Miami in November

Miami is the perfect escape to avoid the start of winter! November gives Miami warm and ideal temperatures, and it is the last chance to explore and relax on the beach without the crowds from the upcoming holiday season.

There is always something going on this month in Miami, between all the events, festivals, miles of coastline, and abundance of restaurants and attractions, it is hard to ever be bored here this time of year.

While the crowds are starting to increase, and the temperature’s starting to decrease, it can be tricky planning a trip in November.

That’s why our Florida residents put together a list of all the information and travel tips you will need to ensure a fantastic trip to Miami, even with all the surprises.

Is November a Good Time to Visit Miami?

November is a great time to visit Miami if you want to have the ideal conditions for pleasant weather and comfortable water temperature. This time of the year brings the start to the holiday season and events around the city.

Local opinion: Rainy season is over but it’s before the main winter rush, so hotels are more affordable. The weather ranges between the high 70’s and low 80’s. For me, that is a perfect time. The ocean temperature is quite comfortable for most people (upper 70’s).

Weather

The average high temperature in November is 79-83°F (26-28°C) in Miami. It is the start of the dry season with comfortable weather, and little rain showers or thunderstorms. The rainfall slowly decreases towards the end of the month with an average of 2.7 inches.

Average high temperatures throughout November in Miami:

  • Early November: 82°F (28°C)
  • Mid-November: 81°F (27°C)
  • Late November: 79°F (26°C)
Does it get cold in November?

It doesn’t get cold in November in Miami. However, every now and then, there is a 5-10% chance, that a cold front hits Miami in mid-November. This may drop temps into the 60s for two or three days, but the risk is fairly low.

Rainfall
South Beach, Miami: A few clouds

It is officially the first month of the dry season in Miami.

In Miami, there is little rainfall during November, decreasing as the month goes on. As the wet season is technically over, Miami tends to be dramatic when the season shifts. It is likely to have lingering storms and the occasional rainfall during the first part of the month.

In November, the average amount of rainfall in Miami is 2.7 inches. By the end of the month, that number will decrease to about 1.6 inches. Rainfall is usually present only 16% of the time throughout the month.

Keep in Mind: Hurricanes and potential storms ARE STILL POSSIBLE this month. From our past experiences, road trips have been delayed or put on hold due to high rains, and even flooding during the month of November.

Heat/Humidity

Even though the seasons have shifted in Miami, due to its southern location and close proximity to the Caribbean, high humidity levels are still common during November. While the effects won’t be near as strong as in the previous months, if you are someone who is not used to high levels of humidity, it might feel more extreme.

Miami tends to have higher levels of humidity in the morning hours with an average of 85% in November. The humidity levels in the afternoon and evening hours drop to an average of just 61%.

Tip: It is critical to stay hydrated throughout the day and to apply sunscreen while spending extended periods of time outside. Bring a refillable water bottle with you to keep with you during the day.

Daily Weather Progression

November is the start of the dry season, but it is still prone to unpredictable weather because of the seasonal shifts happening. Afternoons will most likely be the hottest time of the day with higher temperatures, with mornings and evenings being cooler.

Typical daily temperature progression:

  • Early Morning (6 AM): 73°F
  • Early Afternoon (1 PM): 82°F
  • Evening (10 PM): 76°F

Mornings: Mornings tend to have bright and sunny skies. It’s the main time of the day when you will feel the effects of the humidity.

Evenings: Evening hours will be cooler, as temperatures drop fast when the sun goes down.

Water Temperature

Miami Beach: Surfing

November is the month when you can really feel the effects of the summer season coming to an end. Temperatures and humidity levels decrease, along with water temperatures as well. However, Miami keeps higher temperatures than most other parts of the state throughout the year due to its southern location.

November is one of the best months of the year to visit Miami for a combination of comfortable weather and warm water temperatures. During November, the average ocean temperatures in Miami hover around 79°F.

Hurricanes/Storms: It is important to take hurricane warnings seriously, and be sure to take the necessary precautions to ensure safety in case of an emergency. Even though they are less common than in previous months, there is still a tiny chance for hurricanes and tropical storms throughout November.

What to Pack | What to Wear

In Miami, you can wear the latest fashions and almost any trendy outfit you like.

In the mornings in November, we recommend wearing long thin pants, with a t-shirt and a light sweater or jacket in Miami. Alternatively shorts with long sleeves and a jacket. Afternoons are hot enough to remove the jacket. Keep a sweater or pants handy for the cooler evening hours.

💡 As temperatures are lower in the morning and drop again when the sun goes down, layering options will be your best friend this month.

  • Sandals
  • Shorts & Capris
  • Long thin Pants (if you get cold easily)
  • T-shirts & V-necks
  • Raincoat or Poncho
  • Light Sweater or Jacket
  • Bathing Suit/Swim Trunks
  • Bathing Suit Cover Up
  • Layering Options!!

Tip: It is best to avoid tight-fitted clothing, and opt for a more loose fit or flowy items. The humidity levels are too hot and sticky to have tight clothes sticking to you as well, even in November.

