Enjoying Miami on a budget is truly possible and here we show you how. The city is a diverse destination with a tonne to see and do, from art deco splendour and rich cultures to colourful coral reefs and mysterious depths – and you can enjoy most of it without spending a dime.

    Whether you're planning a memorable family trip, a romantic getaway, or just a holiday to explore on your own, you can enjoy an array of unforgettable experiences in Miami without breaking the bank. Take a look at some of these best budget-friendly ideas to make the most of your time in Miami.

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    Rent a Citi Bike

    Miami's bike-sharing and rental system

    Miami is a highly walkable city with a lot of beautiful areas to explore but renting a bike will get you even further. If you want to travel longer distances – while still saving money – renting a Citi Bike is the way to go. 

    Citi Bike is a bike-sharing and rental system that gives Miami residents and holidaymakers a fun way to get around the city. Bikes can be picked up or dropped off at docking stations all over Miami, and they're available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Depending on the length of your stay, you can opt for a bike-share membership or hourly rentals.

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    Hit Miami's beaches

    Lounge on Miami's beautiful coasts

    Miami is known for its coastal beauty and is one of the best places to go for a beach holiday. All of Miami's beaches are open to the public, so they won't cost you anything. You can find beaches to suit just about anyone. 

    Some beaches are sheltered and quiet, which is perfect for families, while others are known for picturesque palms, hopping beachfront bars and clubs, or strong surf for water sports. Some of the top choices are Lummus Park Beach, a postcard-perfect beach with grassy areas and a promenade, and Haulover Beach, a scenic beach with picnic areas, nightlife, and a ‘clothing optional’ area for the daring.

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    Cultural Fridays

    A day for experiencing new worlds in Miami

    Viernes Culturales, or Cultural Fridays, are the perfect way to experience Miami culture on the cheap. The free festival features lively musical performances, artwork from local artists and artisans, and other cultural events in the heart of Little Havana. 

    During the festival, you can peruse the numerous fine art galleries along the street, grab a snack or dinner at a local restaurant, or just stroll around to see the sights. If you want to break away from the tourist attractions and immerse yourself in the local culture, there's no better way than with a few hours at Viernes Culturales.

    Location: Southwest 8th St, Miami, FL 33130, USA

    Open: 3rd Friday of each month: from 7 pm to 11 pm

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    Biscayne National Park

    Tour the water for amazing nature views

    Biscayne National Park is a protected reef and coastal ecosystem and one of Miami's gems. The park is close to the city and holds a variety of wildlife and diverse ecosystems of coral reefs, islands, and ocean waters teeming with unique creatures. The environment serves as a habitat for endangered species, tropical waterfowl, migratory birds, and hundreds of species of reef fish. 

    There's no shortage of things to do at the national park, ranging from fishing, diving, snorkelling, paddling, hiking, wildlife viewing, and boating. You could also take a boat tour of the park or partake in special events such as art exhibits and range programmes.

    Location: 9700 SW 328th St, Sir Lancelot Jones Way, Homestead, FL 33033, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +1 305-230-1144

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    Gratis outdoor films

    See classic films in the open

    Many of Miami's hottest venues offer free or cheap film screenings outside. You can bring a blanket or chairs and relax under the stars while watching classics for all ages, including animated films from Aladdin to How to Train Your Dragon. The venues also offer refreshments including drinks and snacks, while some allow you to pack your own. 

    Whether you're looking for a cheap or free night out with all the kids or just some time enjoying the warmth of Florida in the evening, seeing screenings of classic films in places like Founders Park and McBride Plaza is bound to entertain. Be sure to check the schedule to see which films catch your attention.

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    American Museum of Cuban Diaspora

    Learn about the culture that helped shape Miami

    The American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora is the place to start if you want to learn more about the history and culture that shaped Miami. The museum documents and showcases the historic and cultural contributions of the Cuban exile community in Miami. 

    Located close to Little Havana, the museum holds both permanent and temporary exhibits related to Cuban historic milestones, cultural artefacts, and various artworks.

    Location: 1200 Coral Way, Kailua-Kona, FL 33145, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 305-529-5400

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    Coral Gables Museum

    Immerse yourself in art deco beauty

    Coral Gables Museum is housed in a historic coral building in the heart of the planned community of Coral Gables. The museum is a fascinating attraction with exhibits on architecture, urban design, and environmental preservation. 

    In addition to artworks, photography, and historic jail cells and courtrooms in the Old Police and Fire Station, the museum also offers lectures, tours, educational activities, and special events. The museum offers free admission to military families, members, and children under 6 years of age.

    Location: 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 12 pm to 6 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 305-603-8067

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    Eat at food trucks

    Delight your taste buds with affordable meals

    Food trucks are a hot trend in most major cities, and Miami has some of the best. You can find everything from renowned chef creations to traditional breakfast and creative desserts in local food trucks, all at half the price of dining in. 

    Some of the top names in food trucks in Miami are Ms. Cheezious Food Lorry, which serves South Florida favourites like fried chicken and waffle melts, and Twice Butter, a Mexican-fusion lorry with unique food combinations. You'll also like Purple People Eatery, a gourmet burger lorry with game options and gourmet ingredients and condiments.

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    Jewish Museum of Florida

    Learn something new inside historic synagogues

    The Jewish Museum of Florida is a fascinating museum housed within 2 historic former synagogues. One of the buildings is a celebrated art deco masterpiece with stained-glass windows, a copper dome, and other period accents. 

    Within the museum, you'll find over 100,000 artefacts, documents, religious objects, and photos that celebrate the Jewish experience in Florida since 1763. The museum also hosts walking tours and special exhibitions with prominent Jewish residents.

    Location: 301 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 305-672-5044

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    Book travel early

    Save on your airfare and accommodation

    It's wise to book your Miami travel early since it's a popular travel spot, especially for northerners looking to escape the cold, and families or students on summer break. The best way to save on your airfare and accommodation is by booking early. You'll not only have a better chance of getting great flights and the best holiday rental options, but you'll also save a bundle. 

    If you wait until the last minute, you may get stuck with last-resort accommodation and sky-high airfare and room rental rates. Once you plan your itinerary, you may even find deals on early booking for tours, exhibitions, and outdoor activities, so you can save even more on the trip.

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