Bienvenidos a Miami! A car rental at Miami Airport will be your best choice for moving around Miami, as car is king in this city! A splendid city, located at the river mouth on the Florida peninsula is a port city with a strong Cuban influence. With some Spanish, you’ll be able to get around easier, but don’t you worry, English is still the official language in Miami!
Naturally protected by the Biscayne Keys, the area to the south of Miami prides itself with outstanding lowlands that are home to unique wildlife. Miami will be a great vacation, whether you have cultural interests or if you’re a nature lover. Especially with a car rental in Miami, you won’t get disappointed by this hot city!
Basic info and car hire in Miami
Location: Southeastern Florida, USA
Population: 5,502,379 inhabitants in the large Metropolitan area and 453,579 estimated inhabitants in the city of Miami.
Official language: English. However, with a large amount of “Latinos” living in Miami, Spanish is spoken everywhere.
Currency: US dollar (USD).
Weather: Miami is known for semi-tropical climate, where the weather year-round is very stable in temperature, with long hot and humid summers and mild and dry winters. Air-conditioning is a daily bread here!
Public holidays in Miami: Don’t be surprised by holiday work hours and check for Miami public holidays in advance
Internet coverage: Miami is a modern US city and you’ll have access to Wi-Fi almost on every corner. Hotels, restaurants and bars offer a free access.
Road conditions: Road conditions in Miami are generally good, it's the driver’s you must worry about.
Driving in Miami
Don’t be intimidated by the Miami speciality, known as the “Miami driver”, a honking, disrespectful to the speed limits and pedestrians driver. If you’ll be careful when driving we’re sure you’ll be just fine. And don’t forget to pay special attention at the road crossings, as you cannot rely on other people. That’s all, and mind the speed limits to avoid being pulled-off by police.
- Age limits: In the USA, 15 years old can obtain a learners license and can drive if accompanied by an adult. A car rental may charge you a young driver’s fee, generally if you’re younger then 25. A car rental in Miami might also require 2 years of driving experience to be able to rent a car.
- International Driving Permit: Yes
- Additional papers: Bring your travel and car rental insurance. Passport, driving license and your credit card, to rent your car in Miami.
- Children in the car: As stated by the Florida’s law, children younger the 3 years of age, must be seated in a built-in child seat or a separate car seat, appropriately fastened. Children under 5 years of age must be secured in a child restraint system.
- Driving side of the road:
- General speed limits: Unless stated otherwise by traffic signs, speed limits in a residential area is 30 mph, in a downtown business area is 25 mph. On the NW 36 street the speed limits is 40 mph.
Parking suggestions: Miami is a densely populated, and as such, cars are tightly packed on parking lots. Take care of the parking fees and you’ll do just fine.
What to see in Miami
Miami offers so much more then sunbathing and sipping cocktails on its sandy beaches. It is famous for its Art Deco architecture, Street Art on the Wynwood Walls and museums, so take some time off, and visit the other face of Miami.
Our favourite spots
An open-air, free of charge museum, features long walls in an old industrial warehouses district where street art gets its fair share. A popular spot with a laid-back atmosphere!
Check where you should park to see the Wynwood Walls.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
A tribute to Italian Renaissance, this private home of James Deering, a bussinesman who owned the estate, is the major attraction for everyone who enjoys luxury estates and beautiful, formal gardens.
Check your parking options at the Museum of Vizcaya
Phillip and Patricia frost museum of science
A museum occupying four buildings: the Aquarium, the Frost Planetarium, the North and the West Wing. Here, you can see exhibitions year-round. A great place to visit with your kids, as they will learn about nature, science and art.
Park your car at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
American Airlines Arena
This area is famous for its excellent acoustics and good service. Make your stay in Miami memorable with an NBA game of the Miami locals- Miami Heat! A great atmosphere and comfortable seats!
Parking your rental car to visit a game in American Airline Arena is truly easy!
Hotels in Miami
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables in Miami
With internal patio or balcony and iPod docking stations available in each room this hotel is agreat choice for travellers interested in good food and great location.
Provident Doral At The Blue
If you like privacy and the comfort of having your own kitchen, this is the right accommodation for you. A private parking for your rental car, a swimming pool and a fitness gym to keep you fit during your stay.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Miami Doral
Simple and convenient, with a great location and a free public parking infront of the hotel. If you have a fast snack to prepare, the rooms are equipped with a microwave for your commodity.
Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Midtown
A minimalistic hotel, right in the heart of the design district of Miami, provides you a private parking and an outdoor swimming pool. A hot breakfawst included in the price!
Drive your rental car around Miami
Once you visited all the main points of interest in the city of Miami (don’t miss the Calle Ocho, to get a special peak into the Cuban life), you should truly take all the advantages that a car rental in Miami brings you. Head towards the south of Florida and visit the Florida Everglades National Park where you’ll find a special habitat of the wetlands. Take an air-boat ride and explore this unique wildlife area.
Where to eat, drink and party in Miami
Miami has a strong Latin American influence, which you'll be able to experience everywhere: from the cuban dishes when eating outside, to the tequila served in your glass in a bar. And we should not forget the music - clubs in Miami are full of Salsa, reggaeton and other Latin American music.
You cannot leave Miami, without visiting this little Cuban restaurant, with kitschy décor and busy atmosphere. You can also just pass by and order a coffee and a snack at the “ventanita”.
Switch that Martini clubs for a brewery and enjoy in a pint of excellent beer served with home-made sausages. That’s Miami as well!
If looking for a place to eat some very good tacos and drink a fine tequila, don’t hesitate to visit Bodega. Open until the late-night hours, this place is ideal for a late-night out.
A mix of sushi, bar and live music venue, this bar/ restaurant is a great night adventure, especially once you know about its back door in the dining room. That’s where the night revelling takes place...
Major events and festivals in Miami
Miami Beach Gay ParadeApril
Miami was always open to the LGBT community and this parade is full of rainbow colours, loud music and happy people.
Miami Beach Polo WorldcupApril
In April, you should catch a match of world known polo players. A glamorous event dedicated to the stylish sport on horses.
Miami Book FairNovember
A festival for all bookworms in Miami style- readings of poetry and literature with internationally known authors presenting their newest works.
Celebreting the Latin community in Little Havana, this festival is marked with lots of dancing and live music – as a Latino festival should be.