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By: Jenny Agress

With its world-renowned beaches, colorful arts and culture scene, delicious restaurants, exciting nightlife and year-round warmth, is there any place better to be than Greater Miami & Miami Beach? We say no. However, if you’re planning a trip here, it’s important to know what to expect in terms of weather, travel expenses, busy vs. quieter seasons, and events during your visit. Read below for a month-by-month description of vacationing in Greater Miami & Miami Beach.

Parade characters in costume
Fun, history & a parade at Art Deco Weekend

Miami in January

While much of the country is knee-deep in snow and sleet, the start of a new calendar year brings amazing beach weather to Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Expect beautiful, sunny days, low humidity, average temperatures between 63°F and 74°F – and a lot of envious friends when you start posting your beach photos.

Don’t miss: Art Deco Weekend

Couple enjoying South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Bring your appetite to every foodie's favorite event - SOBEWFF

Miami in February

February is the most popular month in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. As the last full month of winter, it’s when snowbirds flock to our beaches for sunny days, low humidity, highs in the mid-70s and “last hurrah” events before they head back up north. This is peak season, so expect higher hotel and airfare prices. The weather is so perfect, however, that it’s worth every penny.

Don’t miss: South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Aerial view of tennis courts during the Miami Open
The prestigious Miami Open tennis tournament

Miami in March

March signals the start of spring, and with that comes spring vacation season for families. It’s a wonderful month to be here – rainy days are few and highs are in the upper 70s. The entire destination is alive this month with seasonal celebrations, sports events and festivals.

Don’t miss: Miami Open and Carnaval Miami

OUTshine characters posing
Celebrate OUTstanding LGBTQ+ films at OUTshine

Miami in April

April marks the heart of spring and the start of shoulder season, when prices drop and the temperatures get a little warmer. Falling just between the excitement of high season and the lower-key summer months, this is the perfect time to explore all Greater Miami has to offer.

Don’t miss: OUTshine Miami Film Festival

Planes flying in formation over the ocean
A day of ocean, sun & the Blue Angels at Hyundai’s Air & Sea Show

Miami in May

May is an exciting time of year in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. It’s still shoulder season (so prices are low), but the beaches are abuzz with graduation parties and Memorial Day weekend visitors. With an average high of 83°F and lots of fun to be had, May is when you’ll get to enjoy the start of summer.

Don’t miss: Hyundai’s Air & Sea Show

Drag Queen wearing pride colors
Get ready for a weekend of top-notch entertainment & celebration at Wynwood Pride, photo by Michele Eve Sandberg

Miami in June

Expect afternoon thunderstorms, higher humidity and highs in the mid- to high-80s. June kicks off Miami Hotel Months, so visitors can take advantage of stellar hotel deals throughout the area.

Don’t miss: Wynwood Pride

Runway models wearing bikinis
Kick off pool season at the Miami Swim Week swimwear extravaganza

Miami in July

For locals, July is when peak pool season begins – especially around July 4th, when pool parties are a popular choice in addition to grand fireworks displays. Temperatures are typically in the high 80s, everything is less crowded, and hotels and airfare are cheaper. Added bonus? Miami Hotel Months and Miami Spa Months are taking place, giving you discounted rates on the destination's best hotel stays and spa treatments.

Don’t miss: Miami Swim Week

Little boy enjoying a swing on the patio at PAMM
Enjoy the museum & outdoor patio at the PAMM

Miami in August

August is when Miami is least crowded. Hotel and airfare prices are at their lowest in this month, and Miami Spice Months – which offers reduced prices at about 200 restaurants – makes dining at Greater Miami’s award-winning restaurants better than ever. Our recommendation: plan your outdoor activities early or late in the day – and save the middle of the day for some of our great museums and shopping opportunities, in the comfort of air conditioning.

Don’t miss: Miami Spice Restaurant Months

Glass tray of ceviche in shot glasses
Try ceviche from A Fish Called Avalon during Miami Spice

Miami in September

September might be the start of fall everywhere else, but with an average low of 78°F and high of 86°F, it’s still summer in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Schools are starting back up and it’s not yet time for Miami’s snowbirds to fly south for winter, so even the most popular beaches have plenty of open space. Miami Spice Months is still going strong until September 30, which means you can get three-course lunch, brunch and dinner menus for very reasonable prices, indeed.

Don’t miss: Wynwood’s Octoberfest

Woman dressed in a sparkling Carnival costume
A celebration of Caribbean culture at the Miami Carnival

Miami in October

Book your flights now – stone crab season kicks off October 15. Florida stone crabs are known for their sweet meat, and Greater Miami & Miami Beach is a top spot to get them. Join the well-dressed patrons trying to snag a table at Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant, and you’ll see what we mean. Temperatures start to moderate in October, and run between the mid-70s and low 80s, so grab a table outside and start cracking claws.

Don’t miss: Miami Carnival

People visiting tents at Miami Book Fair
Experience the excitement of authors, live music & a street fair at Miami Book Fair

Miami in November

During the month of Thanksgiving, you can be thankful for Miami’s beautifully mild weather. Days are sunny and dry, and temps are in the 70s. The near-perfect weather also makes it everyone's favorite time to visit, however, so expect slightly higher hotel rates and bustling beaches and boulevards.

Don’t miss: Miami Book Fair

Close-up of Tony Tasset's Bear
Art Basel is the place to be during Miami Art Week, Tony Tasset's Bear

Miami in December

With the holidays comes a busy calendar of festive events in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Snowbird season is in full swing at this point, so if you’re planning to visit, you’ll want to book flights and hotel rooms in advance. Prices are higher than in the low season, but temperatures range between the mid-60s and mid-70s under blue skies – so it’s worth it.

Don’t miss: Art Basel Miami Beach

Ladies bicycling past a lifeguard tower
So much to enjoy in Greater Miami and Miami Beach

Tips for Visiting Miami Any Time of Year:

  • Always pack a bathing suit. It’s beach and pool weather all year long.
  • Bring an umbrella or a light rain jacket. There is always a chance of rain, even when it’s not rainy season.
  • It’s no secret that Greater Miami & Miami Beach is warm – but to make up for that, air conditioning is always on, and especially high in summer. Bring a light sweater for any indoor restaurants, theaters or events.