MIAMI IS SO POPULAR WITH BRITISH VISITORS! Every year visitors to Miami just from London airports number over 250, 000. Source: VisitFlorida, Florida’s Tourism Office. www.visitflorida.org
► LATEST: The United Kingdom has long been Florida’s most important international market outside of Canada. And the numbers show why. In 2015, 1.7 million tourists from the UK visited Florida — more than visitors from Germany, Mexico, Australia, China and India combined. But it’s more important than just the volume of visitors, Visit Florida Florida President Will Seccombe said. British tourists spend and spend and spend. British tourists combined spent $1.5 billion on their visits, dwarfing what travelers from any other nation but Canada spend. The data shows us a Brit is going to spend more than any other foreign visitor. ……Statement December 10, 2016 from Visit Florida, the State’s official tourism marketing agency based in Tallahassee.
► Numbers of annual Foreign Visitors to Miami airport in order 1] Brazil 2] Mexico ] Columbia and 4] UK with 921, 603.
[ Canadians are the largest group of foreign visitors to Florida but most of them drive down, plus next-door Canadians are not really “foreign”].
► NOTE TO BRITISH TOURISTS from the publisher Patricia Kawaja, an ex-Londoner : MIAMI THE MAGIC CITY My home and office is in downtown Miami [since 2002], a burgeoning, ever-improving, exciting urban destination with upscale hotels, chic bars and restaurants galore. I have tried everywhere, and want to share recommendations with British visitors unfamiliar with Miami. Thousands of British tourists come to Miami and never get to know the non-touristy places that we locals know and love. Feel free to pick my brains on anything Miami via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone my office  371-9340 in downtown Miami. Explore Mia’s burgeoning new districts:
► WYNWOOD ARTS DISTRICT of Miami: Hopping with events/restaurants/ new craft beer breweries/ parties and tons more.
► DESIGN DISTRICT of Miami —a few blocks north of Wynwood. http://www.miamidesigndistrict.net
► FOR MIAMI and MIAMI BEACH ONLY: The Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau  539-3000 is the official organisation to advise tourists. WEBSITE www.miamiandbeaches.com for all events, attractions, restaurants and nightlife across Miami and Miami Beach. IN MIAMI BEACH there is the excellent resource The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Phone them when you arrive on  672-1270. Peruse their website: www.miamibeachchamber.com
► WHILE IN MIAMI DO TAKE A CRUISE from the many beautiful liners which sail from PortMiami. Many visitors over from the UK take side cruises–you’ll hear the British accents onboard. TO BOOK: Contact the British Bureau’s cruise partner JoEllen Shatz with CruiseOne. Many of you know JoEllen as our agent from our Brilliant Brits cruises in 2000 on the QM2 and our 2008 Brits cruise to Bermuda, have previously booked cruises with her and report great satisfaction and savings. We recommend JoEllen highly. A fulltime cruises specialist since 1999, she has unparalleled experience with every cruiseline sailing out of Miami or Ft. Lauderdale to any destination/itinerary. As an agent, there’s not a Florida-based ship she has not tried firsthand. She is based near Port of Miami’s cruise ships. Reach JoEllen on  374-6477 or email query with your contact phone number to: email@example.com NOTE: You can’t get a cruise cheaper by booking yourself and JoEllen will give you the exceptional personal service booking a cruise always involves.
► FT. LAUDERDALE–a progressive city, with great beach life where I lived for 12 years. For all current information on what’s happening, attractions, restaurants and nightlife, consult the city’s official website www.sunny.org or phone their office  765-4466.
► KISSIMMEE…is more than Mickey Mouse. For all current information on what’s happening, attractions, restaurants and nightlife, consult the city’s official website www.visitkissimmee.com or phone their office  944-2400.
► ORLANDO is ever-improving and adding trendy new places and nightlife spots. For all current information on what’s happening, attractions, restaurants and nightlife, consult the city’s official website www.visitorlando.com or phone the Visitor’s Bureau on  370-5002.
► PALM BEACH COUNTY…elegance, beaches and gems like the fabled Breakers Hotel. For current information on all it has to offer, consult the official website www.palmbeachfl.com or phone their office [561 233-3000
► OTHER PARTS OF FLORIDA Florida is tourist-centric and has superb, helpful visitors bureaux for all areas to help YOU plan your visit.
Find them by going to: www.visitflorida.org the SunshineState’s official tourism website. Tourists should also see www.visitflorida.com [their other website]
► MIAMI Recommendations: British visitors to Miami may ask us for a first hand recommendation on where to eat in Miami or other advice. There are a zillion hotes in Miami wth more opening every week–fabulous choices to suit every style and budget. HOTELS in downtown or Miami Beach/South Beach: We know them all and depending on whether you are young and single, or older business traveller or family with children etc, can recommend a suitable type of hotel. Email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org Must include your name…home city…contact phone.
