Cheap Flights to Miami
- Area Metro City : 143.1 km² (55.27 sq. mi)
- Area Codes : 305, 786
- Currency : Dollar (USD)
- Population Metro City : 399,457 (2010 Est.)
- Official Language : English, Spanish
- Time Zones : (EST) (UTC-5) Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
- Airport : Miami International Airport (MIA)
Located near downtown Miami, Miami International Airport is a primary economic hub for Miami-Dade County and Florida. It has over 200 fabulous shops and restaurants including the Miami International Airport Hotel and offers, for passengers without a hotel shuttle service, transport comprising taxis, car or limousine hire, MetroBus, MetroRail, MIA Mover or the Shared-Ride Van Service.
Travellers in South Africa can take direct flights from Johannesburg to Miami with Delta (via Atlanta) being the shortest, at 20h 40m+. Flights from Cape Town to Miami are also very popular. Other airlines include:
- British Airways, American (via London) 23h 10m+
- South African, American (via New York City) 23h 10m+
- British Airways (via London) 23h 50m+
- South African, Lufthansa (via Munich, Frankfurt) 1d 0h+
- Virgin Atlantic, American (via London) 1d 0h+
- Iberia (via Madrid)
- South African, LATAM (via São Paulo)
- Lufthansa, Airberlin (via Frankfurt, Düsseldorf)
- Swiss, Lufthansa (via Zürich, Frankfurt)
- Air France, American (via Paris, London)
- Qatar (via Doha)
MIA handles over 55 airlines that include:
- Air Canada
- Air Europe
- Air France
- British Airways
- TAP Portugal
- Virgin Atlantic
- Cathay Pacific
Reasons to Visit Miami
- Located on Florida’s south-eastern tip Miami is a stunning, sprawling city with towering skyscrapers, palm trees, turquoise waters, golden beaches, parks and warm to mild weather, ideal for vacations. The city has a great variety of attractions that include museums, art galleries, historical monuments, entertainment and more.
- Miami’’s history goes back to 500-600 B.C. where an Indian village was situated at its river mouth. Spain claimed it in 1566, relinquished it to the US in 1821. Slowing down the citys growth was the collapse of Florida’s land boom, the 1926 Miami Hurricane and the Clutch Plague. During WW II Miami was used as a base against German submarines.
- Nicknamed the Magic City, The Gateway to the Americas, and Capital of Latin America, Miami is a major hub for international trade, commerce, entertainment, media, culture and the arts. Its downtown area comprises the biggest concentration of international banks in the USA. Some of the world’s largest cruise ships are berthed at Miami Port also known as the Cruise Capital of the World making it, with passengers and cruise liners combined, one of the busiest ports in the world.
- There’s a fantastic choice of luxury hotels including beach resorts, villas, apartments, B&Bs and hostels as well as plenty of restaurants, breakfast bars and burger joints offering numerous delectable cuisines.
Places to Visit in Miami
- Miami Beach is a resort city linked by bridges to the Miami mainland. It has splendid golden beaches and its South Beach has great choices of nightlife on Ocean Drive that runs through the Art Deco Historic District that showcases many art deco buildings.
- Zoo Miami is Florida’s oldest and largest zoological garden that opened in 1948 and is home to 3,000 animals and 500 species.
- Located on Watson Island is Miami Children’s Museum, a non-profit educational establishment that offers exhibits, programs and learning resources linked to community, culture, the arts and communication. Jungle Island dating back to 1936 is an interactive zoological park that houses almost 3,000 bird, animal and plant species.
- Miami Seaquarium is a 15ha oceanarium located in Biscayne Bay that opened in 1955 and features killer whales, dolphins and loads more.
- The 30 acre urban public Museum Park has beautiful scenery, a sand beach, a playground and a large amphitheater, great for families.
- Get a true feel of Cuba in Little Havana, right in the heart of Miami where you’ll encounter hand-rolled cigars, herbal stores, meat markets and be sure to go to 8th Street or Calle Ocho where you’ll find wonderful authentic Cuban restaurants that dish up mouth-watering traditional Cuban dishes.
