Miami is the 44th largest ‘city proper’ in the United States, however the ‘urban area’ is the 4th largest in America, totaling about 5.5 million people. It is nicknamed “The Magic City” and anyone who has spent any time there understands why. It is a huge international travel hub, and is a very important city in terms of commerce, finance, culture, entertainment and fashion. It is also one of the cleanest cities in America in terms of drinking water, streets, air-quality and recycling programs. One of the richest, sexiest, and exciting cities in America, it’s no wonder many people consider it the greatest city in the world.
The Gulf Stream is a warm ocean current that flows through Biscayne Bay, keeping the weather warm and mild year round. This is perfect for tourists looking to take advantage of the stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. Personally, my favorite place to go is South Beach. The Art Deco District is full of culture, history, beaches, shopping, restaurants and nightlife that really highlight the style and class inherent in this amazing city.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, located in Downtown Miami opened in 2006 and is now the second largest performing arts center in America, behind New York City’s Lincoln Center. It houses the Ziff Ballet Opera House, the Carnival Studio Theater, Knight Concert Hall, and Peacock Rehearsal Studio. It is the home base of the Florida Grand Opera and every year it attracts operas, musicals, ballets and concerts by performers from all across the globe. There a number of other performance venues that give Miami one of the best international live music scenes in the world.
Miami is currently in the middle of a “building boom” with over 50 skyscrapers that reach above 400 ft built or currently being built since 2001. The Almanac of Architecture and design rated Miami’s skyline the third most impressive in the U.S. behind New York City and Chicago.