Miami International Airport serves most major carriers. Fort Lauderdale, 30 miles to the north, also has an international airport.
South Beach is pedestrian-friendly and full of taxis. If you want to explore the rest of the city or are planning an extended visit, a rental car is advisable.
When to go
December through April are peak months for great weather. Summer is off- season, and rooms are easier to come by. Beware, however, the afternoon thunderstorms rolling in from central Florida.
What to Read
Up for Grabs: A Trip Through Time and Space in the Sunshine State, by John Rothchild (University Press of Florida), Miami, by Joan Didion (Knopf)