History & Culture
Miami is a young city — officially just over a century old — but it’s been inhabited consistently for at least 2,500 years. (People have always liked the beach, it seems.) The city exploded during the Florida land boom of the 1920s as Northerners flocked to the perfect climate, and thereafter the city became a destination for the Cuban diaspora and a globe’s worth of other immigrant communities. Today, the population continues to increase, and new buildings and businesses are always on the rise. The city’s various communities still celebrate their native identities, creating a vibrant, multicultural city. Miami is mad for its major sports teams and for the sunny pursuits of golf, boating, and tennis. But the major cultural touchstone is the arts. Cultural centers and museums abound, and live music and public art seem to grace every street corner. Though much of the world’s focus is on December’s annual Art Basel show, there are festivals and shows throughout the year, plus a lively gallery scene.