Miami 4-Day Travel Guide – What to See and Do + Day trip to Disney World Resort

  • 03.01.2024 17:40
  • Bruno Arcos

Have a look at our Miami 4-day travel guide and discover the best the city has to offer, including hotels, restaurants, tips to avoid tourist scams, transportation and even a detailed list with everything you must see and do in Miami in 4 days, including a day trip to Disney World Orlando.

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Regarded as one of the main tourist destinations in the US, Miami is the kind of city steaming with endless possibilities. Located in the state of Florida, the southernmost in the country (excluding Hawaii), Miami enjoys the same tropical weather you’d find in the likes of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean paradises along the Gulf of Mexico. As such, and unlike its northern counterparts, the weather in Miami is pleasant all year round, with the city welcoming tourists throughout every season.

Because of its staggering popularity, the city is often seen as one of the most acclaimed beach and entertainment destinations on the planet, and as a place brimming will all kinds of temptations and excesses. However, there is much more to Miami than its beaches and nightclubs, with highlights including its vibrant Latin quarters, breathtaking national parks and exotic gardens. Furthermore, considering the absurdly high number of Caribbean cruises departing from its ports/marinas, there is always something to see and do in Miami, no matter how short the visit.

That being said, we invite you to have a look at our Miami 4-day travel guide and discover the best the city has to offer, including hotels, restaurants, tips to avoid tourist scams, transportation and even a detailed list with everything you must see and do in Miami in 4 days, including a day trip to Disney World Orlando.

Miami 4-Day Travel Guide

How to get to Miami – Flights from the UK

Considering this is one of the most popular destinations in the US for both tourism and immigration, Miami is served by one of the top 10 busiest airports in the entire country: the Miami International Airport.

As such, if you’re traveling from the UK, it is possible to fly directly to Miami from London–Heathrow (British Airways, Virgin and American Airlines) and London–Gatwick (Norse Atlantic Airways).

How many days do I need to visit Miami?

Given the size of Miami and the abundance of activities available, there is not a definite answer to this question. Ultimately, it will all depend on your pace and on the purpose of your trip. If you have a cruise to catch and are in Miami just for a layover, it might be worth extending your stay by 2 days just to get to know the city’s main attractions.

On the other hand, if you’re purposely traveling to Miami for tourism and you want to kick back and relax, you can easily spend a week in the city, taking things slowly and exploring the nearby nature. However, to hit that sweet spot, we recommend a 4-day visit to Miami, including a day trip to Disney World in Orlando.

Miami 4-day travel guide – Best time to visit the city

Unlike the rest of the country, Miami (and the state of Florida) enjoys a tropical climate, with warm temperatures throughout the year and a well-defined monsoon (and hurricane) season that runs from June to November! During this period, temperatures soar and humidity levels go through the roof, leading to a rather unpleasant experience.

That being said, the best time to visit Miami is from December to April. However, it’s worth noting that December and January are considered peak tourist season, which means you’ll find crowds everywhere you go and the prices – which are usually very high all year round – skyrocket to unbearable levels. Therefore, the best time for a vacation in Miami would be during the so-called shoulder-season, encompassing the months of February, March and April, when the dry season is still in effect but the crowds are much smaller. However, even during this period, you’ll want to avoid planning your vacation during Spring Break (usually the last two weeks of March), when Miami once again goes through a new “invasion” and prices soar.

Documents needed for your trip to Miami

Considering this is a non-European destination and lacks any agreements with the EU for alternative forms of identification, it’s an absolute must to have your passport ready if you plan to visit the United States of America. Your passport should also be valid at your intended date of exit.

Now, here’s the good news for EU/British citizens – you won’t need a tourist visa, meaning you can enjoy a stay of up to 90 days with just a stamp in your passport.

However, visitors still need to sort out the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), an online form where you have to share personal details and answer a few questions about your intentions and travel history. Typically, applications are processed within a few hours, but it’s a good idea to apply at least 3 days before your estimated day of arrival. It costs 21,00$ (17,00$ for the travel authorization + 4,00$ processing fee) and it’s valid for 2 years.

