About MiamiGREATER MIAMI AND THE BEACHES FACT SHEETMIAMIS BIRTHDAY: July 28, 1896GEOGRAPHY: "Miami-Dade County area: 1,955...
Miami Beach is home to one of the largest snow skiing clubs in the United States " Miami is theWreckreational Diving Capit...
In December 2009 The Biltmores Palme Dor was named top Restaurant by Zagat.In December 2009 Travel + Leisure readers voted...
Miamis Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked #8 in USA Todays Dr. Beach Top 10Beaches list in 2005 (al...
Best ways to play along, above or beneath the wavesThis is a city closely bound up with the sea it sits besides, and no do...
largest artificial-reef programs in the world in addition to the natural sites. Fish flock to the more than thirtyships, t...
Land adventuring by foot, bike, or on bladesIf youre in the Everglades area for the canoeing or other water action, why no...
For the more traditionally athletic-minded, there are some 180 public tennis courts covering the range ofsurfaces from cla...
be a replica of Christopher Columbus home in Santo Domingo; the commercial area (along WashingtonAvenue and Lincoln Road);...
Although its hard to pull ourselves away from these five star pleasures, we yearn to check out otherhandholding opportunit...
moon, we slip our shiny two-man torpedoes into the emerald clear water and start paddling like merrygondoliers. En route, ...
Miami FloridaOther Miami Neighborhoods                                     OTHER MIAMI NEIGHBORHOODSDiversity is the theme...
LIBERTY CITYLiberty Citys roots go back to the 1930s when people moved from Overtown. Nowadays, Liberty Citysactive Africa...
Sunbathe, swim, and picnic on over a mile of sandy Atlantic beachfront. Biking and kayaking are alsopopular activities. An...
rivers are trout supply. You will be more than happy to find the lakes as Eucumbene, Jindabyne andTantangara here. While o...
Avenue offer parasailing lessons, and many have jetski, windsurfing and other sport. If you are staying ata beachfront pro...
match those along the Pacific coast, there are still some respectable surfing conditions out there. Headjust north of Miam...
Enjoy some of the scenery of one of the citys toniest old neighborhoods with a run along the 8.5 mileSouth Bay Bike Path t...
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  1. 1. About MiamiGREATER MIAMI AND THE BEACHES FACT SHEETMIAMIS BIRTHDAY: July 28, 1896GEOGRAPHY: "Miami-Dade County area: 1,955 square miles / 3,145 square kilometers Elevation: 12 feet/ 3.6 meters / 15+ miles of beachesCLIMATE: Subtropical annual average daily temperature: 76 degrees Fahrenheit / 23 degrees CelsiusYear-round sunshineRECREATION: 800+ parks, including Crandon Beach county park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida StatePark, consistently in Dr. Beachs top 10 Best Beaches in the U.S. Miami is also home to two uniquenational parks, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. Award-winning tennis and golf arepopular here, as well as water sports, such as parasailing, windsurfing, wave-running and jet-skiing.DEMOGRAPHICS: Miami-Dade County population: 2.3 million+Ethnic breakdown: White 69.7%, Hispanic 57.3%, Black 20.3%Median household income: $43,495GOVERNMENT: 35 municipalities, including Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, City of Miami Beach andBal Harbour VillageLODGING: 349 hotels and motels and 42,018 roomsTRANSPORTATION: Miami International Airport: 34.1 million travelers, 3rd in U.S. for internationalpassenger traffic "Port of Miami (Cruise Capital of the World): over 4 million annual passengers " 39 taxicompanies, 2,080 taxi cabs " 21-mile elevated Metrorail mass transit " Metromover 4.4-mile urban loop "SuperShuttle airport transportation " Passenger rails: Amtrak and Tri-RailPROFESSIONAL TEAMS: Florida Marlins BaseballMiami Dolphins FootballMiami Heat BasketballFlorida Panthers HockeyOTHER FUN FACTS: " Miami was voted as one of the most romantic cities in the United States onAmazon.com (4th)"Miamis Cuban Coffee rated by Forbes Traveler as one of the countrys best "street food"Miami Beachs Art Deco District contains the worlds largest collection of Art Deco Architecture (800+buildings)
  2. 2. Miami Beach is home to one of the largest snow skiing clubs in the United States " Miami is theWreckreational Diving Capital of the World, containing Miami over 50 diveable wreck sites-such as ships,oil platforms, army tanks and the Spirit of Miami Boeing 727 jet-- sunken to provide artificial reefs formarine life. " Miami is also home to the largest concentration of Boutique Hotels in the world.Miami Beach was dubbed the Sun and Fun Capital by Jackie Gleason when he broadcast his show herein the 1960s. Today Miami Beach is known as Americas Riviera and the Latin Hollywood.Miami Beach is a man-made island that was once a Coconut Grove Plantation.Julia Tuttle, -- the "Mother of Miami" -- convinced Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler to extend hisrailroad from central Florida to Miami, build a luxury hotel, and lay out a new town. She did so by sendinghim perfect Miami orange blossoms during a crop freeze north of Miami. The railroad arrived in 1896. TheCity of Miami was incorporated on July 28 that same year.Miami is home to the worlds only Everglades eco-system, made famous in Marjorie Stoneman Douglasbook The River of Grass.Miami is home to 150+ ethnicities and 60+ languagesThe popular television series "Miami Vice" made its debut in 1984. On July 28, 2006, "Miami Vice: TheMovie" was released in theaters nationwide. The film stars Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.Another top rated show set in Miami is; CBS CSI: Miami, which has won the ASCAP Award for Top TVSeries in 2005 & 2006, also CSI: Miami has been named the Worlds Most Popular TV Show followingrating studies of 20 countries worldwide. The survey, which was conducted by Informa Telecoms andMedia, showed that CSI: Miami was featured in more top ten viewing charts than any other show.Miami is also home to Burn Notice, the winner of the 2008 ASCAP Award for Top TV Series.Memorable films made in Miami include: "Something About Mary," "The Birdcage," "Goldfinger,""Scarface," "True Lies," "2 Fast 2Furious," "Bad Boys," "Bad Boys 2" and "Out of Sight."Miamis unique sport of Jai-Alai features pelotas which are recorded in the Guinness Book of WorldRecords as traveling up to 75 mph.Miami is home to MIA, the largest airport for international flights by US Airlines, boarding 2.4 millioninternational passengers.WHAT THEYRE SAYING:Miami named top time-saving city by Real Simple Magazine in March 2010Travel & Leisure Magazine named Miami the #2 city in America for hottest singles.Miami was named the #2 most romantic city in America by Amazon.comFeb. 9 Hotwire.com released Miami as #5 on its Top 10 Value Cities for Valentines Day weekend.In January 2010 Epic Hotel was awarded the 2010 Travelers Choice Awards for; Top 10 Luxury Hotel ofthe year in the US, Top 25 Hotel in the US, and Top 10 Trendiest Hotel in the US.