- A must visit is the Everglades National Park, the biggest subtropical natural paradise in the US that provides habitats for endangered and rare animals such as the mysterious Florida panther, the manatee and the American crocodile. The park is a World Heritage Site, a Wetland of International Importance and an International Biosphere Reserve. Visitors can enjoy airboat rides, eco tours, a jungle trail and alligator farm. The Miccosukee Indian Village is also within in the park and showcases Miccosukee culture and tribal arts.
- The 1916 Villa Vizcaya located on Biscayne Bay is a historic estate built in renaissance style architecture with gardens, grottos, sculptures and lovely scenery but isn’t wheelchair friendly.
- The Oleta River State Park has a mangrove forest where you can go fishing, canoeing, biking, enjoy a picnic or stay over in a cabin.
- Greynolds Park north of North Miami Beach is ideal for camping, hiking, kayaking and golfing.
- The Trinity Episcopal Cathedral that opened in 1925 is a beautiful structure as is the Plymouth Congregational Church designed in Mission Revival architecture.
- Freedom Tower with its height of 78m is conspicuous. Take at least an hour to explore this 1925 building in Spanish Colonial Revival architecture located on Biscayne Boulevard.
- The 47 story Miami Tower is a Miami landmark with its changing lights dominating downtowns skyline for almost 30 years. It was recently sold to a Japanese firm for $220 million.
- The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum located at Florida International University in Miami displays photographs, work and prints by Latin American artists.
- The Pérez Art Museum Miami is a waterfront museum that shows off modern and contemporary international art and provides educational programmes.
- Highly recommended is HistoryMiami, founded in 1979, it’s the largest historical museum in the State of Florida with lots of relics, archives and exhibits including area tours that delve into Miami’s multicultural history.
- Known for its innovative and provocative exhibitions, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a small, modern facility that has travelling exhibitions, educational programmes and jazz concerts.
- Art lovers won’t be disappointed when visiting the Lowe Art Museum, operated by the University of Miami. It features a good variety with impressive art pieces covering the Ancient and Baroque periods to American and hosts special events.
Getting Around Miami
Make the most of your vacation by taking advantage of low-cost public transportation to see all the sights and aid the environment.
The 22 mile Metrorail has 22 stations and operates from Palmetto in west Miami to downtown, to Dadeland in south Miami with a special Orange Line running to the airport. Pre-paid, rechargeable EASY Cards or EASY Tickets can be bought online or at Metrorail stations with choices of daily, weekly or monthly passes.
Metromover offers free travel with smaller loops than Metrorail and also serves as a link between Metrorail and Metrobus. There are lots of restaurants and shops on its route and it’s great for travellers staying in downtown Miami that want to see the city’s popular attractions.
The Metrobus system has around 1,000 buses that operate over 90 routes and take you to places and sights the rail system doesn’t cover. It also has an express bus service for fast travel. Some routes operate 24 hours a day but check the schedules for individual routes first. The easiest way to pay is with an EASY Card or EASY Ticket that can be bought online or at selected stations or pay with cash.
To get to MIA from Miami Beach, take the express Airport Flyer (Route 150) located at 41st Street and Collins Avenue that’s inexpensive and operates every 30 minutes there and back.
For visitors and residents staying in Miami Beach, the South Beach Local (Route 123) is most popular with its circular route, frequent stops and its inexpensive.
A great fun way to see the sights and neighbourhoods is with the free trolley system that provides regional trolley services comprising City of Miami Trolley, Miami Beach Trolley, Coral Gables Trolley, Homestead Trolley (for trips to Biscayne & Everglades National Parks), Doral Trolley and Miami Gardens Trolley.
Uber & Lyft:
Very popular are Uber and Lyft vehicle services that link passengers and drivers with an app on smart phones with costs calculated on time and distance travelled. Fares may be higher with additional stops, tolls and surcharges.
Limousine & Chauffeur Services:
To travel in style private drivers can be hired from a long list of providers with rates dependent on the type of vehicle or limousine chosen.
Car rentals available include Sixt, Avis, Alamo and plenty more located in the city and at MIA.