It’s widely understood that Florida is one of the first destinations that comes to mind for Americans dreaming up their perfect escape from the dreary winter months.
Between the Sunshine State’s iconic theme parks, scenic beaches, and buzzing cities, the only difficult question to answer is where to visit first.
To ease your travel planning, we’ll dive below into our top 6 reasons why Miami Beach is a solid contender for the ideal winter vacation.
Recently dubbed “America’s Leading Beach Destination” and the winner of several 2023 Travel Weekly awards, it’s simple to see why this vibrant city is trending.
Having the luxury of being able to bask in the sun, swim in warm waters, and live in shorts is a top priority to any traveler seeking reprieve from the cold.
Miami Beach’s beautiful weather, even in the depths of winter, is one of the factors that makes this spot so perfect.
Temperatures rarely dip under the low 60s, and daily highs stay in the comfortable upper 70s.
Are you already sick of gray skies and desperate for vitamin D?
Winter is Miami’s clear season and the sun is out close to 70% of the time.
Wondering about ocean temperatures for swimming?
Miami Beach has some of the warmest water in Florida, with temperatures averaging around 75 degrees.
Accommodation For Every Traveler
As Miami Beach is a popular tourist destination, visitors can find accommodations to suit every style and budget with ease.
Whether you are craving a luxury, all-inclusive resort with beach views or prefer budget Airbnbs and hostels, this location has you covered.
For an upscale oceanside stay, we recommend checking out the award-winning Fontainebleau Miami Beach. This stylish 50s hotel has every amenity imaginable, including a spa, several fine-dining options, and even one of the best nightclubs in Miami.
We can’t talk about this destination without spotlighting its postcard-worthy beaches.
The Miami Beach area describes this entire island, which includes several unique neighborhoods and beaches, including the iconic South Beach.
Tourists searching for the epicenter of the party, designer shopping, and a lively cultural scene will love South Beach.
Craving a quieter ocean-side experience?
You’ll want to check out North Beach–this less rowdy location even has a fishing pier for those wanting to try their luck with the line.
No matter which spot you choose, you’ll find white, powdery sand and gorgeous turquoise water perfect for swimming, along with an abundance of beachside cafes.
Adventurous types can easily rent jet skis and enjoy snorkeling as well as other water sports.
Plenty to Explore
Miami Beach and its surrounding areas offer a diverse array of cultural experiences, art, food, live music, and shopping.
Tourists can venture into Little Havana and Little Haiti to get a taste of international food while enjoying the lively atmosphere and music.
Art lovers can wander through the Art Deco Historic District or stop into any of the numerous local galleries and museums to marvel at high-quality fine art and architecture.
For wildlife enthusiasts willing to venture a little further out, Biscayne Bay and other spots offer the chance to spot manatees.
World Famous Nightlife
Miami is known for having some of the best nightlife in the world, and the Miami Beach area is no exception.
Whether you choose to drink at a laidback beachside haunt or have a proper night out in Miami, it’s sure to be a memorable time.
The best clubs include LIV (Midbeach), E11VEN (downtown Miami), and Story (South Beach).
Ease of Access
Just over 12 miles away from Miami’s airport, this barrier island town offers all the energy of the bustling city but on a smaller scale with a touch of exclusivity.
It’s also never been easier to fly into Florida from anywhere in the country.
Budget-friendly option Spirit Airlines has several connections to Miami, and United just announced they will be increasing flights to Florida– including Miami, by 20% this winter.
With such a large amount of flights to choose from, travelers are sure to find a cost-effective and convenient option.
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