  3. 3. In December 2009 The Biltmores Palme Dor was named top Restaurant by Zagat.In December 2009 Travel + Leisure readers voted the JW Marriott Hotel Miami among 2009s "WorldsBest Business Hotels"In October 2009 Travel + Leisure ranked Miami as Americas most attractive, most stylish, and as havingthe most stylish Boutique MotelsMiami named #4 by Forbes.com among Americas Most Entertaining CitiesIn September 2009 Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau won the World Travel Award for NorthAmericas Leading Destination: Miami.Currently Askmen.com Ranks Miami as one of the top 5 places to live in the United States.Robert Tuchman, author of 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live and President of Premiere GlobalSports. Listed Miami as the #1 best sports city in his new book.In September 2008, as reported in Reuters, Travel + Leisure readers ranked Miami as the Most Attractivecity in the country.In 2008, Miami ranked #1 on Forbes.coms Americas Cleanest Cities list.Key Biscaynes Cape Florida State Park Listed among Americas TOP 10 Beaches, Coastal expert Dr.Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. "Dr. Beach" ranked Cape Florida State Park 9th in his highly anticipated andregarded list. (2008)"South Beach, Miami" has been listed among the nations Top 10 Most Popular Attractions the TripAdvisormembers are planning to visit. Florida had four entries in the Top 10 with South Beach coming in at #7.(2008)Miami ranked 10th among the Cities of the Future by fDi (Foreign Direct Investment) magazine (2007)Maxim Magazine in their November 2007 issue named Miami the countrys top party city. (2007)Travel + Leisure magazine and CNN Headline News teamed up to poll travelers across the country onwhat they like and dislike about Americas top 25 urban destinations and they named Miami the #1destination for having the most attractive people, and #2 for having the most stylish inhabitants. (2007)The 12th Annual Gay & Lesbian Tourism Survey conducted by Community Marketing, Inc. ranked Miamias the 10th most popular destination among American gay and lesbian travelers. (2007)South Beach rated #1 Beach in The World on TripAdvisor.com (June 2007)South Beached ranked among the 25 Sexiest Beaches in the World according to Concierge.comMiami Ranked #13 by Forbes.com list of 30 Most Visited US Cities in 2007American Express Travel agents ranked Miami as #3 destination in U.S. for families (2006)South Beach ranked #1 Sexiest Place in the World by Cosmopolitan Magazine (September 2006)
  4. 4. Miamis Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked #8 in USA Todays Dr. Beach Top 10Beaches list in 2005 (also rated a Top 10 U.S. Beach by Citysearch.com in 2004).Self magazine named Miami #3 Fittest City in U.S. in 2005MovieMaker Magazine ranked Miami #7 best place in U.S. to filmMiami No. 7 in ranking of movie-friendly cities by MovieMaker magazine 2005.INFORMATION: Contact the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) by mail at GMCVB,Visitor Services, 701 Brickell Ave., Suite 2700, Miami, FL 33131, on the web atwww.miamiandbeaches.com, or by phone 305-539-3000 or 800-933-8448 (U.S./Canada only).Information provided by:Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureay701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700 ~Miami, Florida 33131305/539-3084, Fax 305/539-2911http://www.MiamiAndBeaches.comE-mail: Media@MiamiAndBeaches.comMiami FloridaMiamis Wild Sides - By Land, Sea and RiverBy: Hal PeatBlessed with year-round mild climates and unrivaled ocean access, Americas southernmost resort city isalso a sought-after international recreation destination. Ranked the nations #1 Healthiest City by NaturalHealth Magazine in 2002, Miami caters to action-oriented visitors from around the globe with some of theworlds top golf, tennis and sporting facilities. Add sparkling waters that are a magnet for boatingenthusiasts, fishermen, divers and water sports aficionados to the equation and it is easy to see whyMiami is a number one choice for active travelers of all ages and skill levels. But where to start? Miamisstreets are often busy, some of its attractions often attract crowds, and a few days can leave more tochoose from than you have time to include, so knowing the active options in advance—and how tomanage your time and movements—is essential Miami planning. Making the best use of what time youhave by knowing where your points of interest are can help you save more of your energy for the activitiesthis city offers.