Additional items to pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle
  • Small backpack or fanny pack
  • Water shoes

Restaurant tip: Keep a sweater or light jacket handy in case you go to a restaurant for lunch or dinner. Most air conditioners are on full blast even in November. Especially if you tend to get cold, keep this in mind.

Headache/Meds: It’s strongly recommended always to bring some medicine for a headache. The heat in Florida is no joke, and if you’re not used to living in a very warm place, it could really ruin your vacation.

Crowds

South Beach without crowds

November is the arrival of the snowbirds. Miami will see an influx of seasonal residents as the month goes on when northerners venture south to avoid the winter temperatures of the northern regions of the country.

💡 We recommend planning your trip at the start of the month if possible if you are trying to avoid crowds.

Crowds in November will continue to increase as the month goes on due to the start of the dry season and the holiday season. Traffic in Miami will start to get worse towards the end of the month, keep that in mind when planning travel.

Beach crowds: Always remember, it is Florida, so beaches are always going to be somewhat crowded, even in early November. Due to Miami’s location in the south, the beaches are usually busy most of the year.

Hotel Rates

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

During the month of November, rates will start to slowly increase as the month goes on for various reasons. It is the start of the dry season, holidays are underway, and the snowbirds are arriving back in Miami for the season. Visitors should expect higher than average rates this month. If you are trying to visit on a budget, we suggest going as early as possible in the month of November.

High rates: Thanksgiving & Black Friday are going on towards the end of the month in November. Expect higher rates for accommodation and attractions this time of year.

5 Best Affordable Hotels in Miami

Even in November, a night in Miami does not have to be super expensive. There are so many fabulous but affordable hotels as well. We have assembled a list of great but reasonably priced hotels. If you can’t find one right now, make sure to bookmark the top hotels in Miami with a price match guarantee by booking.com.

  1. The New Hotel (Location: North Beach/Miami Beach): This is a hidden gem! Actually, we don’t think you can find a more inexpensive one which is that good and so close to the beach. The rates per night start from ~ $120. The owner is so lovely and such a helpful lady.
  2. Marriott Vacation Club Pulse (Location: South Beach): What a hotel and location for that price! If you can spend a little more (from ~180 USD), choose this one in November! It is an affordable oceanfront hotel situated in the heart of South Beach. It’s located in the middle of everything. Great rooms, comfortable beds, and bathroom, fantastic staff. A+++ for everything, including the cleanliness.
  3. Circa 39 Hotel (Location: Miami Beach): Another gorgeous boutique hotel with amazingly friendly staff and excellent rooms. The location is just perfect, as you can walk to Miami Beach within 3-4 minutes. One great detail: They offer free beach chairs and umbrellas. Ask the staff at the hut and they set it up for you on the beach during your November visit!
  4. El Paseo Hotel (Location: South Beach): You easily walk to South Beach in 1-2 minutes from the El Paseo Hotel. This will definitely save you a lot of time! Also, there are amazing restaurants downstairs and it’s a safe place in the evenings. The rooms are super clean, the beds are great and comfortable (you will sleep well!), and the staff is very friendly.
  5. Life House (Location: Little Havana): An extraordinary place to experience Cuba’s atmosphere during November in Miami: Little Havana (Google Maps Location). The hotel is very close to Main Street, with a lovely rooftop bar, and very friendly and helpful staff. We highly recommend this one for one or two nights in November.

Depending on your preference and budget, you can find hostels starting at around $40 a night. Staying in an Airbnb starts around $75 a night (depending on the size), hotels average $80-$300 a night, and full home vacation rentals start at an average of $450 per night and go up from there.

Places to Visit / Things to Do in Miami

In Miami, it’s hard to get bored regardless of the month. There are so many beaches, museums, restaurants, and shops in Miami in November that the list of things to do is never ending.

Beaches

A trip to Miami isn’t complete unless you spend a day or three at the beach. Some of the warmest water and most beautiful beaches in all of Florida are in Miami. Depending on what kind of beach you like, there are many options for visitors in Miami:

South Beach 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: Head north to Miami Beach if you want to find a beach with a more peaceful and relaxing vibe. Ideal for visitors who want to enjoy their time in Miami but don’t want to deal with all the noise and excitement of South Beach.

Everglades

Everglades National Park is only a short 30-mile drive west of downtown Miami. It’s one of the must-do things when visiting in November, as it’s a great month for an Everglade experience.

You are free to book any tour, but we highly recommend this one as their staff is amazing:

More Boat Tours

The city of Miami, particularly Biscayne Bay, is filled with many different boat tour opportunities for travelers. 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 sights of some of the most beautiful homes in all of Miami, owned by famous celebrities such as Shaquille O’Neal and P.Diddy. We highly recommend 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. In November, you can take part in kayaking/canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, 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.

Since Florida has some of the bluest waters in the state, Key Largo Marine Sanctuary has some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the 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 if you are interested in learning about history.

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’ in Miami 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 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 in November. 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 for visitors of all ages. This is a great activity for an afternoon in November when the weather is unpleasant.

Special Tip: Miami ARTECHOUSE Immersive Art Experience Entrance 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 in November. 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!