facts & history in brief
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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