Miami in April

It is no secret that Miami is one of the most visited cities in the United States. It is famous for its miles of beautiful beaches, exciting night scenes, stunning architecture, and Cuban influence.

According to some, it is always summer in Miami, and the month of April brings some of the best weather conditions of the year.

This month is ideal for visitors who are on a budget. April is considered shoulder season before summer begins and usually has lower-than-average rates all throughout the city.

Additionally, once spring break is officially over, the crowds die down later on in the month. More details about that later.

Despite the very few downsides of visiting Miami in the month of April, we have put together all the information you need to make springtime in the city an enjoyable, stress-free, and memorable trip:

  • Weather
  • What to Wear/What to Pack
  • Swimming/Beaches
  • Rates and Crowds

Read on for everything you should know about this month!

3 Awesome Tours 

We did each of these three activities and loved them all! The Everglades tour is a must when you are in Miami! It’s unforgettable! We highly recommend booking in advance, but you are free to buy tickets later of course.

Is April a Good Time to Visit?

April is one of the best times of the year to visit Miami. The city is beautiful in the springtime and summer temperatures haven’t arrived yet. Despite the lingering spring-breakers at the beginning of the month, visitors will enjoy non-peak rates and fewer crowds in the second half of April.

Weather

The average high temps during the month. Photo: Art Deco District in April

One reason, why we love visiting the city in April is the weather conditions. It’s not too hot and there is a low chance of rain, which makes it perfect for any kind of outdoor activity and beach fun.

The average high temperature in April is 81-83°F (27-28°C) in Miami. It is the final month of the dry season with lower-than-average humidity and warm temperatures. There is little rainfall during this period with an average of 3.4 inches.

April in Miami | Average High Temperatures:

  • Early April: 81°F (27.2°C)
  • Mid-April: 82°F (27.7 °C)
  • Late April: 83°F (28.3°C)
Rainfall

April is the final month of the dry season. Visitors shouldn’t need to pack an umbrella or a raincoat this time of year. Precipitation slowly increases as the month goes on, with an average of 3.4 inches.

The beginning of the month sees the least amount of rainfall with an average of 2.1 inches. As the month goes on and the rainy season becomes nearer, the rain will increase with an average of 2.6-3.4 inches by the end of the month.

Unexpected rainfall: Keep in mind, that Florida has unpredictable weather. Even though April is still technically considered the dry season without a lot of rain and no hurricanes, there is still a chance of the occasional storm or a rain shower that may appear in April.

Remember, it is still spring and rain can happen but it won’t spoil your trip.

Heat/Humidity

April is the least humid month for Miami. Florida always has higher humidity levels due to its subtropical climate, but this month they aren’t very noticeable at all. The average humidity in the month of April is 73% in Miami.

The morning hours tend to be the highest with a humidity level of 80%, dropping down to 53% in the late afternoons. Although the humidity levels are still high in the morning hours, the winds are strong er and temperatures are a little lower compared to the afternoon. The humidity shouldn’t bring any damper to your trip in the month of April.

💡 Local tip: It is important to stay hydrated throughout the day when being outdoors for long hours. We suggest bringing a refillable water bottle to keep with you throughout the day.

Additionally, apply and reapply sunscreen every few hours when out in the sun, as well as during an overcast.

Daily Weather Progression

April is usually pretty consistent throughout the day, minus the occasional higher winds and thicker fog. Afternoons will always have the highest temperatures.

Typical daily temperature progression:

  • Early Morning (6 AM): 76°F
  • Early Afternoon (1 PM): 82°F
  • Evening (10 PM): 79°F

Mornings: The morning hours tend to be bright and filled with sunshine, with the occasional fog and winds.

Evenings: The evening temperatures aren’t as hot as the sunny afternoons and winds tend to be stronger, making the evening hours cooler.

Water Temperature | Swimming

April has great ocean temps. You won’t need a wetsuit.

The general rule of thumb is that the ocean waters are warm enough to swim from April-October in Florida. Miami tends to have some of the warmest waters of the whole coastline due to its southern location.

In Miami, the water conditions are perfect for swimming and surfing in April. The average ocean temperature ranges from 79°F to 83°F (26-28°C), which is warm enough to spend time in the water without a wetsuit.

Additionally, this month has some of the best conditions for fishing and boating opportunities, and Miami isn’t ever short on boats. It is an ideal time for water enthusiasts, especially people who like to fish.

What to Pack | What to Wear

It’s warm enough for summer clothing. Photo: The colorful streets of Little Havana in Miami

Miami is such a free-spirited city. This city gives visitors a chance to wear the trendiest outfits and their favorite spring and summer go-pieces.

Packing for this month should consist of a lot of summer clothes, sunscreen, and flip-flops; plus a few other things.