Miami 4-day travel guide – Internet and SIM Cards

Since there is no special agreement in place between the UK and the US regarding international communications and roaming fees, using your regular phone plan is a big no-no!

That being said, our advice is to get yourself a SIM card once you touch down in Miami. However, and here’s the crucial part: DO NOT BUY ONE AT THE AIRPORT! The reason being that none of the American mobile carriers have physical stores at the local airport. Inside its premises, your only options will be a generic phone stand or vending machines (yes, like the ones for snacks). The problem here is that SIM cards are ridiculously overpriced on both these alternatives, with 4GB of mobile data easily costing around $37,00. Plus, if you go for the vending machines, you’ll need to handle the subscription and activation of your selected plan yourself, and the instructions might not be all that clear.

Considering all these factors, it’s a better idea to head to the city center (or to a shopping mall) and visit one of the physical stores of the major telecommunications providers in the country. However, just a heads-up, the prepaid SIM card market in the USA isn’t as diverse as what you find in Europe, since there are only two companies selling this type of product in the entire country: T-Mobile and AT&T.

Miami 4-day travel guide – T-Mobile SIM Card

  • 10GB Plan
    • Price: 40,00$
    • Mobile Data: 10GB
    • Duration: 30 days
    • Texts and calls for US numbers: Unlimited
  • Unlimited Plan
    • Price: 50,00$
    • Mobile Data: Unlimited
    • Duration: 30 days
    • Texts and calls for US numbers: Unlimited

Miami 4-day travel guide – AT&T SIM Card

  • AT&T Prepaid 5GB Plan
    • Price: 30,00$
    • Mobile Data: 5GB
    • Duration: 30 days
    • Texts and calls for US numbers: Unlimited
  • AT&T Prepaid Unlimited Plan
    • Price: 65,00$
    • Mobile Data: Unlimited
    • Duration: 30 days
    • Texts and calls for US numbers: Unlimited

NOTE 1: Both companies technically have an activation fee of 10,00$ and 15,00$, respectively. However, this fee is waived for customers who buy any of these packages.

NOTE 2: Just like pretty much everything else in the US, these prices do not include taxes. For Miami, the sales tax currently stands at 7%.

Miami 4-day travel guide – eSIM Card from Airalo

Unlike most countries, the US stands out as one of the places where investing in an eSIM card can actually make sense from a budget perspective. Given that the options for 5GB and 10GB are noticeably pricey, and it’s likely you won’t require unlimited mobile data or extensive minutes/SMS for American numbers, you can save both time and money by going the digital route.

Here are a few of the eSIM options provided by Airalo:

  • 5GB | 30 days | $16.00*
  • 10GB | 30 days | $26.00*
  • 20GB | 30 days | $42.00*

*These are the final prices, inclusive of taxes.

If you’re unsure about the process of buying and activating a digital SIM card, we recommend checking out our article on the topic.

Miami 4-day travel guide – Withdrawals, banking fees and travel budget

With the US Dollar (USD – $) as the country’s official currency, any withdrawal using a UK bank card might incur in the payment of several different fees. Besides the percentual fee referring to the currency conversion, some UK banks may also charge a flat commission for withdrawals made outside the UK. In some instances, you may well end up paying 5%-6% of your original withdrawal in banking fees.

On the other hand, exchanging money before your trip is not a viable solution either. Besides not being any cheaper, it’s also not safe or wise to carry so much money on you during your trip. As such, we recommend using the services of online banking fintech companies such as Revolut, N26 or Monzo.

Although each have their own limitations and fees, they allow you to withdraw a certain amount in foreign currency without any fees involved. And even after that threshold is reached, costs are much smaller when compared to traditional banks. Sign up for Revolut for free >> to get 3 months of Premium.

It’s also worth mentioning that electronic payments have become the standard in Miami, so the need to withdraw cash is becoming increasingly less common. However, in case you do find yourself needing to do so, almost all banks charge a fee for using a foreign card, which can range from a modest 1,00$ to a hefty 7,00$ per withdrawal. So, it’s a good idea to withdraw as much as possible each time to avoid unnecessary additional fees.

