne with water-sports and cabana rentals. Just above Miami Beach, Haulover Beach is divided between nude sunbathing in the north and a dog-friendly portion in the south.

7. Public transportation in Miami requires some know-how (and patience).

Aerial Photography at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Miami’s public transportation system is the largest in Florida, and includes buses, trolleys, Metromover, and Metrorail. Both the Miami Trolley and Metromover are free to use and aid in visiting the mainland portions of Miami, such as Little Havana, Wynwood, and Brickell City Centre. That being said, both are limited in geographical scope and — notably — don’t connect to Miami Beach or South Beach. The Metrorail connects with the Metromover at several stations, but requires a $2.25 fare. It’s an affordable option for traveling to the airport and the outlying neighborhood of Coconut Grove , but little else. It also doesn’t connect with Miami Beach. The Metrobus is the most extensive public transit network in the city, but is impeded by the congested traffic that is pervasive throughout Miami’s streets. For traveling shorter distances, try Freebee – a free electric car service that can be accessed via the Freebee mobile app. While the service is free thanks to funding from car door advertisements, be sure to tip your driver a few bucks. If you’re staying in Miami Beach and South Beach only, consider renting a bike, using your own two feet, or bank on relying on taxis. Bringing your own car? Get ready for epic parking headaches (more on that below).

8. Parking in Miami is pricey, challenging to find, and strictly enforced.

Ocean Drive in Miami

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As mentioned previously, Miami is somewhat notorious for its traffic. However, even unperturbed and seasoned city drivers should be aware of some Miami parking peculiarities before getting behind the wheel. In Miami Beach, street parking is the costliest option, running as high as $4 per hour in South Beach. Off-street lots cost comparatively less at $2 per hour, while parking garages are the best option for lengthier stays with day rates as low as $20. On the flipside, parking costs in downtown Miami neighborhoods operate in the reverse order. Hourly rates in parking garages run as high as $7 per hour, while a full-day can cost nearly $30. Furthermore, avoid parking in Miami Beach’s residential zones without a valid permit during restricted hours, which include the entire weekend as well as weekday evenings. These rules are strictly enforced and the authorities will not hesitate to tow your car away.

9. When is high season in Miami? Book ahead if visiting from December through April.

Beach at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

Beach at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach/Oyster

While Miami bustles throughout the year, the high season for tourism runs from December through mid-April, with notable peaks around the Art Basel festival in early December, between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and during spring break. While prices do rise with demand, you can reduce the added expense by booking flights and hotels several months in advance if you want your visit to coincide with the city’s best weather.

10. The gay scene is out and proud in Miami. 

The Infinity Pool at The Standard Miami

The Infinity Pool at The Standard Miami/Oyster

When it comes to gay life in Florida, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale (up the coast) take the cake. Miami serves as a major party destination for LGBTQ travelers, and has a handful of legendary gay clubs. Twist and Palace are the most famous of these venues, and each draw world-famous DJs and host excellent drag shows. You’ll find plenty of smaller venues throughout town as well, some of which cater to a mixed gay-straight crowd. Hotels in Miami are almost all universally welcoming of LGBTQ travelers, and you’ll see couples of all stripes holding hands in public. The city hosts several major gay events throughout the year as well, including the White Party and Miami Pride events.

11. Miami is expensive (but there are ways to save).

Broken Shaker in Miami

Broken Shaker in Miami/Oyster

There’s no way around it: Miami is one of the priciest cities to visit in the United States. Given its legendary status as a mecca for parties, beaches, luxury services, amazing restaurants, art, and nightlife, the city has enough pull to make it a hotspot year round. While we’ve already told you that the winter months and early spring are high season — and thus mean paying a premium on everything from flights to hotels — there are ways to save. You’ll find slightly cheaper hotel rates if you’re willing to stay on the back side of Miami Beach, toward Biscayne Bay. From there, it’s only a 15-minute walk to the beach, and you’ll enjoy a quieter vibe. You’ll also find meals for slightly less if you dine away from hotspots like Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, and Collins Ave. Food and drink on the mainland are generally less expensive as well, and you’ll likely get more for your money when it comes to hotels, too. However, you’ll be paying to commute to the beach and nightlife of South Beach. If you’re willing to visit when the weather is humid and hot, May can be a decent time of year as well, with rates that are lower than the winter and early spring months.

12. It can be fun to brush up on your Spanish in Miami.

Versalles in Little Havana

Versalles in Little Havana/Oyster

Miami’s mix of Latin American and Caribbean cultures means that Spanish is the first or second language for the majority of its residents. In fact, only about a quarter of Miami-Dade County speak only English. That being said, you aren’t expected to be a Spanish master here. However, it can be fun to practice your Spanish while you’re in town. If you’re addressed in Spanish, certainly make a go at having a basic conversation. For Spanish newbies, using simple greetings like “cómo estás” (how are you) when appropriate will earn you some credibility. Even more skilled Spanish speakers may still find the more prevalent Cuban accent hard to decipher, so be patient and don’t hesitate to employ Spanglish in this multicultural city when necessary. It’s also worth building up your knowledge of food-related lingo to help navigate menus at hole-in-the-wall establishments and restaurants alike. That’s particularly true at the old-school Cuban diners found throughout the city. To put your language skills to the test, try ordering a cafécito (Cuban espresso) in the Little Havana neighborhood.

Hotel Picks in Miami for Every Traveler

Miami luxury hotel pick: 1 hotel south beach.

The Main Pool at the 1 Hotel South Beach

Pricing for 1 Hotel South Beach

It’s no secret: We love the 1 Hotels brand. There’s just something about how effortlessly they combine sustainability, luxury services and amenities, and boho style that makes them appealing no matter where you are in the world. Of course, their South Beach outpost has the added bonus of overlooking Miami’s beautiful beach, and features one of the nicest pools in all of South Beach. It’s also just a bit removed from the insanity of central South Beach and Collins Avenue, which makes it extra appealing for an exclusive luxury getaway.

Miami Family Hotel Pick: Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Aerial Photography of pool at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Pricing for Loews Miami Beach Hotel

One of the most popular hotels in South Florida, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel sits smack in the middle of the South Beach scene, making it easy to get practically anywhere in town. This iconic property is popular with groups of friends and couples — there’s an adults-only pool for them — but also happens to be one of the best options for families with kids in Miami. There’s a dedicated area for children on the beach, as well as an extensive kids’ club that organizes tons of different programs for kids aged 4 to 12.

Miami Romantic Hotel Pick: COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

Aerial Photography at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

Pricing for COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

Situated at the more peaceful northern edge of South Beach, the COMO Metropolitan combines this brand’s wellness ethos with just the right dash of Miami style. Rooms and suites are gorgeous, and many have stunning ocean and beach views. The spa is one of the best in the region, offering a variety of treatments, and on-site dining scores raves from previous guests. It’s a chic, romantic retreat and its 74-room size means that it feels more intimate than some of the mega-hotels that line Miami’s shores.

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Miami is a city renowned for its luxurious lifestyle and abundance of celebrities, business people and rich residents.

But is Miami expensive to visit?

This is a question many people have before visiting the Floridian city, and it’s a question that’s important to ask too. You want to know how much to budget for a trip, right?

Luckily for you, I’m a full-time traveller so I’ve developed a pretty good judgment of whether somewhere is expensive or not.

I’ve also been to Florida many times and spent time in Miami, so I’m here to provide a complete guide as to whether Miami is expensive or not.

So let’s just get straight into it.

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Is Miami Expensive?

To put it bluntly, yes, Miami is very expensive to visit.

The life of luxury Miami offers comes at a high price, and this makes it expensive for tourists too. Personally, I’ve found Miami to be one of the most expensive places I’ve visited. Even Copenhagen is cheaper than Miami, and it’s known for being expensive .

But don’t just take my word for it. If you’re statistically minded like me, you might be interested to learn that Miami has a cost of living of 21% higher than the national average .

To put that into a real-world example, if something costs $5 in every single city in the US, it costs $6 in Miami.

That being said, most people’s average salary in Miami is higher than in the rest of the US.

A picture of the skyline of Miami. Is Miami expensive? Yes.

The biggest difference is in finding a Miami home. The real estate and housing market is 47% higher than the national average.

As a result of this high cost of accommodation, this makes it more expensive for tourists to find somewhere to stay in Miami without paying an arm and a leg. Even the cost of hotels in Vegas is cheaper than in Miami .

But generally speaking, things in Miami are just expensive, and there’s not really any other way to put it.

So to answer the question “ Is Miami expensive? “, the answer is yes, Miami is very expensive.

How Expensive is Miami?

Your budget in Miami depends pretty much on three main things: accommodation, things you do, and food.

Whether you stay in a hostel or a 5-star hotel will make or break your budget. As well as doing free activities or $200 tours. Or eating from a food van or a Michelin-star restaurant.

Thankfully, there is a tool to calculate your Miami budget which takes into account the length of your stay, how you like to travel, accommodation options and more. It’s useful to get an idea of a budget for a trip before booking it.

On average, for 2 weeks in Miami, these are the average budgets per person:

As you can see, the budgets are pretty insane . Two weeks in Miami, on average costs $4700…that’s crazy money.

Even for a backpacker, 2 weeks in Miami costs more than 2 MONTHS backpacking in Thailand . Miami isn’t designed to be visited on a budget, that’s for sure.

So if you plan a trip to Miami, perhaps consider not spending the full duration of your trip in the heart of Miami, and perhaps spend some time elsewhere in Florida. Either that or make sure you save up a heck of a lot of money.

Even though it’s so so expensive, Miami is still an amazing place to visit. Is it worth nearly five thousand dollars for two weeks? I’m not sure, but it’s still incredible. Miami is a special place.

But to summarise, Miami isn’t just expensive, it’s very very expensive to visit.

A picture of a road in Miami. Is Miami expensive? yes.

How much is Accommodation in Miami?

As I said above, the type of accommodation you choose to stay in will massively impact your daily budget. Whether you stay in a hostel or a luxury resort is night or day for your budget.

Obviously there’s quite a big gap between the two, and in my opinion, somewhere in the middle is a nice balance for Miami.

For me, the best mid-range hotel in Miami is the Eurostars Langford Hotel . It’s located right in the heart of Downtown Miami. That’s the city centre of Miami for us Europeans 😉. It’s really highly rated on Booking and is good value for money. You can see from the photos just how nice the rooms are! The perfect hotel in the perfect location.

Or, if you do prefer to stay in a hostel, I recommend the Beds&Drinks hostel. The US isn’t exactly known for its hostels so it’s not the best hostel you will ever stay in, but it does the job. It’s a traditional hostel and that’s about it. But it’s clean, safe, somewhere to meet new people, and most importantly, a cheap place to stay while exploring Miami.

