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Miami: Good to know
Must do’s in Miami
Miami Beach: this peninsula is famous for its stunning beaches, smart boutiques and towering resorts. To the south of Miami Beach you will find the world-renowned South Beach; the place-to-be for both night owls and shopaholics. Tip: Bike rentals shop are legio in South Beach and a fun way to exlore the peninsula.
Ocean Drive: this street is the epicenter of the Art Deco architecture and has been nicknamed the American Riviera. Bet you will recognise many of the façades as they are a popular filmset background in movies and TV series, like Dexter, 2 fast, 2 furious, The Bodyguard, Bad Boys and obviously Miami Vice.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens: a must for nature lovers. This tropical botanical garden is home to lakes, woodlands and thousands of plant species.
Little Havana: Cubans who fled their country during the regime of Fidel Castro, flocked together in this neighbourhood, which was afterwards renamed Little Havana. Nowadays this nice neighborhood is the hotspot for salsa dancing and sipping a delicious mojito.
Miami: Insider tips
Wynwood Arts District, one of the nicest neighborhoods to wander around for hours and explore one store after another. Moreover, it is colourful walk surrounded by fancy street art!
The Broken Shaker: the trendy locals love to linger in the garden of The Freehand youth hostel which transforms itself at night into the cocktail bar: The Broken Shaker. Sip one of the unique cocktails or install yourself in a comfortable lounge seat around the pool.
How to explore Miami?
The easiest and fastest way to move around in Miami is by taxi. All taxis are metered.
To visit Miami’s city hotspots, local buses may be convenient too, though the amount os stops may stretch the travel time spend.
Want to explore Miami in an original way? Travel around in a golf cart while you enjoy the lovely refreshing sea breeze!Renting a car in miami is handy if you sih to explore Miami neighbouring cities or South Beach.
Miami Travel information
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. Please keep this in mind. Consult the latest travel information and up-to-date travel advice on diplomatie.be/nl.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only. Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on http://diplomatie.be/nl.
Local time: - 6 hours
Daylight saving time 2015: Miami sets the clock forward in the night of Saturday 7 March to Sunday 8 March. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on the night of Saturday March, 28 to Sunday, March 29th. This entails that between 8 and 29 March, there is a 5 hour instead of 6 hour time difference between Belgium and the U.S.
Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th. Miami turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. That entails that during the latter week there is a 5 hour instead of 6 hour time difference between Belgium and the U.S.
Currency: US Dollar. 1 USD = 0.92 EUR (08/04/2015)
Climate Miami is ideal for sunbathers. Thanks to the tropical climate, summers are hot and humid; winters warm and dry.