Winter is so busy in Miami (particularly in South Beach) that locals call it simply “the season.” Europeans and snowbirds crowd the beaches, and major events like Art Basel (December), the Miami International Boat Show (February), and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February) pack the hotels. Still, with daytime temps hovering around 80 degrees and the ocean a pleasant 72 degrees, visitors escaping winter’s grip will hardly mind the crush.
Summer here is hot, humid, and prime hurricane season, but it’s becoming a popular time for those who crave solitude on South Beach, where the mellow ocean waters in the mid-80s have even the most reclusive locals donning barely there swimwear.
Shoulder seasons in spring and fall are also good alternatives if you want to beat the crowds. Reasonably priced hotel rooms are easier to snag, and the summer rain showers are absent. Just be aware of major events, like March’s gay Winter Party Festival and November’s esteemed Miami Book Fair International.