Nestled in southern Florida beneath an almost constantly shining sun, Miami serves as the perfect escape for those looking to lay on the beach and bask in the surf for a few days.
While the sun shines and the ocean is warm all year round, the summer is often humid and June-November can be punctuated by hurricanes. March till May remains the best time of year to visit. A large Hispanic themed carnival is held in March that is especially boisterous in little Havana, the heavily influenced Cuban district of the city.
Miami is situated in North America's "eastern time zone," which is five hours behind GMT. A tropical city, visitors may wish to make sure that they are properly vaccinated for hepatitis A, typhus, tetanus and diphtheria. If you do wish to experience the March carnival, be sure to book early. The carnival is especially popular with tourists and hotels will often fill up early. Food in Miami is fairly expensive. Fast food meals typically run around $7 and most restaurant menus are priced around $20. This does not include tips for waiters and waitresses which is how the servers make the majority of their wages. Good tips are usually about 15-20% of the bill depending on the quality of service.
There are several options for transportation between Miami airport and downtown. The Greyhound Bus service has routes between the airport and city as do the Miami Metro and Miami Mover buses. An overground rail system and traditional train round out the options. Once downtown, you can ride for free with the metro. The entire area from Miami to south Beach has intuitive and helpful public transportation. Cabs are much more expensive, however, and generally cost roughly $15 for every three kilometres.