Looking for a spring getaway, Miami has plenty to offer.
Miami Beach is ripe and ready for the spring break season. Pre-hurricane season, sun-drenched beaches, and temperatures in the ’80s make it the place to be.
The beaches of south Florida sound pleasant, well, okay, they sound sublime in early March. Constant ice storms in Arkansas to Kentucky and blizzards in the Midwest plague the northern half of our country. Miami Beach sounds even more enticing and seductive with the warm 80-degree temperatures as well as the rare, swimmer-friendly, 80-degree water temperature. Yachts and jet-skis have arrived in the sunshine state. No fear of hurricanes either for the spring breakers, that season begins in June.
The endless smooth sun-drenched beaches are usually sunny. Seekers of the sun flock from the expensive, international appeal of South Beach to and from the less expensive Hallandale Beach in Broward County this time of year. Nature enthusiasts crave the varieties of nature parks and all that they offer. This sluggish economy has left a mark on the tourism industry, but the significance of two national parks helps.
Two National Parks
According to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami is the only place in the U.S. with two national parks. Everglades National Park is an untamed ecosystem unlike anywhere else. Biscayne National Park is the only living tropical reef within the continental U.S. Imagine the serenity and natural beauty within these confines. When one thinks of snow in Chicago in March, someone also must be craving the natural beauty of the golden beaches of South Florida.
If water is not your thing, Miami Beach offers amazing, surprising, and unforgettable memories for all ages. According to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourists can see and do everything. Various experiences include the latest IMAX films to the high-tech games at entertainment venues. They can even experience the thrill of speed at the Richard Petty Driving Experience on scheduled dates at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Nascar fans, beware, the experience can be habit-forming.
Legendary Hotels Are Back
Also, according to the Visitors Bureau, two of Miami’s most iconic hotels, the Eden Roc Renaissance Beach Resort & Spa and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach are now open. I recently experienced both a few weeks back and found them ultra-contemporary and chic. The classic style of Miami Beach is alive and well. Liv, a popular nightclub within the Fontainebleu, recently hosted Joaquin Phoenix and his recent crazy antics on stage. These two iconic hotels are now open after multimillion-dollar restorations that will bring the legendary beachside resorts back to their glory days. The days of Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor are remembered in the sun-drenched beaches of southern Florida.
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is a non-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business, and conventions.
Enjoy the sun and warmth this spring break season and slip out of that heavy parka and snow boots.
Best Time to Travel to Miami on Vacation
When the weather’s good, it’s spectacular in South Florida, but when it’s bad it can be horrid. So when is the best time to visit this popular destination?
With its natural wonders, famous theme parks, and a long list of attractions, South Florida is high on the holiday wish list for a lot of vacationers. But those who don’t do their homework before booking a trip can be caught out by the weather and crowds.
Southern Florida, which includes Miami and the Florida Keys, has a true tropical climate. Winter is the most popular time to visit South Florida when hotels can double their prices and still book out ahead of time. Those who can handle the heat can find some bargains in South Florida in summer.
Hurricane season, which runs from June to November, and Florida’s spring to autumn afternoon thunderstorms should be taken into consideration. But with a little planning, travelers can see the sights in the cooler mornings, sit out the thunderstorms in the afternoon, and enjoy indoor activities in air-conditioned comfort when the mercury rises.
School Holidays in Florida and Whether to Avoid Them
For some families, the timing of a trip to Florida will be dictated by the school holidays, when they can take their own children on vacation without interrupting their schoolwork. Of course, school holidays can lead to crowds at popular tourist spots, so for those who want to travel at quieter times, school holidays are best avoided.
The exact school holiday dates change from year to year, and can also change from district to district. As a guide, the traditional Florida school holiday times are Summer Vacation, which runs from the beginning of June until the end of August, spring break, Easter week, and a two-week winter break over Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
At the end of the day, there are pros and cons to the various times to travel to South Florida. After weighing up weather, crowds, and budget considerations, a traveler can feel prepared for the holiday ahead and relax and enjoy their Florida getaway.