The warm sand and brilliant sunny skies of Miami Beach are perfect for relaxing on a lounge chair and just whiling away the best of the summer days. But what happens in Miami Beach during the chillier months, and is it worth a trip in the winter?
Known primarily as a coastal resort city, Miami Beach has so much more to offer than its beach culture—the city and its surrounding environs are known for some of the best art, history, attractions, and diverse culture in the Sunshine State that make the area a popular tourist destination all-year-round. Below are some of the best things to do in Miami Beach during a visit in the winter months.
Miami Beach Winter Weather
Colder temps are not on the menu in Miami Beach during the winter months—expect high temperatures on average to range from the low to upper 70s; and the average lows to stay around the low to mid-60s—positively balmy and delightful wintertime weather, especially for visitors that are unused to such warm temps from December through March. Though the city is prone to rainy weather and is susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms, this type of weather occurs during the ‘wet’ season—but have no fear, the dry season is from November through April, leaving the city with plenty of sunny skies—the perfect time to schedule a visit.
Happy Holiday Happenings
Though Miami Beach may not have the reputation as a Christmas capital, there are still plenty of fun holiday events scheduled throughout the month of December for those hoping to get a dose of Yuletide cheer—with a side of sunny skies and warm temps, of course. Don’t expect a White Christmas, but do expect a plethora of fun events guaranteed to get visitors in the holiday spirit.
- Just a short 40-minute drive from Miami Beach is Zoo Miami, home to the annual Zoo Lights celebration where visitors can explore the zoo after dark when it's lit up beautifully with a ton of glittering lights. There are plenty of family fun activities, too. Select nights from November 26-December 30
- Head to nearby Coral Gables for a visit to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, whose beautiful gardens are all lit up and bursting with holiday cheer—this is also a great way to scope out some of that famous FL tropical fauna! November 26-January 2
- Catch holiday classics like The Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Christmas Carol runs December 2-19; Nutcracker runs December 16-26
- Take a Holiday Evening Stroll at the historic Deering Estate—explore the lovely, holiday-decorated grounds and interiors while participating in fun events like campfires, holiday movies, and visits from Mrs. Claus. December 15
- Visit nearby Miami to check out its spectacular holiday-themed amusement park, Santa’s Enchanted Forest, home to a ton of games, rides, and attractions—all overflowing with holiday cheer. November 4-January 2
Explore Miami Beach’s Eclectic Neighborhoods
Miami Beach is divided into three distinct neighborhoods—each with a plethora of fun things to see and do, even during the winter months.
Things To Do: South Beach
- Explore the Art Deco Historic District, the country’s largest concentration of Art Deco architecture. Take a walking tour (available daily) to learn all about the area’s impressive history. Welcome Center must be contacted 72 hours in advance to participate in tours or events
- South Beach is incredibly pedestrian-friendly, so visitors should lace up their walking shoes and head to either Lincoln Road or Española Way—both bustling thoroughfares filled with restaurants, shops, and street entertainment—and, of course, even more of the area’s stunning architecture
- Hit the beach! Water temps in the winter generally stay above 70 degrees—so visitors can still brave the waves even during the ‘colder’ months. For those who want to soak up the vibes without getting sandy and wet, spots like Lummus Park and South Pointe Park are beautiful beachfront green spaces—perfect for having a picnic and basking in the famous Miami Beach culture.
Things To Do: Mid Beach
- Mid-Beach is the heart of Miami Beach—centrally located, it is a great place to set up camp when in Miami Beach, and it's known for its amazing hotels. From classics like the Eden Roc; spa and wellness retreats like the Palms Hotel & Spa; and hip, trendy spots like the Miami Beach EDITION, there are plenty of great accommodations—all close to the action.
- The Faena District is one of the highlights of this Miami Beach neighborhood. Head to the impressive Faena Hotel Miami Beach for an Instagram moment; check out a live performance at the Faena Forum, or get your shop on at the Faena Bazaar.
- Soak up the sun and take a scenic Beach Walk—be sure to check out the Indian Creek Boardwalk, and scope out the palatial homes along Millionaire’s Row.
Things To Do: North Beach
- North Beach is more laidback than Miami Beach’s other neighborhoods and is also known as being extremely family-friendly. Visit the North Beach Oceanside Park—a lovely beachfront green space perfect for a picnic. Want to explore? Then hit up the nearby Beach Walk, a paved path that connects all of Miami Beach’s neighborhoods.
- Visitors can get their golf on at the Normandy Shores Golf Club, the perfect outdoor activity for those balmy winter days.
- North Beach is known for its eclectic and global cuisine, allowing visitors to “embark on a trip around the world in just a few blocks.” Though the cuisine ranges from Jewish classics to Italian staples; Latin American cuisine is the top attraction here—be sure to check out local faves like Buenos Aires Bakery & Cafe, El Rancho Grande, and Merkado 31.
Miami Beach is so much more than a summer getaway; it’s the perfect place to visit all year long—not your typical beach town that shuts down in the off-season, Miami Beach brings the heat with its lovely weather; fun attractions and events; eclectic neighborhoods, and gorgeous beaches all through the winter months, making it a top tourist attraction for those who want to escape the winter doldrums.