Miami

Miami is the largest city of the state of Florida and the 7th largest of the US population-wise. With its tropical climate (the average temperature is of 68°F / 20°C), its warm ocean with clear blue waters and the nearby Everglades, it is one of the US’ most visited cities. Miami is safe for tourists, but they are some dangerous areas famous for gang and drug violence. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip while in Miami, and be aware of all potential dangers.

SAFETY INDEX

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Miami is an overall safe city, with some rough areas. With a rating of 69% the US, is ranked 51th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in the touristic parts of Miami. Be careful around Miami Beach and in the crowded Downtown streets. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Tourists staying in Miami will be fine, but in some parts of the city – shown on the map, there is a high risk of getting mugged. Do not go there alone, particularly at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Miami.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There are some occasional hurricanes on Florida (63 hurricanes have affected Florida between 2000-2013).

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Miami has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Miami is generally very safe for women travelers.

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Miami Beach

A city of its own on the other side of the Biscayne bay, Miami beach is built on a barrier island and is the most popular destination for tourists. It is home to many hotel and resorts, and is famous for being the location for most of college Spring Breakers. Miami Beach is very safe, especially compared to other parts of the city. Highly intoxicated college students can sometimes be an issue around bars. If you go on the beach, keep an eye on your belongings at all times.  

Downtown

The economic and commercial center of Florida is located in Downtown Miami. Home to the Perez Art Museum, the MDC Museum of Art and Design or the Freedom tower dedicated to Cubans who fled Castro, it offers a lot of cultural activities for those who are not fond of the beach. Some pickpockets are known to operate in the streets and inside the store.

North

The areas north of downtown such as Overtown, Liberty City, Civic Center and some parts of Allapatah are famously dangerous for thefts, drug related violence and sexual crimes. They are to be avoided, in particular at night.

Useful Information

The US has one of the harshest entry policy, sometimes asking for an interview even for a tourist visa. Prepare to pay fees up to USD 160 for your application. Some countries like the ones from the EU or Australia have a visa waiver program (ESTA) which can be filled online. See https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for more information. Strong custom regulations also apply (see the CPB website for more details), and the Travel Safety Administration can open your luggage without your presence. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in the United States is the US Dollar. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted countrywide, and ATMs are found nearly in every city. The costs can vary widely between the states, but it is fair to assume a $100 budget per day on average, $150 if you rent a car and around $300 for top end accomodation. A 10% service tipping is customary in many sectors such as airport and hotel bag porters, bartenders , hotel maids, restaurant servers and taxi drivers.
The weather in the US varies greatly between the states : from the mediterranean weather of California to the Glaciers of Alaska or the subtropical Florida, each region has its best time to visit; although major cities can be visited all year round. This graph can be useful for finding the best time to travel.
The main international airports are in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page