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Major events and weather patterns make certain times of year best for a visit to Miami Beach. If you’re trying to make the most of your vacation, then consider these exceptional windows of bliss:

For Art Lovers: First Week of December

During the first week of every December, Miami Beach hosts one of the world’s biggest events—Art Basel. The bulk of this massive fair takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, where the world’s best artists display work for collectors and curators. Additionally, almost every gallery in the city hosts viewings and shows, while restaurants and bars host countless parties and events for the Basel crowds.

For Club Rats: Third Week of March

People from around the globe make the pilgrimage down south every year for  Miami Music Week and its premier event—Ultra Music Festival. Big name EDM personalities like Carl Cox, Deadmau5, and Martin Garrix make this an annual tradition, and fans enjoy shows and parties all over the city every night of the week. Music week is especially popular for its famous pool parties, where patrons trade their dancing shoes for bikinis and boardshorts.

For Foodies: Last Week in February

Whether you are looking to sharpen your cooking skills or try dishes by the world’s top chefs, you’ll want to be in Miami Beach for the Sobe Wine & Food Festival. Here, industry leaders like Andrew Zimmern and Bobby Flay cook live, and guests enjoy small bites from a variety of chefs and local restaurants. Here, connoisseurs and novices learn plenty about wine and food pairings through seminars and demonstrations.

For Bargain Hunters: August-September

The low season in Miami runs from June-September, which means more of the beach to yourself, and better prices on shopping, dining, and your room at the Winterhaven Hotel. You’ll want to avoid June and July, which can be extremely rainy, and instead opt to come in August or September.  Miami Spice is an added, late-summer bonus. The two-month long event consists of Miami’s finest dining establishments offering 3 course prix fixe menus ($23 for lunch and $39 for dinner).

For Beach Goers: April-May

This time of year is great, because the weather is perfect. All of the spring breakers have returned to school, and the crowds start to die down towards the end of the season. It’s not too hot yet, and the rainy season hasn’t kicked in. You can also catch events like Miami Beach Gay Pride and Miami Beach International Fashion Week.