Fly To Miami, Florida
Miami otherwise referred to as the 'City of Magic' is one of Florida's most iconic and loved cities and it’s not hard to see why. Almost completely surrounded by so many lush sandy white beaches which include the all-too-famous Miami Beach, Bal harbour, and Virgina Key Beach-some might think this is a beach only city with residents so spoiled for choice.
Miami’s beaches are just one of the many reasons why it is one of the most visited cities in the world. Coupled with its all year-round holiday climate boasts Florida's best gourmet restaurants, small roadside cafe's, luxurious hotels and an exhilarating night life that would leave most cities envious.
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Why visit Miami?
- Have a relaxed day at one of the 800 beautiful parks that is located across the city or take a stroll along Surfside Beach and experience scenic views that will take your breath away!
- Seeking adventure? Then the Everglades is a place for you, this tropical wetlands is home to numerous endangered species and activities that would keep you at the edge of your seat!
- Enjoy the renowned shopping experiences that are unmatched from Lincoln Road-the heart of South Beach to Miami's original luxury shopping destination Bal Harbour Shops!
Miami boasts the best sunny climates all year round, making it the perfect holiday destination no matter what time of year.
However if you’re not too keen on rubbing shoulders with too many tourists such as yourself a good time to visit Miami it would be between June and September over the low-season where things are not over-priced and the city is less crowded.
Peak-season in Miami occurs over January through till April, during this time the city becomes crowded with tourists and things like accommodation tend to be more expensive.
- Miami was founded by a lady (Julia Tuttle) in 1896, making it the only major US city to be founded by a women.
- The Port of Miami is the largest cruise ship port in the world, it is known as the 'Cruise Capital of the World'.
- Miami is home to the only Everglades eco-system in the world.
The glitz, glamour and natural beauty are just a few characteristics that resonate with this city. It has become a destination everyone wants to vacation in. Places like South Beach have become big attractions amongst tourists as it is usually featured in many films, but many locals prefer this spot as it is perfect in the summer as it showcases the best water sports, beaches, malls, art and architecture as well as the added bonus of a high-octane night life.
Miami Zoo and Miami Seaquarium has also been said to be the best places to visit if you want to get up close and personal with stunning wildlife and mesmerizing marine beauty. Seeing that this city is home to 800 parks, there is definitely a chance you will be passing one of them if you plan on sight-seeing, A.D.”Dough” Barnes Park makes for a fantastic picnic location with its spacious landscapes, and plentiful pine trees.
Miami is a wonderland filled with so much adventure, so be sure to explore these places below before you go:
- Marlins Ballpark
- Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
- Bayfront Park
- Miccosukee Indian Village
- Downtown Miami
- Coral Castle
- Venetian Pool
- Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federal
- Tower Theatre
- Key Biscayne
- Museum Park
- Dodge Island
- Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Whatever you’re craving or taste, Miami has something for you. A city that is home to over 150 ethnicities there is no surprise that there is so much diversity represented in the cities dining. Miami and Miami Beach offer many of the best restaurants that are known for serving the freshest seafood.
Miami is a city that has many dishes that should be put on every person’s bucket list of things to eat, these tantalising yet interesting dishes include frita which is a Cubano version of the American hamburger with a delicious secrete sauce, alligator meat which is seasoned and deep fried famously known as 'gator bites', and a southern inspired dish of waffels, watermelon, and chicken (yes it is one meal, and yes it tastes great).
The best restaurants that are located throughout the city include:
- Joe's Stone Crab
- Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
- Barton G. The Restaurant
- Crazy About You Restaurant
- Prime 112 Restaurant
- Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Miami is a melting pot of culture, the diversity of this vibrant city is expressed through their food, entertainment and art. The majority of individuals in Miami are Hispanic, and the Hispanic influence is what makes Miami a city that is so interesting and fun to explore.
Most individuals consider themselves to be Catholic where religion is something that forms a big part of their everyday life. Miami is not considered to be a very conservative city even though it is very religious. One does have the freedom to practice any religion, any discrimination against another person’s faith is frowned upon.
The residents of Miami are extremely friendly, and know how to have a good time, it is definitely a beautiful thing to witness so many cultural backgrounds coming together.
The safety and personal security are always a big concern in any major city. This is a city that does have a high crime rate, but it nothing to be too concerned about as most parts of the city is relatively safe for everyone that remains vigilant. It is advised to not walk around in isolated areas alone or walk with a lot of cash and/ or valuables on you.
South African Passport holders do need a visa to visit Miami, and anywhere else in the USA.
Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps. Contact the American embassy (Telephone: 012 431 4000 ) for more information, in addition to visa applications.
There is no South African representation in Miami. However, the South African High Commission to the U.S.A
Address: Washington DC. South African Embassy,
3400 International Drive,
NW, Washington DC, 20008
Phone: +1 202 232 4400
Fax:(+1) 202 265 1607
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Miami International Airport is the largest gateway between the USA and Latin America. It is also the primary airport serving the Miami area.
Food and Beverage: More than 200 restaurants, cafes, and bars cater to the passengers' appetite at the airport.
Exchange currency: Foreign exchange booths are available at Miami Airport on level 2, at the Greeter’s Lobby and at the security checkpoints.
Lost luggage: MIA's Lost & Found Services office is located on level 4, North Terminal D. You can even call Miami-Dade Airport Police at 305-876-7373.
Airport hotel: Miami International Airport Hotel is at the Miami Airport.
Car hire: You can choose vehicles from any of the operators at Miami Airport - Hertz, Alamo, Advantage Rent a Car, Avis, Budget, Dollar, All Day Rent a Car, Enterprise, Global Rent-A-Car, National, E-Z Rent A Car, Payless, P&P Family Auto Rental, Royal, Sixt and Thrifty.
Airport hub:Miami Airport (code MIA) is a hub for American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and US Airways.
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