On the other hand, if you prefer to have some cash on hand, we recommend exchanging your money for dollars back at home. Due to the high demand for the currency, the rates offered by currency exchange offices don’t usually shy too much away from the official market rates (especially when compared to other currencies). Additionally, given the prevalence of the dollar, you could even contact your bank to inquire about the possibility of doing the money exchange through them. In these cases, the rate is often even better.

Miami 4-day travel guide – Safety, scams and frauds

Though the numbers may not sound particularly promising, considering Miami has a relatively high crime rate among major North American cities, sometimes it’s best to look beyond the stats. That’s because a significant portion of these crimes, especially those of a more violent nature, are closely linked to drug trafficking and gang violence, and mostly contained to very specific areas of the city (such as Model City, Overtown or Allapattah) away from the traditional tourist route.

Be that as it may, and as anywhere else, it’s essential to stay vigilant and be mindful of potential travel scams targeting visitors. Using your common-sense is key. That means no taxis whose drivers refuse to start the meter, no accepting help from strangers when you’re using an ATM or trying to buy metro tickets and always keeping an eye out for your stuff when you’re walking through busy areas. To sum up, don’t do anything you wouldn’t feel comfortable doing in any other city. This is especially relevant for the districts of Little Havana and Downtown, which boast higher-than-average crime rates despite being visited by many tourists. Additionally, don’t be surprised if you’re approached by individuals trying to sell illegal substances. Simply ignore them, keep walking and they will move on to the next tourist.

On a completely different note, it’s also a good idea to pay attention to weather forecasts and official alerts from authorities, especially if you’re visiting the city during hurricane season and/or there is a storm coming. As ridiculous as it may sound, we also advise against venturing into unmarked trails or woods, especially outside Miami. Given Florida’s topographic and atmospheric conditions, and well as its close proximity to the Everglades National Park, the state has extraordinary natural diversity… Unfortunately, this diversity includes venomous snakes, alligators and all sorts of exotic bugs. However, the likelihood of coming across any of these in Miami proper is extremely rare, so don’t panic!

Now that we got all of this out of the way, it’s nonetheless important to reassure that Miami is, indeed, a safe place. After all, no dangerous destination would be visited by more than 25 million tourists every year!

Where to sleep in Miami – Hotels and Accommodation

If you’re looking out for a place to stay on our Miami 4-day travel guide then we got your covered!

There is no way to sugarcoat it: Miami is expensive… like, painfully expensive! It was already quite costly before the pandemic, but prices have skyrocketed to levels that can feel downright unsustainable in recent years. This is particularly true when it comes to accommodation, with underwhelming rooms and apartments easily reaching the 3-digit mark per night, especially around the more popular areas. As such, be ready for lower standards, unless you’re willing to pay (much) more for something acceptable.

That being said, here are a few hotel options which have passed our value-for-money test:

Miami 4-Day Travel Guide – Transportation between the airport and the city center

Upon landing in Miami, the most convenient way to travel from the airport to the city center is by using the Metrorail Orange Line, a rail service that ends at the Government Center station, in the Downtown. In order to catch this metro, first you need to get from your terminal to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), the airport’s transportation hub, where vehicles depart to several different destinations all around Florida. To get there, you just need to hop on the MIA Mover, a free, driverless train that runs between all the terminals and the MIC. Once in the transportation hall, the metro ride to the city center will only take you 20 minutes. The metrorail operates every day between 05h00 and midnight, with a new vehicle departing every 15 to 30 minutes (between 20h00 and midnight). Tickets cost $2,25 and you can buy them on the airport’s station platform (Easy Ticket – more info on the public transport section), through the Go Miami-Dade Transit app, or by simply scanning any contactless payment card.

Alternatively, if you arrive in Miami in the middle of the night and aren’t able to take the metrorail, you’ll have to use the good, ol’ taxi! However, expect to pay around $25-$30 for the 10-km trip to the downtown area if you rely on the traditional yellow (or black) cabs. On the other hand, if you order a ride from platforms such as Uber, prices range from $15,00 to $25,00.