➡️ Best hotel in Miami: Eurostars Langford Hotel ➡️ Best budget-friendly hostel in Miami: Beds&Drinks

How much are Tourist Attractions in Miami?

Some of the most popular things to do in Miami are actually free, which is an unexpected but welcomed fact when visiting Miami.

Relaxing and sunbathing on South Beach, for example, doesn’t cost anything to visit. Neither does spending an afternoon in Bayfront Park.

That being said, most other things to do in Miami do cost money. I would say that most things cost $20-30 per person.

Visiting the Everglades, for example, costs $30 per car.

Miami Zoo costs $22.95 per adult.

So the prices for doing things aren’t actually too bad , it only becomes expensive when you start paying for meals in these places, which will cost more than the entry ticket itself.

And then buying things in Miami is obviously extremely expensive too.

An aerial view of South Beach in Miami.

How Expensive is Food in Miami?

As I said, the food in Miami is pretty damn expensive. Of course, it depends on where you have your meals. Getting a burger from a food van might cost around $7-8, for example.

Eating in a sit-down restaurant means that prices, of course, go up. An average meal would cost more than $20-30 per person in a decent restaurant . And then add more for a starter or dessert. And any fancy drinks you may want too.

And remember that tipping is expected in Miami, and a 20% tip is expected to be added to your bill.

So having 2 meals out per day in Miami can quickly add up over the course of a week or two long trips.

A picture of a barrista in Miami.

Is Miami Expensive: FAQ

Below are some questions related to “ Is Miami expensive? ” along with my answers.

Yes, Miami is very expensive for tourists. The luxury lifestyle Miami offers makes it an expensive destination to visit, and average budgets over 2 weeks are over $4000 per person.

Yes, Miami is significantly more expensive than London. London is expensive compared to the rest of the UK, but Miami is a completely different kettle of fish. It’s one of the most expensive places in the world to visit.

The price of a pint of draft beer in Miami is between $6-8, which is pretty expensive for a pint.

Miami is the most expensive city in Florida by a long margin, but it’s still not on the same level as New York. New York City is incredibly expensive, and few places in the world are as expensive as New York. So NYC wins the battle in this case.

Final Thoughts: Is Miami Expensive?

And there you have it, a complete guide to “ Is Miami expensive? ”

The answer is yes, Miami is very expensive.

It costs so much to visit Miami due to the life of glam and luxury which the city offers.

So if you’re planning a trip to Florida and Miami, make sure you start saving sooner rather than later, ’cause it’s gonna cost a fortune.

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How Much it Cost to Travel to Miami Beach: Detailed Prices

Miami Beach, which is about 5 miles east of the City of Miami, is truly one of the world’s great cities to relax during the day and party at night. Nearly left for dead a few decades ago, Miami Beach, and particularly its South Beach district, has been revived into an international nightlife capital with great beaches and plenty to keep visitors busy.

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In general Miami Beach is more expensive than most other cities in the United States, and it’s more expensive than the City of Miami as well, but budget travelers can actually have an easy time of things if they plan well. Between all the new and refurbished hotels there are places that have yet to be updated, so you get a great location at a reasonable price. The attractions can also be pricey, but our review of the Go Miami Card reveals that it can save you money, especially if they are offering a discount at the moment.

Miami Beach Hotel Seasons

Miami Beach hotels are in peak season during the winter holiday periods as well as the Easter holiday weeks starting in late March, but the overall high season lasts from November through April. Quality of hotels in South Beach varies greatly, so if you only intend to sleep in the room you can get great deals at lesser hotels with great locations. During summer and even autumn you can get great deals as well, especially at the high-end hotels.

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The top restaurants along Ocean Drive are all quite expensive, but walking a block or two to Collins or Washington will get you to some places that have more modest prices, including some good Cuban places.

And those who plan to sit on the beach during the day can get by on a backpacker’s budget as long as they watch expenses once the sun goes down.

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Miami, a melting pot of cultures and one of the major cities in the United States, is often perceived as an expensive city. Known for its stunning South Beach, vibrant Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach, and close proximity to the Everglades National Park, Miami offers a unique blend of natural beauty, lively urban culture, and beachside relaxation. However, the question arises: Is Milan expensive to visit? While it may seem costly, savvy travellers can explore Miami affordably, especially when opting for budget-friendly accommodation solutions like Holiday Swap . This guide aims to provide a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with visiting Miami, from enjoying Cuban sandwiches at local food trucks to exploring the beauty of Biscayne Bay.

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The Art of Navigating Miami: Public Transportation to Walking Tours

Navigating Miami is an integral part of the travel experience, offering a variety of ways to explore this vibrant city.

Public Transportation:

  • Estimated Cost : $2 – $5 per journey
  • Miami’s public transport, including bus routes and Metrorail, connects key areas like Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, and Miami International Airport.
  • Opt for a one-day pass for unlimited travel, which is a cost-effective way to explore different neighbourhoods.

Walking Tours:

  • Estimated Cost : Free to $50 for guided tours
  • Discover the Art Deco district on foot, or take a stroll through the historic streets of Little Havana.
  • Walking tours are a great way to immerse yourself in Miami’s unique cultural and architectural heritage.

From the ease of public transport to the insights gained on walking tours, Miami offers diverse options to discover its many facets.

Miami Metrorail

Miami Metrorail

Gastronomic Delights: From Affordable Street Food to Fine Dining in Miami

Miami’s food scene is a testament to its status as a melting pot of cultures, offering an array of gastronomic delights.

Street Food:

  • Estimated Cost : $5 – $15 per meal
  • Savour Latin American delights like Cuban sandwiches from food trucks and local markets.
  • Miami’s street food scene, including options like Mexican food and Middle Eastern cuisines, offers a taste of the city’s diversity at affordable prices.

Fine Dining:

  • Estimated Cost : $50 – $250+ per person
  • For those seeking upscale dining, Miami’s high-end restaurants in areas like South Beach offer exquisite culinary experiences.
  • From seafood specialities to international cuisines, Miami’s fine dining scene caters to discerning palates.

Whether it’s a quick bite from a food truck or a luxurious meal in a 5-star hotel, Miami’s culinary landscape is as varied as it is delicious.

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Miami Street Food

Accommodation in Miami: Affordable Options Offered by Holiday Swap

Accommodation in Miami can vary greatly in price, but there are budget-friendly options available.

Budget-Friendly Options:

  • Estimated Cost : $60 – $120 per night
  • Holiday Swap offers affordable accommodation, providing a budget-friendly alternative to the usually high-end hotel prices in Miami.
  • Choose from a variety of lodging options, from quaint boutique beach shops to comfortable vacation rentals, all at a fraction of the cost of average hotels.

Luxury vs Budget:

  • Estimated Cost for Luxury Hotels : $200 – $500+ per night
  • Miami’s luxurious hotels, particularly in areas like South Beach and Downtown Miami, offer opulent stays but at a high price.
  • Holiday Swap , in contrast, provides more economical accommodation, allowing travellers to experience Miami without the high expense.

With Holiday Swap , visitors can enjoy comfortable stays in Miami while saving money on accommodation, redirecting funds to explore the city’s many attractions.

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Why Choose Holiday Swap for Your Miami Adventure

Holiday Swap is an excellent accommodation choice for those looking to explore Miami on a budget.

Affordable and Comfortable:

  • Holiday Swap offers a range of affordable options, from budget hotels to private rentals, ensuring comfort without the high price tag.
  • Enjoy a stay in vibrant areas like Bayside Marketplace or the quieter surroundings of North Beach.

Versatility and Convenience:

  • Whether travelling alone or in a group, Holiday Swap caters to various needs with a selection of accommodation types.
  • Stay conveniently located near top attractions like Lummus Park and South Pointe Park, making exploration easy and affordable.

Holiday Swap offers the perfect balance between affordability and convenience, making it an ideal choice for a budget-friendly Miami adventure.

Sightseeing in Miami: From Iconic Museums to Hidden Gems

Miami is a city teeming with sightseeing opportunities, catering to all interests.

Major Museums and Attractions:

  • Estimated Cost : $10 – $30 per entry
  • Must-visit spots include the historic Art Deco district, bustling Bayside Marketplace, and the serene Bayfront Park.
  • Purchase combination tickets for museums or a Miami Beach Pass for discounted access to multiple attractions.

Lesser-Known Sights:

  • Estimated Cost : Free to $20
  • Explore hidden gems like the Mangrove forests near Key Biscayne or the cultural richness of neighbourhoods like Little Haiti.
  • Miami’s lesser-known attractions offer unique experiences away from the usual tourist trails.

From the iconic to the undiscovered, Miami’s plethora of attractions ensures a rich and varied sightseeing experience.

Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park

Timing Your Visit: Considering Seasonal Variations and Festivals in Miami

The timing of your trip to Miami can significantly influence your overall experience and budget.

Peak Season:

  • Winter is the peak tourist season in Miami, with higher prices for travel and accommodation, especially in popular destinations like Miami Beach and Everglades National Park.
  • Time your visit around major festivals for a vibrant experience, though be mindful of increased costs.

Off-Peak Season:

  • Visiting during off-peak times, such as the rainy season, can lead to more affordable prices and fewer tourists.
  • Experience a different side of Miami, from quieter beaches to more accessible attractions.

Selecting the right time to visit Miami can lead to significant savings and a more relaxed experience.

Beyond the City: Day Trips and Extra Adventures from Miami

Miami’s location makes it an ideal base for exploring Southern Florida’s diverse attractions.

Nearby Excursions:

  • Estimated Cost : $30 – $100 per trip
  • Embark on day trips to locations like Key West or Fort Lauderdale for a change of scenery.
  • Enjoy a variety of experiences, from boat trips in Biscayne Bay to exploring the natural wonders of the Everglades.

Extended Adventures:

  • Estimated Cost for Longer Trips : $300 – $700+
  • Plan longer excursions to discover other parts of Florida, including theme parks like Walt Disney World near Orlando.
  • These trips offer a chance to explore beyond Miami’s city limits, experiencing more of what Florida has to offer.

Miami serves as a gateway to numerous day trips and extended adventures, adding depth to your travel experience.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

Crafting Your Budget: From Daily Expenses to Extra Indulgences in Miami

Creating a well-planned budget is key to a fulfilling Miami vacation.

Daily Expenses:

  • Estimated Cost : $50 – $150 per day
  • Budget for daily expenses, including meals at mid-range restaurants, public transport, and entrance fees for attractions.
  • Opt for affordable food options like Cuban restaurants or food trucks to enjoy Miami’s diverse food scene.

