Miami in December / January: enjoy the winter in Florida

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Miami in winter: More than just sun and beach

When winter in Germany dampens the mood, Miami beckons with pleasant temperatures and a variety of activities. But Miami in winter has more to offer than just sun and beach. Miami offers many activities and things to do in December and January.

Culinary discoveries

From Cuban sandwiches in Little Havana to fresh seafood in Coconut Grove, Miami is a melting pot of flavors.

Arts and Culture

Miami also offers a lot for art lovers. The Wynwood neighborhood is known for its street art, and Coconut Grove hosts regular craft markets.


How about a round of golf or tennis? Many resorts offer these sports, and the mild temperatures in winter make this possible Activities particularly pleasant.


Food truck festivals are a great opportunity to sample local cuisine. Sports events such as basketball and football games also offer the opportunity to experience American sports culture up close.


Miami in winter
Miami in winter


What is the weather like in Miami in winter?

The average day and night temperatures in winter in Miami are as follows according to

  • December: Average maximum temperature 26°C, average minimum temperature 17°C
  • January: Average maximum temperature 25°C, average minimum temperature 15°C
  • February: Average maximum temperature 25°C, average minimum temperature 16°C
  • March: Average maximum temperature 26°C, average minimum temperature 18°C


Miami in December weather lures us to Florida

We are flying to Miami in December. At the end of December we are hit by the usual winter blues. Christmas is just over. It will be months before the first spring flowers peak through the snow. We are starved for sun. So what to do? There's only one thing that helps: fly into the sun. The weather in Miami Beach in December is the solution. Temperatures in Miami in December average 25° Celsius according to long-term weather measurements. On average the sun shines for 7 hours per day. You can expect 4-5 rainy days throughout December. And the water temperatures are just under 25 degrees.

We can confirm this after our trip. We had experiences in Miami in December that made a beach vacation there tempting for us. That's why we take time for Miami and Miami Beach. Slow Travel in Florida. At the end of December, we decided to get on the plane to Miami and go on a two-week Florida road trip Sunshine State on. Let's test if it's true that the winters are so enjoyable there.


While we in Frankfurt together with hundreds of other sun-hungry passengers waiting to board our giant plane, it storms and snows on the flight paths in front of the large windows of the hangar. We are flying for the first time with a Lufthansa A380. “It can be worse than here Miami “Not possible,” I think to myself as I look at the freak weather outside the airport windows. We board the plane surprisingly quickly, despite the crowds of people escaping the winter with us. Miami in December is definitely a good idea.


Miami in December and January
Miami in December and January – our experiences


You shouldn't forget that

  • The beaches of Miami Beach tempt you to go swimming. Use our checklistto make sure you pack everything you need suitcase .
  • You'll be walking a lot in Miami and Miami Beach. We therefore recommend comfortable shoes to take with you, which are suitable for city and beach walks.


Miami in December and January

After crossing the Atlantic, our plane flies along the east coast of America. The further south we go, the more the thick clouds break up below us. Between the clouds we can see the sea more and more often. Deep blue, it extends into the distance. Small white crests on the waves indicate that we are still away from the coast. Miami in December - we look forward to it. We follow our trajectory via the on-board camera, which is probably attached to the upper end of the rear of the aircraft. Thus we watch the plane follow its invisible paths above the clouds. Shortly before landing, our pilot flies a curve over the Atlantic. Then he heads inland over the elongated peninsula of Miami Beach with its skyscrapers and sandy beaches, the Port of Miami and its downtown. Our plane descends deeper and deeper.


Miami Beach beach r
Miami Beach beach – our Miami experiences in December and January


Pleasant temperatures in Miami in December and January

We leave our giant plane in pleasant temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius, a light wind and, above all, bright sunshine. We take over our rental car for the next two weeks and drive past downtown Miami and the port facilities. There, some cruise ships are getting ready to sail to their destinations in the Caribbean. Our goal is Miami Beach, where we spend the first days of our trip in one of the Art Deco Hotels in South Beach .


Beach life in Miami Beach
Beach life in Miami Beach

Things to do in Miami in December and January

Beach vacation: This is the weather

Are you planning a beach vacation in Miami in December or January? Good choice! The temperatures are usually between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. The sea is also pleasantly warm at around 23 degrees. However, it can rain sometimes, so pack one rain jacket .

After the first few days, we already know that the season is perfect for a winter trip into the sun. With summer temperatures in Miami in December, vacationers sunbathe on the beaches of Miami Beach. The children play in the water. We use one of our days in Miami Beach for a fast ride in a zodiac through the waters off Miami, We let the fresh wind blow around our nose. It also brings a pleasant cooling from the warm midday temperatures.

Exciting excursions: You can't miss this

  1. Everglades National Park: Just an hour from Miami, this park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Whether kayaking or an airboat tour, the Everglades should definitely be on your itinerary.
  2. Key West: A day trip to Key West is ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. You can snorkel, dive or just enjoy the sun.
  3. Little Havana: For culture lovers, a visit to Little Havana is a must. Stroll the streets, enjoy Cuban coffee and listen to the music.