Miami 4-Day Travel Guide – Public transportation

Surprisingly, given what happens in the overwhelming majority of American cities, Miami enjoys a relatively diverse public transportation system – though still far from what you’d find in large European cities. This comes particularly in handy for visitors staying outside of Miami Beach (where options are limited to buses), since the entire city is an endless grid of streets and avenues designed to prioritize automobile traffic over pedestrians. Additionally, Miami is huge and spread out, making it humanly impossible to walk between attractions.

Therefore, for those visiting Miami, it is possible to rely on its Metrorail, Metromover and Metrobus systems, all under the centralized management of Miami-Dade Transit.

Miami Metrorail – Maps, Tickets and Fares

Although it’s made up of only 2 lines and 23 stations, the Metrorail is the most convenient mode of transportation for Miami residents, connecting the Downtown to many other districts located in the outskirts of the Financial Center. Plus, the system allows passengers to transfer into South Florida’s Tri-Rail, a service that links Miami to other cities located in the south of the Sunshine State, such as Boca Raton or Fort Lauderdale. Despite its designation, the metrorail operates above ground, running on an elevated platform positioned several meters above the car lanes. If you want to plan your trips and find out what line to take and where to hop on/off, you may simply use Google Maps, since the system is integrated in the platform.

The metrorail operates every single day, from 05h00 to midnight.

Tickets cost $2,25 per trip and you can buy them through the Go Miami-Dade Transit app, or by simply scanning any contactless payment card. Alternatively, you can also buy an Easy Ticket on the automatic machines available inside the stations. This card can be topped up with any desired amount, and the fare is automatically deducted from the balance. However, this card also allows you to buy daily passes ($5,65) or 7-day passes ($29,25), which isn’t possible through the app or if you use your contactless payment card. Be that as it may, all means of payment include a daily cap of $5,65, so after taking the metrorail 3 times in the same day (3 x $2,25 = $6,75), all subsequent trips will be free. Nevertheless, if you expect to take the metro or the bus at least 3 times on a given day, it’s still better to get a daily pass than buying 3 separate trips until you reach the daily cap ($5,65 vs $6,75).

Metromover – Free public transport in Miami

While the Metrorail is definitely the most useful choice for residents (or visitors staying outside Miami Beach and the Downtown), the Metromover has become quite the valuable resource for tourists wishing to explore the Downtown area. Featuring three distinct loops and covering a modest 7 km, this system is remarkable for being entirely automated (no driver) and – surprise, surprise – completely free, operating every day between 05h00 and midnight (6h00 to 23h00 on Sundays)!

Metrobus – Miami’s network of city buses

Finally, we’re left with the Metrobus, the name given to the local bus network. With nearly a hundred different routes, buses offer the possibility to explore areas not covered by the Metrorail, nor the Metromover (which, unfortunately, are quite a few), including notable destinations like Key Biscayne and the world-famous Miami Beach! Just like with the Metrorail, the routes are integrated into Google Maps, though tourists will want to keep an eye on lines 100, 20 and 14, connecting Downtown to Miami Beach, as well as on route 150, linking the Airport to Miami Beach. Furthermore, these lines run along the entire Miami Beach, from north to south.

As for pricing, payment methods and daily caps, the same information given above for the Metrorail also applies.

Taxis in Miami

Despite the many transportation options at your disposal, it’s likely that at some point during your adventure you’ll find yourself needing to rely on a taxi. Whether it’s due to schedule conflicts or because of the huge distances, sometimes is better to just hail a car.

Regarding fares, and as you might expect, it’s not exactly cheap! The base fare starts at $2,95, with an additional charge of $0,85 for every 270 meters until you reach 1.6 km. After that mark, every further 270 meters will cost you $0,40. On top of that, you must also account for road tolls. Finally, if you need to have the driver wait for you, you’ll pay $0,40 per minute.

