There's a common saying among Miami residents that tourists often jump into the next Uber at the airport, get dropped off in South Beach and never leave until they wrap up their holidays. Fair enough if you're one of such tourists. However, getting around Miami can be quite challenging especially if it's your first time.
Things can get a little complicated thanks to lots of traffic congestion and the city's interwoven system that's terribly hard to master. So, if you're a first-time tourist in the 305 or even a resident not aware of your options, here's a simple guide on how to get around Miami.
Getting around Miami avenues can be a little tricky. There are a lot of streets that run from north to south and are crisscrossed by lanes and drives that run from east to west. The streets are so many that we can't list all of them here. Fortunately, they're all numbered, and you should be able to get around easily if you know what you're looking for.
If you're probably wondering whether or not it could be a good idea to get around Miami in a Car or public transport, we'd advise you otherwise. Keep in mind that traffic is one of the major issues in Miami and so getting around without a car will make your adventure much easier and quite enjoyable.
Again, getting a parking space is another problem that we bet you wouldn't want to deal with. If you must use a car, it would be advisable to use the following modes of transport:
Ride-sharing (Uber and Lyft)
Taxis and Trolleys
Miami is one of those few places where you'll probably end up kissing a stranger you may never see again. Well, that just part of the city's culture and Miamians are totally used to it. So instead of extending your hands to greet a stranger as they do in most parts of the U.S. and the world, kissing someone on the cheeks when you meet for the first time is quite normal in the 305.
You shouldn't take it personally if motorists honk loudly at you in Miami. Drivers in this part of the world can sometimes be a little aggressive and will even get close to hitting you if you're slow when using crosswalks.
Given the huge Latino population in Miami, a few Spanish words here and there is quite normal. Words such as gracias (thank you), por favor (please), and Hola, como estas? (Hi, how are you?) are quite normal. Making good use of your Spanish will come in handy and will most likely score you a few more friends.
All in all, there are a lot of things to do in Miami that you shouldn't miss the vibe. As we noted earlier, there's more to Miami than South Beach. While the South Beach will be the center of attraction, explore the affluent neighborhood of Wynwood on the north