Explore the natural and architectural beauties of the tropically monsooned Miami. From sun-kissed beaches to museums to gardens to a night-life that never ends, you’ll get the taste of all varieties in the wonderland called Miami!
Nicknamed as ‘Capital of Latin America,’ Miami is a place that dreams are made of. Check a few facts below to know why one must visit Miami at least once in their lifetime:
- According to a survey, carried by Forbes Magazine in 2008, Miami was ranked as the cleanest city in the US because of its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets, and citywide recycling programs. Miami, undoubtedly, gives you the nature in its purest form.
- According to a 2009 UBS study, Miami was ranked as the richest city in America and the seventh richest, in terms of purchasing power, in all over the world.
- Miami has are numerous attractions devoted to the Mother Nature, giving an opportunity to witness the glorified flora and fauna of an unspoiled wilderness. The public parks of the city showcase a profusion of trees and flowers. Most of these parks offer their visitors an array of activities to let them explore the nature to the fullest.
- Miami has a major tourist attraction and the city earns 60% of its economy through the 10 million+ tourists that visit the city per year. And to serve the visitors best, nearly 10% of the Miami’s workforce is employed by hotels and motels, restaurants, and recreational facilities.
- Miami also has a major agricultural interest and produces tomatoes, avocados, mangoes, and beans.
- Miami hosts 150+ ethnicities and 60+ languages.
- The Everglades eco-system, the only one all over the world, is in Miami.
- Miami is the only major city in the US to be founded by a woman (Julia Tuttle, dubbed the “Mother of Miami”).
- Miami Beach’s Art Deco district boasts world’s largest collection of Art Deco Architecture with more than 800 buildings and still counting…
- Miami has the largest cruise ship port in the world.
- Miami’s Vizcaya Museum attracts more than 170,000 visitors every year through its exquisite orchid collection and artwork displays that are over 2,000 years old.
- In 2008, The South Beach in Miami was rated #1 Beach in America by the Travel Chanel.
- If history is to be considered, then, Miami was a popular place for pirates to visit and bury their treasures. The most famous pirates, including Gasparilla, Blackbeard, and Lafitte, were supposed to be regular visitors and caches of gold, silver and treasure have been uncovered on and off the land in the Miami area.
Now that you’ve learned about Miami from the outside, let’s take a peek into the beauties of Miami that attracts so many visitors every year:
- Art Deco District: The Art Deco District, young by standards but old by buildings, is a wonder place, containing more than 800 buildings which date way back from the 1920s to the 40s. the buildings, which were originally painted in white, are now covered in iconic pastel colors that display neon signs and has awnings that cover the outdoor dining areas. Many of these buildings face Ocean Drive front, giving away a perfect beach and ocean view while dining. Take a walk along Ocean Drive streets, and do not forget to stop by the Art Deco District Welcome Center for self-guided audio tours.
- South beach: For all the nature and party lovers out there, South Beach is none less than a heaven. Start your day off by walking around the beach in the heavenly nature and keep exploring the brunch buffet that can leave you awe-inspiring with its exclusive and extensive collection of food items. Set yourself off to the live music or DJs while spinning your mojitos. Visit any American café in the afternoon to get a taste of the delicious recipes that you won’t get anywhere else. For the night, you can choose from a breezy soothing walk on the beach or join a club to experience a nightlife that makes you feel like you’ve just stepped-in into something called ‘life.’
- Ocean Drive: Just when you run along the oceanfront in Miami Beach, leaving behind the historic Art Deco buildings and the South Beach, you’ll know you’re on Ocean drive. This place is famous for its visuals and dynamic beauty. Be it day or night, you’ll find this place beautiful as ever. It is a popular place for a slow cruise and some drive-by sightseeing.
- Bayfront Park: Redesigned in the 1980s, Bayfront Park is an age-old 32-acre park, whose main attraction is the electronically controlled Pepper Fountain. Other than the greenery and electronic fountain, Bayfront Park also includes an amphitheater which is used for musical performances of all kinds and a tower for laser illuminations. The three most important and famous monuments of Bayfront Park are- i. the Torch of Friendship, constructed to symbolize relationships of Miami with the Central and South American countries; ii. the World War II Memorial, to pay tribute to the brave soldiers and martyrs; iii. the Challenger Memorial, immortalize the crew of the Challenger spacecraft that exploded in 1986.
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: Known as Miami’s gem and treasure land, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of the best places to visit in the world. Its architecture, grounds, and artwork are sure to make your trip worth. Originally built for industrialist James Deering in the early 20th century, the mansion features 34 rooms arranged around a central courtyard. The Italian Renaissance-style villa is full of European furniture and decorative arts from the 15th to 19th century. More than 1,100 workers and craftsmen were involved to complete the Vizcaya project, many of whom were called over directly from Europe to ensure exact authenticity in design. The gardens comprise Italian and French fountains, pools, and sculptures. A breakwater at the base of the steps leading into Biscayne Bay is carved into the form of female figures. All the furnishings at Vizcaya are maintained just the way they were in Deering’s time, including early versions of the telephone switchboard, a central vacuum-cleaning system, elevators, and fire sprinklers. The East Loggia looks out on to the bay and the exit is guarded by a vast telescope. Vizcaya Museum attracts more than 170,000 visitors every year through its exquisite orchid collection and artwork displays that are over 2,000 years old. The view is sure to take anyone by surprise and that’s why the place has become a destination for a dream wedding.