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Swinging in South Beach

Orientation

GETTING THERE
Like many major urban airports, Miami International Airport (MIA) can resemble a construction zone as much as a transportation hub. But the place seems much less a work in progress of late. It is served by nearly a hundred airlines and is an easy commute to and from downtown Miami (twenty minutes away) and points south, including the Florida Keys. A less congested alternative, especially for destinations north and west of Miami, is Fort Lauderdale International, about twenty-five miles north of MIA.

CLIMATE
Escaping wintry conditions up north is an absolutely legitimate motive for scheduling a trip to Miami during the peak season of December through March. Average high temperatures hover in the low to mid-seventies, and it rains less than at any other time of year. That said, spring and summer aren’t without their appeal: Daylight hours last longer, prices drop considerably, tee times become easier to get, and there are fewer minimum stays. Sure, it’s hot—it’s Miami.

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