Miami 4-day Travel Guide – Free walking tours

While in Miami, you have the option to explore the downtown area and the likes of Little Havana, Wynwood and Miami Beach with a free walking tour. These tours, led by local guides or tour companies, offer guided visits to the historic quarters, sharing intriguing stories about each place and providing valuable cultural context. Even though these tours are technically free, it’s customary to show appreciation for the guide’s efforts by leaving a tip at the end. In Miami, a reasonable minimum tip would be around $8,00.

That being said, here are a few companies that run free walking tours in Miami:

Miami 4-day Travel Guide – Hidden Treasures

With 4 full days in Miami, and even if you spend one of them visiting Disney World, you’ll still get to visit the city’s most popular tourist attractions and keep a little wiggle room for a few creative detours.

That being said, and in order to spice things up a bit, we’ve included a few off-the-beaten-path gems to add to your list of things to see and do in Miami:

Crandon Park Zoo Ruins: Established in 1948, this former zoo was once home to over 1200 animals, until Hurricane Betsy struck the coast in 1965 and claimed the lives of hundreds of specimens. Consequently, the zoo was abandoned and later reopened in a different area of Miami, one where safety measures could live up to modern standards. However, the remnants of the old space remain accessible, making it arguably one of Miami’s most compelling examples of dark tourism.

Wynwood Walls: Regarded as the biggest and most important hub for urban art in Miami, the Wynwood district is filled with old warehouses and former industrial complexes, having become fertile ground for the proliferation of graffiti. Unsurprisingly, this urban art museum was created in 2009, and its popularity has grown steadily with each passing year.

Ancient Spanish Monastery: Officially known as the Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, this monastery was originally built in the 12th century in the Spanish village of Sacramenia. However, the temple was purchased by an American mogul in 1926, and it was later dismantled and partially transported to the US. It was a slow process, but the monastery was finally relocated and reassembled in Miami in 1964, nearly 40 years after its purchase.

Little Haiti: While the Latin community (especially the Cuban), is widely celebrated in Miami, very few visitors actually make it to the district of Little Haiti, a stronghold for the numerous Haitian population. If you’d like to delve into the culture of this small Caribbean island-nation, Little Haiti is a must!

South Pointe Pier: Located at the southern tip of the iconic Miami Beach, this area provides an excellent setting for a stroll. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by fantastic panoramic views that include the shoreline of South Beach, the opulent mansions of Fisher Island and the concrete jungle of the Downtown.

Former Versace Mansion: Once the residence of the legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace, it was right at the gate that Versace was tragically murdered by Andrew Cunanan, in one of the most infamous crime stories of the 90s. Although not explicitly a tourist attraction, the mansion remains nonetheless a captivating site… even if it’s now home to a boutique hotel.

Miami 4-Day Travel Guide – What to See and Do

As mentioned earlier, 4 days is a decent amount of time to get the best out of Miami, even if you spend one of those days at Disney World Orlando. With those remaining 72 hours, you can comfortably stroll along the iconic Ocean Drive and dip your toes in Miami Beach, delve into the historic charms of Little Havana, check out the Downtown area and even squeeze in a visit to the beaches and natural parks of Key Biscayne. It might be a bit packed, but it’s entirely doable!

Without further ado, here’s what to see and do in Miami in 4 days:

Miami 4-Day Travel Guide: Day 1 – Miami Beach

Once you make it to Miami, there’s no better place to unwind and get accustomed to the groove of this sprawling city than Miami Beach. Developed in the early 20th century with the goal of becoming the most popular seaside resort in the US, this part-natural/part-manmade island is where you’ll find the Miami we’ve all seen in movies and TV shows, with its long stretches of sandy beaches, luxury hotels, trendy restaurants and raucous nightclubs. Although it’s mainly a place to bask in the sun and go for a swim, Miami Beach also has a lesser-known cultural and picturesque side you’ll want to discover, which is why we recommend starting your day at the South Pointe Pier, an excellent setting for a stroll. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by fantastic panoramic views that include the shoreline of South Beach, the opulent mansions of Fisher Island and the concrete jungle of the Downtown. Heading north, you’ll then walk along the legendary Ocean Drive, Miami’s most famous avenue. Besides the constant hustle and bustle, along this street you’ll find some of the buildings (mostly hotels) that help make up the Art Deco District of Miami. Turns out this was the most popular architectural style in the 20s, 30s and 40s, when the first construction boom took place in Miami Beach. As a result, almost all historic hotels (and many of those that followed) adhered to the style’s colorful and flamboyant shapes, forming the district with the highest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the whole world! Part of this extensive collection is the old Villa Casuarina, known as the Former Versace Mansion. Once the residence of the legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace, it was right at the gate that Versace was tragically murdered by Andrew Cunanan, in one of the most infamous crime stories of the 90s. Although not explicitly a tourist attraction, the mansion remains nonetheless a captivating site… even if it’s now home to a boutique hotel.

For a much-needed break from sightseeing, it’s time to pay a visit to the insanely popular South Beach, the city’s most famous stretch of sand and the place where you can have the stereotypical beach experience so often associated with the “Vice City”. Once you feel like you’ve had your fair share of sun and sea for the day, it’s time to get back on the streets and wander through the charming Española Way, a pedestrian quarter designed in the style of a traditional southern European village. It won’t last though, since it will take just a couple of blocks for you to transition from the “Old Continent” to American exuberance after walking into one of the world’s most luxurious retail districts: the Lincoln Road Shopping District! Last but not least, and to cap off your day in the most “Miami” way possible, we recommend booking a speedboat tour to watch the sunset, either from the Atlantic coast or from Biscayne Bay.

First day wrap-up:

  • Miami Beach
  • South Pointe Pier
  • Ocean Drive
  • Art Deco District
  • Former Versace Mansion
  • South Beach
  • Española Way
  • Lincoln Road Shopping District
  • Speedboat Tour

Where to eat in Miami – Cheap restaurants in Miami Beach:

Miami 4-Day Travel Guide: Day 2 – Little Havana and Downtown

Having experienced the lavishness of Miami Beach for a day, it’s better to calm down and explore a more local, authentic side of the city. For that, we recommend moving away from the sandy shores and kickstarting your day at the remarkable Wynwood Walls ($12,00). Regarded as the biggest and most important hub for urban art in Miami, the Wynwood district is filled with old warehouses and former industrial complexes, having become fertile ground for the proliferation of graffiti. Unsurprisingly, this urban art museum was created in 2009, and its popularity has grown steadily with each passing year. When talking about Miami, it’s impossible not to mention the city’s Latin community – the largest in the US. Whether due to geographical proximity or because of the more familiar climate, countless immigrants from Central and South America have made Florida their home, with the state remaining particularly popular with the Cuban community. In fact, and in the specific case of Miami, the Cuban presence is so strong that it gave rise to the district of Little Havana, an area filled to the brim with Cuban-owned shops and restaurants, and where the atmosphere is noticeable different from the rest of the city. Essentially, a small piece of the island, outside the island!

After exploring every nook and cranny of Little Havana and strolling along its famous Calle Ocho, you will then hop on the metro and head to Downtown. Unlike European cities, American downtowns often serve as financial hubs and business districts, and are often dominated by skyscrapers without any sort of tourist allure. While Downtown Miami doesn’t really shy away from this pattern, it still boasts some noteworthy attractions, mainly located along the picturesque Biscayne Bay. If you find yourself nearby, make sure to explore Bayfront Park – the most popular public green area in the city – or visit the Bayside Marketplace, a sort of blend between a market and a shopping mall, with a breathtaking location along the marina. Finally, and although Miami isn’t exactly known for the beauty/antiquity of its buildings, this is also where you’ll find the Freedom Tower, arguably the most classic (and certainly the oldest) skyscraper in the city.

