Facts About Miami
Facts and general information about the city of Miami Florida.
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Miami Beach's Art Deco District contains the world's largest collection of Art Deco Architecture (800+ buildings)
Miami Beach is home to one of the largest snow skiing clubs in the United States
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 Beach was dubbed the Sun and Fun Capital by Jackie Gleason when he broadcast his show here in the 1960s. Today Miami Beach is known as America's Riviera and the Latin Hollywood.
Miami Beach is a man-made island that was once a Coconut Grove Plantation.
Julia Tuttle, -- the "Mother of Miami" -- convinced Standard Oil co-founder 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
The popular television series "Miami Vice" made its debut in 1984. On July 28, 2006, "Miami Vice: The Movie" will be released in theaters nationwide. The film stars Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. Memorable films made in Miami include: "Something About Mary," "The Birdcage," "Goldfinger," "Scarface," "True Lies," "2 Fast 2Furious," "Bad Boys," "Bad Boys 2" and "Out of Sight."
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 the Media is Saying About Miami
American Express Travel agents ranked Miami as #3 destination in U.S. for families (2006)
Miami's Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked #8 in USA Today's Dr. Beach Top 10 Beaches list in 2005 (also rated a Top 10 U.S. Beach by Citysearch.com in 2004).
Self magazine named Miami #3 Fittest City in U.S. in 2005
MovieMaker Magazine ranked Miami #7 best place in U.S. to film
AOL/Travel readers ranked Miami in 2004 as: #1 for Meeting Someone New, #3 for Clubbing, #5 for Romance and Outdoor Recreation/Exercise, #7 Ideal Hotels & Resorts, #7 for People-watching, #8 for Shopping and #9 for Places to Take in Views.
Modern Bride ranked Miami #10 in U.S. for Best Honeymoons in 2004
USA Today ranked South Beach #1 for Best Beaches for Nightlife and Haulover Beach as #1 for Best Clothing-optional Beaches in 2004
Travel Channel ranked South Beach as one of Top 10 Best Beaches in the World.
Miami ranked #1 Best City for Doing Business in Latin America by America Economia magazine in 2002.
Miami No. 7 in ranking of movie-friendly cities by MovieMaker magazine 2005.
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Above facts provided courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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