When to go to Miami
December is a lively month in Miami and hotels are booked solid, starting with Art Basel Miami Beach, which takes place over the first weekend of the month (www.artbaselmiamibeach.com), and ending with the holidays. Be sure to reserve a room far in advance. Summer, which brings hurricane season and temperatures that reach into the nineties, is considered the off-season. The weather can be unpredictable, but rooms are easier to come by.