The place is an exciting, vibrant city set within a lush, tropical landscape. This is a remarkable contrast to the origins of a remote fishing village barely over a century ago when the place was mostly mosquito-infested swamp. Today, the area is a top destinations for business and travelers. People flock here for business, sun, sand, beaches, and entertainment - this place really rocks!
The region has a strong Hispanic flavor with many residents from Cuba, Haiti and various Caribbean and Latin American countries. The result is an American city with great ethnic and cultural diversity.
is accented with an array of glistening high-rise buildings and a bustling business center. A great way to get a quick
tour of this area is on the Metromover - a fully automated rail car
that runs on an elevated loop through the heart of the business
district. The area is rich in cultural offerings including the Gusman
Center for the Performing Arts and several museums such as the Miami
Art Museum and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.
The Bayside Marketplace is a very popular open-air, festive shopping mall with over a hundred shops, several restaurants and general entertainment. A waterside front overlooking Biscayne Bay is a good place to engage in boat tours and trips throughout the area.
The region also includes the upscale community Coral Gables with impressive Mediterranean architecture, and trendy Coconut Grove as well as the distinctive neighborhoods of Little Havana and Little Haiti.
Just outside the city to the southwest is Metrozoo, one of Florida's finest zoos. This zoo provides its 'residents' with a natural and largely cage-free environment.
Just offshore is the barrier island Miami Beach. Ocean Drive, along the southern end, is a lively stretch of roadway. This strip is a favorite among residents and visitors with fascinating architecture, stunning beaches, many restaurants, sidewalk cafes, hotels, bars and a nice walkway along the beach. South Pointe Park on the southern most end of this barrier island is a great family beach of fine golden sand, overlooking the Port of Miami cruise and cargo ship traffic.
There is also a famous Art Deco district with
perhaps the largest collection of art deco architecture in the world. This
mile square district in the southern section is known
for its 1920-1940s era Art Deco architecture. Many beautiful buildings
are bathed in tropical pastel colors and decorated inside and out
with various Art Deco styles.