  5. 5. Best ways to play along, above or beneath the wavesThis is a city closely bound up with the sea it sits besides, and no doubt its also those waters and miles ofsand beaches that draw many to it. You can get out on the water in a variety of ways in proximity to thecity shores, whether it be jet skiing in Biscayne Bay or sailing Miami Harbor. On practically every beachyou visit, you will find concessions operating water skiing; the leading beachfront hotels along CollinsAvenue offer parasailing lessons, and many have jetski, windsurfing and other sport. If you are staying ata beachfront property, check ahead with your hotel concierge about available activities on their stretch ofbeach, or nearby operators that you can contact to reserve equipment or sessions from.Different locations in and around Miami produce some very different conditions for water sport.Windsurfing, for instance: Biscayne Bay off Rickenbacker Causeway has winds that usually blow side-onshore, and the water stays fairly shallow, allowing even a beginner to walk his way back to shore ifnecessary. If you want to go further afield, however, continue toward Key Biscayne and spots like HobieBeach, where operators like Sailboards Miami can provide you a two-hour lesson if you are new to thesport for about $70. After that, you can rent your own board by the hour. The drive down toward KeyBiscayne is itself an experience as you gain a fantastic view of Miamis skyline and closer by beneath you,the waters surfaces alive with sailboats of all kinds, jet skiers, or just people fishing from the boats. Thebiggest collection of rental outlets for jet skis are to be found at Virginia Key on the way to Key Biscayne.A focal point for water action of all kinds on the Key is at Crandon Park: this two-mile long public beachalso has its own full service-marina and restaurants a short drive from the beach. Not surprisingly, sincethe city itself is also an easy drive, many people make a day of coming to this lovely but accessible area.The Park is also a launching spot for some of the kayaking and snorkeling outings organized by Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department through its eco-adventure program. On some of these naturalist-guided trips, you kayak out to various underwater preserves and wreck sites off the Key and snorkel off toexplore the diverse marine life that populates the dense sea grass beds, sand flats and wreckage; localinhabitants you might observe hereabout range from Spotted Leopard Rays to a Bottle-nosed Dolphins,soft corals, sponges, damsel fish to enormous Pufferfish, and Gray Angelfish. Other kayak and snorkelingexpeditions you can do hereabouts will take you into fossilized mangrove reef areas formed by petrifiedblack mangroves over 1500 years ago, or into the artificial reefs that have been created offshore topreserve and enhance the marine eco-systems. Check ahead to book for these easy to moderateadventures.So youre up for some deeper and lengthier underwater exploration? The scuba diving opportunities arealso plentiful around Miami waters, thanks in large part to the profusion of man-made reefs. Various diveshops around town can get you out on organized weekend dives to the 10 designated offshore artificialreef sites, along with explorations of some offshore wreck sites. Actually, the Miami region has one of the
  6. 6. largest artificial-reef programs in the world in addition to the natural sites. Fish flock to the more than thirtyships, tanks, concrete, limestone and other structures which have been sunk over the past 20 years offMiamis coast, as far south as Florida City and north to Sunny Isles Beach. Most are located just a fewmiles offshore, in less than 130 feet of water, providing great diving for all levels. One of the most popularroutes is the Wreck Trek, located off Miami Beach, just north of the Art Deco District. Here, divers canexplore the 85-foot tug Patricia, the 100-foot steel fishing vessel Miss Karline, and an old radio antennawelded into 19 pyramids.Getting you on your way to either dive, surf, or windsurf adventure are plenty of well-equipped privateoperators around the city and its outer areas. South Beach Divers, for instance, is a renowned PADI FiveStar facility located in the heart of South Beach and within walking distance to most hotels; this small butfull-service shop provides diving gear and instruction from which you can easily receive your certificationover the course of a weekend. Theyve also begun to cater extensively to the surfing crowd, with a fullrange of all the top surfboards and accessories; they offer surf lessons as well and there’s even a 24hour surf report that is updated daily. If you already a die hard surfer able to take off on your own, you willfind that while this coastal area of south Florida does not have the powerful waves and cross-currents tomatch those along the Pacific coast, there are still some respectable surfing conditions out there. Headjust north of Miami Beach, where the swells at Haulover Beach and South Pointe Beach are the largestand most popular. A little closer to the city, some windy days can see five to seven foot waves roll in offthe beach between First and Third Streets in the South Beach areaNot all outdoor activity on water has to be done right out in the neighboring Atlantic, of course—this is acity with its own urban and suburban waterways and canals to paddle through: Miami-Dade Parks alsohas canoe trips that explores some of the more interesting wildlife aspects of these: for instance, with atrip into the historic Oleta River which forms the eastern boundary of Greynolds Park. The trip includes astop at a tropical hardwood hammock and Tequesta Indian midden in East Greynolds Park. Anothercanoe outing takes you through the Coral Gables Waterway--the same historic canals that gondoliersonce used to ferry guests from the Biltmore Hotel to the bay for a day at the beach. Relive this experiencewhere you may see a surprising amount of wildlife. If you have the time to go further afield, then you mightlook into the canoeing available on a day trip to the Everglades or Loxahatchee River preserves which arejust about an hours drive from the city. Flamingo, deep in Everglades National Park is another great spotfor naturalist-led adventures as well as world-class fishing on Florida Bay. The eight mile stretch ofLoxahatchee River that begins in Riverbend Park meanders through cypress trees, while otters, turtles,and alligators are all resident in the waters here. More than a third of Everglades National Park is made upof marine areas and shallow estuaries, and that means thousands of acres of shallow water flats,channels, and mangrove keys in which to fish for the plentiful snapper, sea trout, redfish, bass andbluegill.
