Miami is known around the world for its beautiful beaches, sunny days and tropical breezes. But in the winter, Miami cools off just like the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. However, for the most part, this balmy city enjoys very temperate winter weather.
The average temperatures for Miami in the winter months are highs mid-70s (mid-20s C) of and lows mid-60s (upper teens C). The temperature can occasionally dip into the 40s F (single digits C) and 50s F (10s C) and may vary 20 degrees or so in one day which can make packing challenging. Here are some tips on how to make sure you cover all your bases when packing for Miami this winter
Layers are Key
The key to packing for Miami in the winter is one word: layers. Because the temperature can vary 20 degrees or more in one day, it is important to be prepared for it all. Pack clothes that can be layered and then shed when the temperature is high and put back on when it cools off.
A bathing suit is very necessary when visiting Miami. The beaches here are world renowned and the weather is perfect for soaking up the sun without baking in the heat. The water temperature in the Atlantic Ocean on Miami Beach is usually the warmest along the continental United States. It averages about 72 °F (22 °C) in the winter months.
Miami is a sunny place and the sun reflects off the bright colors of Miami Beach, the sandy beaches and the water of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a good idea to protect your eyes from the rays. Plus sunglasses are a great fashion accessory in a city where fashions are made.
Because the temperature can dip into the 40s F (single digits C) and 50s F (10s C), it’s a good idea to bring a warm jacket for the cooler times, which tend to be nights and mornings. A warm jacket also comes in handy for an early morning or late night walk on the beach, which can get windy as well as cool at these times of the day.
Because the winter brings cooler weather and lower humidity levels to Miami, it is the best time of the year to get out and explore the city on foot. And exploring on foot is the best way to see a new city. A comfortable pair of walking shoes is the final addition this packing list.
To put those shoes to good use, here are some walking tours to take advantage of in Miami’s comfortable winter weather.