Second day wrap-up:

  • Wynwood Walls
  • Little Havana (Calle Ocho)
  • Downtown Miami
  • Bayfront Park
  • Bayside Marketplace
  • Freedom Tower

Where to eat in Miami – Cheap restaurants in Downtown Miami:

Miami 4-Day Travel Guide: Day 3 – Key Biscayne

Another day, yet another great experience lying ahead – this time heading to southern Miami and to the tiny paradise of Key Biscayne, a subtropical island with unspoiled beaches and natural parks, and the perfect place to bid adieu to Miami proper (since the final day of the itinerary will be spent in Orlando). However, before getting there, you’ll start your journey at the beautiful Villa Vizcaya ($25,00), an opulent mansion commissioned by a local industrialist as his winter residence… just like the European nobles used to do! In fact, this guy’s fascination with the “other” side of the Atlantic was so strong that he even recruited European workers and artists, all with the goal of faithfully replicating a Renaissance-style palace! Truth be told, his eccentricity has since become one of Miami’s most distinctive buildings!

Afterwards, you’re finally clear to cross the Rickenbacker Causeway and officially set foot in Key Biscayne, kickstarting your exploration with a stroll through the wetlands and swamps of Virginia Key, before entering the splendor of Crandon Park. In fact, it is inside this park that you’ll find one of Miami’s most peculiar landmarks – the Crandon Park Zoo Ruins. Established in 1948, this former zoo was once home to over 1200 animals, until Hurricane Betsy struck the coast in 1965 and claimed the lives of hundreds of specimens. Consequently, the zoo was abandoned and later reopened in a different area of Miami, one where safety measures could live up to modern standards. However, the remnants of the old space remain accessible, making it arguably one of Miami’s most compelling examples of dark tourism. Continuing your march towards the southern tip of the island, it’s also mandatory to pass through the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, a haven of untouched nature and scenic trails, where you can also pay a visit to the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse, which has been standing for nearly 200 years. As a final note, though certainly no less important, Key Biscayne actually boasts some of Miami’s finest beaches. A world away from all the craziness of Miami Beach, the island’s shores are usually quainter and cleaner, boasting a more Caribbean vibe. That being said, we recommend Hobie Beach, Crandon Park Beach and Cape Florida Beach as the most unanimous choices among locals and visitors alike.

Third day wrap-up:

  • Villa Vizcaya
  • Key Biscayne
  • Virginia Key
  • Crandon Park
  • Crandon Park Zoo Ruins
  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
  • Hobie Beach, Crandon Park Beach or Cape Florida Beach

Where to eat in Miami – Cheap restaurants in Key Biscayne:

Miami 4-Day Travel Guide: Day 4 – Day Trip to Disney World Orlando

Considering the close proximity, and especially if you’re traveling with children, taking a day off when visiting Miami and heading on a quick trip to Disney World is a no-brainer! However, keep in mind you’ll still have to figure out a way to cover the 400-km stretch between Miami and Orlando, the city that plays host to the world-famous theme park. This means that the last day of your itinerary will be quite long and tiresome… but it’s totally worth it!

As there are no direct public transportation between Miami and Disney World, your first step is to reach the Orlando Airport. In order to complete that leg of the trip, you can catch a bus from Miami with Flixbus, Megabus or Greyhound (4h00; $60,00-$80,00 round-trip) or go for the train. For the latter, there are regular public connections operated by Amtrak (5h30; $76,00 round-trip), but their schedules will require that you spend the night in Orlando. Alternatively, you have the new high-speed Brightline trains (3h30; $98,00-$158,00 round-trip), offering over 15 daily departures each way. Naturally, you can also choose a combination of bus and train, based on what better suits your schedule and budget. Once you arrive at the airport in Orlando, you’ll then need to arrange a private transfer to the theme park. Traditional taxis ($50-$70 one-way) or ride-sharing apps like Uber ($40-$60 one-way) are available, but you may also rely on Disney World’s official shuttle services, operated by Mears Connect ($33,60 round-trip) and Sunshine Flyer ($39,00 round-trip) also depart from the airport. There are also a few public bus routes – a lot cheaper – that can take you to the park’s welcome center, but this would easily add around 2 extra hours to each journey, making it impossible to visit Disney World on a day trip from Miami. On the other hand, considering the total cost of transportation and the time constraints, renting a car for the day might actually be a wise choice, especially since parking at any of the resort’s theme parks is capped at $30,00 for the entire day.

