Miami is situated at Florida’s southeastern tip. Miami Beach, located on Barrier Islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay, is home to glamorous South Beach, famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs. Miami was officially incorporated as a city on July 28, 1896 with a population of just over 300. Miami derived the name from the nearby Miami River, derived from Mayaimi. Mayaimi is the historic name of Lake Okeechobee. One of Miami’s many nicknames is the Magic City, because it sprung up almost overnight. Early Native American settlers were known as the “Tequestas”. Juan Ponce de Leon was the first European to visit in 1513 and Spain is credited for the first recorded landing in 1566. The railroad tracks reached Miami in April 1896, and in July a meeting was held to incorporate the city. The population is 417,650 (2013).
Life in Miami
Miami has become a mix of cultural influences. The City has the largest concentration of International Banks in the country. Miami is one of the state’s – and the world’s – most popular vacation spots. Though destinations are often said to offer something for everyone, the Miami area does indeed offer multiple enticements. The trendy nightlife of South Beach, bejeweled by the eye candy of the Art Deco district is a popular draw. May is Museum Month in Miami. Bakehouse Art Complex, ArtCenter/South Florida, Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Black Police Precinct, Courthouse Museum & Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection are just some of the most popular Museums to visit. The bustle of Calle Ocho and the highly caffeinated energy of Little Havana are always an exciting stop. The plush hotels of Miami Beach and the historic hideaways of Coral Gables offer great get-away destinations. Miami has a wide range of Educational Facilities to offer, Florida International University, Miami Dade College & Barry University.
Sports and Leisure
The lures of deep-sea fishing and golf, including PGA Courses, Courses for Women and tennis. Professional League sports teams include the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Miami Heat and Miami Marlins. Boat shows and auto racing add to your fun in the sun. Miami International Airport is the second largest U.S. airport for international passengers (21.2 million in 2015) and first for international freight (1.9 million tons in 2015) and hosts the world’s busiest cruise port, Port Miami, making the city the Cruise Capital of the World.
Come try the Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas. This is just a glimpse of what the Miami area offers – and so much more.
Longitude: -80.1334, Latitude: 25.8063
Nearby Cities and Attractions
South Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, America’s Everglades – the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, a World Heritage Site, Coral Reefs, Florida Keys and Key West. View parking system areas for the city of Miami Beach.
Miami Seaquarium, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, LEGOLAND, Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, Zoo Miami, Jungle Island.
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