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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the average monthly temperatures in Surfside?
Surfside is renowned for its sunshine and warm weather. Annual temperatures typically oscillate between 61 and 90 °F. For a real-time look at the current forecast, please click here

What about the average beach water temperature?
Fancy a swim? Surfside’s beaches can be enjoyed 365 days a year. The water temperature for the Greater Miami coastline (including Surfside) ranges between 73 °F during the coldest month (January) to 85 °F in August - the warmest summer month.

Which beaches are good for surfing?
Surf’s up! Generally all beaches along Florida’s Atlantic coast have good surfing potential.

When is the busy tourist season?
Although the destination is popular with vacationers year round, the peak tourism seasons runs from November through April.

What should I know about Florida’s wildlife?
A huge draw for visitors, environmentalists and researchers, Florida is home to a wide variety of amazing fauna. Our famous coastline is teeming with marine life while the area’s national parks harbor alligators, crocodiles, bears, snakes and even the elusive Florida panther! For more information on Florida’s wildlife, please visit

How can I find out which beaches and state parks allow pets?
For information on Florida State Parks policies about pets, visit
For information about other beaches where pets are allowed, call the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau at 305-539-3000 or visit

What should I know about mosquito protection?
As in most subtropical destinations, mosquitoes are commonly found throughout Florida. To optimize protection against bites, wear long-sleeved shirts/pants when possible, and apply lotion, liquid or spray repellent to exposed skin. Ensure adequate protection during times of day when mosquitoes are most active (sundown).

How can I travel from the international airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale to local area hotels or to the cruise ports?
Transport available at both of these international airports includes car rentals, local bus service, hotel shuttle service and taxis. For further information, go to and

What are my public transportation options in Surfside and Miami?
Residents of Surfside, Bal Harbour and Bay Harbor Islands can take advantage of three complementary shuttle routes to enhance transportation opportunities within our three communities and to various locations in neighboring communities. Click here for the schedule and route information.

Additionally, Miami-Dade Transit offers bus service, free trolleys, Metrorail/Metromover trains and more. Visit for more information.

Does Florida require international travelers who wish to drive in the state to have an International Driving Permit?
For the latest information about International Driving Permits for international visitors, click here.

When is hurricane season?
June 1st to November 30th.

What should I do in a medical emergency?
Dial 911 for an ambulance. The call is free from any phone. This number is also used to contact the police or fire brigade in an emergency.

What should I do if I lose my passport?
Immediately notify the police and the nearest embassy or consulate of your home government. You will need to show ID and proof of citizenship as well as pay a fee and file a police report. Replacements can take up to two weeks, but some consulates offer a three-day rush service for an additional fee. In an emergency, some consulates provide temporary travelling papers that will allow you to re-enter your home country. It is a good idea to make two photocopies of your passport and any other travel documents before leaving home.

How can I obtain a Florida Highway Map, Visitor Guide or other printed VISIT FLORIDA publications?
You may request free maps and publications to be mailed to you.