3 Things Every Traveler Should Know Before Visiting Miami

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It’s hard to have a bad time in Miami. The city has something for everyone, from beautiful beaches, to a vibrant arts and culture scene, to delicious dining and drinking options.

That being said, there are a few things you should know about Miami before you jump on a plane—things people who have spent a lot of time in the city know well.

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It’s Good to Know Some Basic Spanish

You don’t need to speak Spanish to get by in Miami, but it’s definitely helpful to know some.

There are enough Spanish-speakers in the city that you’re bound to encounter the language at some point, whether it’s in a bar, a restaurant, or a store.

We’re not saying you need to fluent, but it’s handy to know the basics: hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and you’re welcome. Oh, and “veinte cervezas, por favor” is another useful phrase for those traveling in groups. Test it out one time—just make sure you’ve got lots of room on your credit card.

Driving Isn’t Easy, Ubers Are

How do we put this in such a way that it doesn’t offend everybody in Miami? Let’s just say driving in the city is… not for the faint of heart or those with high blood pressure.

The roads are often congested. Horns blare constantly. Turn signals are comparable to the human appendix: Everyone has one, but they don’t really get used. Some drivers would probably even have their’s surgically cut out of their cars, given the chance.

The good news is that Ubers and several other ride-sharing services are available in Miami, so if you’re willing to shell out a few bucks, you can save yourself the headache of driving and have somebody else do it for you.

Take Precautions if You’re Visiting Between June and November

Hurricane season runs from June to November in Florida, and Miami, which is perched at the intersection of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is particularly vulnerable during those months.

Of course, there’s no guarantee there will be a hurricane during that timeframe, or that it will blow over Miami if there is, but it’s something to keep in mind as you plan your trip.

If you’ve already booked a trip for that timeframe, don’t panic. That said, it’s a good idea to prepare for the worst by getting travel insurance and stocking up on a few basic supplies—bottled water, batteries, a few bottles of tequila… just the basics.

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