The insiders guide to Miami Florida

Miami has more people than any other city in Florida with approximately 400,000 residents. As the county seat of Miami Dade County,  is the center of activity in South Florida. With its close proximity to Latin America, Miami has a large Spanish speaking population that today is over 50%.

Miami is known for great beaches, boating and fishing, sports of all kinds, and diverse cultural events.

Miami Neighborhoods and Communities

Neighborhoods in Miami are spread out and dramatically different. On Biscayne Bay you will find waterfront gate communities, along US1 there are many middle class neighborhoods, down Kendall Drive there is a mixture of homes and apartments, and Pinecrest - a self proclaimed village - has large homes, many on one acre lots.

Depending on your budget there are many choices for living in Miami.

Visitors to Miami typically don’t stay in Miami Proper. The best beaches are in neighboring Miami Beach, there are nice hotels in Coconut Grove, which sits directly on Biscayne Bay, and Key Biscayne is surrounded by water, has a dramatically slower and more relaxed pace, and has excellent beaches.

Miami Attractions and Sports

Aside from the excellent weather in Miami there are many interesting attractions. Viscaya was built in 1914 by John Deering. Originally on 180 acres It is modeled after an Italian Villa is open to the public. The Miami Sequarium is a marine life park with Dolphins, Manatees, Sea Lions, and Killer Whales.

For sports enthusiasts, Miami has the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Heat, The University of Miami, and the Florida Marlins.

Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami is a unique and stunning blend of sleek skyscrapers, historic buildings and many cultural and recreational attractions. 

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Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne is an island community just south of Miami Beach and East of Miami Florida. Connected by bridges to the mainland, Key Biscayne juts out into Biscayne Bay with Bill Baggs Cape State Park on the tip.

The Island of Key Biscayne is tiny, less than 2 square miles but it includes beaches at Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, a Hotel, marina, golf course, homes and condos.

The Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to have a perfect season (17 and 0 in 1972) and have won two Super Bowls (1972 and 1973). The Dolphins have an enormous fan base both in Florida and around the world.

Miami Science Museum

The Miami Science Museum provides interactive science education with a Planetarium, Wildlife Center, Movie Theater, and Youth Programs.

Visit the Miami Science Museum for the day or become a member and get free admission.

Matheson Hammock

Matheson Hammock is a park, a beach, a marina with public boat ramps and a great place to go windsurfing that is on Biscayne Bay in Miami. There is also a fine dinning restaurant - the Red Fish Grille - that is open for dinner.

The swim area is a protected enclosed man made lagoon that is a great place for small children to swim.

Miami Dolphins History

Robbie, Griese, Kick, Csonka, Morris, Warfield, Marino, Shula are a few of the names that come to mind when you think of the Miami Dolphins.

As the first NFL team in Florida the Dolphins have established a huge fan base and a they have always had a first class reputation.

University of Miami Football

The University of Miami Hurricanes have won 5 national championships and produced many NFL Stars. The Hurricanes won titles in 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 2001.

The Hurricanes play their home games in Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami is a unique and stunning blend of sleek skyscrapers, historic buildings and many cultural and recreational attractions. 

University of Miami

The University of Miami is a private university located in Coral Gables, an affluent suburb of Miami.  Known as a top tier school, it offers a rigorous academic curriculum and an excellent athletic program. 

The University of Miami (UM) consistently ranks in the top tier of colleges in the nation.  The 2009 US News and World Report "America’s Best Colleges" ranked UM as 51st in the nation. 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark located in the heart of Miami on the shores of Biscayne Bay.  Once the winter home of James Deering, a wealthy industrialist, Vizcaya is now a museum open to the public and available for private parties and weddings.

Miami Zoo

Miami Metrozoo located in southwest Miami has a great selection of animals in natural habitat settings that are cageless. The Miami zoo’s large number of subtropical animals are from Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.  Their habitats simulate the natural environment they originate from.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park - Key Biscayne

Minutes from downtown Miami located on Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has been rated one of the top 10 beaches in the US.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat came into the NBA in the 1989 - 1990 season. The Heat play in the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami and are in the eastern conference of the NBA.

Dwayne Wade scoring in the 2012 finals

Doral Golf Course

Doral Golf Resort is located in Miami, FL and is where The World Golf Championship is played.  Doral Golf Resort has five amazing golf courses that will challenge all levels of golfers as well as the Jim Mclean Golf School.

Miami Seaquarium

Visit the Miami Seaquarium for a rare chance to swim with dolphins and learn all about one of the most friendly and intelligent marine mammals. The Miami Seaquarium has been in Miami since 1955.