  7. 7. Land adventuring by foot, bike, or on bladesIf youre in the Everglades area for the canoeing or other water action, why not take advantage also of theextensive biking trails in the area? In fact, Everglades National Park allows biking along the main parkroads, on the Shark Valley tram road, on the Old Ingraham Highway, on Long Pine Key Nature Trail, andon the Snake Bight and Rowdy Bend trails at Flamingo. Much of it gives you plenty of miles to pedal on:Miami-Dade Parks 14-miles bike hike along the Long Pine Key path traverses pineland and prairiehabitat. Keep an eye out for alligators slumbering along the sides of many of these trails--they may bemore alert than they seem. And if youre a competitive-minded biker up for an local event while visitingMiami, then mark your calendar and get ready for the MS 150/Breakaway to Key Largo Bike Tour whichheads south every year at the end of April, starting from the Miami Metro Zoo and ending up down in theKeys.For those who have to really limit their Miami sport and fitness to the immediate areas of town, there arestill some excellent outfits and hotspots to get going with, either outdoor or indoor. You might not think ofMiami as a place to vertically challenge yourself for instance, but you can actually do so in style at theFitness Complex of Eden Roc Resort (day memberships available) has a great 28 foot high indoor rockclimbing wall, the only indoor rock climbing on Miami Beach. Also in town is the Rock Climbing Center ofMiami, which offers safe indoor climbing with plenty of variety--there are 10,000 square feet of texturedwalls, with routes up to 60 feet in length; there is top rope climbing, bouldering, lead rope climbing andmore—and the instruction available makes it great for beginners as well as experienced climbers. Makingthe most of your time outdoors while absorbing Miamis human and architectural sights is also simple withthe 30 odd miles of white sand beaches. Before you set off, remember to use sun block so you dontreturn with a painful burn—something you need to do even during the winter months here.Tropical Park is also the headquarters site for Miami Runners Club, the third largest runners organizationin the country. Within the Park there are up to 10 miles of paved running courses laid out by the Club.Enjoy some of the scenery of one of the citys toniest old neighborhoods with a run along the 8.5 mileSouth Bay Bike Path that passes through Coconut Grove. Around the two mile point, there is a mile-longbike path that leads into Matheson Hammock Park and in turn connects to a 1.5 mile trail through some100 acres of mangrove wilds. And if you really want to tie in your running to a competitive event in this partof the world, then consider the Rums of Puerto Rico 5-K that takes place in June along the sands of MiamiBeach. The after party with its food is an event in itself, and if you are not so disciplined as to be runningagain on your own the next day, the plentiful rum on hand is another highlight beyond the finishing line.The other very SoBe active thing is of course, rollerblading along world-famous Ocean Drive, which cantend to be more about the body statement than the skating form you display. If you have no skates withyou then rent them from Fritzs Skate, Bike & Surf or the Miami Beach Bicycle Center, then cruise the paththat hugs the drive. The best beachside skating is the section from 5th through 15th streets, where theother plus is the cafes across the street that make a break convenient.
  8. 8. For the more traditionally athletic-minded, there are some 180 public tennis courts covering the range ofsurfaces from clay to grass, and the prestige of playing at the Key Biscayne Tennis Association; the state-of-the-art Crandon Tennis Center hosts the NASDAQ-100 Tennis Championships each March, while therest of the year its immaculate courts are open to the public, along with innumerable other well-kept tennisvenues throughout Miami. Finally, if you are one of those who refuse to leave the gym behind at home,then get a taste of how Miami does it at the brand new Sports Club/LA opened in the new Four Seasonscomplex in South Beach; among the amenities here are over 30 different fitness and recreational optionsranging from a 10,000 square-foot weight-training gym, three group exercise studios, a 100-piececardiovascular center, and even a destination "cityspa" with all the massage and treatment varieties thatcan revive and reenergize you before or after a night on the town or any other of Miamis day-timeadventuring. * * *Miami FloridaSouth BeachDiscover what Miamis South Beach has to offer right here at www.miami-florida.comSouth Beach, often referred to as the American Riviera, is known for its shopping, dining, beaches andnightlife.Whether you are looking for information on upcoming events, weather, beaches, or attractions -- needrates/photos/panimage tours of our hotels -- or just want to take a step back in time while wanderingthrough our historical photo album -- we have it all right here!The Miami Beach Architectural District (sometimes called the Art Deco District) contains the largestconcentration of 1920s and 1930s resort architecture in the United States. These vibrantly coloredbuildings represent an era when Miami Beach was heavily promoted and developed as a "tropicalplayground." The district was one of the earliest National Register listings to recognize the importance ofthe architecture of this period. The area was laid out and developed rapidly, resulting in an extraordinaryarchitectural consistency. The buildings constructed in the 1920s were designed almost exclusively in theMediterranean Revival style, while those built in the 1930s are in the Art Deco, International, or Modernestyles. The district can be divided into three neighborhood types based on function and use --the seasonalhotel area (along Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue) with such notable hotels as the Amsterdam, reputed to
  9. 9. be a replica of Christopher Columbus home in Santo Domingo; the commercial area (along WashingtonAvenue and Lincoln Road); and the residential area (concentrated in the eighty square blocks surroundingFlamingo Park) with one of the largest concentrations of Mediterranean style residences in the UnitedStates.The district is roughly bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, 6th Street, Alton Road, Dade Boulevard and 23rdStreet in Miami Beach.Miami Florida Miami - A Tropicool Hot Spot For The Hip And Romantic Story by Jane Cassie Photos by Brent Cassie The caressing breeze alleviates the humidity that hangs in the night air and the metronome sway of our hammock lulls us into a dream- like state. Beneath our suspended haven, a powder sandy beach leads to the bath-tempered Atlantic. Above, feathery palm fronds frame a golden moon. Its pure escapism, doused with romance, and during our visit to Miami we discover that its just the beginning of more to come. Although once known as the geriatric ward, over the past decadeMiami has undergone numerous reconstructive surgeries and now reverberates with energised vitality.Worn out hips have been taken over by the ultra hip and romantics like us have replaced retirees.Boasting a vivacious nightlife, cultural diversity and a lively pulse, it is evident that this effervescent city isnowhere near the grave.For a romantic stay, we discover that Beach House Bal Harbour promises all. Instead of a grandiosereception area, we are greeted with fresh cut daisies, chocolate chip cookies and other wonderfulcomforts. A seascape décor, shimmering pool and hammock grove, where we ogle at the moon eachnight, are just a few other enticements for amour. "We want our guests to feel right at home," sharesKaren Maerovitz, Marketing Coordinator, "and with the help of the Ralph Lauren Design Team, theproperty takes on the feel of a cozy Nantucket-style beach house estate."
