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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Miami , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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One of America's most ultra-modern cities, Miami has an appeal all of its own and is completely different to the more laid-back Florida Keys  which are less than an hour away. Even the buzz of Miami is different from any other city.

Visitors to Miami could be mistaken for thinking they were in South or Central America, with Spanish spoken on every corner, a citrus scent in the air and a pulsing energy reverberating throughout the city. And at night, the Latino spirit really heats up, with a wide range of superb restaurants, bars, bistros and clubs to keep you entertained until dawn. If you want to join in with the salsa beat, time your arrival to coincide with the annual Calle Ocho street festival (February/March) in Little Havana – it’s an absolute must-see, must-do.

General Information
CapitalState: Florida. Capital: Tallahassee. Largest City: Jacksonville.
Time Difference-8 hours
CurrencyUS Dollar


Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Travelling to the USA - Travel Authorisation (ESTA)

US Customs and Border Control has introduced an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). The system is web-based only and requires all passengers (including infants) travelling via or to the USA to apply for authority to travel a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel. You may be denied boarding or refused entry to the USA if you have not registered and obtained authorisation. To apply, please visit the official website: A charge of 14 USD per person (subject to change) will apply.


The best time to visit Miami is between November and May, for the long sunny days. From June to October, expect extremely high temperatures and increased humidity.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Miami.

  Temp °C Rain mm


Key Biscayne
Reached from Miami via Ricenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne is an exclusive eleven kilometre stretch of land where there are multi-million dollar homes, incredible beaches and a coastal barrier reef and The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami boasts a fantastic location in the heart of it all. Do visit Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park where there is a historic lighthouse and a mile of beach for sunbathing, swimming and picnicking, as well as biking, kayaking and fishing opportunities.

Miami Beach
Running along the oceanfront of Miami Beach is the main road, Collins Avenue, where most of the luxury hotels are located including W South Beach. It passes through the several seaside resorts, including South Beach - where The Ritz Carlton, South Beach enjoys a prime position - with its iconic stretch of sands that are very popular with sun-worshippers and surfers.

Sunny Isles Beach
Here you’ll find kilometres of pristine beaches and one of Miami’s most striking ocean fronts, with pretty parks, world-class restaurants and shops.

See the city in style courtesy of a guided boat, helicopter or driving tour, and indulge in some fabulous water sports including skin-diving, snorkelling and water-skiing. If you can, do take the Everglades Airboat Tour – it will give you an entirely new perspective of this incredible swampland environment- and Miami! 

For those with a passion for gardens, there’s Miami Beach Botanical Garden, an urban oasis showcasing native Floridian flora: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, featuring collections of rare tropical plants, and the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens located on Biscayne Bay – where our featured property The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami resides, and boasts some fabulous gardens of its own – comprising a stunning Italiante mansion and ten acres of serene, European-inspired formal gardens.

Getting There+

Flight Information
Qatar Airways direct from Doha to Miami.

Flight Time
From Doha to Miami: 15 hours, 45 minutes.

Travel Gems+

Shoppers who love exclusive brands can spoil themselves at the Aventura and Bal Harbour Malls – guests of the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach will enjoy complimentary transfers to both.

Head to South Beach where you’ll find the world-renowned Miami Art Deco District, with a collection of over eight-hundred historic buildings from the 1920s and 1930s. Stay at The Setai and you may find yourself in your very own Art Deco room – a meticulously replicated Art Deco landmark, the hotel was once the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. Miami Beach is also home to a host of beachfront properties that include the mansion that belonged to the late Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace, which is located amongst the swaying palm trees of the much-filmed Ocean Drive. This affluent area is known for its choice of stylish dining and partying places, including bars and nightclubs.

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