► Want more nookie, British tourists? Come to Miami, Mate. MIAMI IS OFFICIALLY THE USA’S “Most Sexual City”!! Its residents——with tourists like you bold Brits augmenting the number—account for the highest numbers of sexual encounters per year. People in the Magic City make magic 177 times year, more than any other city in America, including Sin City Las Vegas or the City-that-Never-Sleeps New York. How do we know? Condom-maker Trojan surveyed thousands of adults in every state. Why Miami? The year-round warm weather allows people to show more skin, feel freer and sexier about their bodies and ladies aren’t hiding their charms in overcoats. Plus Miami’s large hot-blooded Latin community offers stunning Brazilian/Venezuelan/Colombian beauties for lusty Brit blokes to enjoy a holiday romance. American women are pretty too but not exotic. Also the cosmopolitan blending in Miami of so many nationalities and the round the clock drinking hours leads to more partying.
► BIGGEST MIAMI TIP, FELLOW BRITS! DON‘T STAY ROOTED IN SOUTH BEACH. We locals don’t. The city has so much more to offer in various exciting, urban, trendy districts, like New York or London. Jump in a taxi or one of 5 buses [A,C, T 120, S,M] over to downtown Miami, the Design District, Midtown, Mary Brickell Village, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables. EXPLORE! These are all exiting, hip and eclectic parts of Miami. The bus fare of $2.25 one way is the best money you ever spent. I ride buses often to South Beach and never take my car over there. In downtown Miami itself ride the FREE above ground Metromover which loops through the city with a great view of the cruiseships in port and the FREE orange and green Trolley. I always use the FREE downtown trolley service—[wait at the orange and green palm tree trolley stopsigns ]—which has several routes. For any Miami transit queries and routes phone their office direct  779-3131 or consult http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/routes
► FOR MIAMI INFO call the city’s info-line: Dial 311 from any phone in Miami. CITY WEBSITE: www.miamidade.gov
► If you are going to be in Miami come to the British Network of Miami–network and mingle with resident expats Brits. Meets monthly in downtown Miami at the Doubletree Hotel on the west end of the Venetian Causeway. Free to attend. Go to British Events page on this website for dates and address location or send email to email@example.com with ATTEND BRITISH NETWORK on the subject line.
► MIAMI NOW HAS A DAILY WATER TAXI. The bright yellow boats marked WATER TAXI have several stops along Biscayne Bay and the Miami River in a hop-on, hop-off loop from downtown Miami— to South Beach—to Bayside Marina downtown—then along the Miami River. I have taken it and recommend it to you as a way to see the city from a different perspective. You can buy tickets on the boat or in advance from their website www.watertaximiami.com Consult the website for schedules, stops, cost and complete details. Or phone  600-2511. It’s owned by a Dutchman called Max.
► RECOMMEND YOU TRY THIS! Miami now has red double-decker buses, run by Big Bus Tours of London, offering Sightseeing tours around the city. These are Hop-On, Hop-Off buses, offering 2 different loops: 1] CITY TOUR around the city of Miami and down to the Biltmore Hotel area in Coral Gables . This is on a single decker 2] MIAMI BEACH around Miami s world-renowned South Beach along the ocean and Deco drive area. The Gray line Bus HQ where tours start is on Bayside in downtown Miami , but you can hop on at various points on the route and pay on the bus too. TICKET COST and ALL INFO www.bigbustours.com or call tollfree 1-800-336-8233 in Florida to book.
Update 2015: There are now several different companies offering tours—most start from Bayside downtown. I have tried them. ——PK publisher.
► NEW TOURS to explore Miami Beach and Miami have been established. By bike, on foot, via bus with audio commentary. Visit www.discoverymiamibeach.com for all your choices.
► HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: British people love gardening and flowers. Take a tour down to the Redlands agricultural area about one hour’s drive south of Miami, in a suburb called Homestead. I have done this tour and it’s wonderful. Orchid farms, tropical blooms, tropical eatables, local wineries, a quaint English tearoom and numerous tropical nature experiences you will enjoy. Look at the website www.theredland.org first. FOR TOURS call  247-5172 Redland Pioneer Tours. Or ask your hotel concierge how to drive down to Homestead.
► You will see a free newspaper in street corner boxes, called The New Times. www.newtimesmiami.com This is the alternative local weekly which lists all the nightclubs, strip clubs, just-opened restaurants in all districts of MIami, all bars, party places, live music venues and ongoing local events which appeal to younger British tourists. Pick one up–very useful source.
► RESTAURANTS–Yum, yum not hum-drum. SOUTH BEACH AREA: First know that the best food is NOT found in tourist areas. That is true with most cities around the world. We Miamians rarely eat overpriced food on Ocean Drive unless we have to, when showing visitors around. Classic exceptions on South Beach to seek out: Always popular with us local Brits is waterside Smith and Wollensky’s  673-2800 www.smithandwollensky.com Friday nights you hear many British accents there.
MIAMI’S MUST-VISIT DISTRICTS for restaurants and bars: Go into the Design District, Mid-town, MaryBrickellVillage and downtown Miami.