1. It’s gonna rain. Prepare for it!
You need to get right with that in your heart, in your soul, and most imporatntly, in your preparation. It’s March and we all know how this goes.
Bring a poncho or an umbrella; hell, bring both. Street vendors and shop owners are savvy, and you’ll pay one helluva an upcharge if you’re out of options and need to buy an umbrella along the beach or downtown.
2. Use the trolley!
Miami public transit has been coming along for a few years now, but if you’re visiting from a city like New York or Chicago with robust subway lines and numerous options and routes, you may be underwhelmed. Even locals forget that there’s a free trolley in both Miami and Miami Beach that hits most of the major neighborhoods. It doesn’t run at night, but it’ll get you to hangover brunch.
3. Take advantage of Citi Bike.
As mentioned, your transit options are pretty limited and ridesharing adds up quickly. Save some time by using the pick-up-here, drop-off-there bike rentals. But don’t drink and bike. (Not a joke, drinking and biking is a crime, and it’s dangerous. Please don’t do it.)
4. Get an instant wakeup call with cafecito.
Cuban coffee is the official beverage of Miami, so embrace the local customs. In fact, 3:05 is the official cafecito time of Miami (yes, really), but you’re welcome to it anytime of the day, morning, afternoon, or before a long night of shows. Forget a pick-me-up. Cafecito gives you superpowers.
5. Wear closed toe shoes.
You may think that flip flops will make you blend in, but nothing says unprepared tourist like someone who wears flip flops on the dance floor.
Seasoned veterans can make it work, but know your limits, and unless you’re going to a show that is actually on a beach, wear shoes.
6. Hit the Wynwood art scene.
Since you’ll likely be out that way for at least a couple events, check out the world-famous Wynwood Walls and sprawling graffiti murals. Not only are the walls an incredible visual spectacle, but shows like Dim Mak will be going down at the RC Cola Plant and all around the Wynwood area, so you won’t want to skip it.
7. Have a plan.
Miami Music Week is massive in scope and it affects traffic in the whole city so don’t rely on “bouncing around” and “figuring it out” unless you want to spend half of your trip staring out the window of a cab.
Get a sense of where you should stay based on where the shows you’re attending are, and find out restaurants are around that part of town. Miami is sprawling and the gridlock is deadly.