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Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

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Bahamas/Carribbean Itineraries Home Port

It’s hard to say, “Miami,” without conjuring strong images; winter escapes to oceanfront hotels (well, that’s Miami Beach, but...), a glittering downtown skyline made famous by TV dramas, vibrant Latino culture, distinctive Art Deco and modern architecture, palm trees and flamingos, and the wilds of the nearby Everglades.

The Port of Miami

AMBIENCE

Miami has a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous image where residents moor powerboats behind palatial homes and vacationers laze on the beach, but “suburban sprawl” describes most of the region. This is the fourth largest metro area in the U.S., a 110-mile long, 15-mile wide strip hugging the Atlantic coast from Jupiter in the north to Homestead in the south. Famous for Little Havana and Little Haiti, Miami is a magnet for both visitors and immigrants from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Downtown Miami is a center of international banking, a glittering mix of high-rise offices and hotels. Miami and Fort Lauderdale are the world’s #1 and #2 cruise ports, altogether serving 7.5 million passengers annually.

HISTORY

The Miami area barely tickles the history books before the early 1800s, when the first permanent non-native settlement rose on the banks of the Miami River. The population was less than 1,000 when local landowner Julia Tuttle persuaded Henry Flagler to extend his railroad south from West Palm Beach, his recently built resort for the wealthy, and build another hotel. By 1898 the tracks were literally laid for the area’s dramatic growth. Real estate boom and bust followed, and distinctive Art Deco buildings rose in the 1930s. Cuban immigration began in earnest after the 1959 Cuban revolution, turning the Riverside neighborhood into Little Havana.

FACTS

Size: City: 55 sq. mi. (143 sq. km.) Metro:6,137 sq. mi. (15,890 sq. km.)
Climate: Tropical Monsoon Temperatures: 60°F (15°C) to 91°F (33°C)
Population: 408,568/5,564,635 Busy Season: Year-round
Language: English Money: U.S. Dollar ($)
Time Zone: Eastern Transportation: car, bus, rail, people mover
Phones (city): Area codes 305, 786 dial 911 for emergencies
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Top Photo Slice: Miami from deck (℗ 43281) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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