I will just give you alot of information about Miami and you can take what you want from it. I already have this stuff saved in a word document from pervious questions so here you go alot of information about Miami!
Miami's astounding cultural diversity is apparent from the moment you set foot on its soil and hear the rise and fall of a dozen different languages being spoken. It is a vacation spot, a refugee camp, a 24-hour party and a secluded desert island, all at once. The diversity and uniqueness shines through as you wander through the many different districts, which make up Greater Miami.
Miami is a major city in southeastern Florida, in the United States. The city covers 55 square miles and is the county seat of Miami-Dade County. Miami is a gamma world city with an estimated population of 404,048. It is the largest city within the South Florida metropolitan area, which is the largest metropolitan area in the Southeastern United States with 5.4 million. Miami and it's surrounding cities make up the fifth largest urban area in the United States.
Miami's importance as an international financial and cultural center has elevated Miami to the status of world city. Because of Miami's cultural and linguistic ties to North, South, and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, Miami is many times referred to as "The Gateway of the Americas." Florida's large Spanish-speaking population and strong economic ties to Latin America also make Miami and the surrounding region an important center of the Hispanic world.
Because of its proximity to Latin America, Miami serves as the headquarters of Latin American operations for over 1400 multinational corporations, including American Airlines, Cisco, Disney, Exxon, FedEx, Microsoft, Oracle, SBC Communications, Sony, and Visa International. Several large companies are headquartered in or around Miami, including but not limited to: Alienware, AutoNation, Bacardi, Brightstar Corporation, Burger King, Carnival Cruise Lines, Citrix Systems, DHL, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Ryder Systems, and Spirit Airlines. Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami are among the nation's busiest ports of entry, especially for cargo from South America and the Caribbean. Additionally, downtown Miami has the largest concentration of international banks in the country. Miami is the home to the National Hurricane Center and the headquarters of the United States Southern Command, responsible for military operations in Central and South America.
A wide variety of languages are commonly spoken throughout the city. The City of Miami has three official languages: English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as their first language accounted for 66.75?f residents, while the mother tongue of English was spoken by 25.45?French Creole made up 5.20?and French comprised 0.76?f the population
Miami is also home to one of the largest, most influential ports in the United States, the Port of Miami. The port is oftentimes called the "Cruise Capital of the World" and the "Cargo Gateway of the Americas". It has retained its status as the number one cruise/passenger port in the world for well over a two decades accommodating the largest cruise ships in the world and all the major cruise lines.
Miami is not like any other city in the United States, living in Miami is more like living in a different country which borders the United States, the Caribbean and South and Central America. I love that feeling! Its a great place, people are very nice and open. You have a huge major international city but than two national parks within an one hour drive, You have Broward county which in some parts feels like the American South. The Keys, Orlando is only 3 1/2 hour drive away. And the Bahamas is a 15minute flight to Bimimi or 40 minute flight Nassau or ferry. Miami is great! Its a great place to live in and it amazing how the city has grew so much in such little time. It is "The Magic City"
Today, Miami is undergoing a massive building boom that ranks second worldwide and first in the United States for the most buildings under construction that will be over 492ft with over 24 of such buildings currently under construction. Miami's skyline also currently ranks third in the U.S. behind New York City and Chicago and 18th in the world according to the 2006 Almanac of Architecture and Design. Including other nearby neighborhoods and cities, the Miami area has over 80 high-rise towers under construction. Miami will soon be home to the third tallest building in the United States when the building is compelted around the year 2011.
During the day most people hang around the beach, South Beach is always voted one of the top ten beaches in the world. You could visit Metro Zoo, the horse race track, Calder or Gulf stream depending what time of the year you are going to be in Miami. There is Miami Beach where you can just walk around and enjoy the city, many museums, Viscaya, Biscayne National Park or Everglades National Park.
But Miami really comes alive at night, Miami Beach is where most people hang out at night, lots of clubs and bars, great restaurants lots of people. Downtown Miami also has a club area near 14th street and restaurants near Brikkle Ave. Downtown Miami is more of a local place to be at night, not many tourist there. Your in Miami there is plenty to do. Take a tour of the city, just relax during the day and have fun at night I say. The beaches are great. There is a reason Miami gets 13 million visitors a year, because there is a lot of fun things to do. Don’t worry you will find plenty of things.
Miami International Airport is the third largest airport in the country for International passengers. Ft. Lauderdale International Airport is also in the city and the fastest growing airport in the country.
Answered By: Steven H - 8/6/2007