Extra Indulgences:

  • Estimated Cost for Luxuries : $100 – $300+
  • Set aside funds for special experiences like boat rides, celebrity home tours, or a fancy brunch in Downtown Miami.
  • Balance your budget to indulge in Miami’s luxurious side, from high-end shopping to exclusive tours.

Planning your finances carefully allows you to enjoy Miami to the fullest, from its bustling streets to its serene beaches, without overspending.

Miami at Night

Miami at Night

Final Thoughts: Experience Miami Your Way

Visiting Miami, a city known for its vibrant and unusual-looking buildings, lush palm trees, and rich cultural tapestry, can cater to various budgets and preferences. From utilising budget-friendly options like public transport to indulging in the city’s exquisite dining scene, Miami offers a range of experiences for every traveller. Remember, it’s not just about the cost but the unique memories and experiences you’ll gain. With this comprehensive guide, you’re equipped to navigate Miami’s expenses and enjoy the city in a way that suits you best, whether you’re a budget traveller or someone looking for luxury. Miami awaits to offer you an adventure as dynamic and colourful as the city itself.

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How to visit Miami on a budget

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Apr 27, 2024 • 8 min read

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If you don't have far to travel, Citi Bikes can be a great way to see the sights in Miami while keeping costs down © lazyllama/ Shutterstock

With its ever-growing skyline and mansion-laden private islands, Miami can come across as a playground for the rich. But does it really require a hefty bankroll? It just depends on what kind of vacation you're looking for.

Sure, you can spring for the Fontainebleau at $400 a night, but you can just as easily find a SoBe hostel or even a standard hotel room for a fraction of that price. And while there are plenty of James Beard Award-winning restaurants to choose from, some of the city's top dining experiences can be enjoyed for $20 or less. 

Budget-conscious travelers can also get around Miami without going broke and still have a great time. There are several public transit options available to those with a smidge of patience, and they offer the chance to people-watch and get a glimpse of a Miami that most tourists don't even notice. And when it comes to free experiences, the city is chock-full of them if you know where to look. 

Here's how to enjoy Miami on a budget.

Daily Costs in Miami

  • Hostel room: $30–90
  • Basic room for two: $150–300+
  • Self-catering apartment (including Airbnb): $80–200+
  • Public transit ticket: $2.25
  • Cafe con leche: $2–4
  • Sandwich: $15
  • Dinner for two: $40–60
  • Beer at the bar: $8

Average daily cost: $175

An arial view of Miami Beach in June, with dark gray rain clouds looming in the sky

Plan to visit in peak hurricane season if you can

If your vacation time is flexible and you're feeling brave, lucky or both, consider looking for flights in August or September. While hurricane season starts up in June, it really takes off during this period. Coupled with the return of the school year, the intense heat (August is especially roasty) and the near-daily afternoon showers, it's also the cheapest time to visit Miami. The good thing is that hurricanes don't just appear overnight. If one does make its way to the city, you'll have time to make alternative plans. 

Also, be aware that even when Miami is shown in the trajectory of a hurricane, by the time it finally reaches the city, it's often much weaker than initially anticipated. This means you might just experience a full day of high winds and rain but not a full-on hurricane, with the bonus being that the weather is generally quite pleasant (cool, dry and sunny) post-storm. 

Find out the best time to visit Miami for your perfect vacation

Shop around for your flight (MIA isn't always the cheapest)

Booking your flight as early as possible is always recommended, but that's not the only way to save. While Miami International Airport (MIA) has plenty of flight options, it can actually be pricier than the next closest airport: Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL). Yes, it's a bit of a hike from Miami, but it's always wise to keep an eye on flights for both airports.

Bonus: the Tri-Rail is accessible from FLL, which you can use to get down to Miami if you've opted against renting a car. 

Orange-and-green trolley buses are waiting to pick up passengers at Brickell Trolley Bus Station in Miami

Use free public transit options when available

As a major commuter town, Miami is best-traversed from the comfort of a rental car. However, if you're not looking to wander too far from your hotel or hostel, you might be able to get away with using public transit. Moreover, Miami has several free public transit options to choose from (and the rest are relatively low-cost as well).

City of Miami Trolleys run in a variety of Miami neighborhoods, including Wynwood, Coconut Grove, Little Havana and Allapattah. Other areas of Miami-Dade run their own free trolleys, from Miami Beach to Coral Gables. 

If you find yourself downtown, the cheapest way to get around is undoubtedly the totally free-of-charge Metromover . It's slower-moving than the Metrorail (the city's somewhat limited but still-useful train option), but it can give you some excellent views of the city and Biscayne Bay. You can take it anywhere from the Adrienne Arsht Center to Museum Park (home to the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Frost Museum of Science ), Bayside Marketplace to Bayfront Park , and as far south as Brickell (home to plenty of high rises, restaurants and bars).

Want to explore further? Take the Metrorail and head south to Coconut Grove (you'll need to transfer to a bus or Uber to get close to the shops and restaurants); South Miami or Dadeland (another popular shopping center); or north to Allapattah, a historically lower-income neighborhood currently seeing a bit of a gentrification-based renaissance and now home to attractions like Superblue and the Rubell Family Art Collection . 

Hit the ground running with our Miami transportation guide

Rent or borrow a bike to get around

While Miami is not known for its huge biking culture, it's still a solid way to get around a smaller neighborhood. And don't worry, you don't have to bring your bike along with you.

Citi Bikes are the local rent-a-bike option. They're readily available all across Miami Beach and all along the coast on the mainland from Little River down through Wynwood, Downtown, Brickell and to Coconut Grove. At $7.95 per hour (or $24 per day), it's a relatively inexpensive way to see the city up close, sans parking headaches.

Oh, and finally, check if your hotel has a bike-borrowing system – you'd be surprised how many offer this as an amenity.

Skip the ocean view hotel rooms

Sure, an ocean-view room can be worth it, but is it always necessary? Clearly not. And if you're on a tighter budget, you'll likely want to shop around and stay at either a hostel or a smaller boutique hotel. Any hotel with ocean (or skyline) views will generally upcharge anywhere from $30–80 for the scenic outlook. Save that money for Miami's other attractions. You can always try to book a hotel that has rooftop access so you can still snag some great views (and great selfies) without the extra cost. 

People are sitting on or walking up the stairs of the Pérez Art Museum in Miami

Take advantage of free museum days

Miami is home to a plethora of museums, and over the years, they have become increasingly accessible and affordable. The Pérez Art Museum, Gold Coast Railroad Museum , The Wolfsonian  and The Bass are just some of the museums offering free days at least once a month.

If your travel dates don't align, there are plenty of other museums that are free year-round, including the Institute of Contemporary Art , the Frost Art Museum and the Lowe Art Museum . Travelers with disabilities can also enjoy certain museums free of charge, from HistoryMiami to MOCA NoMi (with free sensory days once a month at the Miami Children's Museum ).

Grab any necessities at your nearest grocery store

Pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS are a dime a dozen in Miami, but beware of those located in touristy areas like South Beach , as their prices tend to be higher. So where can you go to get a better deal? No doubt you've heard the locals sing the praises of Publix. Find your nearest store for lower prices on necessities including deodorant, sunscreen and toothpaste. Depending on where you are in town, you can also pop into Sedanos or Winn-Dixie for even better prices.

Venture into your nearest Latin food-by-the-pound spot...

Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention where to get cheap eats in the Magic City. While you might want to flex your credit card for a night at one of the city's many award-winning restaurants, you can still eat well without going broke at the nearest Latin food-by-the-pound restaurant. Don't be confused by the name, though; these places aren't always weighing your food. What they are doing is loading up a styrofoam container to the brim with all sorts of yummy goodness – the kind that's also excellent reheated.

Get your fill of Cuban cuisine like arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) at Palacio de los Jugos , or venture into a Nicaraguan eatery called a fritanga to taste delicious gallo pinto (a rice and beans dish), carne asada (grilled marinated steak) and fried cheese.

A street-food stand has many metal containers filled with different Latin foods such and empanadas and rice dishes

...or pick up legit Latin food from a street vendor

If you're looking for something a little less dense, you can always check out local street food vendors to see what cheap, tasty treats they've got. Yes, some food trucks nowadays sell fusion foods that are pricier than you might expect, but many remain reasonably priced. El Bori  is a food truck serving up delightful Puerto Rican bites like empanadillas (turnovers), cheese dogs and alcapurrias (fritters) for under $10. Smaller food carts selling Colombian arepas de choclo (sweet corn cakes) are often a staple at tourist hot spots and local events, and you can usually grab something yummy for around $5.  

Seek out free festivals, art crawls and more

The party is always on somewhere in Miami and, more often than not, you won't even have to pay. If you're on the beach and seeking cheap nighttime activities, check out the Miami Beach Culture Crawl on the third Thursday of the month. It features different activities each month, from backstage tours to exhibition openings and more. Viernes Culturales in the Little Havana neighborhood is another arts and culture crawl where you can check out vendors, dance to live music and really get a taste of Cuban-American cultura . Speaking of which, Calle Ocho , which takes place every March, is one of the largest music festivals in town, and it's free of charge.

Music lovers should also be aware of the WALLCAST Concerts and the  SoundScape Cinema Series staged just outside of the New World Symphony . And don't forget all the farmers markets, author events at places such as Books & Books , and more totally free events going on year-round. 

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Cost of a Trip to Miami, FL, US & the Cheapest Time to Visit Miami

The average price of a 7-day trip to Miami is $1,682 for a solo traveler, $3,021 for a couple, and $5,663 for a family of 4 . Miami hotels range from $55 to $248 per night with an average of $159, while most vacation rentals will cost $160 to $1000 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Miami International Airport ( MIA ) are between $642 and $1,100 per person for economy flights and $2,015 to $3,452 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $48 to $102 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average , budget , and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

The Cheapest Times to Visit Miami, FL, US

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to MIA and stay in a Miami hotel:

  • January 15th to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 16th to June 10th (except the weeks of May 7th and May 21st)
  • August 13th to November 18th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Miami is usually mid to late September .

Average Miami Trip Costs

Average solo traveler.

