Summer in Miami

It’s summertime, and what better way to spend the season in the Sunshine State of Florida. Miami glistens this season with an abundance of events, happening nightlife, and breezy coastlines. Depending on the kind of trip you are looking for, certain times can be better than others.

Spending the summer in Miami, Florida comes with a lot of hot and muggy weather, and daily rainfall. However, the amount of sunshine Miami brings during the summertime is hard to match; even with the frequent rain showers.

Visiting the city of Miami during this time of year can be a controversial topic due to unpredictable weather conditions. So we are here to help guide you as to why summer can be a great time to take a trip to Miami, and the best month to do so.

Weather Overview

The average high temperature in Miami during the summer ranges from 86°F to 90°F (30°C – 32°C). It is the rainy season with unpredictable weather conditions, high humidity, and a higher chance of storms in July and August. The most pleasant summer weather is in early June.

Find more details about the weather for each month at the end of this article.

What to Wear

During the summer in Miami, wear t-shirts, shorts, and tank tops during the day. Bring a poncho or rain jacket for the afternoons as it can rain frequently. Additionally, don’t forget swimwear and sandals when visiting the beaches.

Clothing and packing list for the summer:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Tanks & Cut-offs
  • T-shirts & V-necks
  • Raincoat or Poncho
  • Sundresses
  • Bathing Suit/Swim Trunks
  • Bathing Suit Cover Up / Swimwear
  • Loose-fit clothing

Good to Know: Avoid tight-fitted clothing, and pack loose-fit or flowy items for the summer months instead.

Additional items to pack:

  • Sunscreen!!
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Hat
  • Bug Spray
  • Water Bottle – for staying hydrated!
  • Small backpack or fanny pack
  • Water shoes
Best Summer Tours

Besides hitting the beaches there are plenty of excellent tours you can do in Miami during the summer. Click on one of the tour offers above for more details. You will love them! Booking is 100% safe and you get a mobile voucher (you can also print it if you like). Our personal favorite is the South Beach Plane Tour (via GetYourGuide) 

Summer Months Comparison

Miami, South Beach

Miami has a multitude of things to do and enjoy during the summer. This city certainly holds up to its reputation of being a unique, adventurous, and an all-around fun place to visit. The type of trip you are looking to have, and the type of traveler you are, will dictate the more appropriate summer month to visit Miami.

Weather

Summer weather tends to be very dramatic and unpredictable, with August being the 2nd hottest month of the year in the city. Average high temperatures hover around 90°F, increasing as the month goes on.

Miami often has lower temperatures and higher humidity in the mornings, and vice versa in the afternoons.

Rain and Hurricanes: Summer is the wet season, so visitors should expect frequent showers. Rainfall and potential storms get more prevalent the more the season goes on. While June is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the storms aren’t so common this month. Taking a trip to Miami in the first half of June will give you the biggest chance of avoiding potential weather conditions that can disrupt your trip.

Crowds

Miami is an attractive city and brings in thousands of visitors all year round. June tends to be the busiest summer month due to having the most family vacations, lowest humidity, and typically the least amount of rainfall. Families will fill the coastline this month trying to beat the heat.

Beach crowds in particular, start to die down in the late afternoon hours where during this time rainfall is most common. While families and tourists will also start to taper off in July and August, and head to more inland areas in Florida.

Rates

Summer is the low season in Miami and commonly has lower than average rates. June will have the highest prices due to the kick-off of the season and more family vacations. However, visitors should expect prices to decrease as the season goes on.

August is a great month to get the best bang for your buck, while the Miami Spice event is happening. During this event, restaurants all throughout the city offer lower and discounted prices. If you are someone who can bear the sweltering temperatures and be okay with unpredictable weather, you will have a lot more breathing room while visiting Miami in August.

Activities

The city of Miami is loaded down with activities and things to do the whole year-round. So, you need to decide what kind of trip you are looking to have and what you are wanting to do. Miami has poppin’ nightlife, any water activity imaginable, hundreds of restaurants, and hours of sightseeing available. What’s most important?

Best Overall Summer Month: June

The month of June in Miami will have the best beach conditions, with hurricanes being uncommon and humidity still tolerable. July has a combination of warm waters and temperatures, as well as some of the lowest prices and smaller crowds.

Miami in August is perfect for foodies as the Miami Spice event is happening, also offering lower rates and discounts.

Best Summer Month for Watersports

Surfer at Miami Beach

Miami is Florida’s biggest hub for boating and water sports. Whether you enjoy spending the afternoon on a yacht, jet-skiing around the bay, kayaking, sup boarding, and even kitesurfing, Miami has it. Visitors will have the best time when conditions are the best for their activity of choice.

Water Temperature

The water temperatures in Miami are some of the warmest in the state all year round, especially in the summertime. The start of summer brings water temperatures of 84 degrees Fahrenheit and hits 89 degrees Fahrenheit by August. The coastline feels like a big bathtub tub the entire summer, ideal for water dogs.

Swimming | Best Month: July

The waters in Miami are warm enough to swim all summer long, practically the entire year for some. July is probably the most ideal month for swimming, as it is the perfect way to cool off during hot and muggy days, and the waters aren’t as rough as the upcoming month of August.

However, August tends to be the best month for shelling, as the water washes enormous amounts of articles to the coastline.

