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Traveling to Miami? Here’s Your Guide to Visiting the Magic City

Whether you’re looking for an amazing sports event experience or a relaxed beach weekend with a good book, traveling to Miami might be just what the doctor ordered. This beachside city is one of the most unique travel destinations in the US, and a chance to experience a very different culture and atmosphere. 

Wondering what to do and see while you’re in the Magic City? You’ve come to the right place! Check out our recommendations for making the most of your time in Miami, from road trips down the Keys to music festivals and of course, sporting events. 

Why Visit Miami?

There are so many reasons why Miami attracts millions of sports travelers every year. Many people go there for a healthy dose of sunshine – Miami’s tropical climate means that it’s usually warm and sunny, even when other parts of the US might be under snow. Also, the beaches are world-class. After seeing a sports event , from the party vibes of Miami Beach to the more relaxed Surfside Beach, the white sand and clear, warm waters can’t be beaten. 

Culturally, Miami is one of the most interesting cities in the US, with a strong Caribbean influence. You’ll see it in the cocktails, the coffee, the street art, and just about everywhere else you look. It can feel “less American” than many other US cities, which is another fun reason to visit. 

What’s on the Miami 2024 Sports Events Calendar?

Another great thing about Miami is that there’s a good chance your visit will coincide with one of the city’s many annual events – it’s an amazing hub for sports fans and art enthusiasts alike! Here are some of the highlights on offer in Miami this year. 

Miami Grand Prix – May 3rd to May 5th

The Formula 1 Grand Prix is returning to Miami for another year, with the Miami Grand Prix scheduled for the first weekend in May. The race takes place over 57 laps of the Miami International Autodrome in Miami Gardens, around half an hour north of downtown Miami. 

Practice 1 and sprint qualifying is scheduled for May 3rd, while the sprint and main event qualifying is being held on May 4th. On Sunday, May 5th, you can catch the actual race. You can find ticketing info here, and there are bound to be plenty of Grand Prix-adjacent events happening throughout the city that weekend. 

Update: So, Miami race is over. I hope you enjoyed traveling to Formula 1 race in Miami. Share your experience with us.

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Inter Miami CF – March through October

Miami’s latest hottest ticket is Inter Miami CF. Although the football (soccer) team has been part of Major League Soccer (MLS) since 2018, they were thrust into the spotlight halfway through the 2023 season when Lionel Messi signed with the club. Since then, tickets have been at a premium as everybody scrambles to get a glimpse of the GOAT in action. 

The David Beckham-owned club plays at Chase Stadium (previously known as DRV PNK Stadium), a ~20,000-capacity football-specific stadium in Miami’s north, around a 45-minute drive from the city. If you happen to be in town for one of Miami’s home games (schedule here), and you can get your hands on a ticket, it’s well worth checking out! 

Copa America 2024 Miami – June and July

Speaking of football, Miami also gets to host another huge event in 2024 – Copa America. Held across the US in 14 different venues, this tournament will see the likes of Brazil, reigning champions Argentina, host nation the US, and 13 other countries battle it out for ultimate glory. 

Miami is hosting three matches – a Group C clash between Uruguay and Panama on June 23rd , a Group A clash between Argentina and Peru on June 29th , and the hotly anticipated final, scheduled for July 14th. Tickets for the final aren’t on sale yet, but should be available soon. Keep an eye on this page for details. 

Miami Dolphins – September through January

If American Football is more your scene, you can catch the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium (which is also the host venue for Miami’s Copa America matches) in Miami’s north. The NFL regular season runs from September to January and, assuming there are no off-season trades, a Dolphin’s game is your chance to witness the unbelievable speed of wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the flesh. Find ticketing info here

III Points Music Festival – October

III Points is arguably Miami’s most iconic music festival. Scheduled for October 2024, this will be the 11th rendition of the festival, which last year featured acts including Fred Again, Skrillex, Iggy Pop, and so many more. It spans a whole heap of musical genres and offers a fun mix of music and art. 

The festival is held at Mana Wynwood Convention Center, in the heart of Wynwood, one of Miami’s most famous neighborhoods for art. The 2024 lineup is yet to be announced, but it’s bound to live up to the standard that’s been set over the last few years. 

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What Else Does Miami Have to Offer?

There’s plenty to do in and around the city even when there’s not a specific event or festival going on. Here are some of the top things to do in Miami, regardless of when you’re visiting. 

Explore the Stunning Beaches

We’ve already mentioned Miami’s beaches, but really, they deserve another shout-out. If you want a real taste of Miami, the best place to start is with Miami Beach. This island city is connected to the mainland via bridges, that you can either drive across or take a bus. Miami beach is huge – it’s an entire city with hotels, restaurants, and shopping galore, all set on the sand.

If you’re looking for something more chill when traveling to a sports event in Miami, Hobie Island Beach Park might be worth a look – it’s generally quieter, has great views of the city, and plenty of places where you can rent paddleboards, jet skis, and more. If you’re a surfer, you might be out of luck in Miami – the water here is usually dead calm and crystal clear, but at least it’s warm! 

Embrace the Party Vibes

Miami is certainly known for its party vibes and club scene, and the weather and location are both perfect for dancing late into the night. Miami Beach is the best place to explore the after-dark side of the city, specifically South Beach. 

You can kick off the night with a nice dinner at one of the many beachside eateries, then move on to the clubs, including arguably Miami’s most famous – LIV. Dress codes tend to be slightly more relaxed here than in Europe, just dress stylishly (no shorts, flip flops, or athletic wear) and you shouldn’t have any issues. 

Check Out an Impressive Arts Scene

Miami has a cool arts scene, and the best place to explore it is in the historic Wynwood district. Stroll through the neighborhoods and admire the street art and permanent installations, or check out some of the many galleries, especially along NW 2nd Avenue. There are also some great restaurants and bars all throughout Wynwood for when you need a quick break and a refreshment. 

Experience the Cuban Flair

Miami’s Cuban culture is world-famous, and it’s a big part of what makes the city so unique. As its name suggests, Little Havana is the neighborhood to soak up the best of Miami’s Cuban flair, though you can really find it all throughout the city. 

Make sure you start your day with a visit to one of Miami’s many Cuban Coffee Shops for a strong, sweet espresso shot. And of course, no visit to Miami is complete without at least one stop at Havana 1957, which transports you to 1950s Havana and offers delicious Cuban fare. 

Venture Down the Florida Keys

If you have an extra couple of days to spare, you can escape the chaos of Miami and venture down the Florida Keys. Key West is around a 4-hour drive from Miami, but it’s an incredible and unique drive that has you basically driving on bridges over the ocean connecting the tiny islands. 

Key West itself is pretty small, but there are some beautiful beaches, a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, and lots of restaurants and bars where you can relax and pass the days. There are also plenty of opportunities for boat tours, snorkeling, and other beachy activities in a really unique setting. 

Non-Stop Sports, Stunning Beaches, and 24/7 Parties – Miami Has It All! 

Screaming your lungs out with 50,000 other sports fans at a stadium? Check. Relaxing under a palm tree with a good book? Check. Partying late into the night with your crew? Check. Venturing out for a dip in the warm, clear water? Check. 

Miami is one of the best cities in the US for a tropical beach holiday, with a dose of sports, arts, culture, or whatever else floats your boat on the side. So, pack your swimsuit and your best Miami Vice outfit, and get ready to soak up the sun in one of the most fun, fascinating cities in America.