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MIAMI'S BIRTHDAY: July 28, 1896

GEOGRAPHY: "Miami-Dade County area: 1,955 square miles / 3,145 square kilometers Elevation: 12 feet / 3.6 meters / 15+ miles of beaches

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

RECREATION: 8800+ 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.

DEMOGRAPHICS: Miami-Dade County population: 2.4 million+
Ethnic breakdown: White 20.0%, Hispanic 57.3%, Black 18.9%
Median household income: $40,260

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

LODGING: 361 hotels and motels and 47,642 rooms


  • Miami International Airport: 38.3 million travelers, 2nd in U.S. for international passenger traffic
  • Port of Miami: approximately 4 million annual passengers
  • 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


  • MIA is currently the no. 2 gateway in the U.S. for international arrivals (18.4 million in 2011).
  • MIA welcomed a total of 38.3 million passengers in 2011.
  • MIA was recognized as the U.S. airport with the most new airlines in 2011 by industry website Anna.Aero (Airline Network News and Analysis).
  • New service in 2011 included: Delta, Arkefly, Iberia, TAP Portugal, Transaero and VivaAerobus; new service in 2012 includes LAN Colombia, Interjet, American (Barcelona) and increased service from Brazil (Belo Horizonte & Brasilia) and Dutch Antilles Express from Curacao. As of June 2012, American Airlines will serve Manaus and GOL will serve MIA from Sao Paulo and Caracas.
  • In September, the MIA Mover, a 1.25-mile-long (2 kilometers) automated people mover system opened between MIA’s main terminal and the Rental Car Center.

    Port Miami:

  • PortMiami, “Cruise Capital of the World,” handled more than four million passengers in 2011. This marked the fourth year in a row in which the Port topped the four million mark for cruise traffic.
  • During winter 2012, PortMiami will welcome three new build vessels to its fleet (Carnival Breeze, Celebrity Reflection and Oceania Riviera).
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises will join its sister company, Oceania Cruises, and homeport at the PortMiami beginning in fall 2012.
  • Miami will welcome Disney Cruise Line to South Florida for the first time in winter 2012.
  • For more information on the Port, please visit

    PROFESSIONAL TEAMS: Miami Marlins Baseball
    Miami Dolphins Football
    Miami Heat Basketball
    Florida Panthers Hockey


  • “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 cofounder 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.
  • 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.


  • 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 (4th)
  • Miami was ranked #1The 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 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 womenowned 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.

    INFORMATION: 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, or by phone 305-539-3000 or 800-933-8448 (U.S./Canada only).

    Press Release Provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
    701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700, Miami, Florida 33131
    305/539-3084, Fax 305/539-2911

    Modern-day Miami is the idyllic vacation destination for most Americans as it is a balanced blend of urban and tropical, a resort locale on one hand with all the big city trimmings of a booming economy on the other. Small cafes and art deco bars of Miami Beach exist alongside the megaclubs and skyrise hotels of Downtown's Financial District. Somewhere in between, the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve provides exciting sea adventures for the whole family and the Port of Miami supplies access to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas by way of major cruise more »





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