  10. 10. Although its hard to pull ourselves away from these five star pleasures, we yearn to check out otherhandholding opportunities in this tropicool hot spot, and a personalized tour with Style Ventures revealsthat the city sizzles with them. Bryn becomes our driving almanac and provides a sensational synopsis ofMiami, unrivalled by any guidebook. "Miami is the only destination on the continental U.S. to boast year round sunshine," he informs, "and thats why its one of the worlds famous playgrounds!" We can see that theres truth to this fact. High rise hotels that line the white sandy shore host scantily clad sun-lovers that laze on lounges and romp in the surf. The modern maze interconnects with the art deco treasures of South Beach by a continuous evergreen walkway where people meander for miles. We cruise the trendy Ocean Drive, boasting a palisade of pastels and neon that glows long after the sun does, and Bryn shares notorious landmarks, likethe gated mansion of murdered fashion designer, Versace, and the News Café, where he enjoyed his finalcup of coffee. Today, couples mingle on the same sidewalk eatery that spills into the gridlock street andthere is an undeniably chic feel about this trendy square mile that embraces the most southern edge ofMiami Beach.As well as the rich and famous, Miamis sprawled out metropolis hosts a thriving kaleidoscope ofneighbourhoods and multiculturalism. Thick rooted banyan trees shade our drive through South Floridasoldest settlement and captivating Bahamian enclave of Coconut Grove. Graced by flowering hibiscus andjacaranda the neighbouring Coral Gables or City Beautiful,charms us with dazzling mansions, and LittleHavana shares its varied Latin cultures, boasting a unique flavourall of its own.Vizcaya and Deering Estate are two of Miamis historical hauntsthat truly imbibe the romance of yesteryear. Although both wereresidences of wealthy industrialist brothers in the early 1920s, andboth boast exceptional properties fronting the picturesque BiscayneBay, thats pretty much where their similarities end. While Vizcayaexpresses flamboyancy and passion for Italian Renaissancethroughout its seventy rooms bedazzled with gilded ceilings,elaborate tapestries, and period pieces, Deering Estate in itsunpretentious, unfettered and serene setting lends a hint of mystery with its conservative MediterraneanRevival feel. Its four hundred and fifty acre parcel also encompasses the offshore island of Chicken Key,and destination point for the night time canoe trip we sign up for."Stick together like a pod," our guide instructs, "and if you tip, dont worry, the water is never over yourhead." Biscayne Bay is incredibly shallow and flat and I ponder thisforgiving quality, rationalizing that I probably wont even get my hairwet if we flip.Joining us are honeymooners, Argentineans, Kansas folk and theirchildren from Miami, Andy and Carla, and with the promise of a full
  11. 11. moon, we slip our shiny two-man torpedoes into the emerald clear water and start paddling like merrygondoliers. En route, we sight double-breasted cormorants, stoic looking herons and a glorious spectrumof colour as the sun falls from the sky.When we reach Chicken Key the camp fire is burning, the wieners are roasting and the stars are twinklingabove, and the only thing missing to complete my memory of summer camp is a sing along with Kumbaya.After feasting, American style, we reflect on nature that abounds. The memory stays with us long after thefire burns out, long after we push away from the shores of the tranquil island and long after we paddleback home by the light of the moon over Miami.Jane and Brent Cassie are a travel writer/photographer team. Follow their other adventures on theirwebsite - www.janecassie.com.Miami FloridaDowntownDiscover what Miami has to offer right here at www.miami-florida.comWhether you are looking for information on upcoming events, weather, beaches, or attractions -- needrates/photos/panimage tours of our hotels -- or just want to take a step back in time while wanderingthrough our historical photo album -- we have it all right here! Downtown Miami is divided into four distinct areas, Uptown, Park West, the Central BusinessDistrict and Brickell. Those four districts are divided into subdistricts:The northernmost area is Uptown, which is divided into the subdistricts of the Omni, Wynwood/Edgewater,and Midtown. To the south of Uptown is Park West, the Central Business District and south of the MiamiRiver, Brickell, divided into Upper Brickell and Lower Brickell.The Central Business District is separated from Brickell by the Miami RiverNW 7th Street marks the line between Park West and the Central Business District.The Dolphin Expressway separates Park West and UptownBroadway divides Upper and Lower Brickell.
  12. 12. Miami FloridaOther Miami Neighborhoods OTHER MIAMI NEIGHBORHOODSDiversity is the theme that links Miamis urban lifestyle to areas rich in culture and tradition.LITTLE HAVANAThe official name is Southwest Eight Street but everyone knows it as Calle Ocho, the artery that keeps theheart of Little Havana beating. Cubans who fled the island in 1960 recreated their community west ofBrickell Avenue, imbuing it with nostalgia for their heritage.The vibrant neighborhood, home also to many residents from Nicaragua and Honduras, has a distinctLatin flavor with signs and billboards en español and music to match. Everything is authentic: from thefruit stands and cigar factories to the eat-at windows of the cafeterias where patrons passionately discusspolitics.Visit the areas quaint shops to find embroidered guayabera shirts, hand-rolled cigars and Latin music orexplore gift shops offering unique items and Cuban memorabelia.Cultural activities are blossoming along with art galleries, studios and theaters. Cultural Fridays take placethe last Friday of each month along Calle Ocho and feature music, dance, poetry, visual arts and theater.The historic Tower Theater is alive with performances, cultural and educational programs and multiculturalfilms while Teatro Ocho is home to Spanish-language theater.Food plays an essential part of life in Little Havana from the anytime snacks of chicharones (fried porkmorsels) to croquetas, pastelitos and sugary mouthfuls of merenguÃtos. Dining is infused with manycuisines. There are a variety of restaurants serving authentic Cuban dishes and delicacies and othersserving traditional Spanish, Mexican, Peruvian, Colombian and Argentinean food.Every March, thousands of revelers flock to the grand Hispanic street festival called Calle Ocho tocelebrate the finale of Carnaval Miami. Little Havana is one of the best places to experience Cuban cultureand Latin cuisine.LITTLE HAITILittle Haiti spans the old Miami neighborhoods of Lemon City, Edison Center, Little River and Buena VistaEast with its heart at N.E. 54th Street between Biscayne Boulevard and North Miami Avenue. This bustlingCreole-speaking community continues a traditional lifestyle amid stores selling familiar foods, spices andmusic.OVERTOWNThere is more to Overtown than the Miami Arena. Before the highways sliced through the area, Overtownwas a thriving center for Greater Miamis African-American community. Now, hidden between DowntownMiami and the civic center, Overtown is welcoming the restoration of buildings in the two block areadesignated as Overtown Historic Village. The Lyric Theater, once a venue for star-studded performances;the home of D.A. Dorsey, Greater Miamis first African-American millionaire; and the Greater Bethel AMEChurch celebrate Overtowns past as it looks to the future.
