When moving to a new city, it's only natural for expats to have a few queries and concerns. To ease the transition, here are some answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about life in Miami.
Do I need to be concerned about hurricanes?
In the case of an approaching hurricane, the government will make sure residents are kept up to date on weather conditions and imminent evacuations. Homeowners may want to purchase hurricane insurance and residents are encouraged to have an evacuation kit with essential portable items ready.
Do I need to know Spanish?
Yes, knowing Spanish will certainly help. More people speak Spanish than English in the city and everything from advertisements, to radio programmes, to streetside conversations are in Spanish. Business is often conducted in Spanish and when dealing with the many international Latin American companies based in the area, speaking the language will be an advantage. That said, one can easily get by with English.
How hot is it?
Miami temperatures don't usually get unbearably hot. July or August are the warmest months, averaging below 90°F (32°C). Winter months are much cooler.