WMC 2015

  • How do I get to and from Miami?

    If you're flying into Miami, the closest airport is Miami International Airport (MIA). Nearly 40 airlines operate out of MIA, serving over 30 million passengers each year.

    From the airport, there are several options to get you to Downtown Miami and South Beach. Many hotels offer shuttle services to and from the airport. Check with your hotel to see if they provide shuttles and, if so, how to book them. If you're hotel doesn't offer a shuttle service, try American Shuttle, which can be found on the arrivals level, outside of the baggage claim areas.

    If you want to take a taxi, the fare between MIA and Downtown Miami is approximately $24. Taxis can be found on the arrival level of the airport, outside the baggage claim area.

    For more information on the airport's shuttle and taxi services, check out the airport's Rate Chart, or call the Miami International Airport Taxi & Shuttle Service at (305) 876-7000.

    If you can't get a direct flight to Miami, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is approximately 30-45 minutes away from Downtown Miami. Flying into Fort Lauderdale can be cheaper than flying to Miami, but since it's further away, you should expect to spend more on ground transportation. There are three main ground transportation options you can take to get from FLL to Downtown Miami and South Beach.

    Taxi cabs: Taxis can take up to 5 people, are available from the Transportation Podium. Fees are based on a meter -- expect to pay approximately $67 to get to Downtown Miami, and $72 to South Beach. Be sure to indicate at the dispatch station if you would like to pay by credit card, so that you get a car equipped to take one, or else you'll be scrambling for cash to pay your fare.

    Shared Ride: With the shared ride option, operated by GO Airport Shuttle, you'll pay $21 to get to Downtown Miami or South Beach. The shuttle seats 10, and they accept cash or credit card. Prepare for a wait time of anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes and you should allow up to 90 minutes for travel time, especially if it's rush hour. GO Airport Shuttle also operates luxury sedans for up to 4 people, which cost $70 per ride to Downtown Miami or South Beach.

    Train: If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, take the Tri-Rail commuter train, which offers a direct link to Miami's Metrorail Orange Line at Miami Airport. From there, you'll have to take a taxi or any of Miami's other transportation options to the festival. The Tri-Rail provides free shuttles from the FLL terminals to the station; at the west end of Terminal 1, between Terminals 2 and 3, and between Terminals 3 and 4.

    Check the airport's Transportation Choices Chart for more information about estimated rates. Vehicle options can also be obtained at the Transportation Podium outside of baggage claim on the lower level.

  • What area is the festival in? How do I get around?

    WMC headquarters has its daily conference portion at the Miami Beach Convention Center. You can use the Miami-Dade Transit Trip Planner to find your most reliable route from any other location in Miami.

    Both the official and unofficial parties and events during WMC, however, take place at multiple venues scattered across South Beach, most of which are within walking distance of each other. If you want to party-hop but aren't staying in South Beach, try to come up with a list of parties in the same general area so you can walk between them, saving you some cash on taxi fares. A taxi from Downtown Miami to South Beach will set you back around $20, not something you want to be paying multiple times a night.

    Public Transportation: If you're on a budget, the best option to get around Miami is the MetroBus, which is the only public transportation option that offers 24-hour service on select routes. It is also the only option that travels between South Beach and Downtown Miami. Cost per trip is $2, payable in cash (note: no change will be provided) or by using an EASY Card. Even if you're planning to take a taxi home, familiarize yourself with nearby bus stops - you don’t want to find yourself wandering around Downtown Miami desperate for a cab, with no back-up plan for getting home. Trust us, we’ve been there.

    Other public transportation options include the Metrorail, which you can ride for $2, and the Metromover, which you can ride for free from 5am to midnight 7-days a week. Both the Metrorail and Metromover have trip planner apps on their websites - just click the links above to find them. 

    If you want the rundown on getting around Downtown Miami, head to our Ultra Insights.

  • Do I need a badge?

    Buying a badge gives you access to a wide variety of panels, seminars, workshops, and networking opportunities during the day, as well as free entry to many other events and parties during the week. If you are in the industry, or want to be, it is a worthwhile investment.

    If you're strictly a partygoer, you can probably skip the badge. The best parties often don't offer benefits for badge holders and you'll end up shelling out for tickets anyway. Check our event listings for our recommended WMC parties or consult The List for a more comprehensive list - including which events are free for badge holders.

  • What time does it start and end?

    DJs start spinning as early as 10 AM at the official WMC hotel, and some parties run well into the morning, so if you’re looking for something to do, you’re pretty much covered 24/7.

  • Is reentry allowed?

    This will vary from event to event. A lot of the more popular events won’t allow reentry, but double check with the door person before you leave.

  • What are the prohibited items?

    Venue policies will vary, but use common sense on this one. Items that are generally prohibited in clubs include weapons, drugs and outside beverages. Some venues will also prohibit professional cameras and food.

  • What's the deal with food and beverages?

    Don’t expect to find food at a party unless it’s explicitly indicated on the invitation or on the venue’s website. That being said, you should easily be able to find food nearby, just make sure you check the reentry policy before leaving a party. Head to our EAT Section for our favorite South Beach eateries.

    You can count on alcohol being served at every party you attend, and since Miami has relaxed liquor laws, there’s no such thing as “last call."

  • What do I need to know about money?

    Because all of the events are in bars, clubs and hotels, credit cards are universally accepted. Note that since Miami is a very tourism-driven city, many clubs include an 18% tip on the bill, regardless as to whether you’re paying with a credit card or cash, so make sure you check your receipt before you pay.

    The availability of ATMS will vary from venue to venue. Try to plan ahead and bring cash or a credit card, just in case.

  • What will the weather be like?

    Weather in Miami is consistently hot, humid, and sunny and March is typically one of the sunniest months of the year. The average temperature range in March is between 61-80°F (16-26°C). During the day it can be moderately hot and humid, but a night the temperature can drop to where you’ll need warmer attire.

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  • What should I wear?

    Make no mistake, the Winter Music Conference is a marathon. Comfortable footwear is key - not only will you be on your feet, partying for hours, you'll also be walking. A lot.

    If you're not planning to change clothes between your day and night activities, be sure to layer your clothing to account for the temperature change. During the day, it can get hot enough to strip to your swimwear; at night, you should be fine with a light jacket or long-sleeved shirt.

    Clubs that would normally have strict door policies are more relaxed during WMC; as long as you have a ticket, you're most likely getting through the door.

  • What should I bring?

    Because WMC is a conference, you may want to grab some extra business cards - many people will be there to network and promote themselves or their company. If you're venturing out during the day, bring a swimsuit and plenty of sunscreen. Comfortable shoes are key if you plan to do a lot of walking or sightseeing.

  • Does the festival have a mobile app?

    Not yet, but if they make the mobile move we'll let you know.

  • What are the ticket options?

    There is only one ticket option for Winter Music Conference. Thus, to attend, you must register for a badge. Badge holders are referred to as "delegate" and receive access to all WMC seminars, panels, workshops, DJ spinoffs, and networking events. Badge holders also receive free entry to some non-official events and parties taking place around South Beach.

    2015 tickets aren't on sale yet, but check back soon for rates as they become available.

  • Is there anything else I need to know?

    Registered delegates can take advantage of WMC's special discounted rates for Traveling to the conference. In the past, American Airlines has provided 5% discount on air travel for badge holders, and AVIS has offered badge holders discounted rental car daily and weekly rates. Check back for 2015 info as it becomes available.

    Delegates can also take advantage of special WMC hotel rates for the week of the conference. These sponsored hotels can be found under SLEEP along with our other recommended Miami accommodations.