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10 things you didn’t know about Miami

You can party in the city where the heat is on and all night on the beach till the break of dawn. Everyday is like mardi gras and everybody parties all day, no work all play, okay.

There’s all ages and races, real sweet faces. Every different nation, Spanish, Hatian, Indian, Jamaican, black, white, Cuban and Asian.

The rainstorms ain’t nothing to mess with but you can’t feel a drip on the strip. The ladies are half-dressed and fully equipped and they all have cinnamon tans. The hottest club in the city is right on the beach where the temperatures reach 500 degrees!

There’s water so clear you can see to the bottom, hundred thousand dollar cars, everybody’s got them.

New York may be the city that we know don’t sleep, LA and Philly stay jiggy but on the sneak, Miami bring the heat for real!

It’s the type of town you could spend a few days in, Miami the city that keeps the roof blazing.

OK, I’ll admit it. Before visiting Miami, everything I knew about this city came from the cheesy rap rhymes of Will Smith. I can still sing this song word for word but, do you know what, Big Willie had it about right.

Everything in his hit song Miami is bang on.

It is all about the beach, parties, beautiful girls, soaring temperatures, splashing your cash and generally strutting around like you’re a millionaire. Even if you’re not a millionaire, this is where you pretend to be a millionaire. Rent a Ferrari and a designer handbag, put the cocktails on your credit cards, prepare your pout and get ready to strut.

Aside from the glamourous side to Miami, there may be a few things that surprise you about this uber lux city. Here are just a few of them.

I recommend listening to this while you read…

It’s nearly always warm in Miami

I know I’m a typical Brit talking about the weather but this really is worth mentioning!

Miami has lovely weather pretty much all year round. The summers are hot and humid with average temperatures around 32C. Miami has the warmest winters of anywhere on mainland USA with an average temperature of 16C in January. Any of my fellow Brits would simply call this a year round summer.

Miami was founded by a lady

Miami was founded back in 1896 and one of the founders was Julia Tuttle who is now known as ‘Mother Miami’. Miami is the only major US city to be founded by a woman.

Miami architecture

The art deco capital of the world

Miami Beach is home to over 800 art deco buildings, making it the world’s largest collection. The reason for so much art deco is because Miami Beach went under a transformation in 1910 and this was when the art deco movement was in full swing. Miami Beach was a mangrove swamp just over 100 years ago and it was quickly turned into a beautiful tourist destination. It was partly due to the architecture that Miami because such a popular place for the rich, the famous and the beautiful and it remains so today.

Hispanic Miami

More than 64% of the population in Miami is Hispanic. It is the Hispanic influence that makes Miami such a fun and interesting place to visit thanks to all the incredible food, great music and lively culture. I was surprised to find almost everyone speaking Spanish, signs and posters are in Spanish and in some areas, such as Little Havana, people actually don’t speak English.

10 things you didn't know about Miami

A pirate’s life in Miami

Apparently, Miami was once a popular place for pirates to visit and they often buried their treasure in the area. Until recently the treasure from pirates such as Gasparilla, Blackbeard and Lafitte were found buried. Best get my bucket and spade…

Wreck Diving

Miami is one of the most popular places to wreck dive in the US thanks to the amount of shipwrecks in the area. Possibly from all the pirates…?

Miami

Sun tan lotion was created in Miami

Sun cream was developed by a Miami Beach pharmacist called Benjamin Green back in 1944. Thanks Ben, you’ve literally saved our skin!

Parks galore

Miami is a green city and has over 800 parks. It is bordered by two national parks, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.

Award winning Miami

In 2008, Miami was ranked #1 Cleanest City in America by Forbes Magazine. In the same year South Beach was rated #1 beach in America by the Travel Chanel.

Facts about Miami

Miami the movie set

A number of memorable movies have been filmed in Miami such as Something About Mary, The Birdcage, Goldfinger, Scarface, True Lies, 2 Fast 2Furious, Bad Boys, Bad Boys 2, Out of Sight and, of course, the TV series Miami Vice.

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

Comments

  • April 16, 2014

    Miami sounds like a cool place. You have mentioned lots of interesting facts about it. Didn’t know that 64% of the population of Miami was Hispanic. Certainly one of the most popular cities of the USA and of course glamorous as well.

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  • April 16, 2014

    Miami. Looks. Amazing! I didn’t know any of these things about it, I love that it has loads of art deco buildings!

    Also next time I see you I SO want to hear your ‘Welcome to Miami’ rendition! 😉

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  • em
    April 16, 2014

    Randomly, I was there for the summer the year they filmed Bad Boys 2. Our journey from the airport to hostel was super long and expensive as they were ‘blowing up’ the main bridge we needed to take. The detour did take us past Vanilla Ices house though so it wasn’t all bad!

    The art deco was my favourite thing about it – that and all the amazing clubs and bars we seemed to spend far too much time and money in that summer!

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  • April 17, 2014

    That last photo is gorgeous!

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  • April 17, 2014

    I had a great time in Miami. and i WASN’T EXPECTING TO EITHER. The clubbing scene there is STRAIGHT out of a movie. The people are hilarious. Orange. Leathery. Sunburnt – but still rocking hot pants or thongs.

    I I saw so many random things there, this post just reminded me of how much Miami is simultaneously the WORST part and BEST part of the states.

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  • April 20, 2014

    I love art deco (I even got married in an art deco former cinema!) so have got to make it out to Miami, I’d be in heaven – the weather/beach/bars would definitely help too.

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  • Envoy Hotel
    April 26, 2014

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  • jdz
    April 29, 2014

    Miami is actually 70% hispanic per the 2010 U.S. census. Miami and Miami Beach are 2 different cities.

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  • May 2, 2014

    I definitely didn’t know about the suncream invention 😉 But some good tips there for Miami newbies!

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