During April in Miami capris and t-shirts are great to wear in the mornings while the winds and humidity levels are higher. In the evenings, shorts are still acceptable but pack a light sweater or opt for long pants due to lower temps and higher winds.

Apply sunscreen when hitting the beach in your bathing suit or trunks in the afternoon.

Clothing items to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts/Cargos
  • Capris/Leggings
  • Tanks & Cut-offs
  • T-shirts & V-necks
  • Jacket or Light Sweater
  • Sundresses
  • Bathing Suit/Swim Trunks
  • Bathing Suit Cover Up

Keep in mind: Miami is the kind of city where anyone is welcome and accepted for who they are. If there is an outfit you have been dying to wear but are still unsure about it, Miami is the place to try it out.

Additional items to pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Bag
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle -stay hydrated!
  • Small backpack or fanny pack
  • Water shoes
  • Walking shoes

Restaurant tip: We always keep a sweater or light jacket handy for dining out in indoor restaurants. If you are someone who easily gets cold in an indoor facility, keep in mind air conditioners are always on in Miami.

Headache: We recommend packing some extra medicine in case of a headache caused by the heat here. If you are not used to the effects of the humid climate it is best to be prepared.

Rates

The ‘Confidante Miami Beach’ is a non-budget tip. You have direct access to its section of Miami Beach. Check prices for April here: The Confidante Miami Beach – part of Hyatt (via booking.com).

The second half of April is one of the best times of the year to avoid peak rates in Miami, especially the later in the month you visit. The few weeks between spring break and summer break tend to be rather calm and more affordable in Miami

However, keep in mind that Easter is of course more expensive in terms of rates.

Depending on your preference and budget, you can find hostels starting at around $50 a night. Staying in an Airbnb starts around $90 a night (depending on the size), hotels average $70-$300 a night, and full home vacation rentals start at an average of $340 per night and go up from there.

Crowds

Miami Beach crowds in early April

Miami is one of the most visited cities in Florida and will always be somewhat crowded due to its popularity alone. However, the second half of April is a great time to visit if you are trying to avoid the typical larger crowds.

Other than the first half of the month, April tends to be a rather calm time. The summer crowds have yet to arrive and some of the snowbirds may begin to head back north for the season.

The crowds in Miami will be larger at the start of the month due to late-in-the-season spring breaks. Some spring break crowds from other states can be present until about mid-April. Early April is also busier when Easter falls in this period

💡 The quietest period and the safest time to avoid any crowds is the last week of the month: Crowds tapered off because spring break is over as well as holidays and vacations for most people.

Beach crowds: Spring breakers that are still around during the beginning of April will tend to stay around the coastline and increase crowds on beaches. The rest of the month beaches won’t be nearly as busy.

Beach crowd tip: Most spring break crowds are at South Beach and on Ocean Drive. That means North Beach and Mid Beach are the best areas if you want to dodge the heavy crowds earlier in the month.

Additionally, although South Beach and Miami Beach are the most popular beaches in Miami, there are numerous lesser-known and less-crowded parts of the shore in the Miami Beach area. Thus, if you need some relaxation, you can often find a quiet location away from the crowds.

Places to Visit / Things to Do 

There’s always a lot going on in Miami, and it’s difficult to be bored there, particularly in April.

Between the various beaches, museums, restaurants, and shops, visitors have a never-ending list of things to do in Miami in April.

Remember to take advantage of this time of year, with April being the last month before the rainy season begins.

Beaches

A trip to Miami isn’t complete unless you spend a day or three at the beach.

Miami brings some of the warmest waters and most gorgeous coastlines in all of Florida. Depending on which type of beach you prefer, there are various different options for travelers. The two most popular beaches here are South Beach and Miami Beach.

South Beach: This is one of the most popular beaches in the country and is loaded with restaurants, attractions, shops, and sights. It is a very welcoming, energetic, and trendy/upbeat city, so visitors shouldn’t be surprised by anything. It is known for its thriving nightlife and abundance of bars and clubs on the strip.

Miami Beach: For visitors wanting a more relaxing and peaceful vibe on the beach, head north to Miami Beach. Ideal for travelers who are wanting to enjoy their time in Miami, without all the craziness and upbeat energy that comes along with South Beach, in particular when there are still spring break crowds present in early April.

Festivals

Throughout the year, Miami has dozens of festivals.

During the month of April, Miami Beach hosts the Gay Pride Festival to kick off the month, as well as the Out of the Tropics Festival, showcasing gender politics and LGBTQ performances, and live music. Additionally, the Miami Open is always the first weekend of the month.

Everglades

Everglades National Park is just a short 30-mile drive west of downtown Miami. In April, the Everglades is generally hot, with an average high of 83°F (28°C) and an average low of 70°F (21°C).

