Enjoy the Scintillating Nightlife of Miami
Located in southeastern Florida along the Atlantic coast, Miami is located on a broad plain between the Everglades and the Biscayne Bay. Miami was originally inhabited by Tequestas before the common era. In 1567, the first Spanish mission in Miami was built. Florida was controlled by both Spain and Great Britain for periods before being ceded to the U.S. in 1821. Miami enjoyed a population and infrastructure boom in the 1920s before suffering from a major hurricane in 1926 and the effects of the Great Depression. Beginning in 1959, many Cubans immigrated to Miami. Miami is the second largest U.S. city with a Spanish speaking majority, earning it the nickname the Capital of Latin America. Miami suffered many periods of racial tension but has built itself into a leader of commerce and culture.
The Godly Beaches of Miami
Miami is one of the richest and cleanest cities in the United States. Miami's climate is labeled tropical monsoon. It is warm all year with short winters and hot and humid summers. Miami has many luxurious beaches, thanks to the Gulf Stream, which keeps the water warm. The Port of Miami is known as the Cruise Capital of the World because of high cruise line traffic and ability to accommodate some of the world's largest cruise vessels.
Downtown Miami, ‘The Heart of the City’
On the east side of Miami lies the heart of the city, Downtown Miami, which is Florida's central business district. South Beach is the home of Miami's nightlife, with many clubs and bars. It is a great place for a celebrity sighting. Hospitals and research facilities are found in the Civic Center. Coral Gables is a historic residential neighborhood. Popular with the University of Miami students is Coconut Grove, another nightlife hub and full of bohemian shops, restaurants, and parks. Western Miami houses Little Havana, and Midtown, a diverse neighborhood, is located in northern Miami.
The diversity in Miami influences art and music and especially the food. The Caribbean and Latin American cuisine have been fused with American cuisine to create a whole new type of food unique to Miami and Florida called Floribbean cuisine. Miami has a lively nightlife and active, diverse culture. It makes for a superb vacation spot.