1. If you
are coming to Miami between May and October, be sure to pack an
umbrella. Afternoon thuderstorms can get pretty strong.
In addition, it can rain
anytime, anyplace in Miami.
Locals have seen conditions where it was literally
one side of the street and rainy on the other side.
2. Use plenty
of sun block to avoid going home with a nasty sunburn. Visitors to
Miami often uderestimate the power and intensity of the sun which
round, but especially in the Summer months.
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration from the intense heat and
You will sweat a lot on most days in Miami.
driving on major Miami highways during rush hour. Traffic is real bad in
Miami most of the day, but especially between 7 and 9 am and
again between 4
and 7 pm. Probably the worst Miami
highway is the Palmetto expressway (hwy
826) so avoid it if you
5. If you are flying into South Florida, consider the Fort
airport which is less congested and easier
to navigate than the Miami International
airport. The Fort
Lauderdale airport is approximately 25 miles north of
6.Don't act like a tourist. Stay alert and do not read maps
while driving or leave
anything in your car that might say "I'm a
Tourist". Unfortunately, Miami has had a
history of Tourists
being followed and robbed.
7. Brush up on your Spanish. Miami
has many spanish speaking citizens and has
some areas (like
Hialeah) where Spanish is the predominant language.
8. Do not go on
the beach or near water if you hear thunder or see lightning.
South Florida is the lightning capital of the United States.
to ground bolt lightning is often very commom during the Summer months.
So take cover and enjoy the show from indoors.