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Travel guide Miami

Do it just like a Miamian

Meados de janeiro

Fim de semana de Arte Déco

Founder of Miami

Julia Tuttle

Hora em Miami

O seu guia essencial para Miami

Quando vai visitar Miami?


Spring in Miami

Spring is Miami’s busy season. Festivals and sports events fill the ever-warming days. Spring Breakers flock here, and to nearby Fort Lauderdale, much to the despair of the local law enforcement. In their wake come the regular holidaymakers, ready to take advantage of Miami’s best weather. This busy period is the most popular time to visit Miami.

Summer in Miami

The Miami Heat isn’t just the name of the city’s basketball team. The weather in the city in summer is steamy – we’re talking humid and sticky, with highs of 34°C (94°F. Thank goodness for the beach. Miami hotels worth the salt on their margarita glasses have a pool where you can cool off. The weather can be stormy – but rain showers are normally short and sharp. They finish in a matter of minutes. Summer remains a popular time to visit the city.

Autumn in Miami

With lows in the high teens and highs of 30°C (86°F), Miami’s autumns don’t differ all that much from its summers. It can be lovely and warm and a quieter time to visit. In late October you might notice a few odd characters traipsing around – like the rest of the US, Miami’s residents love a Halloween party. Odd zombies and monsters enliven (or is that… deaden?) Miami’s dance floors at the end of October.

Winter in Miami

O inverno em Miami é curto e seco. Não há registo de neve na cidade desde 1977. O Pai Natal aqui não vive numa gruta glacial, mas sim na floresta encantada. A Enchanted Forest é um parque temático sazonal no Tropical Park de Miami. O inverno é conhecido pela chegada dos famosos pássaros da neve da Florida, uma referência bem-disposta aos reformados que fogem dos climas do norte para as suas segundas casas de inverno. Em janeiro, durante a semana da Arte Déco, os desfiles de carros clássicos transportam a cidade para os anos 1920 e decorre a exposição canina "Bark Deco".

Miami visa and entry requirements


If you’re a citizen of a country covered by the Visa Waiver Programme (such as the UK), you will need to have a valid e-Passport along with an approved ESTA to enter the USA. You can identify an e-Passport by the ‘chip’ symbol on the front cover.

You can apply for an ESTA online, and should receive approval straight away, although we recommend applying at least 72 hours before departure, in case any travel authorisation is denied. An ESTA is valid for multiple journeys and lasts for two years, or until your passport expires.

You will no longer be able to enter the USA using an ESTA if you have dual nationality, with one passport being issued by a country eligible under the Visa Waiver Programme and the other issued by Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria.

Os cidadãos do Reino Unido podem agora passar pelo acesso rápido do controlo de passaportes nos EUA aderindo ao Global Entry, o programa de proteção de alfândegas e fronteiras (Customs and Border Protection) dos EUA. A associação dura cinco anos e o processo de candidatura inclui verificação de antecedentes e entrevista presencial no centro de inscrição oficial.

Remember, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you have the right documents to be allowed entry into the USA when flying into Miami.


Como deslocar-se

Walking around Miami


With its compact, village-like structure, South Beach is very walkable. Miami Beach, with its boardwalk, is similarly easy to navigate on foot. You can do a popular walking tour of the Art Deco district at Ocean Drive. Save the parks and the beach for daytime, and take the precautions you would in any big city.


Getting around Miami by car

Uber and Lyft both operate in Miami, and are both inexpensive ways to get home after a night out. Download the app before you go out. There are also traditional cab companies operating in the area – and limos are a common sight. If you hire a car, be aware that Miami’s roads can be congested, especially during rush hour.

Cycling around Miami

Miami’s Citibike scheme means you can easily hire bikes in any of the multiple city locations and cycle around inexpensively. Buy a 36 hour pass, or rent by the hour. Cycling beachside from South Beach you can travel all the way up to North Miami, using pedestrianised strips and the Miami boardwalk. Cycle on roads at your own risk, though, and stick to quiet streets.

Miami trolley

The charming Miami trolley offers a free service. Despite its cheery, retro look it’s fully air conditioned and environmentally friendly. It runs into the evening and serves Coconut Grove, Biscayne, Little Havana, Wynwood – and most importantly, the beaches until 11pm (8pm Sundays). It’s great to catch the SoBe trolley to South Pointe Park for a morning walk, then back up to Lincoln Road.

Tipping in Miami

Tipping isn’t just polite in the Miami: it’s necessary. Staff in much of the service industry rely on tips to make up their wages. This applies to restaurants and bars, but also taxis and hotel staff, too. You should only leave no tip if you are genuinely unhappy with the service.

Tipping in Miami restaurants

As in much of America, in Miami it’s customary to add 15 to 20% of your restaurant bill, as a tip for your server. Don’t include the added tax in your calculation. In some tourist areas (like Miami Beach and particularly Ocean Drive) restaurants will automatically add a service charge to your bill, so make sure you don’t pay it twice. Always check your check.

Gorjetas nos bares de Miami

At some point, you’re bound to find yourself in one of Miami’s bars. You’ll want to tip for each drink you order. As a rough guide, base your tip on the complexity of your drink. This ranges from around 50 cents for a soft drink, maybe $1-$2 for a beer, and $3 or $4 if the bar staff shake you up an elaborate cocktail.

Tipping in Miami taxis

You’ll need to tip your taxi driver at least 15% – more if they’ve helped with your luggage at the airport. Miami also has Uber and Lyft, and these apps have a tipping service which you’re encouraged to use to support drivers.

General tipping

If you’re not sure, it’s perfectly all right to call ahead when you request a service and find out if tipping is customary. Some common examples: pizza delivery requires a small tip of $1-$2. Golfers will want to tip their caddies $10-$25 for a round. If you take part in water sports at your resort and it's not All Inclusive, tip your instructor $5-$10. Service in hair salons and at spas is around 15%. You’ll need to tip in Miami hotels. Tip porters immediately for carrying luggage, and leave a daily tip for your maid on your nightstand. $1-$2 is customary in both cases.

Passear com segurança

Tal como em qualquer cidade movimentada, é prudente ser-se cuidadoso ao viajar. As dicas simples que se seguem vão por certo ajudá-lo:

  1. Planeie os percursos de viagem de antemão para se orientar com maior facilidade.
  2. `Depois de escurecer, ande por ruas bem iluminadas e com movimento.
  3. Mantenha os seus bens e valores pessoais, incluindo telemóveis, num local seguro e evite mostrá-los em público.
  4. Respect local alcohol laws. You must be 21 or over to drink.
  5. Cross the street at dedicated crossings; jaywalking is a fineable offence.

To better prepare for your holiday, read our additional travel advice and the government’s foreign travel advice.

Useful contacts in Miami



Ligue para o 911 em situações de emergência para entrar em contacto com ambulâncias, polícia e bombeiros.

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