The average cost for one person to visit Miami for a week is $1,255-$2,646 ($179-$378 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $48 to $102 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights : $409 to $990 for economy

Lodging : $85 to $125 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $129 to $157 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Miami for a week is $2,466-$4,570 ($352-$653 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $96 to $204 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights : $818 to $1,980 for economy

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Miami for a week is $4,000-$8,316 ($571-$1,188 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $192 to $408 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights : $1,636 to $3,960 for economy

Lodging : $170 to $250 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $194 to $220 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Miami

How cheap can you make a vacation to Miami? The cheapest trip to Miami is about $103 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 2% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $47.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit Miami for a week is $718-$1,698 ($103-$243 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $27 to $54 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Lodging : $47 to $55 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $20 to $40 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Miami for a week is $1,316-$3,066 ($188-$438 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $54 to $108 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Miami for a week is $2,584-$6,132 ($369-$876 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $108 to $216 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Lodging : $94 to $110 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $32 to $64 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to Miami cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Miami Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Miami.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Miami for a week is $2,891-$16,778 ($413-$2,397 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $96 to $224 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights : $1,133 to $2,010 for first class

Lodging : $181 to $248 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,000 to $2,200 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Miami for a week is $4,696-$20,356 ($671-$2,908 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $192 to $448 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights : $2,266 to $4,020 for first class

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Miami for a week is $9,392-$34,112 ($1,342-$4,873 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $384 to $896 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights : $4,532 to $8,040 for first class

Lodging : $362 to $496 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $1,500 to $3,300 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Miami Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Miami is much higher than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Miami due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Miami Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

Prices are based on Miami hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in Miami.

Flight Costs to Miami

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $1,100 average in late December to a low of $642 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $650. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Miami our data includes 1,098 originating airports, and 175 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Miami from an airport like Frankfurt Hahn ( HHN ) in Hahn (Germany) for an average $7,279 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Jacksonville International ( JAX ) in Jacksonville, FL (the United States) at an average of just $175.

Average Flight Cost by Season

Average flight cost by day of week.

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Miami, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $458, so you can easily save about 71% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Miami can easily cost $410 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $27 per person. Private tours can cost $814 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

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The best times to visit Miami

High view of South Beach in Miami from South Pointe Park, Florida, USA

From its beautiful beaches to its exciting nightlife, Miami is a glitzy and gleaming playground for beachgoers and partiers alike — and it also packs a serious cultural punch you shouldn't miss. Here are the best times to visit Magic City.

When is the weather best in Miami?

Florida can be extremely warm and humid in summer. To avoid the steam bath every time you venture outside, visit Miami from November to April. Temperatures are moderate (highs around 80 degrees and lows around 60 degrees) and rain is minimal. The rains pick up from May to November and a visit between June and November will put you solidly in the middle of hurricane season.

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Though the weather is preferential, winter is also Miami's busy season. To avoid the crush of visitors, go during the shoulder season, from February to April. With the exception of spring break when the city fills with partygoers, you'll find the lowest prices and fewer visitors during shoulder season. Of course, if you can stand the heat and humidity (and the chance of rain), there are even fewer visitors in summer.

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When are there festivals and events in Miami?

Miami is a vibrant city and there are always things going on, though you'll find some of the largest events during the cooler months.

The massive Ultra Music Festival is held annually in March and attracts thousands of attendees and big-name performers. If electronic dance music isn't your style, the Winter Party (also in March) is a weeklong extravaganza that raises funds for the LGBTQ+ community.

In the same vein, Miami Beach Pride takes place during April. This two-day extravaganza has become one of the largest Pride events in the country. And then there's Miami Fashion Week from the end of May and into June.

Each summer, you'll find Florida Supercon , which draws comic book fans from across the state. And true to Miami's multicultural population, the Miami Salsa Congress hosts a full five days of hip-swinging moves in the middle of July.

For food lovers, fall brings Miami Spice, the annual prix-fixe menu bonanza at more than 200 local restaurants. Prices are a reasonable $28 for lunch and either $45 or $60 for dinner. In 2023, the festival runs from Aug. 1 until the end of September. For an added reason to visit, Florida's largest beer festival, Grovetoberfest , is held in October with more than 400 craft brews on tap.

Related: A beginners guide to visiting Miami: Everything you need to eat, see and do

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Winter is Miami's high season and there's almost too much to see and do. Usually held mid-January, Art Deco Weekend celebrates Miami's famous architecture. In 2023, the Miami International Boat Show, one of the world's largest boating festivals, will be held Feb. 15-19.

Also in winter is the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, one of the largest food festivals in Miami. If you're more into running than eating, the Miami Marathon winds through the city in late January.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Miami?

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Miami International Airport (MIA) is a large hub with many direct flights at reasonable rates. Award availability is common with any alliance, but if you're looking for the cheapest airfare, get tickets for February-March or June-September. You can sometimes find flight deals for under $100 round-trip during these shoulder season months and into the winter.

Related: Best airline credit cards

For those with The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express , there's a Centurion Lounge in the airport (which offers complimentary massages).

When are hotels affordable in Miami?

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As befits a big city, you'll find all kinds of hotels in Miami. There are plenty of hotels redeemable with points like The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and the W Miami . For the cheapest rates, visit during the shoulder season (February to May, excluding spring break) or in summer, which is considered to be the low season, and you'll often find hotel deals.

Related: The best Marriott properties for every budget in Miami Beach

Bottom line

No matter what time of year you visit, there's always fun to be had in Miami. To best decide when you should visit, you need to determine your priorities. Do you want fewer crowds, the best weather, the best prices or a chance to see Miami Fashion Week in action? Once you know what you are looking for out of your vacation, you'll be able to choose the best time to visit Miami.

Is Miami Expensive To Visit? A Magic City Budget Guide

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Is Miami expensive to visit? That’s what this guide is all about. It will delve into what you can expect to spend when you head over to the fabled Magic City of the Sunshine State to offer a ballpark figure for the total cost of a trip to this happening metropolis between the Everglades and the shimmering Atlantic Ocean.

One thing’s for sure: Miami certainly isn’t the cheapest city in the USA. Famed for its Art Deco South Beach district and glitzy clubs, Cubano sub restaurants and bumping cocktail bars along the ocean, it’s a major draw for sun seekers pretty much the whole year round. It also happens to be one of the priciest places in the state of Florida, with a cost of living that’s an estimated 19% higher than everywhere else in this land of quartz beaches and endless Vitamin D.

In this guide, we’ll offer a roundup of the overall budget for that fun-filled Miami jaunt you’ve been dreaming of. Plus, we’ll dive down into the individual cost of things in the city, to show what you’ll be paying for food, drinks, accommodation, and activities. Let’s begin…

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How much does a holiday to Miami cost? Our estimation

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We estimate that a week-long holiday to Miami will cost in the region of about $1,857 per person. That’s based on stays in midrange hotels in a popular area like Miami Beach and a spend of just under $400 for food throughout the week, plus allowances for activities and drinking. Crucially, it doesn’t include the cost of a flight to Miami, which is usually in the region of $500 for long haul travel and $200 for domestic travel from somewhere else in the USA.

It’s important to stress that these are average prices for midrange vacationing. You can fork out stacks and stacks more in this happening seaside metropolis. Or you can spend less by going budget. Let’s take a closer look at all those outgoings in more detail…

Is Miami expensive to fly to?

Airport departure lounge

Is Miami expensive to visit by plane? Well…that all depends on where you’re coming in from. The good news is that there are stacks and stacks of domestic connections to the Magic City from across the USA because it’s a major port for the Caribbean and a sun-kissed winter escape in its own right. High levels of competition help to keep airfare nice and low, meaning you can pay as little as $75 for a flight in from NYC and around $150 for a connection over from LA.

It’s a different story for us Europe-based travelers. That demands a long haul flight, though the competition is still good on the route, with big players like BA, Air France, and Finnair all offering direct links over from across the pond. A good price for the on-average nine-hour hop from a city like London would be in the region of $570 for a return, though it’s possible to get tickets for about $400-450 if you travel in shoulder seasons or the low season.

Is Miami expensive for hotels?

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We can say with almost 100% certainty that the biggest cost after airfare to Miami will be hotels in the Magic City. To put it simply: They don’t come cheap! Peak season rates for a stay on South Beach (which is where you’ll want to stay if it’s your first time in town) can hit well over $300/night for midrange hotels. During the low season (May to October), you can pay a lot less than that – think closer to $125/night for a three-star hotel near the beach.

Of course, it’s also possible to pay WAY more. Miami – specifically areas like Coconut Grove, Miami Beach, and Mid Beach – are home to some of the glitziest residences and condo hotels in the stars and stripes. They can command rates of over $1,000 a night, though you will usually get rooftop pools, stylo bars in the lobby, and private beachfront access for that.

At the other end of the spectrum are Miami’s hostels and aparthotel rentals, which can be good quality stays that take care of the basics. Here’s a look at those, plus some hotel options from other price ranges:

  • The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour ($$$) – Rub shoulders with the millionaires and billionaires at this deluxe hotel resort on the north end of Miami Beach. It’s got its very own yacht harbor and a series of pools on the edge of a very secluded run of sand.
  • Urbanica Fifth ($$) – An edgy hotel that’s packed with art and has a lovely rooftop pool with views across the ocean, Urbanica is right on the cusp of Miami Beach’s Art Deco district. Expect to pay around $170 per night in peak season.
  • Viajero Miami ($-$$) – There are hostel dorms and private doubles in this fun stay on Miami Beach. There’s also a pool but rates are good value for money.

Overall, we’d estimate that you’ll spend at least $170/night on accommodation in Miami, assuming you want to stay in hip Miami beach. That adds up to $1,190 for a whole week’s vacation.

The cost of food in Miami

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Miami is a fantastic place for foodies. The city is heavily influenced by Latin America, Cuba, and the Caribbean, but also has that distinctly American flavor to its gastronomic offering. Look one way and there are sizzling Cubano sub shops that seem like they’ve been lifted straight out of Havana. Look another and there’s a Mexican taqueria serving corn fritters and the best tacos this side of CDMX.

We’d say that prices for food in Miami are roughly in line with what you’d pay in other major metropolises – London, New York . For example, a pizza in a good Neapolitan-style joint will set you back just over $14, while a sandwich from a casual deli (we highly recommend the unassuming Ocean Deli Market ) is about $8-12, and a Cuban-style breakfast in one of the local diners is around $10 a plate.

Of course, it’s possible to hit fine-dinning joints and tourist eateries that will crank up the rates a lot higher than that. And you have to factor in the extra 18% that’s normal for tips in Miami (and the rest of the US). The upshot? We think most travelers are looking at a food budget of about $35-70 per day in Miami, or around $367 per week.

The cost of drink in Miami

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It’s no secret that Miami – and Miami Beach especially – are havens for folks who like a cold drink, or 10. The town has garnered a rep as one of America’s good-time destinations , boasting bars of all shapes and sizes up its happening Ocean Drive area and throughout the buzzing Downtown core alike. But what can you expect to spend on booze in these parts? Read on…

For a standard American tap beer, be ready to drop approximately $9 a pop. It’s a touch less for a glass of Californian wine but probably a dollar or two more for a glass of imported Italian or French wine, though you’ll often save by buying the whole bottle to share. Cocktails vary a lot. They’ll cost more on Ocean Drive than in an unknown spot in central Miami, but are usually between $12-18 each.

