Local Information @ Miami & Florida


Miami, one of Florida's original vacation hot spots maintains its never-ending draw today. Replete with history, culture, and of course, nightlife and beaches, Miami is a must-see if you've never visited. This metropolitan area is influenced by Latin-American cultures, evidenced in the diversity of restaurants, arts, and festivals. Art and architecture buffs will revel in South Beach's Art Deco district, which houses over 800 Art-Deco style buildings.

The city of Miami lies on the south-east side of the Florida peninsula, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Biscayne Bay lagoon and Miami Beach with its huge hotels and apartment blocks. Miami's pleasant winter climate has led to its mushroom growth into a vastly popular holiday destination that draws more than 8 million visitors every year. The city's Port of Miami is known for accommodating the largest volume of cruise ships in the world and is home to many cruise line headquarters. The city has more than 600 large and medium-sized hotels, numerous motels, several thousand restaurants and cafes and some 50 foreign consulates - reflecting the city's importance as a center for business and holiday travelers.
Miami is an important and influential cultural centre with linguistic ties to North American, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. The city has three official languages - English, Spanish and French Creole. It has the largest Spanish-speaking population in the western hemisphere, aside from Latin America.