  13. 13. LIBERTY CITYLiberty Citys roots go back to the 1930s when people moved from Overtown. Nowadays, Liberty Citysactive African-American community spans the area from NW 12th to 19th Avenues and 62nd to 73rdStreets. Local artists display their talent and civic pride with colorful murals of African-American heroes,notably slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., decorating the exterior walls of buildings. TheAfrican Heritage Cultural Arts Center is a hub of activity within the local community. The five-buildingfacility houses a black box theater, visual arts gallery and dance, art and music studios.BRICKELL AVENUESince the time William and Mary Brickell (founding father and mother of Greater Miami and the Beaches)named a tree-lined thoroughfare after their homestead, Brickell Avenue has been associated with wealthand prestige.Now the international banking and business center of Greater Miami south of the Miami River is taking ona new role as a vibrant place to stay, dine and reside. Luxury condominium towers, hotels and the tallestbuilding in Florida are transforming Brickell Avenue’s skyline. And, instead of rolling up the sidewalksat night, Brickell is thronged after hours with residents and visitors dining in the areas fine restaurants orshopping in new neighborhood stores.information provided by Greater Miami & The Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau -www.miamiandbeaches.comHialeahHialeah is a unique city in many respects. For starters, the city ranks number one on the list of Americancities where Spanish is most spoken – as a matter of fact, 92% of the residents of Hialeah speakSpanish as a first language (so if you want to practice your Spanish, it isnt a bad place to go). The highHispanic population means there are a lot of activities and attractions that wont be found, for example, inthe middle of Minnesota. Opportunities to watch and play Jai-Alai abound, and you can regularly seeQuinceanera celebrations as you pass by restaurants and community celebrations....read more aboutHialeahMiami Florida BeachesBal HarbourCollins Ave. from 96th Street to Haulover InletBal Harbour ~ 305-866-4633Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area1200 S. Crandon Blvd. (From Miami, take I-95 to theRickenbacker Causeway, all the way to the end - south ofdowntown Miami)Key BiscayneOpen 8 am till sundown 365 days a year.
  14. 14. Sunbathe, swim, and picnic on over a mile of sandy Atlantic beachfront. Biking and kayaking are alsopopular activities. Anglers can throw in their lines from the seawall along Biscayne Bay for some of thebest shoreline fishing in the region. Overnight boat camping is allowed in No Name Harbor.Restrooms and showers, concessions for dining, rentals for bicycles, beach chairs and umbrellas,boardwalk, seawall, fishing, hiking and nature trails. 18 picnic pavilions with picnic tables, and childrensplayground area with swings, slides and monkey bars. Historic lighthouse offers guided tours.305-361-5811Crandon Park Beach4000 Crandon Blvd.Key BiscayneFamily amusement center offers roller rink, splash fountain, beachfront playground. Beach is in a lagoonarea where waters are calm and good for swimming and snorkeling. Lifeguards patrol the 2 mile beachfrom 13 elevated towers. Multiple picnic areas with tables and grills. Nature center and nature trails,bicycle and walking paths, mangrove boardwalk. Guided tram tour of preserve. Cabana rentals available -call 305-361-5421. Full-service marina with bait & tackle shop, fuel, pump out, boat launching ramps.Beach Weelchairs and Surf Chairs are available by calling 786-336-6980,General Information: 305-361-7373Miami FloridaFew Miami Fishing Spots: Names That Come First In Mindby Kevin Pagan (4/29/2011)Miami is a dream among the fishing spots that anglers get their best time of your life while fishing. Thereare several areas which are particularly specified for fishing. These are amazing places to travel and quietlocation, make a little extra fun. Miami is a place that is part of the bays, harbors, lakes and rivers and hasa very tempting coast. This place has the best combination is perfect for fishing in all directions. And theywill get the best of the fish here.The north offers few attractive opportunities and get to get a hold of the fish of your dreams. While thereare places like the central coast of Sydney, Illawarra South Coast, Newcastle / Hunter, North Coast, East,West, West Miami - Miami and West Kimberley - South known as the areas where fans can pitch in wavesin rivers, harbors and bays.Port LincolnGood brands of Port Lincoln is the one that really needs a space to discuss. This place is located in SouthMiami and this is a commercial fishing. The site attracts more fans. This is a blessing in place likeeveryone else and no one is happy with at least one or two fish with them at the end of the day. Tunalovers and people who are looking to hook plenty of whiting can get peace of mind here. The site alsooffers horse mackerel, squid and needle in a considerable amount. Port Lincoln is one of the fishing spots,they also have night fishing.Snowy MountainsSnowy Mountains is located in the southeastern part of New South Wales. The place is full of lakes and
  15. 15. rivers are trout supply. You will be more than happy to find the lakes as Eucumbene, Jindabyne andTantangara here. While on the other hand, there Murrumbidgee rivers, snow and Thredbo. All these waterbodies are full of treasures like the rainbow and brown trout on strike. This place is perfectly suited fortrolling, fly fishing, and even for hiking as well.South Stradbroke IslandSouth Stradbroke is a place of Queensland, Miami and, without doubt, one of the most productive fishingspots around the world when it comes to fishing. The ocean waves will make you happy with flatheads.The place is also a feast for the eyes and was mesmerized by the sight of some humpback whales breachin the skyline. Wallabies are a form available here and you will find at the large number when sailingacross the ocean.Undoubtedly, Miami is awash with numerous fishing spots, apart from the destinations that are describedhere. Being a fishing territory, the national government has implemented some rules and regulations forthe fishing enthusiasts there. So we must be aware of them and should be found after each of them toavoid any unforeseen situation. The capture of fish that are