Visit Miami on a Budget

Miami Beach, Florida is one of the most exciting cities to visit, and there are hundreds of affordable hotels in Miami. From top of the line luxury, trendy boutique hotels in South Beach and budget hotels just about everywhere, there is something for every travel budget.

Affordable Miami

There are budget hotels in most locations including on the beach and with spectacular views of the city. They are within walking distance of many attractions including the Bayside Marketplace and Port of Miami. You’ll even find spas, rooftop bars and pools and hot tubs in the less expensive hotels.

Miami also has small bed and breakfast inns that are out of the trendy zones and offer some quiet respite. They are reasonably priced and include excellent amenities and complimentary breakfast.

Hostels are another possibility for the budget conscious. There are many hostels in Miami that are not fancy or glamorous, but clean and cheap. Many offer free breakfast, and they are all great places to meet other travelers.

You’ll also find a good selection of vacation rentals which include houses, apartments or a single rooms in private homes. This is the cheapest way to live in this exciting city and can be made even cheaper with a fully equipped kitchen, so you can save money on your meals.

Miami excels in luxury hotels that offer spectacular views of the city and ocean. The amenities are five-star and include bathrobes, top of the line toiletries, beachfront restaurants, 24-hour gym. Some have famous nightclubs where the rich and famous enjoy the high-energy nightlife. You can get low rates at these luxury establishments during off season. If you can plan your trip in advance, it will save you money on hotel rooms if you book in advance because you won’t be subject to the last minute rate increases.

When to Visit Miami

In the spring between March and May is one of the best times to visit Miami. Winter is the high season when the hotels have the highest rates and there are bigger crowds, and summer is also crowded because schools are out. However, if you are looking forward to summer in Miami, you can still get low rates in some hotels.

Activities in Miami

Most people go to Miami for the beach and nightlife. People-watching in South Beach is also a popular activity. However, there are many other things to do in the area. For nature lovers, there are hiking trails in the Oletta River State Park and there is an amazing variety of tropical plants to see in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. You can go canoeing in the Everglades National Park and even scuba dive or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Biscayne National Park.

There are many art galleries to visit and the Perez Art Museum is free on the first Thursday of each month. The Frost Museum of Art has free admission. For performing arts, check out the schedule at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Miami is a hot spot for nightlife and sun and sand and a good vacation destination for families too. With a little advanced planning, you can visit all the famous sites of the city and not break your travel budget.

This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a travel website that offers customers a fast and easy way to find the best travel deals.

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