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Other things to do: More than just the beach

  1. Art in Wynwood: This neighborhood is known for its street art. A walk through Wynwood Walls gives you a glimpse into the local art scene.
  2. Shopping in Coconut Grove: This area has a variety of boutiques and restaurants. Coconut Grove is a perfect place to buy souvenirs.
  3. Sports: How about a round of golf or tennis? Many resorts offer these options.
  4. Culinary discoveries: In Miami there is also a wide range of culinary experiences. From seafood to Latin American specialties, there's something for everyone here.


Art Deco Miami Beach
Art Deco Miami Beach


Events in Miami in December and January

There are some events in Miami in December and January that are also interesting for travelers from Europe.

  1. Art Basel Miami Beach: This art fair attracts artists and collectors from all over the world. As a European, you will also find many European artists here. It takes place in Miami Beach in early December.
  2. The Art Deco weekend: In mid-January, Miami Beach's most famous neighborhood celebrates itself. Explore it with special tours, craft markets and other events.

Other events worth visiting

  1. Food truck festivals: These events offer a wide range of culinary delights. Ideal for tasting local specialties.
  2. Sporting events: Basketball and football games are very popular during these months. Experience American sports culture up close.
  3. Boat parades: Several boat parades take place in December. They are a great opportunity to enjoy the festive spirit.


Miami in December and January
Miami in December and January


Travel costs for Miami in December and January

Average costs: What you need to know

A trip to Miami in December and January can cost different things. Flights from Europe cost around 600 to 900 euros. A double room in a mid-range hotel costs around 150 euros per night. You should budget around 50 euros per day for food and drink. Overall, you can expect costs of around 2000 to 3000 euros for a week-long trip.

Saving tips: How to keep your budget under control

  1. Early bird discounts: Many airlines offer discounts for early bookers. So, the earlier you book, the better.
  2. Lodging: Airbnb or hostels are often cheaper than hotels. There are also often last minute offers.
  3. Meals: Instead of eating at expensive restaurants, try local takeaways or food trucks.
  4. Public transportation: Using buses and trains is often cheaper than renting a car or taxis.
  5. Free activities: Many beaches and parks in Miami are free to access. Additionally, some museums offer free entry on certain days.
  6. Currently save on these hotel deals: These hotels in Miami currently offer low rates:


The sea at Miami Beach
The sea at Miami Beach


Do you like to travel by motorhome?

  • Do you want to rent a mobile home? Then you will find information here, for example, as well as a selection of booking options.
  • Also check with our packing list for campers to see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.



Downtown Miami's new skyscraper backdrop

Our personal experiences in Miami in December and January


Travel tips from travel bloggers


Espanola Way
Espanola Way - Sunny weather in Miami Beach in December


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Questions and answers about a trip to Miami in December and January

Is it necessary to rent a car in Miami?

A car is not absolutely necessary. Public transport is well developed and many sights are also within walking distance.

How safe is Miami in December and January?

Miami is generally a safe city, but like everywhere else, you should still be careful with your valuables and avoid certain areas at night.

What clothes should I pack for Miami in December and January?

Light summer clothing is usually sufficient, but a jacket for cooler evenings and a rain jacket can be useful.

Are there any special holidays or business closures?

Many shops are closed on December 25th and January 1st. Keep this in mind when planning your trip.

Which travel documents do I need for entry?

For most European travelers, a valid passport and an ESTA authorization are sufficient for entry.


Travel Arrangements

Parking at the airport

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Arrival to Miami in December

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Rental car

Price comparison for rental cars for Miami

Hotels and accommodations for Miami in December

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Source Miami in December Experiences: On-site research for the article Miami in December with travel support from Visit Florida. However, our opinions remain our own. The temperatures in Miami in December and January are also perfect for a holiday in the sun.

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Miami in December / January: enjoy the winter in Florida

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

4 thoughts too "Miami in December / January: enjoy the winter in Florida"

  1. In December, I always envy those who live in Florida and do not have to shovel snow. Maybe I should plan my vacation like that, 26 grade + sounds very good.

    1. Hello Stefanie,

      If you drive to Florida in December or January, you shorten the winter at home. On the other hand, this is a season, especially in the south of Florida very pleasant temperatures prevail. The further north you get, the cooler it gets.

      Best regards,

  2. Hello you two,
    yes in January, February it is always very bad. It will take a while until spring. It is quiet to nothing in my home town and light and sun are missing. We lived in different hotels in South Beach. Time on Ocean Drive, then in the streets behind. The beach is beautiful and the weather is mostly around the 26 grade.
    Best regards,

    1. Hello Renate,

      We know that very well. We especially like the temperatures in Miami at this time of the year. From April it will be too hot for us :).

      Best regards,
      Monika and Petar

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