What do you think when you read the words “Miami Beach”? Turquoise waves, beautiful sandy beaches, blue skies – am I close?
That’s certainly what you get when you Google image search, and is definitely the experience we had both in 2016 and 2017. 2018? Not so much. More like grey skies with some ever-so-slightly irritating rain.
It’s always a risk going to Miami in May – the hotels do drop in price, but you’re right up against hurricane season which runs from June to November. As we got closer to our departure date, I began manically refreshing my Google Weather app, which every day showed me some variation on the following:
I started to research “What to do in Miami in the rain” and to be honest, didn’t come up with much. Don’t get me wrong – Miami has loads to do inside, but it wasn’t anything I wanted to do. My list of things I wanted to achieve on this holiday included:
- Lounge around on the beach
None of the locals seemed that bothered (checking on Reddit and the Trip Advisor forums) and were reassuring that Miami rain isn’t like “normal” rain.
And they were right. It isn’t like normal rain at all. It rained on Saturday a bit, but we were going to spend the whole morning in the Aventura Mall anyway so I’m not counting that as a problem. Sure, there was spotty rain when we were down on the beach, but we didn’t even bother going inside. Sat it out like a pro. It rained loads overnight when we were asleep, and a couple of times in the evening when we were in restaurants.
Considering they were predicting non-stop rain, we were only really affected one afternoon for about an hour when it did this:
The sea is down there somewhere. We went up to our balcony to watch it for a bit, had a shower, and in the time it took for us to get ready for dinner, it had passed. The following day, we’d gone back to this again:
So if it’s predicted to rain on your trip to Miami, don’t fret too much. Take it a day at a time, have a look at a good weather site every once in a while (we liked the dramatically named Doppler 6000 on the NBC website) and just relax. You’re still going to have an amazing holiday because you’re in freaking Miami!
Unless there’s an actual hurricane, in which case I have no good advice for you. Sorry about that.