April is the last month of the dry season, averaging around 11mm of rain. This month tends to be one of the least humid months for the Everglades, making April a great time to visit for comfortable weather.

We recommend a tour from Miami which starts at 9 AM:

Airplane / Heli Tours

This is an incredible experience to view Miami and Miami Beach from a breathtaking bird’s eye view. We did this one 3 times already! It makes you feel as if you are in my own private plane. We think it’s a must-do activity in April:

We really loved this flight! The pilot brings confidence, humor, and experience. Felipe, the guide, is more than attentive and willing to coordinate everything perfectly and adjust to our needs and wishes 100%. An unforgettable experience and more than recommended.

You will see from above (it’s jaw-dropping):

  • South Beach, North Beach, and Haulover Beach
  • Biscayne Bay and its famous lighthouse
  • Colorful Boca Chita and Elliot keys
  • The Miami Seaquarium
  • The Bayside cruise port
  • Skyscrapers of downtown Miami
  • Islands with celebrity homes
  • The Art Deco District and Ocean Drive
  • The incredible Everglades
  • The Vizcaya Mansion and Gardens
  • The Miami Marlins Stadium
  • The Hard Rock Casino
  • The American Airlines Arena and Bayfront Park
  • Incredible Cayo Brickell
  • The Venetian canal and islands
  • Stiltsville homes hovering above the water
  • Indian Creek Gulf Camp
  • Hard Rock Stadium
Boat Tours

The city of Miami, especially Biscayne Bay, is filled with various boat tour options you can choose from. Depending on your budget and interests, there is something for everyone. If boats aren’t your thing, jet skis (South Beach Jet Ski Rental) are also available as an alternative.

45-Minutes Speedboat Tour (reservation via GetYourGuide): Our personal tip and absolute favorite. What an adventure! We were blown away at how much fun this was. We did this one three times last year!

You can float by Millionaire Row and Celebrity Island for views of some of the most beautiful residences in Miami, owned by famous stars such as Shaquille O’Neal and P.Diddy. We highly suggest checking out this tour:

City Cruise to Millionaire’s Homes & Venetian Islands. The tour guides are amazing and the whole cruise is simply amazing.

There are also sunset tours, city tours, and boat tours all over the area of Biscayne Bay. Sunset tours are great for group or girls trips, and a superb way to end an evening of exploring:

Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach: ‘Our guide was an amazing host, entertainer, and historian! The views of the sunset were stunning!’

Water Sports

The abundance of water sports available in Miami is unmatched. You can take part in kayaking/canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, kitesurfing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, and jet skiing all over the city of Miami.

Biscayne Bay Kayak or Paddleboard Rental: Perfect for explorers, as you can get to incredible places that are hard to reach with a car or motorized boat along the shores of Biscayne Bay.

Key Largo Marine Sanctuary has some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the whole country.

Great for beginners and seasoned SUP lovers as well, Crandon Park has calm waters and little distractions, and ideal conditions for stand-up paddleboarding.

Wynwood Arts District

A personal favorite activity of ours is the Wynwood Arts District. This outdoor street museum is filled with street art, graffiti, and art installments that are unique, beautiful, and historical as well. There are guided tours available, which we highly recommend. The stories they tell and their knowledge is intriguing:

Wynwood Art District 1-Hour Street Art Tour by Golf Buggy: Even locals are doing this tour and recommend it as a fantastic experience!

It is also the ideal place to get the perfect new profile picture as there are dozens of backdrops available for creators.

Little Havana

This is a ‘must-see’ if you are a lover of food. Little Havana offers a little taste of Cuba right in the middle of Miami. It is a very walkable neighborhood, and there are fascinating guided walking tours daily as well.

Little Havana: Food & Cultural Walking Tour with Lunch: The tour guides are exceptional and the food on this tour is fantastic! This is a must-do!

While you are here, don’t forget to stop by Versailles restaurant; Miami’s most popular Cuban restaurant dating back to 1971.

Museums

Miami has a museum for every type of traveler. Depending on your interests, Miami is home to history, science, art, and interactive museums. This is a great activity for people of all ages, especially on a rainy day in April.

Special Tip: ‘Superblue Miami’ Immersive Art Experience Ticket

If you are a lover of music, head downtown to the Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday evenings for live music. If history is more your cup of tea, you may enjoy the Vizcaya museum and gardens, with history and facts dating back to the 19th century, and beautiful views.

Additionally, and great for kids, The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is not only a museum but also a planetarium and aquarium.

Bayside Marketplace

Located in the heart of downtown, the Bayside Marketplace is another one of our personal favorite places to spend an afternoon. Located on the Bay close to Miami’s port, visitors can enjoy an afternoon of shopping and snacking at the various stores and cafes at the marketplace. This is an ideal place to grab any last-minute gifts or souvenirs!