Corporate travel Miami: How to navigate the Sunshine State

By: Jessica Freedman

Traveling to Miami for business? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered with all the tips you need to make a winning business trip to the Sunshine State.

The state of Florida is known for its all-year sunny weather, Disney World, amusement parks, beaches and more. There’s no doubt it’s the most popular tourist destination in the US, but it’s not just popular for leisure travelers. It has also seen a rise in corporate travel. Miami offers a global hub and an easy gateway for business with Latin America. It’s no wonder why it’s become a global hub and a top 10 destination for venture capitalists. 

So it’s about time to get ready for your next business trip and you’ve been assigned to make your destination – corporate travel Miami. What’s next? Keep reading this all-in-one guide to make your visit to the Sunshine State productive and pleasurable. You’ll find out insider tips for business travelers visiting Miami to get you prepared for everything you might find along the way. 

Where to stay on a business trip in Miami

If you’re visiting Miami on business, chances are you will be staying in Midtown, Brickell or South Beach.

Brickell – Miami’s financial district

Brickell is the financial district in Miami and is perhaps one of the best places to look for business hotels. This area is close to conference halls, and a lot of corporate offices and Office towers have their headquarters here. If you have a break between meetings you can also head over to Brickell City Center Shopping Mall for some retail therapy. This newly up-and-coming area has grown to become “Millionaire’s Row” due to the construction of high-end mansions.  If you are looking to rely on public transportation, Brickell is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Brickell station and by the Metromover’s Brickell Loop (which is free with stations located roughly every two blocks).

Miami downtown skyline

Brickell is home to Miami’s banking, investment and financial sectors, which together  with Downtown Miami has most foreign consulates. The good news about staying in Brickell is that you don’t need a car, as it is easy to get around by foot, bicycle, scooter, Metromover, taxi or any of the most common rideshare apps. 

Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami is the historic center of Miami, which encampasses Brickell, as well as the Central Business District, the Historic District, Government Center, the Arts & Entertainment District and Park West. With the third greatest concentration of high-rises in the United States, housing 20 million square feet of office space, it is the central financial and business hub of South Florida. For this reason, it is likely you will find yourself visiting this area when on a business trip. It is also one of the most populous downtown areas, together with New York City and Chicago. 

You can access this area with the Miami Metrorail, the Downtown Metromover and Metrobus. This area is highly accessible with public transportation, and is very walkable, making it a great place to stay for business travelers. 

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How to get around in Miami

Usually you will fly into the Miami International Airport (MIA).It takes approximately 20-35 minutes to South Beach. You can also use Fort Lauderdale (FLL) airport, which is a common low cost airline hub, which is just an hour drive from Miami City Center. 

taxi business trip Miami

To get from the airport you can either rent a car, or take a ride share app like Uber or Lyft. Once you get to Miami center it will be easier to get around with public transportation, or bike. 

Top attractions in Miami

For those of you who have time to kill or who decide to tag on some bleisure time, here are a list of the top Miami attractions:

South Beach

No neighborhood is more iconic than South Beach. South Beach is in Miami Beach is a nine-mile long barrier island that lies along the Atlantic Ocean. South Beach, which stretches from South Pointe Park to 23rd Street is home to Art Deco buildings, long white sandy beaches and the swaying palm trees you will find in movies. Take your camera and head to this area at sunset and take a bike along the waterfront path. 

Miami Beach Boardwalk

This boardwalk runs the full length of Miami Beach, starting at the south of Surfside and continuing to 23 rd Street. Here you will also find Ocean Drive, which is the quintessential Miami boulevard full of beachgoers, clubs, cute cafes and busy nightlife.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is worth a visit, reminiscent of the European past, this beautiful estate is definitely worth a visit. It can be found in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, which is also worth a visit.

Little Havana

Home to Miami’s Cuban population, this is without a doubt one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in all of Miami. Stroll down Calle Ocho, which is full of artisans, Cuban restaurants and bars and shops with Caribbean flow.

Miami Design District

The Miami Design District is full of boutiques, architecture, art galleries and public murals and sculptures. It also boasts a collection of Michelin-starred restaurants. It’s great for wandering around and feeling the Miami vibes.

Everglades National Park

If you have a little extra time (and a rental car) consider taking a day trip to the Everglades National Park, one of the few places where you might be able to see alligators and crocodiles. The park is just about an hour outside Miami and makes for a great day trip for those deciding to extend their business trip.

Preparing for your trip to Miami

Now that you’ve found out everything you need to know to prepare for your trip to Miami, it’s important to make sure you have it carefully planned. Whether you are going to the well-known and popular events space, the Miami Beach Convention Center, or just meeting up with colleagues or potential business partners, Miami is a great place to do business. If you are looking for other top business travel destinations, check out or blog on the top 8 business travel destinations in USA

And if you need help planning your trip, or you need a place where you can book hotels, flights and car rental all in one place, GetGoing has you covered.

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