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Get to know Miami

Miami is a singular city. It’s a global metropolis, located not merely on the sparkling sands of South Florida but at the intersection of a thousand cultures. It’s the de facto capital of the Caribbean Basin and a year-round playground. Packed with excitement, it’s a dense city with well-defined neighborhoods boasting individual specialties — from finance to food, arts to entertainment, big-city bustle to genteel quietude. Most of Miami lies along Biscayne Bay, a pool of unrelenting blue that’s dotted with islands (natural and manmade). Boats of every size — but leaning toward the larger end of things — ply the waters, and the shores are lined with grand hotels, luxury high-rise apartments, historic neighborhoods, and legendary beaches. The Gulf Stream brings warm water and cool breezes, giving the city a tropical but well-tempered climate.

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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.

Miami Dining & Shopping

Dining in Miami is an endless adventure. There are enough restaurants that you’d never have to eat at the same one twice. That said, finding a neighborhood favorite won’t take long. A seemingly endless craving for culinary extravagance influences the cuisine, incorporating a globe-spanning platter of taste. From the corner café to some seriously swank cuisine, satisfying bites are never lacking in Miami. Shopping makes Miami an international destination where the latest trends of tropical life are always originating. Esteemed fashion houses share streetscapes with bold fashion innovators in trendy districts and luxe malls. So many storefronts populate the sleek Miami Design District that you’ll perhaps need a map and multiple days to explore the area thoroughly. Meanwhile, the city is rich with home design and art galleries that gather the best from global artists.