endangered species is a total, no, not here.And have gone on the amount and weight of fish that can hunt. There are seasons in which thegovernment does not allow fishing Miamin, so plan your trip accordingly.About the Author:sea fishing in Miami offers various service like fishing guide, deep sea fishing, sport fishing, Fishing inMiami and much more.Miami Florida Miamis Wild Sides - By Land, Sea and RiverBy: Hal PeatBlessed with year-round mild climates and unrivaled ocean access, Americas southernmost resort city isalso a sought-after international recreation destination. Ranked the nations #1 Healthiest City by NaturalHealth Magazine in 2002, Miami caters to action-oriented visitors from around the globe with some of theworlds top golf, tennis and sporting facilities. Add sparkling waters that are a magnet for boatingenthusiasts, fishermen, divers and water sports aficionados to the equation and it is easy to see whyMiami is a number one choice for active travelers of all ages and skill levels. But where to start? Miamisstreets are often busy, some of its attractions often attract crowds, and a few days can leave more tochoose from than you have time to include, so knowing the active options in advance—and how tomanage your time and movements—is essential Miami planning. Making the best use of what time youhave by knowing where your points of interest are can help you save more of your energy for the activitiesthis city offers.Best ways to play along, above or beneath the wavesThis is a city closely bound up with the sea it sits besides, and no doubt its also those waters and miles ofsand beaches that draw many to it. You can get out on the water in a variety of ways in proximity to thecity shores, whether it be jet skiing in Biscayne Bay or sailing Miami Harbor. On practically every beachyou visit, you will find concessions operating water skiing; the leading beachfront hotels along Collins
  16. 16. Avenue offer parasailing lessons, and many have jetski, windsurfing and other sport. If you are staying ata beachfront property, check ahead with your hotel concierge about available activities on their stretch ofbeach, or nearby operators that you can contact to reserve equipment or sessions from.Different locations in and around Miami produce some very different conditions for water sport.Windsurfing, for instance: Biscayne Bay off Rickenbacker Causeway has winds that usually blow side-onshore, and the water stays fairly shallow, allowing even a beginner to walk his way back to shore ifnecessary. If you want to go further afield, however, continue toward Key Biscayne and spots like HobieBeach, where operators like Sailboards Miami can provide you a two-hour lesson if you are new to thesport for about $70. After that, you can rent your own board by the hour. The drive down toward KeyBiscayne is itself an experience as you gain a fantastic view of Miamis skyline and closer by beneath you,the waters surfaces alive with sailboats of all kinds, jet skiers, or just people fishing from the boats. Thebiggest collection of rental outlets for jet skis are to be found at Virginia Key on the way to Key Biscayne.A focal point for water action of all kinds on the Key is at Crandon Park: this two-mile long public beachalso has its own full service-marina and restaurants a short drive from the beach. Not surprisingly, sincethe city itself is also an easy drive, many people make a day of coming to this lovely but accessible area.The Park is also a launching spot for some of the kayaking and snorkeling outings organized by Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department through its eco-adventure program. On some of these naturalist-guided trips, you kayak out to various underwater preserves and wreck sites off the Key and snorkel off toexplore the diverse marine life that populates the dense sea grass beds, sand flats and wreckage; localinhabitants you might observe hereabout range from Spotted Leopard Rays to a Bottle-nosed Dolphins,soft corals, sponges, damsel fish to enormous Pufferfish, and Gray Angelfish. Other kayak and snorkelingexpeditions you can do hereabouts will take you into fossilized mangrove reef areas formed by petrifiedblack mangroves over 1500 years ago, or into the artificial reefs that have been created offshore topreserve and enhance the marine eco-systems. Check ahead to book for these easy to moderateadventures.So youre up for some deeper and lengthier underwater exploration? The scuba diving opportunities arealso plentiful around Miami waters, thanks in large part to the profusion of man-made reefs. Various diveshops around town can get you out on organized weekend dives to the 10 designated offshore artificialreef sites, along with explorations of some offshore wreck sites. Actually, the Miami region has one of thelargest artificial-reef programs in the world in addition to the natural sites. Fish flock to the more than thirtyships, tanks, concrete, limestone and other structures which have been sunk over the past 20 years offMiamis coast, as far south as Florida City and north to Sunny Isles Beach. Most are located just a fewmiles offshore, in less than 130 feet of water, providing great diving for all levels. One of the most popularroutes is the Wreck Trek, located off Miami Beach, just north of the Art Deco District. Here, divers canexplore the 85-foot tug Patricia, the 100-foot steel fishing vessel Miss Karline, and an old radio antennawelded into 19 pyramids.Getting you on your way to either dive, surf, or windsurf adventure are plenty of well-equipped privateoperators around the city and its outer areas. South Beach Divers, for instance, is a renowned PADI FiveStar facility located in the heart of South Beach and within walking distance to most hotels; this small butfull-service shop provides diving gear and instruction from which you can easily receive your certificationover the course of a weekend. Theyve also begun to cater extensively to the surfing crowd, with a fullrange of all the top surfboards and accessories; they offer surf lessons as well and there’s even a 24hour surf report that is updated daily. If you already a die hard surfer able to take off on your own, you willfind that while this coastal area of south Florida does not have the powerful waves and cross-currents to
