Miami is a sprawling metropolitan area of 5.5 million people. It is comprised of 11 districts each with its distinct character such as Little Havana, Upper Eastside, Coral Gables and Miami Beach. (photo by Dori, Wikimedia Commons)
Miami is criss-crossed by freeways, most of which provide striking views of the skyline.
The Miami Metromover is a free electrically powered tram that carries people through the downtown area.
The Port of Miami is the world's largest cruise port.
Miami City Hall is housed in the former Pan American seaplane terminal on Dinner Key.
Established in 1825, Coconut Grove is Miami's oldest neighborhood.
Miami Beach sprawls across a series of natural and man-made barrier islands. It has 7 miles of shoreline.
Villa Vizcaya Museum exemplifies the "Mediterranean Revival" architectural style popular in Florida in the 1910-20's.
Vizcaya Gardens are an example of Italian Garden design which has been adapted to Miami's subtropical climate.
Ocean Drive, lined with neon-colored hotels and restaurants, is the most photographed street in South Beach.
800 Art Deco buildings are found in Miami Beach.
A short drive from Miami, the 1.5 million acre Everglades National Park is a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. A 15 mile tram tour takes visitors into the heart of the ecosystem.
Everglades National Park preserves the habitat of 350 species of birds, 300 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles and 40 species of mammals, including alligators, manatees and the Florida panther.
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