Information Guide to Miami

Learn all about Miami; key features, popular tours, emergency information, fun facts and more. This valuable travel guide is up to speed with the fast pace Miami is known for. 

Interesting notes about Miami: In 2008, Forbes ranked Miami as America's "Cleanest City". This ranking was based on year round clean air, green space, drinking water, clean streets and city-wide recycling programs. Miami is also ranked as the United States most rich city, and the world's fifth richest city in terms of purchasing power. The port of Miami is the "Cruise Capital of the world". It is currently the businest in terms of passengers and cruise traffic. Overall, Miami is a major center and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade.

Travel Information & Fun Facts about Miami

General Information
Popular Tours
Fun Facts
Things To Know

Key Features:

38 million visitors are drawn to Miami every year. Many flock to the Art Deco District in South Beach, which is considered the most glamorous in the world. It offers infamous nightclubs, beaches, historical buildings, and shopping.

The most popular annual events include; Sony Ericsson Open, Art Basel, Winter Music Conference, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami.

Population:

2,496,435 Miami-Dade County (2010 US Census Bureau)

Averages Temp: 

Hot and humid summers and short, warm winters make Miami's climate considered a Tropical Monsoon. January offers an average temperature of 67.2 F (19.6 C), while July offers an average temperature of 90.7 F (32.6 C).

Geography: 

Miami is 55.27 sq mi (143.1 km2), which makes it one of the smallest cities in terms of size.

Time Zone: 

EST (UTC-5) Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Motto: 

Nicknames include; The Magic City, The Gateway to the Americas, and Capital of Latin America

Sport Teams: 

Baseball - Florida Marlins
Basketball - Miami HEAT
Football - Miami Dolphins
Ice Hockey - Florida Panthers
Soccer - Miami FC

: : POPULAR TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Most Beautiful attractions in Miami

Considered one of the most beautiful museums in the continental US, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is definitely at the top the list. The sheer beauty and impressive works of art will speak as much to the avid museum goer as to the novice tourist

Deep Sea Fishing

A fun thing to do in Miami

Catch big fish like sailfish, shark, dolphin, tarpon, snapper, grouper and kingfish. Book a private or shared charter for a half, three quarter or full day. The experienced staff will make your day memorable and fun. Deep Sea Fishing is a great sport, and something every ocean lover should try at least once.

Zoo Miami

Fun for the whole family

This sanctuary for endangered, rare and threatened animals is truly inspiring. The cheap admission makes it the best value of all Miami's tours and attractions. Tigers, crocodiles and the infamous Komodo Dragon are awaiting your visit. Plus special animal education programs geared for children of all ages are planned daily.

Beaches

Famous beach hut in Miami

Maybe it goes without saying, but when visiting Miami it is very important to soak up the sun on the immaculately groomed beaches. Whichever is closest to your hotel will do, as they are all wonderful. South Beach tends to have the highest waves and choppiest water.

Bayside Market Place

Fun shopping and cool stuff at Bayside Miami

Bayside Market Place: Shoppers and tourists alike will enjoy Bayside Market Place. This mall offers tours, large chains, and small boutiques for your pleasure. It is a great spot to choose when trying to make groups of people with different tastes happy.

: : FUN FACTS

- Julia Tuttle founded the city of Miami. Miami is the only major city in the United States to be founded by a female.
- Of all the professional sports teams only the Heat play their games within Miami's city limits.
- Miami Beach is home to one of the largest snow skiing clubs in the United States.
- Miami Beach is a man-made island. Originally it was a coconut grove.
- Forbes ranked Miami as the #4 most entertaining city in the US.

: :   THINGS TO KNOW

Wardrobe: With its year round summer climate, summer attire is always the best choice. A light Jacket in the winter months for night time is also suggested.

Smokers: All restaurants and attached bars are smokefree. Free standing bars that earn less than 10% of their income on food are permitted to allow smoking. Smoking rooms are available in hotel and motels.

Hospitals:

Metropolitan Hospital Of Miami
5959 NW 7th St, Miami, FL 33126
(305) 264-1000

Aventura Hospital & Med Ctr
20900 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33180
(305) 682-7000

Baptist Hospital of Miami
8900 N Kendall Dr, Miami, FL 33176
(786) 596-1960

Mercy Hospital
3663 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33133
(305) 854-4400

Miami Children's Hospital
3100 SW 62nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155
(800) 432-6837

Jackson Memorial Hospital
901 NW 17th St Ste G, Miami, FL 33136
(305) 324-6368

West Kendall Baptist Hospital
9555 SW 162nd Ct, Miami, FL 33196
(786) 467-2000

Homestead Hospital
8900 N Kendall Dr, Miami, FL 33176
(786) 573-6000

Public Transportation:

To plan your route visit Miami Dade Transit Webpage

Metrorail: This 21 mile elevated rail system runs west to Hialeah and south to Kendall and stops approximately every mile.

Metromover: This mode of transportation features individual motorized cars that run atop a 4.4-mile elevated track looping around Downtown Miami and to the Brickell and Omni business districts. Metro-Bus: More than 60 routes in Miami-Dade County make getting around convenient and easy.

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