Miami Warnings and Dangers
Visitors to Miami enjoy beautiful beaches, outdoor markets, and a lively nightlife. But there are certain areas to avoid and warnings to heed. Here’s what you need to know before visiting Miami.
Driving Can Be a Challenge
Miami is an expansive city covering more than 11,000 square miles. In spite of the available metrobus, train, trolleys, taxis, and Ubers, driving is the most popular method of travel within the city. One of the most dangerous stretches of I-95 runs through Miami. And, in addition to bumper to bumper traffic, you may also encounter road rage while driving in Miami.
If you decide to brave the roads, make sure you have adequate car insurance. Many people drive uninsured and without a driver’s license. Daily wrecks are a normal occurrence, so you don’t want to get caught without insurance to cover an accident.
If you decide to hail a taxi and avoid the challenging commute, be mindful of how much rides cost. There are many dishonest cab drivers who will swindle those who are unaware.
Theft Is Common
Never leave valuables in your vehicle; or, if you must, at least put items out of sight. When you leave belongings on the front seat or in plain view, you’re inviting strangers to break in and take them. If you have a rental car, you may end up paying a hefty repair bill from someone breaking a window or prying open a door.
Crowds are often large regardless of where you go within the city, but especially along the South Beach promenade. Pickpockets are a problem in Miami, so be especially careful of your belongings while in crowds. When walking in a crowd, keep your purse close to your body and keep an eye on shopping bags. Many pickpockets are extremely skilled at lifting items while going undetected. Try to walk away from small groups and carry your bag in front of you or carry a backpack on your chest.
Beware of Extreme Weather
If you aren’t accustomed to Miami’s hot weather and daily sunshine, you will be susceptible to burning. Be sure to wear sunscreen even when shopping or sightseeing, and reapply it often to avoid sunburn.
Miami is also gets hurricanes. Check the forecast before visiting to avoid bad weather. Miami sees hurricanes approximately once every four years.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warning or dangers in Miami.