Factoring two nights of drinking in Miami, we’d estimate a weekly budget of about $100 in total to enjoy the famous bars of the Magic City.

The cost of things to do in Miami

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The good news is that there are LOADS of free things to do in Miami. In fact, over on Miami Beach – the most popular district for first-time travelers – the main thing to do is 100% free of charge. Of course, we’re talking about that long, uninterrupted run of white sand and shimmering turquoise water that’s just out front. Head there, laze, soak up the rays, dodge the jellyfish, and don’t spend a single dime.

If you do want to add in some planned activities, here’s a rough guide to what you can expect to spend on some of the must-do things in Miami:

  • A day trip to the Everglades (from $48) – Trips to the amazing Florida Everglades, a national park that’s home to gators and sawgrass meadows, is a fine way to escape the city.
  • Vizcaya Museum ($25) – The Vizcaya Museum is a mix of fine art and Spanish-style architecture that’s surely the most famous cultural site in the city.
  • Food tour of Little Havana ($70) – Taste the bounty of Cuba on a guided food tour of Miami’s most iconic culinary district.

We’d estimate that the average traveler needs an activity budget of around $200 for a full week.

Is Miami expensive to visit? Our conclusion

Is Miami expensive to visit? Actually, Miami is among the pricier of US cities. The cost of food, drink, and hotels is roughly in line with New York and London. You’re looking at paying at least $150 per night for a midrange hotel and about $30 per head for a meal with a drink in a standard restaurant.

You should also know that Miami can be extremely expensive. Areas like Miami Beach and Bal Harbor are home to some seriously chic hotels that host celebs for over $1,500 per night. Meanwhile, doing the city on the cheap is possible by booking hostels and eating at roadside stalls, but is probably harder than in most European cities.

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For more than 11 years, Joe has worked as a freelance travel writer. His writing and explorations have brought him to various locations, including the colonial towns of Mexico, the bustling chowks of Mumbai, and the majestic Southern Alps of New Zealand. When he's not crafting his next epic blog post on the top Greek islands or French ski resorts, he can often be found engaging in his top two hobbies of surfing and hiking.

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Planning a Trip to Miami on a Budget

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Miami is known for its warmth, great beaches, lavish nightclubs, and “ see and be seen” atmosphere. I’ll be honest; Miami wasn’t my favorite city at first—I hated the vibe and how expensive it was. I had to visit Miami a lot for business purposes for about two years. During that time, I realized that there was more to Miami than meets the eye. Beneath the lavish mask of the city is a cultural pulse—with lots of great food, art exhibitions, and more—at an affordable cost. 

I learned how to enjoy Miami on a budget during my years of traveling to the city. I’m sharing those tips with you here in hopes that you’ll be able to have a fun, and affordable time, in Florida’s best city.

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Travel to miami in an affordable way.

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There are four ways to get to Miami from within the USA: car , bus , train , or plane .

Driving to Miami is the most financially sound option. If you drive to Miami, then you’ll save on ground transportation costs to get to attractions within the city. If driving to Miami isn’t an option, then taking a flight to Miami is your best bet. Two airports that service the Miami area—Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) and Miami International Airport (MIA). Both airports service international flights, as well, if you’re coming from outside of the United States. Here are some tips that will help you nab a cheap flight to Miami:

  • Use a 3rd party website like  skyscanner.com  to find cheap flight deals. The site will give you a look at flight costs across several airlines, with varying cost-saving flight paths.
  • Fly on off-peak days. The cheapest days to fly to/from Miami are Tuesdays & Wednesdays. While Miami is a top destination for a weekend trip , weekend flights (Thurs – Sunday) will cost more.

The Cheapest Time of Year to Visit Miami

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A surefire way to cut back on costs to your trip to Miami is to visit during “off-peak season” which runs from July – October. This time of year is referred to as “hurricane season” because Miami is more likely to be hit by a hurricane during this time. It’s also very hot & humid during this time and usually rains at least once a day for a few hours.

Tourists tend to avoid Miami during hurricane season—but if you’re attempting to visit Miami on a budget, it’s a good time of year to visit. Everything is cheaper during this time period in Miami. This includes hotels, ground transportation, tourist activities, and more. 

Another pro-tip is to make sure you *avoid* going to Miami when big festivals are in town. Miami houses a lot of festivals and when it does, everything is more crowded and expensive. For example, Art Basel takes place in Miami every year and when it’s happening everything is completely booked and much more expensive than it would be when there’s no festival in town. Research and ensure that no festivals will take place in Miami before you plan your trip. 

How to Find Cheap Accommodation in Miami

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Miami is known for having some of the best hotels in the world. However, if you’re looking to visit Miami on a budget, then you’ll have to look a little bit more off the beaten path. Here are some tips for finding budget accommodation in Miami:

  • Look for accommodation that’s within short walking or driving distance from South Beach but not in South Beach . A good area to look in is North Beach Miami. North Beach is residential but on the beach. Transportation booked via a rideshare app and the Miami Beach Trolley are accessible from North Beach. 
  • Book an  Airbnb ! There are a lot of private rooms and apartments available on Airbnb in Miami at an affordable cost.
  • Stay in a Hostel. There are a lot of good Hostels in Miami, available at affordable prices. Hostelworld.com  is a good resource for finding hostels in Miami. A favorite hostel in Miami is Generator Miami .

Getting Around Miami on a Budget

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  • Drive to Miami: Driving to Miami in your own car is an excellent way to cut back on ground transportation costs. If driving there in your own car is an option—do it. You’ll save tons on ground transportation while there.
  • Cut Down on Costs from the Airport to Your Accommodation: If flying into Miami International Airport (MIA), take the Airport Flyer Bus to your accommodation. Each ticket costs less than $3. If you don’t take the bus, you can explore other shuttle options that costs approx. $19/pp or a private taxi which will run you around $30/minimum, depending on where you’re headed.
  • Stay near the Miami Beach Trolley: This is a free service that drives up & down Collins Avenue—which is the main avenue that lines the beach in Miami. To take the trolley, simply look for the signs all over Collins Avenue and wait for it to stop by. I recommend checking out the route here so that you understand exactly where it will stop while planning your trip. If in the Downtown area, the Metromover is another free public transport service that you can use to get around.
  • Sign Up for a City Bike Membership: City Bike Miami is a public bike share program. Renting a bike and riding one around town is an excellent way to drive costs down and see the city a little better.
  • Use Ride Share App Pool Options: At times, walking or taking the Miami Beach Trolley won’t be an option. You’ll have to use a taxi or rideshare app. When this happens; always use the pool feature or the equivalent. This means that you’ll share a car with someone else, and your trip may take a little longer to complete, but it’ll save you a little extra cash.
  • Rent a Car: Renting a car when you arrive in Miami is a good way to save on ground transportation costs. Websites like Rentalcars.com offer good car rental deals in the Miami area.

Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Miami

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Go to the Beach: This is the most obvious free thing to do in Miami. The beaches in Miami are incredible and free. When you go, bring your own blanket and lay down on the sand. Umbrella and lounge chair rentals are over-priced in Miami, so try not to rent those if you can help it. Also, pack your own snacks and drinks so that you don’t have to buy any while there.

Check out Wynwood Walls: Wynwood is a district in Miami that’s full of colorful street art. Walking around the neighborhood and checking out the art is free. There are also a lot of restaurants, cafes, and bars in the district that are awesome and more affordable than those in the South Beach area .

Gain Free Access to a Museum: Many of Miami’s museums grant free access to visitors on certain days. Choose a museum that you’d like to see, then head over to their website to see if/when they offer free access. For example, the Perez Art Museum offers free access on the second Saturday of each month .

Take a Donation Based Yoga Class: Workout classes in Miami are notoriously expensive, but there are cheap ways to do it too. Search for free & donation based workouts in Miami. Yoga by donation at Bayfront Park is a popular one worth checking out. 

Take in Cuban Culture in Little Havana: Experience the Cuban cultural influence of Miami at Calle Ocho in Little Havana . Walk around the area and stop in a Cuban restaurant. I recommend trying a Cuban coffee—they’re delicious, strong, and very popular in Miami. There are also festivals every Friday in Little Havana called Viernes Culturales , which transforms the streets into a giant party .

Visit Everglades National Park When It’s Free: National Parks in Florida offer free admission on a select few days per year . Check out their website to see if a free entrance day falls during your trip.

Walk Through the Grounds of Miami’s Iconic Hotels: The hotel scene in Miami is incredible. Some of the hotels offer free walking tours. For example, the historic & infamously haunted Biltmore Hotel offers a free walking tour of its grounds .

Check Out a Free Event at Bayside Marketplace: The area offers up great views of Miami and cheap eats. In addition , there are also often concerts and other free live events that you can check out. Look at their website to see their updated schedule when planning your trip to Miami.

Hike Through Bear Cut Nature Preserve: Located in Key Biscayne, the hike is one of the most scenic in Florida.

  • Go Salsa Dancing: Free Salsa classes are offered in Miami at various locations. You can also check out bars like Ball & Chain , which often erupt into salsa dancing parties.

Cheap Places to Eat in Miami

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Have a Cuban Meal in North Miami Beach: This area is a little more local, and there are tons of great Cuban restaurants in the area . Two of my favorites are Little Havana Restaurant and Abuela’s Kitchen Latin America .

Eat Tacos! Tacos are good, tacos are affordable. There are some excellent taco restaurants in Miami. My favorite spots for affordable tacos in Miami are Taquiza and The Taco Stand .

Try a Poki Bowl: I love Poki Bowl’s—they’re cheap and delicious. There are lots of Poki spots in Miami that serve up fresh ingredients at low prices. Crazy Poki Wynwood is one of my faves. They’ve also got sushi burritos which are excellent.

Eat Vietnamese Cuisine at Tran An: Miami serves up a culturally diverse selection of cuisine . Try Vietnamese food at Tran An —the restaurant is both good and reasonably priced.

Visit Caja Caliente in Coral Gables: This restaurant is affordable and delicious—my favorite combination . Caja Caliente serves tacos, burritos, bowls, and more.

Enjoy Bottomless Brunch with Drag Queens at Palace South Beach: If you’re going to splurge on anything in Miami, let it be this . Palace South Beach offers a bottomless brunch with a drag queen show. For a fixed fee you’ll get: unlimited mimosas, brunch, and a fun drag show with beach-side views.

Have a Sandwich at La Sandwicherie: This is one of the best food spots in Miami. La Sandwicherie has locations all over Miami and is a great spot for a tasty & affordable meal.

Visit La Camaronera Seafood Joint: This spot offers seafood at its best — simple, fresh, and cheap. La Camaronera is a restaurant that locals and tourists have gone to and raved about for years.

