WELCOME TO MIAMI
Welcome to MIAMI
"The Magic City"
The city of Miami is one of
the world's most exciting and international metropolitan areas.
This is one of the youngest major cities of North America,
barely 100 years old. With substantial influence from the
Hispanic financial and political world, many consider it the
"Capital of Latin America". In other circles it
is seen somewhat as a maverick city; encouraged by the cocaine
cowboys of the 80's, Miami
Vice and more recently CSI
Miami; Dexter; rude
government; wild night life; exotic pastimes, it is no wonder that back
in 1981, it was also called the Casablanca
of North America. All this, and not a grain of sand. A
little known fact is that the City of Miami has no beaches.
The vast extension of superb white sand beach that stretches
thousands of miles down the US eastern seaboard is virtually
all located on barrier
islands. Miami Beach is on the island, the City of Miami
is on the mainland. Plenty of water views, but no beach. Within
its boundaries lie the international
airport; the world's largest cruise
port; a downtown
area full of spectacular skyscrapers and shopping opportunities
at vibrant Bayside
Avenue, the Hispanic "Wall Street"; American
Airlines Arena; The Orange Bowl Stadium, now sadly demolished and replaced by a sparkling new baseball stadium for the Miami Marlins; the Sun Life (ex. Dolphin) Stadium;
the superb Adrienne Arsht
Performing Arts Centre; Little Havana and famous "Calle
Welcome to MIAMI
BEACH "Sun, Surf and Sand"
Just across the clear waters
of Biscayne Bay lies the fabulous oasis of Miami Beach. This
is a separate city in its own right; a different mayor, different
police department; a different fire service; in fact everything
makes it different from anything you have ever seen before.
Beach was originally a mangrove swamp and is in fact a barrier
island connected to the mainland by five causeways and bridges.
The swamp is only a memory replaced by 15 miles of sparkling white
sand beach from upscale Golden Beach right down to upbeat South
Beach. Several large beachfront parks are accessible to the public,
the rest of the beach is hemmed in by hotels and condos That being
said the public has free access to the full 15 miles if one can
find ones way between the buildings. Learn all about this in our
section on beaches.
Beach is also renowned for the South Beach action spots of Ocean
Drive and Lincoln Road. The day and night life is so hectic that locals say you need a 25-hour day when you stay in Miami Beach, something that only happens once a year here. The city also boasts the huge Miami
Beach Convention Center; The Art
Deco Historical District is unique in the world; Bass Museum of Art, becoming world class by hosting the winter Art Basel exhibition. Miami
City Ballet and the New
World Symphony Orchestra claim the Beach as home. NWS's stunning new Frank Ghery-designed theatre is Miami's newest landmark.
Welcome to CORAL
GABLES "The City Beautiful"
Gables, another independent city within the county, stands
out as a rare pearl in the region, a cohesive community built
on a grand scale that blends color, detail, and the Mediterranean
Revival architectural style that has created a grace and grandeur
perfectly in harmony with the environment. Created in 1925,
town planning is prevalent, with lots of green areas and trees,
no large commercial signs allowed and very restricive building
codes makes this a city well worth visting. Within its confines
is the Venetian Pool,
which must be one of the most romantic public swimming pools
Tropical Garden, the largest tropical botanical garden
in North America; Miracle
Mile, the region's the upmarket shopping street and Merrick
Park, an elegant enclosed shopping mall; the fabled historic Biltmore Hotel.
Welcome to COCONUT
One of the oldest inhabited
areas of the region, this was a town in its own right until
annexed by the City of Miami in 1920. It still has a feeling
of yesterday, and maintains many aspects of village life.
Visit Coconut Grove for the shopping, restaurant and club
scene. Shopping and entertainment at Coco
Walk; historical Barnacle,
one of the first houses in Miami; lively Commodore Plaza;
Coconut Grove Playhouse (presently closed); lovely Plymouth
Congregational Church and beautiful Kampong
National Tropical Garden.
Welcome to HIALEAH
"The City of Progress"
This is the fifth largest city
in the State of Florida. Incorporated in 1925, it now has
a population of around 240,000, with 92% claiming Spanish
as their first language. This makes Hialeah the largest Hispanic
city not located in a Spanish-speaking country. Hialeah is
a residential and industrial city with little of interest
to the visitor. Nevertheless, it was once home the what was
considered the world's most beautiful race course, Hialeah
Park. Closed in 2001, it has since reopened, but is still listed among the 10 most
endangered historical places in the United States.
Welcome to HOMESTEAD
Located in the deep south of
the county on the way to The
Keys and the Everglades
National Park, this small agricultural town is the center
of an extensive farming area called the Redland.
It is known for production of winter vegetables and fruit,
and is the only area in the continental United States where
mangos and avocados grow. It has the southernmost
winery in the USA and a NASCAR
Championship Auto Speedway. Biscayne
National Park within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds
apart, protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald
islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Covering the southern
reaches of Biscayne Bay and the upper keys, diving and snorkelling
trips are offered, as well as a glass-bottom boat for those
who prefer to keep their feet dry.
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