Miami Travel Guide for Chinese Travelers

Miami Travel Guide for Chinese Travelers

Chinese nationals visiting Miami will find plenty to enjoy. The city is Florida’s most popular destination for holidaymakers, and indeed, one of the most popular in the United States of America. Over 65,000 Chinese tourists visit per year.

The state’s largest metropolis is known for its sunny beaches, plush hotels, exciting nightlife, vibrant arts scene, and Cuban connection, with a distinct Latino flavor to many parts of the city.

When planning a trip to the “Magic City”, it is important that travelers from China obtain a US visa and register with EVUS: the US Electronic Visa Update System. In addition, it is a good idea to get to know what Miami has to offer visitors in order to plan the perfect vacation.

Visiting Miami from China

Chinese nationals traveling to Miami will most likely arrive by air. The city is served by Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport.

In order to gain entry to the United States of America, citizens of China must first obtain a B1/B2 US tourist visa and an EVUS.

The latter requirement involves filling out a simple EVUS form online, which takes a matter of minutes and will enable the traveler to make multiple trips to the US over the course of 2 years.

The People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, and the Republic of China (ROC), also known as Taiwan are all currently EVUS countries and travelers from any of these regions must apply.

How do I get from the airport to Miami?

There are various options to get from Miami International Airport to the city, including the following:

  • Metrorail
  • Miami Beach Bus
  • Metrobus
  • Tri-Rail
  • Rental car
  • Taxi

Arrivals at Miami International Airport can take the free MIA Mover from the terminal to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) station, which is served by the Tri-Rail system and the Orange Line of the Metrorail.

From Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, arrivals from China can get a taxi or take a shuttle to the Tri-Rail station, where a ticket to Miami costs around $5.

Is there a shuttle from Port of Miami to Miami Airport?

Chinese travelers who are taking a cruise from the Port of Miami can get to and from Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport via the Port of Miami Express Shuttle, which must be booked in advance.

Things to Do in Miami for Chinese Visitors

It is no coincidence that Miami is one of the most popular destinations in the US. The weather is hot and sunny for much of the year and the city is synonymous with sunbathing on the beach. However, there is much more to Miami than sun and sand.

A cultural melting pot, Miami is one of the few major US cities to have a Hispanic majority, which gives the city a unique character. There are many trendy bars and restaurants influenced by the Cuban and South American heritage of its inhabitants. There is also a growing Chinese population in the city in recent years.

Visitors from China who have enrolled with EVUS can explore the various districts, from the Latino charm of Little Havana to the eclectic architecture of the Art Deco Historic District.

There are various places of interest to visit in and around Miami. Take a water taxi across Biscayne Bay, explore the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, see animals at the zoo on Jungle Island, and take a day trip to the nearby Everglade National Park.

Soak up the sun on Miami Beach

Miami is perhaps best-known for its city beaches and the barrier island known as Miami Beach is home to a glorious strip of sun-baked sand. Chinese visitors looking for the best beach resort in Miami need look no further.

Divided into North Beach, Mid-Beach, and South Beach, the island features a mix of quiet neighborhoods, lively entertainment areas with vibrant nightclubs, and the best beachfront hotels in Miami.

Miami’s “Millionaires’ Row” is also located on Miami Beach. This famous stretch of waterfront along Collins Avenue is known for its luxury mansions and condos owned by celebrities.

Separated from the city proper by Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach is connected to the mainland by several bridges and can also be reached by water taxi.

Take a stroll around Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark. An Italian Renaissance-style villa constructed in 1916, it was originally a luxury winter home for the industrialist James Deering.

Nowadays, the mansion and its 28 acres of grounds are open to the public. Chinese visitors can admire the Italian and French-style fountains, sculptures, and pools, which were designed and created by European craftsmen to emulate the historic styles of the continent and add authenticity. 

The extravagant furniture, art, and decorations of the house itself are predominantly European from the 15th to 19th centuries.

Discover the Art Deco Historic District

Located in the south of Miami Beach, the Art Deco Historic District is well worth a visit for its eccentric architecture and trendy bars and restaurants.

The colorful and uniquely designed buildings were constructed in the 1930s and 40s after the city was damaged by a hurricane in 1926. The distinctive Art Deco style, pastel colors, and neon signs mark them out as a slice of Miami’s history. 

Some of these buildings are now hotels for visitors who want to stay in these interesting historic landmarks. Whether exploring the city alone or with a Miami tour guide, the Art Deco Historic District is a must.

Explore Little Havana and Calle Ocho

Miami has several nicknames, including “The Gateway to the Americas” and the “Capital of Latin America”. This is due to its large Hispanic population (mainly Cuban-American) and its proximity to Cuba. This cultural influence gives some of Miami’s neighborhoods a distinctly Latino character. Little Havana is the perfect example of this.

Latin music can often be heard while exploring the streets of Little Havana. Murals painted on the walls depict important Cubans and scenes of day-to-day life, while restaurants serve up delicious Cuban cuisine.

The district of Little Havana is centered around Calle Ocho and the surrounding streets. In March, the Calle Ocho Festival celebrates Cuban and other Latin American cultures in a huge street party with music, food, and dancing. 

Everglades National Park

A far cry from the urban hub of Miami, the Everglades is a wilderness of wetlands and mangrove swamps, forming an ecosystem that is completely unique on planet Earth

Home to a plethora of wildlife, the Everglades National Park is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist.

Chinese travelers can take walking trails and boardwalks through this natural wonder or book an airboat tour around the waterways, offering the best chance of seeing these giant reptiles in the wild.

The Everglades are around 30 miles from Miami. Visitors from China can either hire a car and drive to one of the park entrances or book a group tour from the city.

Is Miami Expensive to Visit?

The cost of visiting Miami depends on whether the traveler prefers budget or luxury options when it comes to accommodation, food, and transportation. 

There are many high-end hotels in the city, particularly in popular locations like Miami Beach, while budget options also exist, generally further away from the center of Miami.

On average, visitors spend around USD$160-170 per day. The average cost of a week per person is around $1,150.

Some other key expenses on average are as follows:

  • Hotel room for a couple per night: $210
  • Meals for one day: $35
  • Public transport per day: $30
  • Entertainment budget per day: $25

Is Miami Safe to Visit?

Miami is relatively safe, especially for tourists. The crime rate is significantly lower than other major US cities and is unlikely to affect visitors from China.

As in any city, there are certain areas to avoid, but most tourist areas, such as Miami Beach and Downtown, are generally safe. Miami is regarded as a safe destination for female travelers.

Miami, like many cities, has its opportunists, so travelers are advised to be vigilant of their possessions in order to avoid pickpockets.

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