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11 Reasons Miami Is the Perfect Winter Destination

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Updated: 21 November 2017
Slip out of that wool coat and into a bikini because winter in Miami means 80°F (26.6°C) weather and shirtless beach bodies frolicking on Ocean Drive. Indeed, booking a trip to sunny paradise is just what you need right now. Here’s why.

Selfies on Miami Beach

If glittering beaches and white sands weren’t reason enough to migrate for winter, there’s also the social media aspect. There is nothing like posting pics of your hot dog legs burning in the sun while everyone else back home is shoveling snow.

Selfie on the water
Selfie on the water | © Ádám Fedelin / Flickr

New Year’s Eve Party

If you’re willing to spend a few hundred dollars, then splurge on a New Year’s Eve party in Miami. From yachts to hotel parties, there’s no shortage of festivities to ring in the New Year in utter mayhem. The Shelborne Hotel and Fountainbleu in Miami Beach are infamous for their bashes, but there are dozens of other places to celebrate the 2018 extravaganza.

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Art Basel

The “who’s who” of the art world flock to the city for the annual Art Basel in December. The international art fair congregates with art installations and exhibits all over the city in the Design District, Wynwood, and, of course, South Beach. Don’t miss out on the celebrity parties too—they happen nightly.

Courtesy of Wynwood Walls
Courtesy of Wynwood Walls

Surf’s Up

Hurricane season formally ends on November 30th, but the swells are still good throughout the rest of the year. Grab a board and surf at South Pointe where the tides break against the pier and provide good rides. Winter is the best time for surfing before flatness hits in spring.

It’s Heat Season

Basketball season is all about The Heat, so catch one of the games at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Beer, popcorn, and nachos in a stellar stadium? Miami’s a Heat Nation.

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