July 28, 1896
Miami-Dade County area: 1,955 square miles / 3,145 square kilometers
Elevation: 12 feet / 3.6 meters / 15+ miles of beaches
Annual average daily temperature: 76 degrees Fahrenheit / 23 degrees Celsius
800+ parks, including Crandon Beach County Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Consistently in Dr. Beach’s top 10 Best Beaches in the U.S.
Miami is also home to two unique national parks, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.
Award-winning tennis and golf are popular here, as well as water sports, such as parasailing, windsurfing, wave-running and jet-skiing.
Miami-Dade County population: 2.64 million+
Ethnic breakdown: White 46.18%, Hispanic 63.58%, Black 18.51%
Median household income: $40,804
35 municipalities, including Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, City of Miami Beach and Bal Harbour Village
375 hotels and motels and 48,917 rooms
Miami Central Station: Completed in Summer 2014, is the 16.5-acre station serving as Miami-Dade County's first ground transportation hub, providing passengers connections to services such as: Miami- Dade Transit’s Metrobus; Tri-Rail, a heavy-rail system that serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; Amtrak; Greyhound; taxi and other forms of private transportation.
PortMiami Tunnel: Completed in Summer 2014, the Port Tunnel will improve access to and from PortMiami serving as a dedicated roadway connector linking Port facilities with Florida’s Interstate System. In addition to providing quicker access for Port-bound trucks and automobiles, the PortTunnel is designed to reduce traffic congestion on downtown Miami streets. The tunnel is comprised of two side-by-side tubes that will carry traffic underneath Biscayne Bay. The project includes roadway work on adjacent roads and the widening of the MacArthur Causeway Bridge that links downtown Miami to Miami Beach.
All Aboard Florida: Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) is developing a privately owned, operated and maintained intercity passenger rail service that will give business and leisure passengers a new convenient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to travel between South Florida and Central Florida starting the end of 2015.The new route will feature passenger service along the existing Florida East Coast Corridor between Miami and the Space Coast and the creation of new tracks into Central Florida. Stations are currently planned for the downtowns of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando International Airport.
39 taxi companies, 2,080 taxi cabs
21-mile elevated Metrorail mass transit
Metromover 4.4-mile urban loop
SuperShuttle airport transportation
Passenger rails: Amtrak and Tri-Rail
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MIA)
MIA is currently the no. 2 gateway in the U.S. for international arrivals (20.2 million in 2013).
MIA welcomed a total of 40 million passengers in 2013.
MIA ranked among the 10 busiest U.S. airports in 2013 jumped two spots, according to ACI World
MIA is Florida’s busiest airport handling nearly 70% of Florida’s international passenger traffic and the US’s no. 2 gateway for international passenger traffic.
In 2013, MIA continued to expand internationally with 7 new foreign destinations: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Cozumel, Milan, Curitiba & Porto Alegre, all by American Airlines; and Calgary by Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet.
MIA’s global route network will expand further with 4 new route launches scheduled in 2014: Belem, Brazil; Brussels, Belgium; Doha, Qatar and Helsinki, Finland.
With the addition of TAM’s direct flights from Belem, MIA is the U.S. airport serving the most destinations in Brazil, with a total of 10 cities: Belem, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo.
In December 2013, MIA launched a pilot program to increase Custom Border Protection (CBP) staffing and reduce wait times. MIA is one of 3 US hub airports chosen by CBP to participate in a pilot program which allows MIA to reimburse CBP for extra-man hours to better handle the international traffic at MIA.
PortMiami, “Cruise Capital of the World,” handled more than four million passengers in 2013. This marked the sixth year in a row in which the Port topped the four million mark for cruise traffic.
During the 2013 cruise season, the port welcomed 2 new cruise brands-Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Disney Cruise Line-and the arrival of 3 new build ships including: the Carnival Breeze, Celebrity Reflection and the Oceania Riviera.
During the 2014 season, Miami welcomed new build vessels from MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway.
Miami is home to the world’s leading cruise lines: Aida Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Resorts World Bimini and Royal Caribbean International.
The GMCVB expanded its Temptation Program to include January as Miami Cruise Month. This exciting new program features cruise offers departing from PortMiami and special pre/post cruise hotel stays. For more information visit: www.MiamiCruiseMonth.com
Miami Marlins Baseball
Miami Dolphins Football
Miami Heat Basketball
Florida Panthers Hockey
Coming Soon: Major League Soccer Team brought to you by David Beckham
OTHER FUN FACTS
“Miami’s Cuban Coffee rated by Forbes Traveler as one of the country’s best “street food”
Miami Beach’s Art Deco District contains the world’s largest collection of Art Deco Architecture (800+ buildings)
Miami is the Wreckreational Diving Capital of the World, containing Miami over 50 diveable wreck sites—such as ships, oil platforms, army tanks and the Spirit of Miami Boeing 727 jet-- sunken to provide artificial reefs for marine life.
