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    USA is a huge country with plenty of places worth visiting, and Miami, Florida, is definitely one of them. The modern and stylish city, facing the Atlantic Ocean, is rich in cultural hertitage and full of flavours. The Miami metropolitan area is one of the most populated of the United States, and is a bustling economic, financial, artistic and touristic hub. It is no surprise then, that Miami attracts almost 16 million visitors a year, who are rewarded with a high variety of activities: from shops to night clubs, elegant hotels to Cuban vibes at Little Havana, to sports venues and open air festivals. Miami is also the biggest cruise ship port in the world. The best way to move around most of the American cities is by car and road trips are the essence of the American dream experience.

    Auto Europe has been providing quality car hire at the most competitive prices for over 60 years. We are able to help you arrange your car hire in Miami, Florida, at offices downtown, as well as Miami International Airport. Besides this, we also offer campervan hire and One-way rentals, with drop-off in different cities such as Fort Lauderdale or Orlando, or in different states such as New York, are also available on request to add even more flexibility to your journey. Compare prices and get your quote on the Auto Europe website to find your perfect vehicle. You can also contact us on +44 123 3225 114 for any questions, advice, quotes or direct bookings. Our professional agents are at your service throughout the week. Consult our car hire reviews in Miami and car hire reviews in the USA pages to find out what our previous customers thought about Auto Europe's car rental services in America.

    How is the traffic in Miami?

    Miami's road system is based on the numerical 'Miami Grid', where Flagler Street forms the east-west axis, and Miami Avenue forms the north-south meridian. The city is easily accessed by car. Miami-Dade County is served by four Interstate Highways (I-75, I-95, I-195 and I-395). The streets are wide and nice to drive, except during rush hours, when the traffic can get very heavy and drivers tend to become a bit nervous at the wheel. The secret is to drive against the commuter flow, that is, South to North in the morning and vice versa in the evening. For additional information about driving in Miami visit our USA driving information page.

    Where can I park my car in Miami?

    The MPA, Miami Parking Authority, administers almost all the public and private on-street parking and public garages. If you find on-street parking, buy a ticket and place it on the dashboard. Parking meters accept coins and credit cards. The fastest way to park is by using the app PayByPhone, for which you have to register in advance. Parking garages can normally be paid on the spot. In Miami Beach the parking facilitices are run by the municipality and you have to watch out for the lots reserved only to residents. The app needed here is called ParkMobile. During the rush hours there is parking shortage and the app ParkMe can save you a lot of time, by showing in real time the available spots.

    Miami airport

    Miami International Airport (MIA) lies approx. 13 km (8 mi) west of downtown Miami. It was founded in 1928, and is the busiest airport in Florida and the third-largest US Airport, served by more than 100 airlines and is the main US airport for international cargo flights. It also counts as one of the major airports in the world, as it caters to over 45 million passengers per year. The airport has three main terminals, North, Central, and South, each one with concourses branching out. If you booked a car hire at Miami Airport, once you have embarked from your flight and collected your luggage, you will just need to take the shuttle MIA Mover that leads directly to the MIA Rental Car Center.

    Miami International Airport (MIA)
    Address: 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126, United States
    Official website: http://www.miami-airport.com/
    Phone number: +1 305-876-7000

    What to do in Miami

    Miami is one of the major touristic destinations in the United States and has a lot to offer to visitors beyond beaches and waves. The abundance of culture, entertainment and leisure activities will surprise you. Explore as many districts you can, to experience the multifaceted nature of the “Magic City”. Following you will find a list of the must-see.

    • South Beach and Ocean Drive : One of the first things to do to get a feel for the city is to reach the South Beach neighbourhood and walk down Ocean Drive. Here you can admire the Art Deco buildings, do people watching and wait for one of Miami’s breath-taking sunrises.

    • Coral Gables: this is not a district, but a city itself, pertaining to the Miami-Dade County and lying southwest of Downtown Miami. It was built during the land boom in the 1920s and the buildings are mainly in Mediterranean Revival Style. The most remarkable are the Biltmore Hotel and the Venetian Pool. The University of Miami is also based here.

    • Little Havana: Only one American city can boast a Cuban neighbourhood and this is Miami. Little Havana lies along the Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street). Cubans who fled from the Castro regime found a second home here and while walking around you will feel like you are visiting a modern version of Cuba. Here you will not only find typical Cuban restaurants, but also cocktail bars, night clubs and art galleries.

    • Wynwood Art District and Miami Designer District: North of Downtown you will find two of the most modern and creative neighbourhoods. In the Designer district there are over 130 art galleries, especially contemporary art, flagship stores, boutiques and fancy restaurants. Some steps away the Wynwood district has become an open air street-art museum. To see and take a picture of the best murals head to the Wynwood Walls.

    • Bayside Marketplace: This big outdoor shopping centre lies along Miami’s waterfront. Here you can find a lot of shops offering all kinds of specialties, tourist shops, bars, café but also old-fashioned carousels. Hot spot for tourists, as well as locals.

    • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: A nice half-day escape is a tour at the Vizcaya Museum in the neighborhood of Coconut Grove. This Renaissance-style villa built in the early 1900s was the winter home of the rich industrialist James Deering. The compound includes a dozen of historical buildings and 11 acres of Former Gardens with French and Italian sculptures and fountains.

    • Jungle Island: This animal park is the perfect destination for families with children. Here you will find a lot of tropical birds, such as parrots, and animals like tigers and monkeys. There is also a botanical garden with thousands of exotic plants. To bring children closer to the animals there are daily shows and also animal encounters. There is also a tree-walk experience and a playground area.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Miami

    A car rental from Miami offers a perfect start to explore the rest of Florida, but also the East Coast or the Southern States. Following we will focus on the main daily-trip suggestions. If you are interested in further destinations, we recommend a one-way car rental with drop-off in another city in Florida or elsewhere.

    Key West

    Directly at the tip of Florida lies the Key Island Archipelago. Despite being an island it is connected to the mainland by the U.S. State Road 1. The drive will take you a three good hours. Key West is the westernmost island city and the southernmost point of mainland US. It has an international airport, a major port for cruise ships and a Miami Naval Air Station. One of the best things to do in Key West is snorkeling to explore the coral reef. If you are not into snorkeling you can book a tour on a boat with glass bottom.

    Everglades National Park

    Occupying most of the southern tip of Florida, the Everglades National Park represents the perfect escape from the Miami city hustle. This marshland area lies 30 miles west of South Beach. Once you arrive, you can take an airboat tour to watch alligators in the wild. There are several professional companies offering tours to best experience the wildlife in the national park. The optimal time to visit the swamps is from November to April, which is the dry season. There are also daily boat tours starting from the Biscayne Bay.

    Walt Disneyworld Orlando

    If you visit Florida with your family then Walt Disney World in Orlando is a must. If you rent a car in Miami, it takes approx. 3 and half hours to reach the park, therefore you could also consider spending a night out. This world-famous theme park opened in 1971 and boasts 4 parks: the original Magic Kingdom centred on the Disney figures, the Disney's Hollywood Studios with amazing shows, the Animal Kingdom that is a mixture between a zoo and a theme park, and Epcot, a modern theme park dedicated to technologies and environmental sustainability. A full visit would take around 4 days, and if you just have one day at disposal you will have to carefully select the activities.

    Geographic information & history

    Miami is a city located on a broad plain on the Atlantic coast of south-eastern Florida. It lies between the tropical wetlands Everglades to the west and the Biscayne Bay to the east. The city has a tropical monsoon climate, and generally experiences hot, humid summers and short, warm and dry winters. Temperatures during January through May typically stay around 25 °C, and from May until December are usually around 26-32 °C. The official hurricane season goes from June to November with its peak between August and September.

    Two-thousand years before the Spanish claimed the Miami area in 1566, Southern Florida was inhabited by the Tequesta Native tribe. Miami derives its name from the Miami river that in turn derives its name from the “Mayaimi” tribe that lived close to the Okeechobee Lake. The Spanish pushed away the French, who had already established some colonies in Florida and tried without success to convert the Tequesta to Catholicism. At the beginning of the 19th century the Miami area was known as “Biscayne Bay Country” and on 28th July 1896 it was officially incorporated as a city with approx. 300 inhabitants. At the beginning of the 1920s Miami experienced a very successful period, which came to an end due to the land boom in 1925, a hurricane the year after and the Great Depression of the 1930s. In the middle of the 1950s Cuban refugees reached Miami after having fleed from the Fidel Castro regime. Despite some crisis in the 80s and 90s and the hurricane Andrew, Miami is an important international financial and cultural centre with an urban area of approx. 3 million people.

    How to get around Miami

    If you land at Miami International Airport and you've choosen to rent a car, the Airport Expressway road will take you directly to the city centre, and further, continuing on the road 195, to Miami Beach. If you need public transport, please take the MIA Mover to the Miami Intermodal Center and there choose the best solution for you. You can either take a Metrobus or the Metrorail, green or orange line. The direct connection to Miami Beach is guaranteed by the Miami Beach Bus and to further destinations, there is also the Tri-Rail.

    To move around the city of Miami there are several public transport solutions. Metrobuses cover all the Great Miami area. Then there is an elevated double-track network called Metrorail that covers the city from north to south. Fare cards can be purchased at the stations or online. Additionally the city offers some free of charge transport services, such as the Metromover elevated shuttle connecting Downtown and Brickell, and the free “Beach Trolley Service” to South Beach, Mid-Beach, Collins Ave. and North Beach.

    Can I hire a campervan in Miami?

    Auto Europe offers excellent campervan hire in Miami, giving you the possibility to explore the Sunshine state with utmost comfort and flexibility. We offer several types of campervans to best meet everyone’s needs. For example the C9 will suit the needs of a small family. Whereas, the FS31 is ideal for larger groups of up to 8 people. A motorhome takes away the stress of looking for an accommodation and keeps you closer to the nature. For any questions or quotes, do not hesitate to contact our campervan rental experts.

    Useful links

    Official Tourism Information Miami

    Official Tourism Information for Florida