October through December is called the “shoulder season” in Miami because it’s in between the lull of the summer and the peak winter season. Most seasonal residents return in January after the holidays and the beaches are packed with tourists escaping the cold up north. Before this busy season is actually one of the best times to visit Miami. Here’s why!
#1 – Fewer Crowds
December is a busy month for most people, but it’s usually due to spending time with family and friends for the holidays. Miami tends to see fewer crowds in December, so you can find a peaceful spot on the beach, snag an easy reservation for dinner, and enjoy cruising down Ocean Drive with little traffic. Parking spots are easy to find, and you can hit all the Insta-worthy photo spots without the crowds!
#2 – Cooler Weather
December in Miami is generally a perfect 75 degrees with very little rain and ocean temps around 72. For locals, it’s really the best time of year to be outdoors and enjoying watersports, paddleboarding, kayaking, and other open-air activities.
#3 – More Affordable
While summer is the most affordable time to visit Miami, there are still some really great deals in the shoulder season. Often, better deals can be found by contacting hotels directly versus using travel booking sites. VRBO and Air BNB rentals may also be cheaper and have better availability in December. The Greater Miami Beaches Visitor & Convention Bureau also features exclusive special offers on hotels and resorts right on their website, MiamiShines. For dining, look for restaurants offering off-season specials and prix fixe menus to get the most bang for your buck while trying a variety of Miami fare.
#4 – Holiday Happenings
While this year definitely looks a little different when it comes to events, there are still plenty of holiday happenings in Miami in December. From drive-thru light displays to lights in the gardens and zoo, check out this big list of festive activities from TimeOut to find something fun to do.
Current Local Information
As of December 3, 2020, there are currently no travel restrictions in Miami. Beaches are open, although there are certain restrictions to help avoid the spread of the virus. Hotels are open and taking reservations, and it is recommended that you call hotels directly to learn more about any specific restrictions and book your stay. Hotel concierges are also an excellent resource for knowing what’s open and giving you insider tips for savings and making recommendations for activities. Restaurants are also open and offering indoor and outdoor seating so long as they can maintain 6′ distance between parties. Remember, the weather is simply gorgeous in Miami in December, so outdoor dining is enjoyable and comfortable, and can help keep you safe while traveling!
For a complete list of current Miami travel guidelines, click here.
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