When I am at conferences and what not people are always interested in life in Miami. "What's it like?"
I can only imagine that they think we're held over from the 80s Miami Vice, dance salsa in the streets, and "the" destination location for college kids with an alcohol problem.
So let me start off by saying that in Miami we have two seasons, summer and tourist season. Both are fine if you don't mind hot weather. Hot being the part to remember. I like to joke and say that we have humid summer and less humid summer. But lately I have been having a hard time figuring out where less humid summer starts. It used to be that it was winter when it got a tad less-summerish. The kind of weather you got to enjoy that cool breeze. In most parts of the US that cool breeze would be the equivalent of mid-summer. And the cool only lasts for a few days.
I know a lot of people will complain about the climate here. I find it to be much more comfortable than the Hazy/Hot/Humid summertime in other parts of the country. And while it is hot, it's honestly not as hot as elsewhere because of our climate. And the mild winters here are glorious.
I don't think you can go swimming in Michigan in Dec/Jan?
I love my city. You have the beach, the night scene, great food, and just about everything that's great about paradise.
With all of that said, I feel it's a great city to visit.
Maybe even spend a certain amount of years living there. But for many unless you are born there, you live the life and know the scene it can be overwhelming.
So to summarize if you don't mind sweating outside for 11 to 12 months and dealing with 3 months of rain a year you're ready to live the Miami life!