Miami in September

Miami is famous for being a sunny and vibrant city, and it lives up to its name. There are dozens of experiences one can have in this city, and the beaches are a little slice of paradise. September still feels like summertime in Florida, and Miami has some of the warmest temperatures.

Visitors this month can expect fewer crowds, as well as lower rates, and the atmosphere will be more relaxing as there are fewer tourists. Expect high humidity levels and frequent rain showers as it is hurricane season in Miami.

We have put together essential information and unique advice to make sure your trip is unforgettable. Get ready for local recommendations and great tips for Miami in September.

Is September a Good Time to Visit Miami?

September is a very good time to visit Miami if you want to avoid crowds and have more peace and quiet moments. This month brings fewer tourists to the city due to unpredictable weather with more rainy days. However, the weather conditions won’t affect your trip too much.

Weather

The average high temperature in September is 87-89°F (30-31°C) in Miami. It is the wet season with warm weather, frequent rain showers, and thunderstorms. It is also peak hurricane season. The rainfall slowly decreases towards the end of the month with an average of 3 to 9 inches.

Average high-temperature progression during September in Miami:

  • Early September: 89°F (32°C)
  • Mid-September: 88°F (31 °C)
  • Late September: 87°F (30°C)
Rainfall

If you are traveling to Miami this month, don’t forget your umbrella or raincoat.

Expect storms and large amounts of rainfall during September. Miami usually gets 5.7 inches of rain, 3-9 inches on average during this month. The rainfall will start to slowly decrease as the month goes on, but the rainy season isn’t finished yet.

💡 Hurricanes and tropical storms are prevalent this month as it is peak season, so expect heavier rains during this time at least until mid-September.

Can it rain the whole day? Rainfall won’t spoil your trip in September, as it usually doesn’t last long. It’s usually an hour or two of precipitation. However, it is the rainy season, so you might still expect a few long rainy afternoons that turn into night.

Heat/Humidity

Summertime lingers a little longer in Miami, including high humidity levels. In fact, September tends to bring the highest humidity levels of the year in the southern part of Florida, including the city of Miami.

The morning hours tend to have humidity levels of 88%, and the late afternoons have humidity levels on average of 66%. As The month goes on, levels will start to decrease by about 4%.

Tip: It is important to stay hydrated. We suggest bringing a refillable water bottle to keep with you throughout the day.

Daily Weather Progression

September tends to stay consistent throughout the day, mainly being hot and muggy the majority of the time. It tends to cool off in the evenings or after rainfall, and winds start to become stronger in the evening hours as well.

Typical daily temperature progression in September:

  • Early Morning (6 AM): 79°F
  • Early Afternoon (1 PM): 87°F
  • Evening (10 PM): 82°F

Mornings: The weather is typically pretty decent in the morning. It tends to be bright and filled with sunshine, leading into rain showers in the afternoon.

Evenings: It is finally cooling off, and winds start to pick up later in the early evenings. Humidity stays low until around 4 am.

Water Temperature

This month tends to be the hottest and most humid month in Miami, and water temperatures follow.

Miami’s coastline brings warm waters during September that average around 85°F. These temperatures are ideal for water sports. and lucky for you, Miami has an abundance of options to choose from.

Hurricanes and tropical storms love warm water just as much as we do; keep this in mind when planning a beach vacation to Miami. It is important to take hurricane warnings seriously and be sure to take the necessary precautions to ensure safety in case of an emergency.

What to Bring | What to Wear

As Miami is such a free-spirited city, almost any style is acceptable and you will see a wide range of summer attire, especially around South Beach. Miami gives you a chance to wear the trendiest outfits and some of your favorite summer ‘go-to’ pieces.

During September in Miami, mornings and early afternoons are ideal for wearing shorts and t-shirts. Be sure to keep a raincoat handy, or pack an umbrella for afternoon rain showers. It starts to cool down in the evening hours if you get cold easily wear a light jacket or sweater.

  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Tanks & Cut-offs
  • T-shirts & V-necks
  • Raincoat or Poncho
  • Sundresses
  • Bathing Suit/Swim Trunks
  • Bathing Suit Cover Up
  • LOOSE-FIT CLOTHING

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

Additional items to pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug Spray)
  • Water Bottle -stay hydrated!
  • Small backpack or fanny pack
  • Water shoes
  • Light sweater or jacket

Restaurant tip: When staying in Miami, keep a sweater or light jacket handy throughout the day for dining out in indoor restaurants. Since the temperature outdoors is mainly hot, the air conditioners are on full blast most of the time. If you get cold easily, this is a great tip to keep in mind.

Headache: When traveling in Miami we suggest always bringing some medicine for a headache. The Florida heat is no joke and if you aren’t used to a warm climate, this could really bring a damper to your vacation.

Crowds

There are times and spots at Miami Beach without crowds

Fall tends to be the slowest and quietest time of the year for the sunshine state and Miami is typically less busy during this time of year.

