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Miami

Holidays in Miami

Unforgettable sights and fun-filled nights

Pick out your best pastel suit and cruise on down to Ocean Drive, where bars meet beaches in ultra-cool fashion, then strut your stuff on miles and miles of white sand.

We fly to Miami daily

9-10 hour flight
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London Heathrow
Connect from other UK airports

You can also fly from Aberdeen or Edinburgh on one of our partner airlines.

Where to stay in Miami

Hotels in Miami

Retrieving our hand picked hotels...

Sail from Miami with Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages’ brand new ship the Scarlet Lady will sail in 2020 in her first inugural season. Departing from Miami and taking sailors to the beautiful private island of Bimini, Bahamas makes this voyage a highly anticipated adventure!

Virgin Holidays is the only place where you can book the full voyage holiday package – Virgin Atlantic flights, hotels and the Virgin Voyage – all in one place.

Key West

3 night Miami and 4 night Fire and Sunset Soirées

Set sail on an epic journey to the beautiful beaches at Key West.

Prices from £2,009pp
Riviera Maya

3 night Miami and 5 night Riviera Maya

Set sail on an epic journey to Mexico where you can explore the Riviera Maya.

Prices from £2,225pp
Costa Maya

3 night Miami and 5 night Mayan Sol

Sail to the unexplored shores of Costa Maya.

Prices from £1,909pp
Dominican Daze

3 night Miami and 5 night Dominican Daze

Bon Voyage! To the shores of the Dominican Republic.

Prices from £2,009pp

Book online your Virgin Voyages adventure now or call us on 0333 230 8710

Essential information for Miami

Local time
-5hrs
Currently
Language
USA flag
American English
Currency
US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States
Flight information
9-10h
Miami (MIA)
Direct flights
Getting around
Downtown Miami is just a 20 minute drive from Miami International Airport and South Beach is a 30 minute drive. You'll need a car if you are staying further north, but if South Beach is your destination then walking or biking is easiest - or ride the South Beach Local bus service.

Do I need a Visa?

Yes. You'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Miami

Why visit Miami with Virgin Holidays?

Fly, stay and cruise with Virgin

We're number 1 in Florida. You can fly direct to Miami with Virgin Atlantic, stay in a hotel in Miami booked with Virgin Holidays, and to top off your holiday, set sail around the Caribbean on a choice of cruise lines, including Virgin Voyages. One holiday, three amazing Virgin experiences.

We know the Florida Keys

Get the most out of your Miami holiday and head south to the Florida Keys. We're number 1 in Florida and can help you discover the most stunning beaches in laid-back Key Largo and the most popular bars in Key West, where everyone goes to be seen. With over 1,700 islands to explore, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Your holiday is protected

Our people on the ground know how to look after you – and they do. Nothing is more important to us than your holiday happiness and safety. So we make sure our hotel partners are up to scratch.
And, as you’d expect, we’re ATOL and ABTA bonded.

The Magic City: Miami Highlights

Glittering Miami is where all of the energy and dynamism of the city meets the laid-back lifestyle of the beach. There are so many reasons this Florida hotspot is known as the Magic City: streets lined with glamorous bars and nightclubs, a sea salt-scented breeze blowing over a teal-coloured ocean and a distinct Cuban influence that brings eclecticism and rhythm to its cafés and cigar shops. If you’re tempted by a holiday to Miami, here are our top recommendations of where to go, eat and sleep.

Look a little closer at the pristine beaches that line Florida’s southern coastline and you’ll find they offer so much more than just chilling out (although you can also do plenty of that, of course). Here are some of our favourites for Miami holidays.

  • Take a short drive over the Rickenbacker Causeway and you’ll glide over sparkling azure water to connect to the barrier islands of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne. On the latter you’ll find a wide variety of beaches, including the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area. As well as tropical sands, you can enjoy exploring the oldest landmark in south Florida – the Cape Florida Lighthouse.
  • The Biscayne National Park is home to vibrant reefs and mysterious shipwrecks, making it the ideal spot for some diving or snorkelling. On your way over the Rickenbacker Causeway make sure to stop off at local favourite, Hobie Beach.
  • If you’re looking to try your hand at water sports on your Miami holiday, this is the place to do it; Hobie Beach is also known as Windsurfer Beach. It’s positioned between the city and the barrier islands, so you’ll benefit from a calm atmosphere while enjoying unbeatable views of Miami’s impressive skyline.

Whether you’re on a honeymoon or a family trip, there’s plenty to keep you entertained on holidays to Miami.

