About Miami Florida
GREATER MIAMI AND THE BEACHES FACT SHEET
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
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
TRANSPORTATION: Miami International Airport: 38.3 million travelers, 2nd in U.S. for
international passenger traffic
Port of Miami: approximately 4 million
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
AIRPORT (MIA): 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
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.
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
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
Miami Beach is a man-made island that was once a Coconut Grove
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.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
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 #1The Happiest Cities to Work by Metro NY in
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 womenowned
Yahoo!Travel ranked Miami as one of the top cities for dating this
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
www.miamiandbeaches.com, 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 ship...read more »