Miami Basic Information
If your only knowledge of Miami is based on Will Smith lyrics ('Miami' circa 1998) then you best get researching — there's a lot more that you'll need to know. The following basic information is a great place to start.
Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in the USA for up to 90 days without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. In order to travel under this program, you must apply and be granted authorisation through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to your trip. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of the United States of America.
The USA uses the US Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the US Dollar can change constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you.
With its multicultural population and close proximity to Mexico and the Caribbean, Miami cuisine is full of exotic fresh flavours. Nicknamed ‘Florbibbean', the local cuisine takes on a mixture of Spanish, Mexican and Cuban influences with signature dishes include croquetas, ceviche, paella and Cuban sandwiches as well as tapas. For a taste of the fresh, wander the stalls of the Latin American open-air fruit market in Little Havana and try some of the produce, smoothies and sugar cane juice on offer. Other popular street food in Miami includes roasted corn with butter and South American corncakes called arepas. For dessert, don't leave Miami without trying a slice of key lime pie, a South Florida institution.
The warm weather lends itself to the vibrant nightlife in Miami, and more specifically South Beach, where the party is at its liveliest. Going from beach to club is a natural transition here so don't be surprised if you see bikini-clad girls on the dancefloor. It's all in a night's party for Miami. Within the strip of South Beach clubs and bars is something for everyone's taste. There's a strong Latin music scene, hipster-friendly lounges and bars that rock out until sunrise. Miami's biggest calling card though is its celebrity-studded clubs where a red velvet rope determines the crowd and well-known identities are paid to party or take a turn on the turntables. The trick to making it inside? Fake it until you make it.