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Welcome to Miami. Which way to the beach? Florida’s coolest city is an icon in its own right, and makes for a truly epic holiday. The beaches are the main draw, backed by enormous skyscrapers and fronted by turquoise sea, and the nightlife is world class, with bars and clubs everywhere you look.
Miami is famous for its amazing array of Art Deco buildings, with Ocean Drive’s classic 1930s hotels forming the highlight, and it also has a vibrant arts and food scene, with some of America’s best galleries and restaurants. On top of that, you can even get a nature fix: look out for tropical birds nesting around the surrounding keys, and wander through the lush green spaces, like David T. Kennedy Park.
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What are the main Miami airports, and how do I get from them to central Miami?
The main airport serving Miami is Miami International Airport, though there are others in reasonably close proximity, including Fort Lauderdale about 20 miles to the north.
Miami International Airport / MIA: Just a few miles (7 to be precise) from downtown, Miami International is the most convenient airport to fly into if you’re staying in Miami itself. As always, the quickest way from the airport to the city centre is by taxi, but it’s also the most expensive. If you opt for this, it’ll be about half an hour from airport to hotel. Other (cheaper) options include Miami Airport Bus, which costs £1.50 and takes up to an hour (including waiting time); Miami Airport train, which is the same price and takes about the same time as the bus; and finally Miami Airport shuttle, which costs about £2.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood / FLL: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is the other international airport serving Miami, though is located a bit further out - about 20 miles north of downtown. There are a number of ways to get from the airport to the city, though the easiest is Virgin Trains USA (formerly known as ‘Brightdale’), which is a high speed service connecting the two cities. A one way ticket costs about £7.75. An even cheaper option is Tri-Rail, which costs about £3.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Miami?
Prices based on bookings made 60-91 days prior to departure.
Miami universities and campuses
The two main higher education establishments in Miami are The University of Miami and Florida International University. Both have plenty of opportunities for international students, and between them host students from countries all over the world. Studying abroad in Miami makes for an amazing experience, with sunny weather year-round and plenty of beachside study sessions.
Miami lifestyle and culture
Miami’s lifestyle is reflected in its proximity to the beach, which forms a key part of most locals’ lives. The city has a hugely diverse population and is often called ‘The Capital of Latin America’, on account of the Latin American population being the largest anywhere outside of South America. This, like the beach, is reflected in the culture, in terms of cuisine, bars and arts.
Exploring Miami on a student budget
Miami is one of the USA’s wealthiest cities, so it’s not high on many lists of places to explore on a student budget, but it’s certainly possible to do so if you plan and research carefully. It’s main attraction, the beach, is free for whomever wants to wander onto it, and many of the parks and gardens are free, too.