Whether your trip to Miami includes a stay at one of the area's exclusive hotels like the W Hotel or if you are staying in one of the many luxurious vacation rentals in Miami Beach, when you visit will make an impact on what you pay and what you will have an opportunity to experience.
Of course, Florida is the Sunshine State and South Florida and Miami, in particular, are noted for year-round moderate temperatures but major events and seasonal adjustments will play a part.
So when is the best time to travel to Miami? Here's a look.
If you are interested in visiting Miami at one of the most cost-effective times of the year and you are not encumbered by work or children in school, January can be a very nice time.
While it can get cool in the city in January and the beach may not always be an option if a cold wave reaches South Florida, it is off-season.
This means you can visit clubs, museums, zoos and other attractions with not only fewer crowds, but perhaps at better prices. This even includes luxury accommodations.
February thru May
In the Spring the weather is nearly perfect in Miami and South Florida.
The dry season is still in place, and temperatures are warm but generally moderate.
Visitors can expect high temperatures in the 70's and 80's, with 90's possible in April and May.
While Spring Break has an impact on the community, like elsewhere in Florida, its negative effects are minimal.
For sports fans, the Miami Heat (basketball) are winding up their season while the Miami Marlins (baseball) are starting up their season.
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June through August
June is the start of hurricane season in Florida and temperatures begin to heat up.
So does tourist season and the amount of events that are scheduled throughout the community.
South Beach is popping every night of the week, and the beaches are full.
While it is the busy summer season, it is also the time when this city shines.
Weekend festivals, craft, and art shows and community events abound and no matter your interests, you will enjoy your time during this period.
Be prepared for a tropical, humid climate and plenty of sunshine.
The afternoons often features brief showers or thunderstorms that are seldom cause to cancel plans, although you may need to make adjustments.
September and October
This is another opportunity for terrific off-season pricing and exceptional availability of luxury accommodations.
The humidity in Miami's weather lessens, and locals begin to appreciate the more moderate temperatures.
It is still hurricane season, but it is coming to an end. Beach weather is outstanding, and the crowds begin to lessen.
The Miami Dolphins of the NFL and college football's Miami Hurricane's start their seasons.
Again, if your situation allows, this is an exceptional time to schedule time in the city.
November and December
There are values to be found in early November, but as the holidays approach, both visitors and rates increase.
In Miami, one of the city's major cultural events of the year, Art Basel Miami Beach takes place in early December and, of course, the Christmas season is hectic.
Plan for the accommodations you desire during this time, and you should not be disappointed.
For those from colder climates, the combination of shorts, sandals, holiday decorations, and palm trees can be both disorienting and immensely enjoyable!
Knowing when to visit Miami can be as important as what you visit when in South Florida.
Just know what to expect and be prepared!