  • Little ones will love a day exploring at Seaquarium. Immerse yourself in the exhibits and learn more about the prominent rescue and rehabilitation programme that supports the re-release of wild animals.
  • Take an exciting airboat tour and discover the Everglades – a National Park made up of two million acres of wetlands on Florida’s southern tip. It’s an abundant wildlife habitat, so bring along your camera to capture flamingos, leatherback turtles and West Indian manatees. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the rare Florida panther (from the safety of your boat, of course).
  • Keep fit and active while you're on holiday by exploring Florida’s biggest urban park, Oleta River State Park, located on Biscayne Bay. Explore the many miles of off-road bike trails, kayak on the river or discover the mysterious mangrove forests.

Why not add in a few of these arts and culture suggestions to your Miami itinerary?

  • After a day of relaxing and exploring, put the cherry on top of the cake and catch an opera, ballet or theatre performance at the Adrienne Arsht Centre, one of Miami’s prime hubs for the performing arts. Have dinner beforehand at the onsite fine dining BRAVA restaurant, where you can enjoy seasonal food from award-winning executive chef Brad Kilgore.
  • Head to downtown North Miami for an afternoon strolling around the innovative and provocative exhibits of the Museum of Contemporary Art, coffee in hand. Alternatively, bask in the sunshine while you wander around the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a grand villa and European-inspired gardens dating back to 1916.
  • The Cuban community in Miami is mainly concentrated in Little Havana. On Calle Ocho, the neighbourhood’s main street, you’ll find traditional music, locals playing seemingly endless games of dominoes and authentic street food.
  • For a unique breakfast, check out the Versailles Bakery. Rather than sit in the restaurant, stop by the takeout window, La Ventanita, where regulars gather to chat about politics over their espressos with condensed milk and morning empanadas.

With its high-end boutiques, glamorous nightclubs and all-inclusive resorts, Miami is the home of unadulterated luxury. Here’s how to indulge yourself on holidays in Miami.

  • Elegant art deco hotel Metropolitan by COMO has just 74 rooms, creating an exclusive, boutique-style vibe. Recharge at the Shambala Urban Spa (try a shiatsu massage) or just relax in the rooftop infinity pool with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • All-inclusive holidays in Miami don’t come much better. Get the elevator all the way up to the 40th floor of the stylish EAST hotel to reach the Sugar rooftop bar. Enjoy cocktails and Asian tapas while looking out over the Miami skyline and islands beyond. It has a smart dress code so leave your sandals at home, and expect to pay around $20 for a drink.
  • Serious shoppers will love CocoWalk, Miami’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, located in the heart of the Coconut Grove neighbourhood. You can spend all day exploring here, as designer boutiques sit alongside Latin-inspired eateries.

We hope you’ve worked up an appetite, because Miami is definitely not short on gastronomic delights.

  • Return to Little Havana for a cafecito coffee (a traditional Cuban recipe, with sweet crema on top of strong espresso) while people-watching on the vibrant Calle Ocho. There’s no better way to spend a lazy afternoon.
  • Situated on the waterfront at Miami Beach Marina, casual-cool hotspot, Monty’s Raw Bar, is one of the best places in the city to enjoy seafood – don’t miss the steamed clams or the cracked conch.
  • It doesn’t come much hipper than NE 11th Street. It’s lined with cocktail bars like the charming Floyd Miami and nightclubs in which to dance the night away (try the rooftop lounge at E11EVEN).

Get the most out of holidays to Miami by booking your visit to coincide with any one of these exciting events and festivals.

  • Film buffs should come in March for the internationally renowned Miami Film Festival, which has been running since 1984 and aims to bring the best of world cinema to the city.
  • For an unforgettable holiday, visit in October and be immersed in the carnival season. Vibrant and colourful pageants and parades hit the streets in infectious Caribbean style.
  • Kooky and quirky, the King Mango Strut costume parade takes places in December in Coconut Grove. It professes to invite revellers to 'make fun of everything and anything', and celebrates individuality, creativity and, above all, wackiness.

Being known as the Sunshine State, Florida is naturally known for its pools to cool off in, and Miami’s hotels are no exception. The Magic City is no stranger to living for the weekend, so adult-only pool parties can be a hotel favourite during this time. Please be aware if you’re travelling as a family, and check with our Holiday Experts for more information on the hotel you’re staying in.

Inspired to visit Florida's Magic City? Plan your visit now and find out more about our Miami holiday packages.

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Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

Please visit this page to keep up to date with the Government’s travel advice on returning to the UK, and to register for email alerts.
 

Your holiday may be affected by travel restrictions or cancellations

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types and save your faves to your very own Wishlist. Or dive right in to our 2021 holiday offers.

For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 30 September 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

How would you like to talk to us?

With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 31 December 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

Stay tuned for the latest updates


Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

Let’s talk


If you need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking you can call our team on 0344 472 9646.

For the latest information on Covid-19 you can check our FAQs here.

Payment flexibility


Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

You're holiday is going ahead as planned


If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

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You can contact our team by emailing feedback.backhome@virginholidays.com to discuss options on unused portions of your holiday. If you need to contact our team about amending an existing holiday or requesting a refund please log in to manage my booking.

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