Miami History & Culture
Miami is a young city — just over a century old — but it’s been inhabited consistently for much longer. (People, it seems, have always liked the beach). The city exploded during the Florida land boom of the 1920s as Northerners flocked to its warm climate. Today, the population continues to increase, and new buildings and businesses are always on the rise. It’s a vibrant, multicultural city that is mad for its major sports teams and sunny-minded pursuits like golf, boating, and tennis. However, Miami’s major cultural touchstone is the arts. Museums and cultural centers abound, and live music and public art seem to grace every street corner. Though much of the world focuses on the annual Art Basel exhibition, there are festivals and shows throughout the year, plus a lively gallery scene.