Greater Miami and the Beaches
Fact Sheet

Feb 1, 2018

Miami's Birthday:

  • 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


  • Subtropical annual average daily temperature: 76 degrees Fahrenheit / 23 degrees Celsius • Year-round sunshine


  • 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: 2.71 million+
  • Ethnic breakdown: White 46.18%, Hispanic 63.58%, Black 18.51%
  • Media household income: $43,129


  • 35 municipalities, including Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, City of Miami Beach and Bal Harbour Village


  • 427 hotels and motels and 55,598 rooms


  • PortMiami Tunnel: The Port Tunnel has improved 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 Port Tunnel is designed to reduce traffic congestion on downtown Miami streets. The tunnel is comprised of two side-by-side tubes that carry traffic underneath Biscayne Bay
  • Brightline: 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 Miami and Ft. Lauderdale starting the end of 2017. 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.

Miami International Airport (MIA)

  • MIA is currently the no. 2 gateway in the U.S. for international arrivals
  • MIA welcomed a total of 22.5 million passengers in 2016.
  • 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.

New schedulated service in 2017:

Latin America:

  • Guadalajara & Mexico City, Mexico (Volaris)
  • Sao Paulo, Brasil (Avianca Brasil)
  • Cartagena, Colombia (American Airlines)


  • Dublin, Ireland (Aer Lingus)
  • Stockhom, Sweden
  • Reykjavid, Iceland (WOW air)

Emerging Markets

  • Tel-Aviv, Israel (EL Al)

New scheduled service in 2018: COMING SOON


  • PortMiami, “Cruise Capital of the World™,” handled more than four million passengers in 2016. With 18 cruise brands berthing 42 ships Miami continues to be the departure destination of choice for cruises to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico & other exciting destinations.
  • 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, and Royal Caribbean International.
  • As part the monthly Temptations Program, the GMCVB offers January as Miami Cruise Month. This exciting program features cruise offers departing from PortMiami and special pre/post cruise hotel stays. For more information visit:

Professional Teams:

  • 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.
  • Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) earned the Grand Prize for the Port of Miami Tunnel in the 2015 America's Transportation Awards competition.

What They're Saying:

  • According to Forbes, Miami is the No.1 Happiest Place To Work
  • Conde Nast Traveler featured Miami’s the EAST Hotel on “Best New Hotels in the World: Hot List 2017” and the 1 Hotel South Beach on “The 10 Best Hotels in the U.S.”
  • Travel+Leisure listed Miami as one of the 20 Most Fun Cities in America and one of the Best U.S. Cities for a Romantic Urban Honeymoon
  • Miami is one of the “Best U.S. Beach Towns to Live In” according to Travel + Leisure
  • Travel Pulse listed Miami as No.6 on its 2017 “America’s Most Adventurous Destinations” list
  • Miami was featured as Best city/Destination in Surface Magazine’s 2017 Best In Travel and Design tribute
  • Finance website, SmartAsset, ranked Miami as the number one city for foodies in the country (beating culinary hot spots like New Orleans and San Francisco) thanks to its large number of restaurants and grocers
  • Miami was ranked the #1 on the Best Cities for Job Seekers 2017 list from
  • Trips to Discover featured Miami on its list of Top 10 Must-Visit Christmas Towns in Florida
  • Miami is listed as No.22 on Zagat’s “The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016”
  • Miami ranks No.5 out of 182 on Wallet Hub’s 2017 list of “Best Foodie Cities in America”
  • Miami is the ninth best U.S. city for vegans and vegetarians, according to a WalletHub study, thanks to access to fresh produce, abundance of farmer’s markets and diverse dining scenes
  • The U.S. News & World Report travel ranking have Miami ranked as #1 in Best Places to Visit in January, #9 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA, and #11 in Best Weekend Getaways
  • Miami is ranked the number four city in the country for having fun according to a WalletHub study
  • According to the Miami Herald, downtown Miami’s population has more than doubled since 2000, from 40,000 to 89,000, driving businesses and millennials to the area
  • Miami is the number seven city with the most art-buying customers in the United States according to a report from Artfinder. Miami is home to North America’s only Art Basel show, attracting about 100,000 visitors from all over the world each year
  • Euromonitor’s 2017 “Top 100 City Destinations Ranking” placed Miami as the second most visited city in all of the Americas and the 20th most visited city worldwide
  • Escape Here, lists Miami as one of the Best Food Truck Cities in America
  • Millennials are flocking to Miami’s tourism and entrepreneur industries, making it the second most desired city for millennials according to


About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
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