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!: I’ll always try to squeeze Pizza into my blog posts. It’s my favorite food, and it’s a great solution for a cheap and filling meal. You can grab a slice all over Miami. Some favorite Pizza places are Stanzione 87 & Frankie’s Pizza .

  • Cook at Your Accommodation: You should definitely budget eating at a restaurant into your trip to Miami . That said, a great way to cut down on costs during a trip to Miami on a budget is to cook at home. If you book an accommodation with a kitchen, try to have at least 1 meal per day at home. If no accommodation, buy some non-perishable foods to snack on throughout the day and offset costs .

Affordable Miami Night Life

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Take advantage of Happy Hours: There are happy hours all over Miami. Explore menus at restaurants and bars like Beaker & Gray & Sugar Cane for cheap drinks during happy hour .

Go to a Dive Bar: Miami nightlife is synonymous with posh nightclubs, but that’s not your only option. There are dive-bars, too. Check out places like Teds Hideaway and Barracuda .

Get a Free Cocktail at Blackbird Ordinary: Go to Blackbird Ordinary for free drinks. Check out their website to see when they’re offered.

Have a Cheap Mojito at The Wetlab: Check out the Wetlab for cheap drinks, good views, and great fun. Visit their website to know when the drink deals are offered .

  • Try a $3 Drink at The Scape Goat: The Scape Goat offers drink deals all day long. Check out their menu for dates/times that their deals are offered when planning your trip.

Enjoy Your Trip to Miami on a Budget

As you can see, it is more than possible to enjoy a trip to Miami on a budget. The key to visiting Miami in an affordable way is to research and plan ahead of time. It’s easy to go to Miami and spend a fortune, but with discipline, you can save a bundle during your trip. 

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Thanks for the tips, I absolutely adore Miami and it’s been my holiday destination of choice for many years, I’m just back from Miami a few days ago and had a ball, I did find it a little more expensive this time than previous years, the euro and dollar being the same, but I’m still planning my next trip back. I’d just like to add to your list of great places to have a reasonably priced meal and drinks, Duffys Sports grill, just off Sunny Isles beach is awesome, if you’re anywhere along Collins Avenue you can just hop on the S bus towards Aventura and get off at the gas station at Sunny Isles, a nice little walk over the bridge and you’ll spot Duffys, it’s a huge venue overlooking the water, it’s got a pool, inside and outside seating, lots of TV screens to catch up on sports and awesome food that doesn’t cost the earth, they also have 2 for 1 drinks everyday, great place, great atmosphere. The North Shore Bandshell on 71st Street and Collins avenue also had free shows where you can catch, live Bands and Dennys is right across the street for a value meal.

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Hi Catherine! Thanks so much for the additional tips. I’ll check these out the next time I’m in Miami and add them to the list after I go! 🙂

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Nice advices!! I’ll follow your sugestions. Thanks!!!

I’m glad you found them helpful!!! 🙂

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Helped tremendously. Thanks! P.S. Another thing my Uber driver just informed me of is the Frost Science Museum, complete with aquarium and planetarium.

I’m so glad you found this helpful! Oh yes, those are 3 great places as well. I’ll look into the current deals and share them out. Thanks so much! Hope you had a nice trip.

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Your article on Miami on a budget is so informative and useful! You gave a lot of details and tips on how to save money and have fun in this vibrant city, including the accommodation, the transportation and the food. Thank you for sharing your experience and advice.

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Would love to go to the Miami next year! I hope all of my plans will go as planned! Thank you for sharing, will be saving this!

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Cheap things to do in miami beach & miami | how to live large on a backpacker’s budget.

How to explore the best of Miami and Miami Beach on a budget — everything from cheap restaurants and bars to the best happy hours and things to do.

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When most people think of Miami they probably think of expensive cars, wild parties, $25 cocktails, and opulent excess — but we want to show you some of the best things to do in Miami Beach and Miami without emptying your bank account. In this guide we’ll cover where to eat, where to drink, what to see, and where to stay when you’re on a budget.

Miami vs Miami Beach

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When most visitors think about Miami they’re actually picturing the island of Miami Beach. Miami Beach is its own city that’s connected via bridges to the city of Miami. Miami Beach is where you’ll find the beaches and resorts. If you venture over to mainland Miami you’ll find the most urban parts of Miami like Downtown Miami, Little Havana, Wynwood, Coral Gables, etc. In this guide, we’ll outline some of the best things to do in both Miami Beach and Miami.

Miami Beach Neighborhoods

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For simplicity’s sake, Miami Beach is generally divided into three sections — South Beach, Mid Beach, and North Beach.

  • South Beach , which runs from about 5th to 25th Street, is the most famous section of Miami Beach and it’s where you’ll find the majority of the restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The bars and clubs are open late so the area stays lively until 4-5 am.
  • Mid Beach , which runs from about 25th St to 65th, has fewer bars and restaurants so it’s quieter. It’s also a bit cheaper than South Beach but it’s still close to the action — it’s about 10-15 minute Uber/Lyft ride to the heart of South Beach.
  • North Beach , which is about everything north of 65th street, is the quietest and most kid-friendly part of Miami Beach. Accommodation can be a little cheaper up here but getting down to the action of South Beach is a bit inconvenient and you’ll have to factor in transportation costs.

Where To Stay In Miami Beach

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If you want to live it up in Miami Beach the first thing you need to do is find a cool place to stay.

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We stayed at the newly-opened and uber-cool Generator Miami Hostel — check them out on Hostelworld to read reviews from past guests. Generator Miami is located on the border of Mid Beach and South Beach so it’s quiet at night but it is a quick ride or about a 20-minute walk to the heart of the South Beach nightlife. As an added bonus, the hostel is only a two-minute walk to the beach.

As an added bonus, t he city’s free trolly stops next to the hostel so getting down to South Beach is easy and free.

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If you’re familiar with the Generator chain of hostels you’ll know that they’re some of the nicest and upscale hostels in Europe (we’ve stayed at a few during our European travels). The Generator Miami is no different. It feels like you’re staying in a boutique hotel but paying hostel prices.

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They also have a nice pool with lounge chairs, two bars/restaurants, free bike rentals, free beach towels, and a free breakfast.

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We stayed in a private room but the Generator also has dorm rooms and female-only dorm rooms — so there are options for every budget.

Check out the Generator Miami on Hostelworld to learn more. Note: Our stay at the Generator Miami was comped as part of a partnership with Hostelworld and Generator Hostels.

Getting To & From The Airport

There is a cheap city bus, called the Airport Flyer (Route 150), that connects the airport to South Beach — but the ride will take at least an hour so it’s kind of a pain unless you’re on a super tight budget. That’s why we recommend taking an Uber/Lyft. I think our ride was around $25. You can also take a taxi which is a flat fare of $35 but a ride share is usually a better deal.

Best Budget-Friendly and Non-Tourist Trap Restaurants in Miami

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We’ll admit that there are a lot of expensive tourists traps and expensive high-end restaurants in Miami so it’s not always easy to find a quality meal at a reasonable price — especially on South Beach. But fear not because we’ve found some solid places to eat in Miami that won’t break the bank and a few non-tourist trap spots that will at least give you a quality meal at an affordable-ish price. But, in general, the more affordable places are located in mainland Miami.

Note: Most restaurants in Miami Beach automatically add an 18%-20% tip to the bill so look at the receipt to make sure you don’t tip twice.

Best Budget Miami Beach Restaurants

Below is a list of some solid places to eat that won’t cost you a fortune. Of course, there are a ton of excellent place to eat if you don’t mind shelling out some serious cash but we’ve focused on cheap meals here.

La Sandwicherie

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Truly excellent to-go sandwiches served on quality baguette bread. They also have great smoothies. The ingredients are fresh and the prices are very affordable — especially for its South Beach location. They’re also open to 5 am so its a favorite late-night joint. This place was reccommended by multiple locals. 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

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Naked Taco isn’t super cheap but it is fairly affordable for the South Beach location and the quality is solid. The tacos are excellent and every one we tried was great — especially the shrimp taco. The drinks were also well-made. 1111 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps)

Tropical Beach Cafe

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This no-frills Cuban cafe is a nice place to grab a quick bite to eat if you’re in the area. And while it’s not fancy, it’s cheap and the food is pretty good. 2891 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 ( See On Google Maps )

Las Olas Cafe

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This budget-friendly and modest Cuban neighborhood spot serves up tasty big Cuban sandwiches and large breakfasts all day — it’s basiaclly a bodega with a small restaurant. It’s a short walk from the heart of South Beach so it is a nice option if you’re trying to avoid the other overpriced eateries in the area. 644 6th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Puerto Sagua

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This no-frills diner has been serving up Cuban comfort-food staples in large portions since 1962. The prices are very reasonable and the food is very tasty. 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

El Palacio de Los Jugos

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One of the few places serving authentic Cuban food at good prices in Miami Beach (they also have multiple locations throughout Miami). Cafeteria style. Huge portions. Great selection of fresh juice. 555 Jefferson Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Charlotte Bakery

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This hole-in-the-wall family-owned bakery makes some amazing empanadas and other Latin-American pastries. Prices are affordable. 1499 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine

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Ok, Havana 1957 might be a small chain and it’s fairly touristy, but the food is actually pretty good and they have a huge selection of rum and Cuban-inspired cocktails. And while it might not be our first choice for Cuban food, they do have a location on the iconic Ocean Drive so it’s a nice spot for people watching. The prices are kind of high (but normal for the location) but the quality is pretty good for the touristy location. See Locations on Google Maps

11th Street Diner

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This retro diner, which was once a railroad dining car, is open 24/7 and serves up just about everything — they serve up a mean breakfast. And the prices are very reasonable for its South Beach locatio. 1065 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

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Cheap, huge, and tasty slices of thin-crust pizza. 1627 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

La Leggenda Pizzeria

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This is the place to go for truly excellent and award-winning Neapolitan-style pizza. The chef is from Naples, Italy and he won the award for the “best pizza in the world” in 2012 so they’re doing something right. We wouldn’t say its “budget” but the prices are reasonable for the area. 224 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Ricky’s / Artichoke Pizza

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Ricky’s is an 80s-themed bar but they also have amazing NYC-style pizza from Artichoke Pizza (a popular NYC pizza place). And best of all, their 5pm-10pm happy hour gives you 50% off pizza and all drinks at the bar.

1222 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Alma Mexicana

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Filling and affordable Mexican food in South Beach. 1344 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Big portions of Tex-Mex for low prices on South Beach? Sign us up. 409 15th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Safron Mediterranean Grill

For some tasty and affordable Mediterranean (kebabs, falafel, etc.) check out Safron  in South Beach. The portions are large, everything is solid, and they’re open late. 1049 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Another hole-in-the-wall and budget-friendly Cuban deli serving up sandwiches and more in South Beach. It’s open until 4 am so it a solid spot after a long night partying. 1515 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Best Budget Mainland Miami Restaurants

There are a lot more budget-friendly restaurants in Miami than compared to Miami Beach — it’s also the best place to find authentic Cuban food. That said, Miami doesn’t have very good public transportation so you’ll have to figure in the costs of Uber/Lyft rides if you want to visit some of these restaurants if you don’t have a rental car.

