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Miami Vacations

The Magic City's Activities and Attractions

In 1896 the Florida East Coast Railway of Henry Flagler chugged into Miami setting off a land boom and tourist flow that, with few exceptions, has never ceased. Largely inaccessible before the railroad event, Miami soon became the darling of vacationers and investors. Flagler went on to build in Miami, famous hotels, schools, roads and infrastructure, as did others who became famous in the development of Miami - Julia Tuttle and William Brickell.

Miami is an inland city located in Southeast Florida on Biscayne Bay, just across the bay from Miami Beach. The multi-cultural area is home to ethnic groups from around the world, particularly Cuban and other Caribbean populations. Perhaps the most famous of many well known Miami communities is “Little Havana,” so named because of the abundance of Cuban restaurants and Cuban culture, as well as the concentration of Cuban residents.

Miami, Florida hosts, in the greater Miami Area, the professional sports franchises of Basketball's Miami Heat, Baseball's Florida Marlins and Football's Miami Dolphins. From NASCAR to Grand Prix racing, Jai Lai, Boxing, Horse and Dog Racing, Golf, Tennis and any number of boating competitions, Miami knows sports. It has a huge complement of amateur sports starting with the indomitable Hurricanes of the University of Miami and even hosts a college football classic, the Orange Bowl.

Nightlife in Miami with its gentle weather provides a selection of night spots unlike many other cities. Small, local clubs to huge night clubs to private clubs provide just about any type of nightclub entertainment you desire. If that's not enough, just across the bay is South Beach, where the party never stops. Miami has a symphony orchestra and its own Ballet troupes, including a Hispanic Ballet. Live theater is available in the many arts playhouses and theaters in the area. Five-star restaurants requiring the grace of evening attire, dance clubs, comedy clubs, Jazz and Latin music, sports bars and ubiquitous adult clubs can be found late at night or during early morning hours.

Culture abounds in Miami. Boasting the wonderful Miami Seaquarium, a must-see in Miami, there are museums of every type available. Visit the Miami Science Center and Planetarium, the Miami Arts Museum, and the many other wonderful museums in the area. The Parks and Recreations Department recommends the Miami Metro Zoo, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead and other attractions such as water parks. Ecotours are readily available as well. Other activities include golfing, boating, fishing and day trips to the beaches. Near to Miami are the Internationally renown  Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, where full access is only by boat and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. For the lighthouse lovers, don't miss the Cape Florida Lighthouse there.

The Miami area is home to many movie stars and one former U.S. President, so it is not unusual to be traveling the streets and see famous people walk right by you! Shopping is available in small, ethnic shops, malls and downtown upscale stores. Anything you wish to purchase can be found in Miami!

Lodging in Miami ranges from the simple campgrounds to the most upscale hotels and resorts. RV parking is available and boat dockage is easy to locate. Seasonal rentals can be located for the longer-term visitor. Housing ranges from tiny apartments to huge estates, and everything in between.

Dining is a pleasure in Miami because so many choices are available. Ethic restaurants of every type abound. Seafood, of course, is readily available. Restaurants range from the small, extremely casual dining to 5-star elegant dining. Many restaurants provide an open air dining area, since even the winter temperatures in Miami are seldom too cold for dining outdoors.

Access to Miami is via the Miami-Dade International Airport, one of the busiest gateway airports in the state of Florida. Several small airports in the area provide service for smaller private aircraft. Ground access is via the Interstate 95 corridor and the Florida Turnpike. Greyhound bus services have a large terminal in Miami as well. Water access is via the Port of Miami, which is just across Biscayne Bay at the mouth of the Atlantic, a short distance of 15 miles or so away. The Intracoastal Waterway is another way to get to Miami by water.

Whatever you choose to do while visiting Miami, you will not be bored. Your calendar will overflow with events and activities, many of which can only be had in Miami, Florida! Enjoy the fun and the sun as well as the culture of this wonderful city!

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

 

View from east of Miami

View of Miami

 

View of Miami north skyline

View of Miami North

 

View of Miami, Florida across Biscayne Bay

Miami across Biscayne Bay

 

Cape Florida lighthouse at Key Biscayne

Cape Florida Lighthouse

 

Walk along Rickenbacker Causeway

Walk along Rickenbacker Causeway

 

Beach at Cape Florida State Park

Beach at Cape Florida State Park

 

Ibis feeding at Bill Baggs State Park

Ibis feeding at Bill Baggs State Park

 

 

 

 

Directory of South Florida Cities

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Coconut Grove

Coral Gables
Florida City
Hialeah
Homestead
Key Biscayne
Miami
Miami Beach
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Opa-locka
South Miami

 

Broward County

Dania Beach
Deerfield Beach
Fort Lauderdale
Hallandale Beach
Hillsboro Beach
Hollywood
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Lighthouse Point
Margate
Miramar
Pembroke Pines
Plantation
Pompano Beach
Tamarac

 

Palm Beach County

Boca Raton
Boynton Beach
Delray Beach
Jupiter
Palm Beach
West Palm Beach

 

 

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