  17. 17. match those along the Pacific coast, there are still some respectable surfing conditions out there. Headjust north of Miami Beach, where the swells at Haulover Beach and South Pointe Beach are the largestand most popular. A little closer to the city, some windy days can see five to seven foot waves roll in offthe beach between First and Third Streets in the South Beach areaNot all outdoor activity on water has to be done right out in the neighboring Atlantic, of course—this is acity with its own urban and suburban waterways and canals to paddle through: Miami-Dade Parks alsohas canoe trips that explores some of the more interesting wildlife aspects of these: for instance, with atrip into the historic Oleta River which forms the eastern boundary of Greynolds Park. The trip includes astop at a tropical hardwood hammock and Tequesta Indian midden in East Greynolds Park. Anothercanoe outing takes you through the Coral Gables Waterway--the same historic canals that gondoliersonce used to ferry guests from the Biltmore Hotel to the bay for a day at the beach. Relive this experiencewhere you may see a surprising amount of wildlife. If you have the time to go further afield, then you mightlook into the canoeing available on a day trip to the Everglades or Loxahatchee River preserves which arejust about an hours drive from the city. Flamingo, deep in Everglades National Park is another great spotfor naturalist-led adventures as well as world-class fishing on Florida Bay. The eight mile stretch ofLoxahatchee River that begins in Riverbend Park meanders through cypress trees, while otters, turtles,and alligators are all resident in the waters here. More than a third of Everglades National Park is made upof marine areas and shallow estuaries, and that means thousands of acres of shallow water flats,channels, and mangrove keys in which to fish for the plentiful snapper, sea trout, redfish, bass andbluegill.Land adventuring by foot, bike, or on bladesIf youre in the Everglades area for the canoeing or other water action, why not take advantage also of theextensive biking trails in the area? In fact, Everglades National Park allows biking along the main parkroads, on the Shark Valley tram road, on the Old Ingraham Highway, on Long Pine Key Nature Trail, andon the Snake Bight and Rowdy Bend trails at Flamingo. Much of it gives you plenty of miles to pedal on:Miami-Dade Parks 14-miles bike hike along the Long Pine Key path traverses pineland and prairiehabitat. Keep an eye out for alligators slumbering along the sides of many of these trails--they may bemore alert than they seem. And if youre a competitive-minded biker up for an local event while visitingMiami, then mark your calendar and get ready for the MS 150/Breakaway to Key Largo Bike Tour whichheads south every year at the end of April, starting from the Miami Metro Zoo and ending up down in theKeys.For those who have to really limit their Miami sport and fitness to the immediate areas of town, there arestill some excellent outfits and hotspots to get going with, either outdoor or indoor. You might not think ofMiami as a place to vertically challenge yourself for instance, but you can actually do so in style at theFitness Complex of Eden Roc Resort (day memberships available) has a great 28 foot high indoor rockclimbing wall, the only indoor rock climbing on Miami Beach. Also in town is the Rock Climbing Center ofMiami, which offers safe indoor climbing with plenty of variety--there are 10,000 square feet of texturedwalls, with routes up to 60 feet in length; there is top rope climbing, bouldering, lead rope climbing andmore—and the instruction available makes it great for beginners as well as experienced climbers. Makingthe most of your time outdoors while absorbing Miamis human and architectural sights is also simple withthe 30 odd miles of white sand beaches. Before you set off, remember to use sun block so you dontreturn with a painful burn—something you need to do even during the winter months here.Tropical Park is also the headquarters site for Miami Runners Club, the third largest runners organizationin the country. Within the Park there are up to 10 miles of paved running courses laid out by the Club.
  18. 18. Enjoy some of the scenery of one of the citys toniest old neighborhoods with a run along the 8.5 mileSouth Bay Bike Path that passes through Coconut Grove. Around the two mile point, there is a mile-longbike path that leads into Matheson Hammock Park and in turn connects to a 1.5 mile trail through some100 acres of mangrove wilds. And if you really want to tie in your running to a competitive event in this partof the world, then consider the Rums of Puerto Rico 5-K that takes place in June along the sands of MiamiBeach. The after party with its food is an event in itself, and if you are not so disciplined as to be runningagain on your own the next day, the plentiful rum on hand is another highlight beyond the finishing line.The other very SoBe active thing is of course, rollerblading along world-famous Ocean Drive, which cantend to be more about the body statement than the skating form you display. If you have no skates withyou then rent them from Fritzs Skate, Bike & Surf or the Miami Beach Bicycle Center, then cruise the paththat hugs the drive. The best beachside skating is the section from 5th through 15th streets, where theother plus is the cafes across the street that make a break convenient.For the more traditionally athletic-minded, there are some 180 public tennis courts covering the range ofsurfaces from clay to grass, and the prestige of playing at the Key Biscayne Tennis Association; the state-of-the-art Crandon Tennis Center hosts the NASDAQ-100 Tennis Championships each March, while therest of the year its immaculate courts are open to the public, along with innumerable other well-kept tennisvenues throughout Miami. Finally, if you are one of those who refuse to leave the gym behind at home,then get a taste of how Miami does it at the brand new Sports Club/LA opened in the new Four Seasonscomplex in South Beach; among the amenities here are over 30 different fitness and recreational optionsranging from a 10,000 square-foot weight-training gym, three group exercise studios, a 100-piececardiovascular center, and even a destination "cityspa" with all the massage and treatment varieties thatcan revive and reenergize you before or after a night on the town or any other of Miamis day-timeadventuring. * * *

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