Miami's 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 an easygoing beach town, a refugee camp, and a 24-hour party all at once.
When talking about Miami, the beach is the best place to start. In the 1940s, when vacationers began to arrive, Miami Beach was the center of the action. Although years have passed and times have changed, the beach remains a perennial hot spot. Enormous luxury resorts such as Fontainebleau and Eden Roc rise majestically against the skyline. Shops and restaurants line the streets, and who could forget the miles of white sand beach?
Interesting Facts About Miami:
Miami By The Numbers:
Population: 409,000 (city); 5.4 million (metropolitan)
Elevation: 11 ft / 3 m
Average Winter Temperatures: 60-75°F / 15-24°C
Average Summer Temperatures: 80-90°F / 29-32°C
Average Annual Rainfall: 56 in / 142 cm
Average days of sunshine: 250
Amount of golf courses in Florida: over 1,200
Major Industries: Tourism, International Trade, Software
Electricity: 110 volts
Time Zone: GMT-5
Country dialing code: +1
Area Codes: 305 and 786
Did You Know?
Miami is the only United States city to be planned by a woman, Julia Tuttle.
Benjamin Green, a Miami Beach pharmacist, invented the first suntan lotion by cooking cocoa butter on a stove in 1944.
It is also the only city bordering two national parks: Everglades and Biscayne.
Fort Lauderdale: Fort Lauderdale
Country: United States
Fort Lauderdale by the Numbers:
Elevation: 8 ft.
Average Annual Rainfall: 57.55 in
Average January Temperature: High 76 degrees F, Low 59 degrees F
Average July Temperature: High 90 degrees F, Low 75 degrees F
Major Industries: The economy is strong for tourism, high-tech manufacturing, marine industry, construction, and distribution.
Electricity: 110/115 volts, 60-cycle current
Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone
Country Dialing Code: 1
Area Code: 954
Did You Know?
There are 23 miles of beach in Fort Lauderdale. There are also 25 miles of Intercoastal waterways and 165 miles of navigable canals. Fort Lauderdale is renowned as a spring break headquarters for hundreds of thousands of party hearty refugees from colleges across the country.
Fort Lauderdale is located in the center of South Florida's Gold Coast between Palm Beach and Miami.
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Things to Do
From water sports and sunbathing on Miami Beach to alligators in the Everglades, Miami lives outdoors. Play golf at Crandon Park, watch manatees on Coconut Grove's waterfront, scuba dive off Jupiter Beach or simply soak up the sun. On rainy days, you can school yourself in Dutch and Italian tapestries at the upstanding Bass Museum of Art or learn about the city's humble beginnings...