How Safe Is Miami for Travel?

Miami, United States
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Located in the south-eastern part of the United States, Miami is a major city and part of the largest metropolitan area in Florida.

It is also the single largest city of the state of Florida and the 7th largest of the entire U.S. when it comes to population.

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word Miami is its white sandy beaches, warm ocean, clear blue water and that unique tropical climate with a specific island-ish feel to it.

It is the main reason tourists adore Miami, apart from the fact that it is rather safe for visitors if you disregard the dangerous areas that are famous for the gang and drug violence.

Surprisingly for many, Miami beach is its municipality.

Like a nook east of Miami and Biscayne Bay, it’s where a bunch of beach resorts is located and not just any kind of beach resorts: it used to be one of the most popular spring break party destinations in the world.

Warnings & Dangers in Miami

Overall Risk


Miami is overall a safe city, especially for tourists. It has some dangerous areas that should be avoided, but they are far from the usual tourist landmarks. You are advised to remain vigilant around tourist landmarks, since pickpockets are an issue there, and keep an eye out for suspicious activities wherever you go.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxis and public transportation are considered safe in Miami. Still, you should avoid finding yourself unaccompanied on bus, metro or railway stations. Be wary of pickpockets while on public transport.

Pickpockets Risk


The most common types of petty crime are pick-pocketing and purse-snatching on Miami beach and in the crowded Downtown streets. Apply common sense and precaution measures like holding your purses tightly and being wise when carrying them, keeping wallets in front pockets, and being alert to one's surroundings. This should be enough to prevent these incidents.

Natural Disasters Risk


When it comes to natural disasters in Miami, the most dangerous threats come from occasional hurricanes in Florida (there have been as many as 63 hurricanes in Florida between 2000-2013).

Mugging Risk


When it comes to chances of being mugged or kidnapped, they are moderate in Miami. There are some parts where tourists should avoid, but apart from those parts of the city, tourists should be fine elsewhere. Stick to the main streets and avoid suspicious areas and neighborhoods, or getting in altercations with individuals that appear to be gang members.

Terrorism Risk


Miami hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but possible attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


Just like in other tourist destinations, there will be people trying to scam you in Miami, too, though it's not too common. Be wary of anyone trying to distract you, flashing large signs in front of you or ATMs that look like they've been tampered with.

Women Travelers Risk


Miami is generally safe for women to travel to. You should avoid dangerous neighborhoods (and this doesn't only apply to women). Just follow your basic common sense and general rules of things to avoid, like poorly lit streets and deserted areas and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is Miami Really?

Though it is depicted in movies, tv shows and news as the main trading point for drug smugglers, and a prostitution and gang hub, Miami isn’t that dangerous for tourists – even less.

Of course, there are many areas and neighborhoods in Miami were walking, especially at night, should be avoided or at least conducted with caution and accompanied by someone.

These areas are Overtown and Liberty City which have the highest violent crime rate in the city.

They should be avoided both during the day and after dark.

If you do find yourself in these neighborhoods, act as you would in any other dangerous part of the city.

Look for a way to get out of there quickly and act inconspicuously.

Another issue in Miami is that it has been identified as an affected area of the Zika outbreak.

Pregnant women are advised against visiting Miami altogether until the Zika fever vanishes completely.

Contrary to popular belief (and the general rule of thumb) Miami Beach is very safe and you don’t have to stay away from it.

Still, while on the beach, keep an eye out for your stuff as they may disappear in a blink of an eye.

It is particularly safe compared to other parts of the city.

Avoid altercations with obviously intoxicated individuals (these are mainly college students on spring break).

This can usually happen around bars.

How Does Miami Compare?

CitySafety Index
San Diego67
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Miami. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - Due to its low latitude, Miami has a subtropical savannah climate. The seasons in Miami can be divided into a warm and a dry season: the warm season runs from November through mid-April, and the hot and wet season runs from May through October.
  • Airports - Miami International Airport is the primary airport in the Miami area. The airport is located in an unincorporated area in Miami-Dade County, Florida, 13 km northwest of Downtown Miami.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Miami, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Miami Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 21° C
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Mar 22° C
Apr 25° C
May 26° C
Jun 28° C
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Sep 28° C
Oct 27° C
Nov 24° C
Dec 23° C
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12 Reviews on Miami

  1. B
    Blerina says:


    Ok:) I keep reading avoid bad neighborhoods but no names or tips spoken about. Where should I ask before I make a booking?

    1. The article said: These areas are Overtown and Liberty City which have the highest violent crime rate in the city.

    2. Safety first

      Any place named after Martin Luther King should be avoided at all cost. Streets, parks, highway exits, if its named after King stay away and live another day.

  2. i live here and i can say we are very safe, be sure to avoid overtown and liberty city,and try going to key biscane instead of miami beach, it is safer and the main place where locals go.

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        Winedoktor. says:

        Yes it is.

        Yes, it is. But keep in mind is a ***y city and residents like to show how fit they’re and some skin too.

  3. R

    I live and work in Miami. I’ve never heard of anyone ever being pickpocketed. I checked out your Miami site to see if you people are fear mongers. you are. TERRORISM? Medium?!??I can’t figure out how you come up with that. There’s no pickpockets and sure as hell no terrorists.
    now I’m assuming that all the other places that you say are war zones of roaming packs of gangs and kidnappers might actually be a nice beach side cafe owned by an old Jewish couple like on Miami beach.

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      Xavier Lauzac says:

      This website is ACCURATE!

      They’re not fear mongerers. Just because you’ve enjoyed your life, doesn’t mean it’s perfect.


    1. S
      Shawn M. says:

      Miami is a great place to visit but I would never want to live there. I know a lot of people are flooding down to Florida because of political issues but this is only making the area worse. I go down to Florida every year, Miami being one of the main spots I hang in. I have seen an increase of crime, disgusting behavior in public (half-naked women twerking and fighting in the middle of roads), and drug use in the last 4 years. All of this mess started in 2020 and the increase only got worse in 2021. What a nightmare. So yes, I agree… Do not move to Miami. There are too many people as it is in southern Florida.

  5. Travel Question

    My daughter and friends would like to visit Miami, but I am leary just of things that have been heard from afar. I did read the 2 areas plus MLK streets to stay away from BUT would like to know where it is safe for a group of girls to go to, and I feel safe for them to go there. Hotels/resorts, beaches? Anything can happen, anywhere but would try to do what we can to at least ask those that live and/or work in Miami and know the areas well. Thank you!

    1. The best places for them to stay would be in Brickell or in Midtown/Edgewater.

      These areas are “high end”, and very walkable, even at night. There will be a lot for them to do in these neighborhoods.

      Everyone wants to see Miami Beach, which is fine, especially during the day (overall it’s quite safe), but Key Biscayne is really where all of the locals go to escape the tourists.

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