Miami is also home to the largest concentration of Boutique Hotels in the world.
Miami Beach is a man-made island that was once a Coconut Grove Plantation.
Julia Tuttle, -- the "Mother of Miami" -- convinced Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler to extend his railroad from central Florida to Miami, build a luxury hotel, and lay out a new town. She did so by sending him perfect Miami orange blossoms during a crop freeze north of Miami. The railroad arrived in 1896. The City of Miami was incorporated on July 28 that same year. The city of Miami is the only major city in the U.S. to be planned by a woman.
Miami is home to the world’s only Everglades eco-system, made famous in Marjorie Stoneman Douglas’ book The River of Grass.
Miami is home to 150+ ethnicities and 60+ languages
Miami’s unique sport of Jai-Alai features pelotas which are recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as traveling up to 75 mph.
Miami was a mangrove swamp before its development started in the 1920s.What is now a glittering city was once a mosquito infested swamp, with no deep water port, railroad, or air conditioning. It wasn't until the extension of a railroad system from West Palm Beach to Miami in the 1920s that the development of the city started.
Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine (ATM) specially designed for rollerbladers. In-line skaters weren’t always the most popular customers in Miami’s banks and shops. In 1996, Citibank’s
Miami Beach branch came up with an innovative solution to help rollerbladers access their funds – they set up an ATM outside the bank with a ramp leading up to it.
Miami has more than 800 parks and is the only city in the US that is bordered by two separate national parks – Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. Countless other parks situated downtown, oceanside and in the suburbs provide opportunities for picnics, watersports, fishing, and hikes.
Sunscreen was invented by a Miami Beach physician. In the 1940s, Benjamin Green developed a lotion for WWII soldiers stationed in the South Pacific. He reportedly produced the world’s first sunscreen, a red-coloured petroleum gel, in his own kitchen. After the war, he improved his formula which was then manufactured by Coppertone.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
January 2013 – Miami was named one of the top 5 luxury nightclubs destinations in the world by ALuxuryTravelBlog.com
South Beach, Miami was named the Best Beach for People-Watching by Travel and Leisure and one of the top 10 beaches in the world – January 2013
In 2012 Miami was named the #1 New Year’s Eve Destination by Travelocity
Amazon.com named Miami one of the “Most Well-Read Cities in America”, Miami came in 6th out of 20 cities.
Miami Beach ranked #2 among “Top 10 Beach Destinations in U.S.” by Travelers’ Choice 2012
Miami was voted as one of the most romantic cities in the United States on Amazon.com (4th)
Miami was ranked #1 The Happiest Cities to Work by Metro NY in 2012
Miami named among "America's 10 Best Cities for Dating" on Yahoo! Travel in 2012
Miami named among the top Ultimate Sports Cities in the US by the website www.TUSL.com in 2011
Trader Monthly ranked Miami as the 5th best trading city.
According to the 2012 Knight Frank Prime International Residential Index, Miami ranks third in the luxury home market.
According to the 2012 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express, Miami ranks 4th in most women-owned businesses.
Yahoo!Travel ranked Miami as one of the top cities for dating this year.
Fontainebleau Hotel was voted best building in Florida in American Institute of Architecture Competition.
May 2013 - Miami named one of the “Tastiest Towns in the South” by Southern Living, which recognized Miami as “a culinary Mrs.Robinson (mature, refined, and sexier than ever) with a Southern accent.”
In May 2013 Miami was rated #12 on TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers' Choice Destination Awards.
In July 2013 FlipKey, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor.com named Miami Beach the Top Girlfriend Getaway Destination.
In September 2013 Miami was awarded TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2013 award, winning top destination in the United States.
In March 2014, Time ranks Miami as #3 on the top list of selfiest cities in the world. http://time.com/selfies-cities-world-rankings/
Convention South Magazine names Miami third among the Gulf States/Caribbean Region in the 2014
Readers’ Choice Awards for “The South’s Best Foodie Cities for Groups.” Each of the cities on the 2014
Readers’ Choice list of ‘The South’s Best Foodie Cities for Groups’ represent the best of the best when it comes to offering traveling groups a wide selection of unique, intriguing and delicious cuisine.
According to Today.com, Miami Beach is the most tattooed city in the US. Research done by the outlet shows that Miami averages about 24 tattoo shops per 100,000 people. The piece also mentions that Miami is home to TLC’s popular show “Miami Ink.”
In April 2014, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden was voted 10th best Public Garden in USA Today’s 10 Best and Readers' Choice contest for Best Public Garden
Contact the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) by mail at GMCVB, Visitor Services, 701 Brickell Ave., Suite 2700, Miami, FL 33131, on the web at www.miamiandbeaches.com, or by phone 305-539-3000 or 800-933-8448 (U.S./Canada only).