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By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami International Airport is Your Gateway to Latin America and the World

At 7.5-million-square-feet with 127 gates, Miami International Airport (MIA) served 46 million people and about 125,000 every day in 2019. Often referred to as the “Gateway of the Americas,” MIA is a major international port of entry to the United States. With so many options, it's easy to  find a non-stop flight to MIA.

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Whether you’re coming or going, or you find yourself on a lengthy layover, MIA has plenty to offer business and leisure travelers en route with a diverse collection of dining and shopping options. You can get a slice of Miami life without even leaving the terminal as many of the shops and restaurants inside the airport are classic establishments found around the city.

MIA also boasts one of the most impressive art programs of any major international airport with a variety of galleries and site specific installations that showcase South Florida culture, lifestyle and history. So, what will be your first stop on your Miami itinerary? A stroll through the concourse at MIA!

And to make the process of getting through airport security easier, be sure to check out the Trusted Traveler Programs.

REAL ID Travel Requirement

Beginning October 1st, new ID's will be issued and required to board comestic flights and access certain federal facilities with the launch of the REAL ID Travel Requirement issued by Homeland Security.

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Food & Drink

If ever there was a hotspot at an airport, it’s American Airlines’ Terminal D at Miami International Airport. With an abundance of options for food and drink, take your pick from a number of locally owned establishments. This is also where the American Express Centurion Lounge is located featuring cuisine by award-winning Miami chef Michelle Bernstein.

There’s Ice Box Café, a favorite Miami Beach lunch spot that Oprah even lauded for its cakes. For a frosty local brew from Wynwood, head to Concrete Beach Brewery. If you’ve got extra of time, grab a table at Shula’s Bar & Grill, named for legendary Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula.

When in Miami, you might be craving Cuban coffee and food. Lucky for you, outposts of the iconic Café Versailles are located throughout the airport for a café con leche and pastelito on the go.

Terminals H/J also feature Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Bongos Cuban Café. And if you’ve got to have one last mojito before your plane departs, the Bacardi Bar is there to serve you.

Shopping & Services

At MIA, you’ll find duty free shops, newsstands and currency exchanges throughout the concourse for your convenience. You’ll also find a number of places to shop for more than just your standard Miami souvenir. The much-loved Miami indie bookstore Books & Books has an outpost inside Terminal D. You can also get to know the work of Miami’s famed pop artist Romero Britto at Shop Britto, in Terminal D. Terminal H is home to Jetsetter Spa, while Terminal D features as XpresSpa for a little rest and relaxation before your flight.

Airport Art

Thanks to the Art in Public Places countywide capital improvement program developed in the 1970s, 1.5 percent of all new construction costs are invested into arts initiatives. At MIA, this has resulted in public artworks spanning the North and South Terminals, the MIA Mover Station to the Rental Car Center and the MIA Central Collection Plaza, as well as the airport’s exterior.

Works range from marine life sculptures swimming up the walls and arranged in snowflake-like constellations by artist Donald Lipski to the “Miami Wave,” featuring brick pastel undulations paved into the concrete at the Central Collection Plaza, reminiscent of the ocean.

Dr. Yolanda Sanchez, former Division Director for Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, is the vision behind MIA Galleries, the arts and exhibitions program.  Presently, MIA offers rotating exhibitions at six exhibition venues.

Model plane hanging from ceiling
Interactive art can be found around every corner at MIA

“The Eye Has To Travel Gallery” in the North Terminal features mostly contemporary art. Another venue within the North Terminal is the “Camera Works Gallery” that features fine art photography and photo-based works. Also, in the North Terminal is “D31” featuring work from local artists, as well as exhibitions produced in-partnership with other cultural institutions and organizations around Miami-Dade County.   The “Hall of Aviation” in the South Terminal, which was envisioned as an ongoing partnership between HistoryMiami Museum and MIA, is an exhibition venue exploring the various aspects of Miami’s long-standing fascination with flight. Also, in the South Terminal is “MIAmi Gallery” (Miami International Airport moving images), which features screen works by South Florida-based video artists and filmmakers. Finally, in the Central Terminal is the Children’s Gallery featuring work by Miami-Dade Public School students in grades K-12.  If you arrive to the airport early, gallery-hopping throughout MIA is the perfect pastime.

Things to Do During Your Layover

If you happen to be at MIA for a long layover of more than five hours, it’s possible to escape the terminal and even do a little Miami shopping, sightseeing and golfing. Baggage storage is available at Central Terminal E, Level 2.

If you’ve missed a connection or have a particularly long layover, then perhaps there’s nothing more appealing than checking into a hotel that’s actually inside the airport. That’s what you’ll find at the 252-room Miami International Airport Hotel located in the Central Terminal’s Concourse E. With direct access to airline ticket counters, departure concourses, public transportation and the rental car center, you can easily make this your headquarters for a brief and convenient stay in Miami. The hotel’s Viena restaurant also offers panoramic views of the runways—a bonus for aviation geeks.

Trusted Traveler Programs

Want to fly through the lines at MIA? The Department of Homeland Security has introduced several programs, including TSA Pre✔® and Global Entry. These programs can help expedite security and customs screenings when traveling to and from the U.S. and Miami. Certain programs are available for U.S. citizens and residents as well as those from certain foreign countries.

TSA Pre✔® is an expedited security screening program that connects travelers departing from airports within the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. The program helps take the stress out of travel with no need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts or light jackets. Travelers enrolled in the program pass an information screening and background check; then, they receive expedited security screening. Additionally, family members ages 12 and under traveling with a parent or guardian who has TSA Pre✔® can accompany them in the expedited lanes.

For more information about Trusted Traveler Programs, please visit: the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors looking for a quick way to clear passport control at Miami International Airport can now look no further than MIA's official mobile app. MIA Airport Official 2.0 is available for free for iPhone and Android. Watch the video for more details.

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