Moving to Miami, FL

Thinking about moving to Miami?

Of course you are. And who can blame you? Madonna, Will Smith and Matt Damon have all called the 305 home, no doubt lured by its sunny skies, sultry Latin vibe and miles of beaches.

But the city is much more than its sexy, glitzy veneer. The diverse Hispanic culture spread throughout town shines through in its cafecito breaks, salsa rhythms and passionate social exchanges. There’s a subtle island mentality at work here, with lax meeting times and a minimalist approach to layers of clothes. Knowing Spanish isn’t a requirement, but it definitely helps. Here’s a freebie: croqueta. (That’s a delicious fried Cuban pastry you’ll become well acquainted with.)

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Miami Essential Resources

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Traffic

The county is organized in a near perfect grid, with streets running east to west and avenues running from north to south. It’s actually pretty simple to navigate. Your challenge? Channeling your inner peace when dealing with the infamous Miami drivers. The city has the dubious distinction of being voted America’s Worst Drivers by Travel + Leisure. Road warriors here like to lay on their horns, “forget” their turn signals, roll through stop signs and gesture wildly to the car next to them. Remember, young padawan: woosaaaaah.

The 836 and 826 are almost always in a grid-locked state, but avoiding main thoroughfares between the hours of 7am-9am and 3pm-7pm will go a long way towards lowering your stress levels.

Beat the commute: Miami has a poor track record when it comes to public transportation. Your best bet is to download alternate route apps like Waze to try and circumvent some of the traffic.

Weather

The city’s close proximity to the swampy Everglades makes things quite… soupy. The summer months can feel unbearably humid and heavy afternoon downpours are almost a daily occurrence. Hurricane season runs from June to November, and residents carefully watch the tropics for any impending storms.

Wintertime, in a word: glorious. More than a few tourists visiting the city between November and March have been pulled in by its low humidity, 70-degree temps, and not-a-cloud-in-the-sky sunny days.

Summer average (Jun-Aug): 88° high, 75° low
Winter average (Dec-Feb): 75° high, 61° low

Economy

Miami was one of the cities hit hardest during the real estate bubble burst of 2008. Since then, it has steadily climbed its way back up with rent prices reaching stratospheric prices this past year.

Miami-Dade County’s unemployment rate has flatlined after falling steadily since 2011. And while the strength of the Latin American markets influences the success of local businesses, the Miami economy remains steady thanks to a booming start-up culture and a reliable influx of tourist dollars.

Unemployment rate: 6% (as of April 2015)
Average weekly wages for all industries: $924 (as of third quarter 2015)

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Miami, FL Arts and Entertainment

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL, United States

Miami Children's Museum

Miami Children's Museum, MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL, United States

HistoryMiami

HistoryMiami, West Flagler Street, Miami, FL, United States

Villa Vizcaya

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL, United States

Bass Museum of Art

Bass Museum of Art, Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, United States

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art, Northeast 125th Street, Miami, FL, United States

Frost Art Museum

Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL, United States

Lowe Art Museum

Lowe Art Museum, Stanford Drive, Miami, FL, United States

Wolfsonian-FIU

The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, United States

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL, United States

Museums

Miami's vibrant arts and culture scene reflects the city's rich history and diverse population.

Pérez Art Museum Miami
Miami Children's Museum
HistoryMiami
Villa Vizcaya
Bass Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
Frost Art Museum
Lowe Art Museum
Wolfsonian-FIU
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

Versailles Restaurant

Versailles Restaurant, Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL, United States

Kush

KUSH, North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL, United States

Cardon y el Tirano

Cardon y El Tirano, Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL, United States

Mr & Mrs Bun

Mr. & Mrs.Bun, Sunset Drive, Miami, FL, United States

Sweet Dogs

Sweet Dogs, Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL, United States

Tacos and Tattoos

Tacos and tattoos, Southwest 113th Place, Miami, FL, United States

Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar

Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, Southwest 147th Avenue, Miami, FL, United States

Crust

CRUST, Northwest 5th Street, Miami, FL, United States

CVI.CHE 105

CVI.CHE 105, Northeast 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL, United States

Bombay Darbar

Bombay Darbar, Florida Avenue, Miami, FL, United States

Restaurants

Cuban food is a must, but don't miss the wide variety of incredible food Miami has to offer.

Versailles Restaurant
Kush
Cardon y el Tirano
Mr & Mrs Bun
Sweet Dogs
Tacos and Tattoos
Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar
Crust
CVI.CHE 105
Bombay Darbar

Miami Beach

Miami Beach, FL, United States

Lummus Park Beach

Lummus Park, Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL, United States

Haulover Beach

Haulover Beach, Miami-Dade County, FL, United States

South Pointe Park

South Pointe Park, Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, United States

Surfside

Surfside, Miami Beach, FL, United States

Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach, FL, United States

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Miami-Dade County, FL, United States

Beaches

Sparkling sand, brilliant-blue water and beautiful people make Miami beaches some of the best in the world.

Miami Beach
Lummus Park Beach
Haulover Beach
South Pointe Park
Surfside
Sunny Isles Beach
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area
Nightlife

Miami has a 24-hour liquor license (yes, you read that right). And it’s put to good use in the nightlife scene, where clubs are open until 5 a.m. and in one case, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The craft cocktail scene has seen a strong resurgence in recent years, with intimate bars and lounges boasting award-winning bartenders and drinks. Cabaret shows have also taken root with a Tropicana-style Latin show in Brickell to a racy burlesque in the Faena district up in Mid-Beach.

Food

A decade ago, there wasn’t much to talk about when it came to the city’s drinking and dining options. But that’s changing––quickly. Most locals opt to dip into high-end cuisine from world-renowned chefs (think: David Boulud, Jose Andres, Jean-Georges Vongerichten) and culinary powerhouses that have competed on Top Chef, Chopped and Best New Restaurant.  

And you can find just about every Latin cuisine under the sun in Miami. Cuban croquetas, Columbian calentados, Venezuelan arepas, Honduran pupusas and Peruvian ceviche—there’s no rest for weary taste buds.

Sports

You’ll find the Miami Heat rocking the court at the American Airlines Arena in Downtown and the Marlins sliding into home base in a stadium with a retractable roof (no rain checks here!) down by Little Havana. The Dolphins and University of Miami Hurricanes earn their touchdowns in Sun Life Stadium up north.

Events

Miami attracts its fair share of world-class, international events. From the South Beach Food & Wine festival that boasts the finest culinary minds around the country to dizzying array of art and fashion found during Art Basel, the city likes to play on the world’s center stage.

Other popular events include: Ultra, Winter Music Conference, Miami International Film Festival, Miami International Boat Show, Calle Ocho, Miami Book Fair International, Miami Tennis Open and the King Mango Strut Parade.
Nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America,” Miami is the second largest U.S. city with a Spanish speaking population. But there’s also a strong Haitian influence in the city as well, with most government signage being translated from English into both Spanish and Creole.

Here are some stats from the Miami-Dade County website:

  • Residents come from more than 121 countries.
  • 100 foreign consular offices and foreign trade offices.
  • Sister City and Sister Port agreements with 26 cities in Latin America, Africa and Europe.
  • Performing Arts Center with two major auditoriums -2,500 seat theater for opera and ballet, and 2,200-seat concert hall.
  • World-class Children’s Museum, Miami Museum of Science and the Miami Art Museum.

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