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Miami, is a world renown resort city in southern United States.
Miami's recreational opportunities, like surfing and beaches and healthy warm weather attracts many visitors and retired people from all over the United States.
The city lies on Biscayne Bay, about 6 kilometres west of the Atlantic Ocean, on Florida's south-eastern coast, at the mouth of the Miami River.
Tequesta Indians lived in today's Miami area before white settlers arrived.
The first European settlements were at Biscayne Bay and they named it after the Miami River.
Miami developed rapidly and is now Florida's second largest city and the county seat of Dade County, which covers about 140 square kilometres (52 square kilometres of inland water).
The economy of the Miami metropolitan area depends mostly on tourism, which produces about 4.5 billion U.S. Dollars annually.
The city's temperature varies little, averaging 27 °C in summer and 22 °C in winter.
The city is one of the largest centres for the production of clothing.
Other products include furniture, metal goods and transportation equipment.
Since 1959, when Fidel Castro became dictator of Cuba, thousands of Cubans have fled to Miami, about 320 kilometres away.
In the late 1970's, many refugees from Haiti settled in the Miami area.
Cubans make up a large proportion of the population.
Their culture has attracted many businesses and banks that handle Latin-American trade.
The city attracts more than 11 million tourists a year.

The City's main attractions are:
Miami Beach is a city built on a 19 km (12 miles) long sandbar across Biscayne Bay and attached to Miami, by a series of causeways.
The people come here to retire or the tourist for the beaches, clubs and bars, and the largest collection of bright pink, lavender and turquoise Art Deco buildings from the 1920s at the South Beach, the southwestern section of Miami Beach.
Miami Beach is one of the best in the U.S. The water is clear and warm, the sand relatively white, wide enough and long enough to accommodate the crowds.
Here you can see many in-line skaters, bicyclists, skateboarders, dog walkers and people watchers doing what they do best.

Little Havana is a colourful section of town where Spanish is the predominant language and the picturesque Calle Ocho (SW 8th St) lined in the entire length with Cuban shops, cafes, record stores, pharmacies, clothing and bridal shops and old men playing dominoes in Máximo Gómez Park. Little Havana occupies 10 square blocks, southwest of downtown Miami.

Key Biscayne is south of downtown Miami, along Biscayne Bay's shore.
It has the city's many best attractions.
The Miami Museum of Science & Space Transit Planetarium are at Miami's southern city limit, near the bridge that connects Miami with Key Biscayne and has excellent displays on the Everglades and the local coral reefs.
The hands-on exhibits are a popular with kids and adults alike.

The Miami Seaquarium, is further east on the Virginia Key causeway, with Lolita, the 7000-pound (3150-kg) killer whale, as the main attraction.
Hear explanations how West Indian manatees, injured by boat propellers are nursed back to health and some are released.
Watch the very popular Flipper Dolphin Show and Salty's Sea Scoundrels, starring Salty the Sea Lion.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area, at the southern end of Key Biscayne, with its acres of exotic plants and nature trails along white-sand beaches.

The Cape Florida Lighthouse, built in 1845, is at the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area's southern tip is.

A rapid transit system, Metrorail, began operating in Miami in 1984.
Metromover, a central elevated shuttle line, was added in 1986.
The Metropolitan area has a population of over 2 million people.

Hui Chin and I enjoyed Miami very much.
From the Airport we caught one of the local buses after our arrival at our hotel at Miami Beach.
We chose the Tropics Hostel from the Lonely Planet Guide, but their rates were double the advertised one.
Disappointing, on a shoestring budget.
It is one of the many Art Deco buildings, for which Miami Beach is so well known for.
We did all the touristic things while we were in Miami.
Walked on the beaches on the streets.
Joined a city sightseeing tour.
Saw the 'Freedom Tower', 'Little Havanna', 'Little Haiti', Coconut Grove, Coral, Gables, Everglades National Park and 'boated', around some of its 10 thousand islands,, the Florida Keys, Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles, South Beach, Key Biscayne and many other places and sights in the city and around.
Rode on the Metrorail and the Metromover for hours.
We did get wet a couple of times too.

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