Due to fewer family vacations and unpredictable weather, September brings lower than average crowds to the bustling city of Miami. This month is also the emptiest the beaches in Miami will be all year, so take advantage of fewer visitors.

Unpredictable weather turns potential visitors away, with the chance of their trip being disrupted by a hurricane being too high. Kids are back in school and family vacations have come and gone, making September an ideal month for slow and relaxing travel through Miami.

Beach crowds: Always remember, it is Florida, so beaches are always going to be fairly crowded on days with pleasant weather. However, if relaxing on the beach is what you are most looking forward to on your vacation, September is a great month as it tends to bring fewer visitors to the shoreline due to the high chances of hurricanes.

Rates | Budget Hotels

The ‘Confidante Miami Beach’ is our top tip for September. You have direct access to its section of Miami Beach. During this month you can usually score some great cash deals here! Check prices and reviews regularly: The Confidante Miami Beach – part of Hyatt (via booking.com).

Just like crowds, rates in Miami tend to be lower than average during the month of September. There is less demand since tourism is low, kids are in school, and tropical storms are prevalent.

Additionally, September is ‘Hotel Month’ in Miami. Expect lower rates and cheap deals and offers from participating hotels around the city. This is a great chance to stay at a five-star hotel for the price of a three-star hotel, for example.

Exception [Labor Day]: The first weekend in September will have the highest rates of the month due to ‘Labor Day’ weekend, followed by cheap and discounted rates the rest of the month.

5 Best Cheap Hotels in Miami

A night in Miami does not have to cost you hundreds of dollars. There are numerous wonderful cheap motels that welcome travelers. We have compiled a list of excellent but reasonably priced hotels (see below). If you can’t find one 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! Honestly, we don’t think you can find a cheaper one which is that good and so close to the beach. The rates per night start from ~ $120. The owner Joyce is truly lovely and such a helpful lady. You will undoubtedly love this one.
  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 September! An affordable oceanfront hotel located in the heart of South Beach and in the middle of everything. Lovely rooms, great beds, and bathroom, fantastic staff. A+++ for everything, including the cleanliness.
  3. Circa 39 Hotel (Location: Miami Beach): Another beautiful boutique hotel with amazingly friendly staff and outstanding rooms. The location is just perfect, as you can walk to Miami Beach within 3-4 minutes. One amazing 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 September 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 amazing place to experience Cuba’s atmosphere during this month 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 general, depending on your preference and budget, you can find hostels starting at around $35 a night. Staying in an Airbnb starts around $60 a night (depending on the size), hotels average $60-$200 a night, and full home vacation rentals start at an average of $300 per night and go up from there.

Places to Visit / Things to Do in Miami

Miami is a city where it is hard to ever be bored. Between the various beaches, museums, restaurants, and shops, visitors have a never-ending list of things to do in Miami in September.

Beaches

A trip to Miami in September isn’t complete unless you spend a day or two at the beach. Miami has some of Florida’s warmest waters and most beautiful coasts. Depending on your preferences,  Miami offers a variety of possibilities for everyone. South Beach and Miami Beach are the two most popular beaches in the Miami area.

  • 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.
Airplane or Heli Tours

You will love this flight!! It’s an incredible journey 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!

Review from a customer: ‘Just excellent, the special pilot, brings confidence, humor, and experience. Felipe, the guide, is more than attentive and willing to coordinate everything perfectly and adjust to the client 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 Bayside cruise port
  • Downtown Miami
  • Islands with celebrity homes
  • The Art Deco District and Ocean Drive
  • The Everglades
  • The Vizcaya Mansion and Gardens
  • The Miami Marlins Stadium
  • The Hard Rock Casino
  • The American Airlines Arena and Bayfront Park
  • Cayo Brickell
  • The Venetian canal and islands
  • Stiltsville homes hovering above the water
  • Hard Rock Stadium
Everglades

Everglades National Park is just a short 30-mile drive west of downtown Miami. In September, the Everglades starts to become a bit cooler, with an average high of 89°F (31.6°C) and an average low of 77°F (25°C).

It is still the rainy season and visitors should expect frequent showers most afternoons. Mornings and evenings will be the best time to spot animals due to rising water levels in the afternoons. That’s why we recommend a tour from Miami which starts at 9 AM:

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 definitely a tour you will love. 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 stars such as Shaquille O’Neal and P.Diddy. We highly suggest checking out this one:

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 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 the 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; 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 rainy afternoons in September.

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. 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!

Festivals

Miami is the home to dozens of festivals throughout the year. During the month of August and September, Miami is host to the ‘Miami Spice’ Festival. Foodies will love visiting this time of year! Participating restaurants will offer cheap and discounted rates this month, as well as special offers and surprise dishes. This is a great time to take advantage of lower prices and try new things you wouldn’t normally try.