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Miami.

Miami Facts & Information

Location Southern tip of Florida.
Climate Tropical, hot, humid
Land Area 36 square miles
Population 362,470
Persons Over 65 17.0%
Female Persons 50.3%
Ethnic Groups 66.6% white, 22.3% black, 0.2% american indian, 0.7% asian
Housing Units 148,388
Median Household Income $23,483
Description of Flag The flag of Florida consists of a white base with a red diagonal cross. In the center of the flag is the state seal.
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Miami Culture

 

The Miami culture is very dynamic and has a heavy Latin influence. Immigrants can be found from Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico, among other Latin American countries. In fact, 58 percent of the people living in Miami city in 2003 were foreign born. It is not uncommon to walk down any street in the city and not hear English spoken. It is a wide variation of people and backgrounds, influencing cultural celebrations found throughout Miami. You can also see a generous difference in wealth. Miami is full of those living a life full of riches and fame, driving expensive cars and owning high rises with oceanfront views. On the opposite side, you will also find suburbs with little income.

Little Havana is the heart of the Cuban exile community and teeming with culture. This 25 block area is populated by restaurants, car dealerships, record stores and cigar factories, and also neighborhoods with small homes and apartments. Calle Ocho, made famous for its Latin celebrations, is one street worth visiting in this section of town. Little Havana provides residents with central parks and boulevards for large family gatherings, cultural partying and political demonstrations.

 

Miami Shopping

Miami is a shopping mecca for the world’s rich and famous. You can feel like you just stepped into the celebrity life as you stroll along the designer shops of South Beach. If a taste of the high life is not the image you wish to portray, Miami’s streets are also aligned with more affordable beachwear and even handmade jewelry.

“Pulgeras,” or outdoor markets, are popular, as

women set out their items and barter for your money. Traditional Latin American items sold at these markets are very colorful and quite dazzling—something you do not see in your American malls. Miami Central is one such open-air market. You can feel the ocean breeze and even take a boat ride to sit and rest your tired feet.

Coconut Grove is a well-known attraction to those wishing to leave the bustle of Miami proper. CocoWalk provides a laid-back, enticing atmosphere. You can simply stroll at your leisure through the high-fashion stores, take a stop to sip a cold, refreshing lemonade and then sit in the air-conditioned movie theatre.

Don’t wish to pay for parking? Head to Mall of the Americas and shop brand names at non-expensive prices. After the high-end pricing at South Beach, this should be a revitalizing change to your wallet.

 

Miami Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Miami. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.


 

Name Address Phone Cuisine    
 Aurora Restaurant 1392 NW 119th St (305) 681-5944 American
 Brisa Bistro 1601 Biscayne Blvd. (305) 374-0000 American
 Il Piatto Italiano 13740 SW 84th St (305) 387-0440 Italian
 Hereford Grill 782 NW Le Jeune Rd (305) 441-6505 Steak
 Los Ranchos 401 Biscayne Blvd 100 (305) 375-8188 Latin American
 Gatsby's 8575 SW 124th Ave (305) 412-2220 American
 Trattoria Luna 9477 S Dixie Hwy (305) 669-9448 Italian
 Renaisa 620 NE 78th St (305) 754-3985 Indian
 Fuji Hana 11768 N Kendall Dr (305) 275-9003 Japanese
 Old San Juan 1200 SW 57th Ave (305) 263-9911 Puerto Rican
 Miyako 9533 S Dixie Hwy (305) 668-9367 Japanese
 Bal Harbor Bistro 9700 Collins Ave (305) 861-4544 Fine Dining
 Casa Juancho 2436 SW 8th St (305) 642-2452 Spanish
 Ayestaran 706 SW 27th Ave (305) 649-4982 Cuban

 


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