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Located in Little Havana, Versailles is arguably the most famous Cuban restaurant in Miami and it’s on just about everyone’s “must visit” list. It’s a huge restaurant that actually has a traditional sit-down restaurant, a takeaway window, and a bakery. 3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135 ( See On Google Maps )

Palacio De Los Jugos

This multi-location Cuban cafeteria serves up authentic food and its full of Cubans chowing down. Expect no frills but excellent food in large portions. See Locations On Google Maps

Islas Canarias

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This family-run Cuban restaurant is a local favorite so don’t be surprised if there is a bit of a wait. The food is always great and the prices are affordable. They’re most famous for their croquetas so you have to order some. 13695 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175 ( See On Google Maps )

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This family-run chain is another local favorite for Cuban comfort food — especially for their huge breakfast and Cuban coffee. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. 3252 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33145 ( See On Google Maps )

Havana Harry’s

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Havana Harry’s is one of the most popular and loved Cuban restaurants in Miami. It’s a little more expensive than other Cuban restaurants but the portions are very large so it is still a great val ue. 612 S Le Jeune Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33146 ( See On Google Maps )

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La Carreta is similar to Havana Harry’s — it’s a very popular and authentic Cuban restaurant that also a bit more expensive than others. 3632 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135 ( See On Google Maps )

El Nuevo S iglo Supermarket

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When you’re visiting 8th Street in Little Havana you should seek out El Nuevo Siglo Supermarket. Inside this modest supermarket is a small Cuban restaurant that’s very popular with the locals. The food is authentic and affordable. There is also a takeaway window if you want a snack on the go. There are also lots of Cuban grocery items in the store so it’s fun to look around. 1305 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135 ( See On Google Maps )

Blue Collar

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This small restaurant serves up tasty comfort food at reasonable prices. 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 ( See On Google Maps )

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill

This is a multiple-location chain restaurant that’s been a South Flordia staple for years. It’s not gourmet or fancy but its a good bang for the buck. Most locations are on mainland Miami but there is one in Surfside (just north of North Beach). See Locations On Google Maps

Best Budget-Friendly and Non-Tourist Trap Bars in Miami & Miami Beach

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Drinks in Miami Beach range from overpriced to crazy expensive. And the drinks on the iconic Ocean Drive are almost universally very pricy and drinks at clubs & pool parties will do some damage to your wallet.

A lot of the bars on Ocean Drive do have happy hour deals but even those prices can be crazy high. For example, we bought these two giant drinks (two for $35 + tax & automatic 20% tip)… but we could only finish half since its basically a pound of sugar. And the drinks were pretty weak. I know, not very savvy of us but it was still fun.

That said, there are still some deals to be had and lots of bars have some pretty decent happy hour specials which makes drinking a little more reasonable. Miami.com has a great up-to-date list of the best happy hour deals in Miami.

Wet Willies [South Beach]

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Wet Willies is the only bar on Ocean Drive that we recommend. They serve up strong (i.e. grain alcohol) frozen drinks in multiple flavors. A small drink will run you about $12. The staff is super nice and they’ll give you a few samples if you want to try a flavor before you buy. 760 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Mac’s Club Deuce [South Beach]

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Open is 1926, Mac’s is the oldest bar in Miami Beach. This old-school dive is popular with the locals so you’ll probably meet a few characters. Stop in for a game of pool and a solid section of beer. And they have happy hour from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. 222 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company [South Beach]

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This hip cocktail bar has happy hour every day from 4-7 pm — $5 beer and $5-$8 cocktails. They also have some cheap eats druring happy hour. 237 20th St Suite B, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

The Scape Goat [Miami Beach]

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The Scape Goat is a tiny bar that has a great happy hour every day from 5-8 pm with $4 beers, $6 wines, and $8 house cocktails. They only use premium liquor so the drinks are always solid. 100 Collins Ave CU4, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Ricky’s [South Beach]

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Ricky’s is an 80s-themed bar with live music and a wide selection of beer and craft cocktails. Their epic happy hour runs every day from 5pm-10pm and all drinks are 50% off. Also, they serve excellent NYC style pizza from Artichoke Pizza (a popular NYC pizza place) — which is also included in their happy hour. 1222 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila [South Beach]

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Top notch drinks and even better tacos. There is a not-so-hidden speakeasy behind the restaurant. They have a daily happy hour 6-8pm with $2 tacos and $6 specality cocktails. 1220 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 ( See On Google Maps )

rácket [Wynwood]

If you’re in Wynwood (probably to visit the Wynwood Walls) then be sure to hit up the happy hour at Racket. The cocktails, beer, and wine are all 50% off every day from 4-8 pm. Additionally, on Sundays, you can enjoy unlimited rose or mimosas from 1-5 p.m. for just $18.

150 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127 ( See On Google Maps )

More Cheap Things To Do In Miami Beach

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Here are some more great things to do in Miami Beach that won’t break the bank.

Day At The Beach On A Budget

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Even a day at the beach can bust your budget but if you’re not careful. You can rent chairs and umbrellas from multiple places on the beach. You have to be careful because some rentals are connected to hotels/resorts and they charge a premium for non-guests so expect to pay $25 for each lounge chair and per umbrella. If you head to South Beach then you can find some independent rental companies who charge a little less for a chair and umbrella rentals. However, if you plan on spending more than one day at the beach then you might consider buying a cheap beach chair and umbrella from CVS, Walgreens, or some of the tourist shops. They sell umbrellas for around $20-$25 and chair from $15-$25 so it can be a better deal to buy than rent.

Free Trolly, City Bus, & Uber/Lyft

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Miami Beach has a free trolly that comes every 15-20 minutes. There are a few different routes so getting to the main parts of Miami Beach isn’t too difficult. Additionally, there is a South Beach Local bus that only costs $.25 per ride. Lyft and Uber are also very popular and fairly affordable options for getting around Miami Beach. It’s also really the best way to travel from Miami Beach to the rest of Miami since taxis are expensive and public transportation isn’t very easy to use. We found that Uber Pool was also a good way to save a little more for those long rides.

Art Deco Architecture

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Miami is home to the largest number of art deco buildings in the world so head to Art Deco District in South Beach and admire the colorful architecture — there are also examples of art deco architecture on Collins Ave. There are a few walking tours if you want a little more background on the buildings but simply walking around is still plenty fun.

Get A Taste of Opulence at the Versace Mansion Bar

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Ok, this isn’t even remotely budget-friendly but starting at 6 pm you can visit the small bar in the iconic and Italian-styler Versace Mansion on Ocean Drive. If we remember correctly, the cheapest drink is something like $15 but we opted for cocktails which were around $24 each (which doesn’t include the mandatory 22% tip and taxes). Ouch. But you’re free to enjoy your drinks in the mansion’s courtyard or at the bar. And you’ll get to see the uber-rich (and usually scantily dressed) people visiting the mansion’s super expensive restaurant.

Lincoln Road Shopping

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Lincoln Road is a large pedestrian street that’s lined with shopping (mostly chain stores but also a few smaller boutique shops) and restaurants.

Vintage Shopping and Flea Markets

Find a budget-friendly souvenir at the Lincoln Road Antique Collectible Market that mainly features items from 1900s-1960s. The market is open on Sundays during the winter and spring (but not every Sunday) so check out their website for the schedule . For pre-owned luxury consignment shopping (Dior, Louboutin, Chanel, Hermes, etc.) check out Consign of the Times. And while their stuff isn’t “cheap” it’s still a good place to go treat yo self to a bit of luxury. See On Google Maps .

Things To Do In Mainland Miami

Yes, there is more to Miami than just Miami Beach. In this section we’ll list a few fun things to check out that don’t revolve around sun and sand.

Wynwood Walls & Wynwood District

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Miami’s Wynwood district has long been a warehouse district but it’s quickly becoming a hip, up-and-coming neighborhood with lots of cool bars, breweries, trendy restaurants, shops, & street art. But the area is most known for the Wynwood Walls — a complex walls and galleries decorated with large-scale street art from artists across the world. Many of the murals change every few months. Entry is free and there are a few tours available each day if you’re interested. [See On Google Maps] It’s about a 25-minute drive from Miami Beach.

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Other Neighborhood Highlights

As mentioned previously, Wynwood is home to a large number of bars, restaurants, and some shopping. Below are a few of the most-loved spots:

  • Panther Coffee: Hip coffee shop. [ Google Maps ]
  • Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop: Excellent bakery/dessert spot with cheesecakes, cookies, & milkshakes — but they’re most famous for their key-lime pie. [ Google Maps ]
  • KUSH: Gastro-pub with delicious comfort food and craft beer. [ Google Maps ]
  • Coyo Taco: Tasty tacos and margaritas. [ Google Maps ]
  • Jimmy’z Kitchen: Tasty gourmet sandwiches. [ Google Maps ]
  • LOVE ‘N GYROS: New spot with excellent gyros. [ Google Maps ]
  • The Salty Donut: Fancy and tasty doughnuts. [ Google Maps ]
  • 1-800-Lucky: This large Asian-inspired food hall has multiple stalls. [ Google Maps ]
  • Rácket: Great bar with 50% off cocktails, beer, and wine from 4-8 pm. [ Google Maps ]
  • Wood Tavern: Super laidback bar with craft beer & cocktails. [ Google Maps ]

Little Havana and Calle Ocho

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Another popular neighborhood to visit in Miami is Little Havana — especially for its Cuban food. The most popular part of Little Havana is Calle Ocho (8th Street). 8th street is actually a very long road but the main part people visit only runs for a couple blocks. We suggest using Dominos Park [ See On Google Maps ] as a good starting point. Calle Ocho has a handful of things to check out — from ice cream and Cuban coffee to hand-rolled cigars to Cuban food.

