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.
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.
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.
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.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
Tucked in the jungle of the suburbs—we’re talking Bird Road—a visit to Santa is a true Miamian tradition. The world’s largest holiday theme park is a perfect place to spend quality time with family while riding rollercoasters, eating candy apples, and taking a photo with Santa himself. The narrow strip covered with gigantic pine trees decked out in Christmas lights is a treat for the eyes.
Art Deco architecture
Miami’s winter offers a balance of sunshine and cool breezes that make it perfect for strolling. Take a walk along Ocean Drive to drink in the Art Deco architecture and colorful vintage cars parked on the side of the street. Celebrity sightings of Rick Ross and Drake are the norm here.
This time of year the calendar is beaming with masterpieces to watch at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Classical lovers can catch the best ballets, operas, and concertos on the stunning stage of the Ziff Ballet Opera House or across the street at the James L. Knight Center.
Knaus Berry Farm
Glossy-glazed cinnamon rolls at Knaus Berry Farm will make your eyes roll backward. These delicacies are baked fresh daily and taste like heaven, which makes the drive to Homestead worth it.
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Miami is neighbors with the just-as-famous Florida Keys, so if boredom in the Magic City ever strikes, you’re just an hour’s drive away from Key Largo. Take a mini road trip to go scuba diving in Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Park—home to the underwater statue of Christ of the Abyss. Try a slice of Key Lime Pie, and eat Mahi Mahi—the options are endless.
Just a plane ride away
If you only have a weekend away to defrost on a tropical vacation, you don’t have time to spend it on getting there. Miami’s perfectly perched just on the tip of the USA, and a flight here is short and snappy. Just think, if your trip back to the frozen tundra is delayed due to a snowstorm, you’ll be stuck in sunny Miami!