About South Florida Bound – Miami

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Miami Dade CountyMiami, known as the “Magic City”, is located in Miami-Dade County between the Florida Everglades and Biscayne Bay and has a population of around 5.5 million. Miami is a major financial center and a leader in commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, the arts, and international trade.

A little history…Miami is noted as the only major city in the United States that was conceived by a woman. That woman was Julia Tuttle, a local citrus grower and a wealthy Cleveland native. She made the city a thriving success after the Great Freeze of 1894–95. Farmers in surrounding areas lost their crops in the freeze, but the Miami area crops survived. Tuttle called on Henry Flagler, a railroad tycoon, to bring his his Florida East Coast Railway down to Miami which greatly benefitted the area and connected them to the North. In July of the following year, Miami was officially incorporated as a city with a population of just over 300 people. Today, the metro area boasts a thriving population of over 5 million.

Miami’s lesser known nickname is the “Capital of Latin America.” Miami is actually the second-largest U.S. city (El Paso, Texas is first) with a Spanish-speaking majority, and the largest city with a Cuban-American population. After Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba in 1959, many wealthy Cubans sought refuge in Miami. The influence of these cultures can be seen and celebrated throughout the Miami area through dining, art, music and festivals. Most notable, and the most obvious, center for the Cuban community is Little Havana.

If you’ve taken a cruise, chances are you departed from Port Miami, the “Cruise Capital of the World.” Port Miami has been the number one cruise passenger port in the world, accommodating some of the world’s largest cruise ships. Here are a few ships that call Miami home: Disney Wonder, Seven Seas Mariner, Celebrity Reflection and Carnival Breeze. The port is also one of the busiest in the world for cargo. As cargo traffic continues to grow, Port Miami expects to have more business from Asia, but currently Latin America and the Caribbean are the largest trade regions.

If you’re interested in delving a bit deeper into Miami’s districts, check out the Art Deco district, Wynwood Art district, Design district and Jewelry district. Each has a personality of her own worthy of a visit to discover the treasures for yourself.

Is it any wonder students flock to the Miami area to attend college? Miami is home to many prestigious colleges: Miami Dade College, Florida International University, University of Miami, Miami Culinary Institute, Barry University and Miami International University of Art and Design.

Miami offers cultural events, eateries, shopping and a lifestyle like most metropolitan areas. Setting her apart from other cities are the breathtaking beaches, beautiful people and mild climate. In the iconic South Beach area you will find all three–making for some fantastic ‘people watching.’ Lincoln Road is the epicenter of Miami’s South Beach. It’s a great place to walk your pup, grab a bite to eat, do some shopping, or perhaps just sip a cafecito and kick back with the paper (incidentally the Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post are the South Florida newspapers). We’ve provided just a glimpse of what Miami has to offer, but you can appreciate why Miami is second-to-none for the key components of a fantastic place to Live, Work & Play.

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