Water Sports

Water sports that are more laid back such as diving/snorkeling, kayaking, or sup boarding are more enjoyable during June, with the ocean having calmer water conditions.

Boating, jet-skiing, and other activities requiring more waves may be preferred later on in the summer, but be sure to stay updated on weather conditions and take precautions to stay safe.

Best Summer Month for Hitting the Beaches

South Beach, Miami

The coastline of Miami is one of the best parts of the entire city. The beaches are beautiful and some of the most popular in the whole state. If you are looking for a beach-based summer vacation, Miami is a great choice.

Weather | Best Month: June

Beach vacations are most preferred with weather conditions that are warm and pleasant, with blue and sunny skies. As summer is also the middle of the wet season, June is going to give you your best chance of having ideal ‘beaching’ conditions during this season in Miami.

If you are visiting in July or August, try to hit the beach early. Temperatures aren’t unbearable, and rainfall is less common in the morning hours. While humidity levels are higher at this time of day, the breeze from the ocean lowers the effects.

Crowds

Miami has miles of coastline, and a lot of space for tourists to spread out. Even so, beaches will be most crowded during the month of June. This month has the most family vacations and the best weather conditions, so tourists tend to flood the coastlines.

Crowds will die down throughout the summer, mainly due to unpredictable weather conditions, and many travelers opting for inland Florida destinations. Additionally, visitors should expect the morning hours to be the most crowded, while visitors disperse in the afternoon due to rain showers and high temperatures.

Water Temperature

As mentioned above, the ocean water in Florida is like a big bathtub the entire summer. While we travelers love warm weather, so do hurricanes. As the summer goes on, the waters get warmer and hurricanes are more prevalent.

Since the temperatures in Miami are also hot, the water temperature isn’t much of a thought in the summertime when trying to cool off during extremely humid and muggy days. Miami’s coastline is one of the warmest in Florida, and as the summer continues, it only gets warmer.

Best Summer Month for Events & Festivals

Miami hosts hundreds of events throughout the year in all corners of the city. While summer is not jam-packed with festivals like during the high season, there is still something for everyone, every month of the summertime.

June: Miami is home to the ‘Art Basel,’ hosted every year in June. The festival attracts thousands of visitors and showcases art pieces from all over the world. This event is a perfect showcase of the cultural differences Miami has to offer.

July: Not only does July have various Independence Day celebrations happening in all neighborhoods of the city, but it also hosts the Florida Supercon. The Florida Supercon, the largest event of its kind in South Florida, is a 3-day pop culture convention celebrating comics, fantasy, sci-fi, and video games.

August: Throughout the entire month, hundreds of restaurants in Miami will take part in the Miami Spice Festival. This is a great chance to get your taste buds jumping with dozens of cuisines and dishes of all choices, being offered at lower or discounted prices.

Deciding what month to take a trip to Miami during the summertime can be tricky. Summer can be unpredictable and filled with surprises, but also calm and relaxing. Whatever you prefer, there is an ideal blend of great weather conditions, fun events, and affordable rates for each month, suitable to every type of traveler.

Monthly Weather Details

While most summer months in Miami offer unpredictable weather, you can still have a great vacation during this season.

Miami Weather in June

June is still the beginning of the rainy season, with frequent rain showers and hot and muggy weather. The average high temperature ranges from 86°F to 88°F (30-31°C). It is the first month of hurricane season though uncommon this month, with consistent rainfall of an average of 5.9-6.3 inches.

Find more June weather details and unique tips in our complete guide to Miami in June [Weather, What to Wear, Best Activities]

Miami Weather in July

The average high temperature in July is 89°F (32°C). It is the middle of the wet season with more frequent rainfall and potential storms. The weather is hot and humid. Hurricanes are possible in July, and there is an average of 4.5-5.6 inches of rain.

For more July weather details and tips on what to wear and activities in our Miami in the July article.

Miami Weather in August

The average high temperature in August ranges from 88 to 90°F (31-32°C) It is the middle of the wet season with frequent rain showers and warmer weather. It is hurricane season, and the rainfall increases towards the end of the month with an average of 4.6 to 7.2 inches.

Read our complete guide to Miami in August, with details about the rain what to wear, and things to do.

5 Best Cheap Hotels

Avalon Hotel: Miami Beach – South Beach. A unique hotel and the best location: 1-minute walk to the beach. Check more details here: Avalon Hotel (via booking.com)

You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for spending a night in Miami in the summer months. There are many excellent budget hotels when visiting during this season. We have put together a list of great but not too expensive ones (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 a really lovely and super helpful lady. You will definitely love this one in the summer
  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 for your summer vacation! An affordable oceanfront hotel located in the heart of South Beach and in the middle of everything. Lovely rooms, great beds, and bathroom, amazing staff. A+++ for everything, including the cleanliness.
  3. Circa 39 Hotel (Location: Miami Beach): Another beautiful boutique hotel for your Miami trip in the summer with amazingly friendly staff and excellent 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!
  4. El Paseo Hotel (Location: South Beach): You easily walk to South Beach in 1-2 minutes from this hotel, which is awesome and will save you a lot of time! Additionally, there are amazing restaurants downstairs and it’s safe in the evenings. The rooms are super clean, the beds are great (you will sleep well in the summer!), and the staff is very friendly.
  5. Life House (Location: Little Havana): An amazing place to experience Cuba’s atmosphere 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 recommend this hotel for one or two nights.