Miami is a melting pot that would make America's founders
swell with pride. Half of Miami's population is Hispanic,
giving the city an international outlook. For the casual
visitor this means a city peppered with the flavors of
Latin American food, language, music, politics and spirit.
Miami is on the mainland,
while the city of Miami Beach is on a thin barrier island
about 6km (4mi) to its east, across Biscayne Bay - locals
call it the Billion Dollar Sandbar. Most people come to
Miami Beach for its beaches, clubs and bars, and to
witness one of the most spectacular redesigns in modern
architectural history. The Art Deco Historic District, a
collection of bright pink, lavender and turquoise
buildings dating from the 1920s, is one of the largest
areas on the US National Register of Historic Places. Its
protection and renovation has been one of the major
reasons for the rebirth of Miami as a top-notch tourist
destination. The Deco district is in the heart of funky
South Beach (SoBe), the southwestern section of Miami
Beach. For a city beach, Miami Beach is one of the best
around. The water is clear and warm, the sand relatively
white and, best of all, it's wide enough and long enough
to accommodate the throngs.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida
State Recreation Area, at the southern end of Key
Biscayne, offers acres of exotic plants and nature trails
bordered by white-sand beaches.
There are special events
all the time in Miami, a city known for its partying...