The Best Time to Visit Miami

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The best time to visit Miami is in the Spring — from about mid-February through May. The weather is warm, hurricane season hasn’t started, and the humidity of summer hasn’t fully arrived. It’s also nearing the end of the high season, so crowd sizes will be smaller and prices will have dropped. Plus, the water is warm so you’ll be able to hit the beach and enjoy all the greatness that Florida has to offer. 

Florida is hot and sunny for the majority of the year, so in truth, there’s never a bad time to visit. But use this guide to help you figure out the best time of year that works for you!

Weather

Many people make the mistake of thinking that it doesn’t matter when they visit Miami because it’s just one long summer season. But, this is not true. Although, majority of the year is warm to hot and, even during the coldest months, it usually doesn’t get below the high 50's, there are still seasons with very different personalities. For one, summer in Miami is excruciatingly hot, humid, and rainy. It rains almost every day in the summer. Storms usually only last from about 15-minutes to an hour, and then the sun comes out and the humidity level rises.

If you are planning a trip during the summer months, expect rainfall at some point during your time down south. Thunder and lightning storms are fairly common as well. 

Hurricane Season in Florida

June through the end of November is hurricane season in Florida. That doesn’t necessarily mean there will be any hurricanes, but being prepared is important, especially if you’re visiting from somewhere far away. Of course, this doesn’t usually deter many people from visiting, summer is one of the busiest times of year to visit Florida, mainly due to the fact that kids are out of school and families can take extended vacation. But, if you do plan a trip during hurricane season, it’s recommended to get travelers insurance just in case.

 

Prices During High Season

The end of November through mid-April, particularly the time around the holidays, is high season throughout Florida. From snowbirds to students to anyone looking to escape the snow — expect large crowds and higher costs. This doesn’t mean it’s an out of reach time to visit, it just means that if you’re planning on coming down during this time, plan ahead. Flights and hotels tend to book up fast and prices can get pretty high as you get closer to the season, so book early. 

Traveling during high season does come with its perks, though. For example, from about Thanksgiving through New Year’s, every palm tree in Miami is adorned in sparkling lights, which adds an ambiance you wouldn’t normally get any other time of the year. Also, as much as prices overall may tend to be higher, there are a lot more deals and sales available too, so be on the lookout. 

Winter: December, January, February

This is the high season in Miami for good reason. The weather is usually in the high 70’s with very low humidity and little rain. The beaches are at their best this time of year and, although the crowds may be a bit larger, with so much sandy coastline, there is room for everyone by the sea. Hotels tend to be a little bit more expensive this time of year, so book your stay early. 

Events to Check out:

  • At the end of January is the annual Miami Marathon. It’s one of the fastest growing marathons in the world for such a young event, it was started in 2003. The event attracts all types of runners from around the world, both professional and amateur.
  • Art Basel is an annual international show of modern and contemporary art that takes place in South Beach the first week of December. The show attracts a long list of who’s whos — from celebrities to royalty, it’s a scene, to say the least. During the week of Art Basel many hotels, bars, and clubs will host events, parties, and the like, some open to the public and some not. If you’re visiting during the week of the show, expect larger crowds and traffic.
  • The international music festival, Life in Color, takes place in Miami in January. This electric dance music festival attracts a young crowd and a lot of star power. Last year’s show featured Zedd, 21 Savage, and Snails. The festival also prides itself on being the world’s largest paint party, so expect to get dirty. 

Spring: March, April, May

Spring is by far the most beautiful time visit Miami. The humidity of the summer hasn’t fully hit yet and but the weather is warmer than winter with highs in the 80’s. You can expect some rain, but not enough to ruin your trip. It’s the best season for rooftop happy hours or sunset cocktails on the beach. The one downside for some? Spring break. This is the time of year the city tends to get overrun by college kids on vacation, so bars and clubs get crowded pretty quickly. It’s always a good idea to make reservations in Miami, but it’s especially important during spring time.

 

Events to Check out:

  • One of the premier tennis events, the Miami Open, takes place at the end of March every year. Starting in 2019, it will be held at Hard Rock Stadium, as opposed to in a smaller stadium in Key Biscayne. The move to Hard Rock Stadium is expected to attract larger crowded over the course of the tournament. In 2019 they will also be featuring a tennis oasis outside the stadium showcasing the food, art, and culture of South Florida, In addition to a massive video screen where guests can watch the matches live.
  • Ultra Music Festival is an annual EDM festival that takes place at Bayfront Park in Miami, the last weekend in March. The three-day concert attracts a younger crowd that enjoys to party. Past musical acts have included AfroJack, David Guetta, Tiesto, and DeadMau5.
  • Miami Beach Gay Pride takes place annually in early May. What started as a small local event has blossomed into one the largest gay pride gatherings in the world. The 2-day event includes a parade, block party, live music, and lots of LGBT-friendly vendors. 

    Summer: June, July, August

    There’s only one word to describe a Miami summer and that’s hot. Temperatures can reach the high 90s and rain is frequent. But, despite the mosquitoes, frizzy hair, and constant sweat, this is still one of the most popular times to visit the city. The beach in Miami is definitely at its best during the summer, the water is warm and the waves are perfect. Sunblock and bug spray are a must during summer, even on a cloudy day it’s easy to get sunburn. It’s also the heart of mosquito season, so try and stay covered during early evening hours or right after a rainfall when the mosquitoes are out the most.

     

    Events to Check out:

    • Swim Week is a Fashion Week event that takes place in July. The week includes swimwear fashion shows from top designers, pool parties, cocktail hours, and lots of pop-up shops. You can expect to see lots of models running around South Beach this week.
    • If you’re a foodie, or just love to eat, visit the city during Miami Spice. Participating restaurants across the city offer 3-course meals at reduced rates, $23 for lunch/brunch and $39 for dinner. And these are not your average restaurants, rather they are run by world-renowned chefs and culinary masters. It’s a great time to eat at the place you normally would never dream of going to. Reservations are strongly recommended.
    • Mangos are everywhere in South Florida so it’s no surprise every August Miami hosts the Mango Festival. Enjoy farmer’s markets, tasting demos, kids’ activities, and a whole lot of mangos. 

    Fall: September, October, November

    This is probably the quietest time to visit the city as summer is winding down and school is starting back up. But it’s still a great time to come. Hurricane season is still in full-swing until November, so expect rain and humidity. The temperature tends to be in the mid-80s which means it’s still a great time to hit beach. Truthfully, anytime of year is great time to hit the beach in Miami. The crowds are also a bit smaller this season which is a good thing if you’re looking to save on your trip.

     

    Events to Check out:

    • The South Beach Seafood Festival takes place in October every year. This four-day festival showcases the best of the best in Miami culinary cuisine. Tasting events, live music, and lots of seafood are abound at the event. It’s a great place to spend the day with family, friends or both.
    • If you happen to be in Miami on Halloween, head to the Lincoln Road Halloween party. As the night approaches the outdoor mall turns into Miami’s spookiest Halloween event. Wear a costume and come ready for a night of freakish fun. A kid’s even takes place earlier in the day from 5-8 p.m.