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.
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.
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.
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.
Warnings & Dangers
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.
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.
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.
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.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Miami.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
There are some occasional hurricanes on Florida (63 hurricanes have affected Florida between 2000-2013).
TERRORISM RISK: LOW
Miami has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Miami is generally very safe for women travelers.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers
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.