Now that we’ve tackled transportation, it’s time to talk about tickets. Currently, if you’re in Europe, it is not possible to buy 1-day tickets through the official Disney World website, since only multi-day options are on display. However, these tickets are available on the platform’s US-version, which is not accessible to European users. In fact, you may even buy this type of ticket in person at the park’s ticket office, regardless of nationality. That being said, if you’d like to play it safe and secure your ticket in advance, you can install a VPN and connect to the same website from a US server. This little trick magically will unveil the 1-day ticket option! As your final option, if you’re unsure of how to install a VPN, you can use one of the park’s authorized ticket sellers, like Orlando Vacation or Undercover Tourist. However, buying through these platforms will inevitably be more expensive, since you’ll have to pay their markup. Before purchasing your ticket, it’s also crucial to decide in advance which park you want to visit, since there four different options:

  • Magic Kingdom: the “classic” choice. With over 20 million annual visitors (2022), it has held on to the title of the world’s most visited amusement park for the past 22 years;
  • Epcot: a park dedicated to science and innovation, featuring tech-savvier attractions and digitally-enhanced experiences. It has twice the size of Magic Kingdom;
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: home to the iconic Tower of Terror, this park focuses on the behind-the-scenes of major film productions;
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: considered the world’s largest theme park, it’s a charming combination between a zoo and an amusement park.

This decision is crucial, since the tickets grant access to only one of the parks! Besides, prices will vary based on your choice and on the dates of your visit, ranging from $124 to $190 for Magic Kingdom, $114 to $180 for Epcot, $124 to $185 for Hollywood Studios and $109 to $165 for Animal Kingdom. However, if you plan to visit more than one park, you can add the Park Hopper option to your ticket, which will allow access to an extra park of your choice, from 14h00 onwards. This option will obviously make your ticket a lot more expansive, with the total (ticket + hopper option) ranging from $200 to $275, depending on the park and dates.

With transportation logistics and ticket details settled, all that remains is to make the most of your day at Disney World before capping off your adventure in Miami!

Fourth day wrap-up:

  • Disney World Resort Orlando

Got more than 4 days? Then it’s worth checking out the best day trips from Miami:

  • Everglades National Park: Possibly the most popular day trip from Miami, the Everglades form an intricate network of forests, swamps and wetlands, designed to preserve the hundreds of species endemic to this delicate ecosystem. If you’d like to see species like crocodiles, snakes, turtles, flamingos, vultures or pumas roaming through their natural habitat, this is a must-visit!
  • Biscayne National Park: Formed by a cluster of small islets, this is the best place in Florida for diving and snorkeling, since the area boasts various coral reefs. Besides, you can also find the remnants of several different sunken ships and boats which are part of the Maritime Heritage Trail. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay dry, you can go on a wildlife observation tour (including dolphins) or witness the unique architecture of Stiltsville, where houses are perched on wooden platforms above the water.
  • Key West: Another highly coveted beach destination in the US, Key West is located at the southernmost point of the United States (excluding Hawaii). Just a stone’s throw away from Cuba and the surrounding Caribbean, this place offers a true paradise of fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters, perfectly complemented by a pretty charming historic center (check out the timeless Duval Street). Plus, the journey from Miami involves a scenic drive via the Overseas Highway, one of the most picturesque roads in the world.
  • Bimini Islands: Though it may sound absurd, it’s actually possible to hop on a boat and go spend a day in the Bahamas when visiting Miami! Despite their considerable distance from the rest of the country, the Bimini Islands are part of the Caribbean nation, and are located just 80 km off the coast of Miami.
  • Fort Lauderdale: Yet another extremely popular tourist spot among Americans, Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches and for the many canals that weave through its coastal area. Beyond the sandy shores, it’s also worth exploring the vibrant Las Olas Boulevard and taking a stroll along the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk.

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