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Calle Ocho Highlights:

  • Azucar Ice Cream Company: The Cuban ice cream place that everyone visits. Their Abuela Maria flavor is the most popular.
  • El Rey De Las Fritas: Retro and no-frills diner that’s home of the classic Cuban hamburger.
  • El Nuevo Siglo Supermarket: Inside this Cuban supermarket you’ll find a nice little restaurant that’s really only known by the locals.
  • Velvet Creme Doughnuts & Coffee: Tasty doughnuts.
  • La Colada Gourmet: Excellent Cuban coffee and a must-visit for coffee lovers.
  • Guantanamera Cigars, Cafe & Lounge: A nice place to check out for great cigars and coffee.
  • Ball & Chain: This bar has been around since 1935 and they’ve been famous for their live music since day one. They have music every night and live salsa and Latin jazz every night during happy hour. They also serve pretty good food.
  • Versailles: The famous Versailles cafe and bakery is actually pretty far from the rest of the Calle Ocho highlights (10-minute drive or a boring 45-minute walk) but its the most popular Cuban restaurant in Miami.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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Transport yourself to Tuscany by visiting the former residence of James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune. You can tour this impressive estate and wander the lavish gardens. [ See On Google Maps ]

Coral Castle

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Built singlehandedly by the eccentric Ed Leedskalnin, the Coral Castle is an interesting oddity that you might want to check out. Ed spent 28 years building this castle out of more than 1,000 tons of coral and he only used handmade tools — which is very impressive considering he was only 5-foot tall and weighed 100 lbs. It’s about an hour drive from Miami Beach so it’s only really reachable if you have your own car. See On Google Maps .

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Thanks again for Hostelworld and Generator Miami Hostel for inviting us down to experience the budget-friendly side of sunny Miami.

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I moved to Florida from Colorado. Things are more expensive, but I'm going to the beach a lot and already feel at home.

  • Derek Edwards, 28 moved to Miami from Denver to be closer to the Caribbean.
  • Life in the mountains didn't suit him, plus the community wasn't as diverse as he had wanted.
  • He loves Florida's warm weather and beach access even though it's a little pricier to live there.

Insider Today

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Derek Edwards, a 28-year-old theology teacher and soccer coach who moved from Denver to Miami this month. The conversation was edited for length and clarity.

I ended up enjoying Denver a lot more than I thought I would. I had planned to stay there for a year or two, and ended up staying for three years.

I went in with not a lot of expectations other than that it's close to the mountains and that there's lots of outdoor stuff to do.

What was interesting was this dream of always going out to the mountains and traveling around — I didn't actually go to the mountains that often. I ended up just sticking mostly to the city of Denver and getting to know what Denver was like.

It's such a job to plan and drive out into the mountains — young people who move to Denver realize they won't be able to do it as often as they wish. There's traffic, and life gets crazy and busy.

Personally, I kind of forced that personality on myself. I'm not really that. But I do know that a lot of people who are super-adventurous explorers probably make more time than I did to get out to the mountains during the weekend.

I grew up in a rural town in central Wisconsin — the closest big city would be Wausau.

When COVID hit, I ended up teaching in Wisconsin and loving it. A friend of mine moved out to Colorado for a nursing job, and I knew that I didn't want to stay in Wisconsin.

I ended up moving to Colorado in 2021 and found a teaching job out there, but I also just needed space to recollect myself and figure out what my next steps and goals were.

I wanted to be closer to big Caribbean communities

I went to college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and I took a few courses about international relationships. I particularly had an interest in the situation in Haiti and what was going on there.

I ended up going on a service trip in college for a week, and during the summers I would continue to go back to Haiti. The organization I worked with, Missionaries of the Poor, was based out of Jamaica, so I ended up going to Jamaica as well. I lived in Jamaica for a year doing missionary service.

Miami was my layover spot every time I went to Haiti or Jamaica. I probably ended up going about 12 times or so. A lot of them were long layovers, so I would get out and explore the city a bit — and got lost a couple of times on the transit system.

It was during those times that I encountered the Haitian community in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. I also really loved the soccer culture that exists here — especially with Messi in town now.

I went to an Inter Miami soccer game with a friend last July, and we explored the city for 48 hours.

I had this deep desire to figure out what I'm supposed to do with the time I spent in Haiti and Jamaica, and how can I get connected more intentionally in those communities here in the US.

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Denver does have a very small Caribbean community, but it didn't really influence the culture, and it was really hard to get connected there.

So I decided that Miami was the perfect place to explore that because it has the highest population, besides New York City, of Caribbean migrants. So that was a major factor.

Colorado was just this transition phase.

I'm almost in my 30s, I'm not getting younger. Now is the time to make a change if I'm going to do it again.

I ended up landing this job at a mostly Haitian-American school, and I decided, "If I'm going to explore this, I'm going to do it now and give it a shot."

Florida's warm weather is a plus, but things are more expensive

Part of the reason I moved away from Wisconsin was because I couldn't handle the cold. Twenty-something years was enough for me.

I lived in Jamaica through a winter and thought, "Wow, this is crazy." I love the tropical weather, being close to the beach. It's been in the 80s and really nice here in Miami, and the beach is close by. It's just beautiful.

The day I moved into my apartment, it was a super crazy day of rain and I was in the thick of it. I was walking through the parking lot with water up to my shins carrying boxes that were just drenched. My apartment was soaked.

Those videos on the news about what was going on in Miami, I was moving in during — that was kind of discouraging at first and it made the move really difficult. But now it's a week later, and I'm walking outside in 85 degrees and sunny.

Another guy I knew was moving from Philadelphia around the same time that I was, and we ended up looking mostly online with a price range of ideally no more than $1,300 per person.

We found an apartment complex in Miami Gardens that was pretty much about that price. It's a pretty decent apartment complex. It's probably not the ideal place, but it's within our budget and close to our jobs so we went with what worked for us.

It's pretty over my comfort zone coming from paying $800 a month for a room in an entire house in Denver.

Everything is kind of expensive everywhere, but I have noticed that groceries are more expensive here. I have a lot of allergies, so when I go grocery shopping, sometimes I go to Whole Foods. A lot of those foods that I need are quite a bit more expensive here than what I was used to in Denver, so that's been a little annoying thing, too.

Gas is pretty comparable, except in Miami Beach. I've been a couple of times and it's crazy to see how gas is an entire dollar more at the beach than it is in Miami — so I just won't get gas in Miami Beach.

I already feel welcome in Miami

I'm still in the middle of figuring out switching over my car and insurance and title and all that. It's more complicated here than it was in Colorado because there are a lot of Florida-specific laws and things to navigate.

I really love the diversity. It's interesting because I kind of feel like the minority sometimes, which I probably am, at least in the neighborhood I live in, but it doesn't make me feel out of place. I actually really appreciate that.

People have been really warm and welcoming. I don't know if that's everyone's experience here, but at least it was for me, even more so than Denver.

The first week here was kind of chaotic with the weather. But now as it's settled down, I've really come to enjoy the last few days.

I'm about 10 miles from the beach. Just in case I don't stay in Florida forever, I'm going to go to the beach as much as I can.

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Rapper Travis Scott charged with disorderly intoxication after arrest in Miami Beach

By John MacLauchlan , Peter D'Oench

Updated on: June 20, 2024 / 6:18 PM EDT / CBS Miami

MIAMI - Rapper Travis Scott was arrested in Miami Beach on Thursday and charged with disorderly intoxication and trespassing.

The "goosebumps" singer, whose given name is Jacques Webster, was taken into custody just before 2 a.m. at the Miami Beach Marina, according to police. 

Officers were called to the marina after a disturbance on one of the yachts. When they arrived, Scott was standing by the dock yelling at those on the vessel.

When officers asked him to sit down, Scott did so briefly then stood up again. He then "began continuously standing back up disregarding officers commands," according to the arrest form.

The officers noted the smell of alcohol on Scott's breath.

According to police, the person on the yacht who called them said he didn't want to press charges, he just wanted Scott off his boat. Scott was then told to leave or he would be arrested.

"Throughout the long walk from the vessel to the boardwalk, the defendant walked backward yelling obscenities to the occupants of the vessel," according to the report.

Scott then got into a waiting car and left. About five minutes later, police say he returned and began to walk toward the yacht.

Scott reportedly ignored the officers' commands to stop. When one of the officers stopped him, Scott acted erratically and began yelling again "disturbing the peace of the occupants of the marina and nearby residential buildings," according to the report.

He was taken into custody and charged. He has since bonded out of jail.    

On Thursday afternoon, Scott's legal representative, Bradford Cohen released the following statement: "Mr. Scott was briefly detained due to a misunderstanding. There was absolutely no physical altercation involved, and we thank the authorities for working with us towards a swift and amicable resolution."

CBS News Miami also obtained video from a Miami-based rapper that was posted on Instagram that shows Scott Wednesday night in Miami.

Scott has taken to social media to poke fun at his arrest. He posted on Instagram: LOL for Laugh Out Loud and he posted a touched-up booking photo after his arrest showing him wearing sunglasses and headphones.

The singer also posted on X: "Tour coming up. Six days to Circus Maximus Tour. For the record I'm going."

This is not the ten-time Grammy award nominee's first run-in with the law. He is facing civil lawsuits after 10 people died and dozens were injured during his 2021 Astroworld festival  in Houston. The mass casualty incident occurred at Scott's show on Nov. 6, 2021, when a crowd began to "compress" toward the front of the stage, "and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries," Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said the day after the tragedy.

All 10 deaths occurred due to overpopulation and compaction within a single area, according to investigators.

No charges were filed against Scott after a grand jury declined to indict him and five other people on any criminal counts related to the deadly concert.    

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John MacLauchlan is a digital content producer for CBS Miami. He attended Florida State University and graduated with a Communications degree. John joined the CBS Miami digital team in February 2007.

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Here's why Alec Ingold is No. 14 on our Dolphins' Top 20 players countdown

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The Dolphins had six Pro Bowlers after last season.

Tua Tagovailoa , Terron Armstead, Tyreek Hill, Raheem Mostert and Jalen Ramsey were predictable.

Fullback Alec Ingold , while very deserving, was not.

Why Alec Ingold is No. 14

Ingold is a devastating lead blocker, both in the run game and pass game.

Ingold is a capable receiver, lining up all over the field.

And Ingold is a team captain, one of the very best leaders on the Dolphins.

Telling stat

81.3: That was Ingold's catch percentage last season, with 13 catches on 16 targets. Ingold was Pro Football Focus' fourth-graded receiving fullback, just behind Kyle Juszczyk of the 49ers.

How we see Alec Ingold's future

Ingold, 27, is in the first year of a 3-year, $12.2 million contract extension.

Coach Mike McDaniel likes to go against the grain, and that means using a fullback when most NFL offenses do not.

"Ingold is very involved in every game," McDaniel said. "He doesn’t get a ton of targets, but he’s one of the reasons other people get successful targets, whether it be a clean pocket or identification on how to run a tricky route from the backfield."

Joe Schad is a journalist covering the Miami Dolphins and the NFL at  The Palm Beach Post . You can reach him at  [email protected]  and follow him on  Instagram  and on X  @schadjoe . Sign up for Joe's free weekly  Dolphins Pulse Newsletter . Help support our work  by subscribing today.


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