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MIAMI


Miami is a US city located in the southeastern part of Florida around Miami River, between the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean . Founded on 28 July 1896. Its metropolitan area covers more than 5.4 million, making it the seventh largest in the United States.

It is considered a globally important in finance , commerce, media , entertainment, arts and international trade city.Home to many company headquarters , banks, and television studios.In addition , the city has the largest concentration of international banks in the United States.The Port of Miami is considered the port which houses the largest volume of cruise ships in the world and home to many cruise line companies.

Miami offers a variety of tourist attractions for both visitors and residents.the privileged location in South Florida makes it a tourist destination where you can enjoy a warm climate during the 12 months of the year.With an average annual temperature of 24 degrees , the beaches of Miami are full of people most of the year.Endless stretches of white sand combined with its water from a blue color form a unique setting in which to spend the holidays.


History

The area now known as Bahía Vizcaína was inhabited by the indigenous tequesta, mayaimi and occasionally the calusa. When Juan Ponce de León was dumbfounded with a dazzling variety of indigenous people in the area, which currently corresponds to Miami, in search of the fountain of youth. In 1567 Pedro Menéndez de Avilés consolidates the Spanish presence in the region. On a settlement of the tequesta, the Spanish created the Mission of Tegesta, constructed by Jesuit Francisco Villareal, which was located at the mouth of the Miami River. However, after the successive wars, the Spaniards abandoned the territory.


In 1891, a wealthy widow named Julia Tuttle moved to Florida and bought 640 acres of land on the North Bank of the Miami River. Later on, Tuttle convinced wealthy railway Builder Henry Flagler to extend the railway line to Miami, to build a luxury hotel and establish a new town. The result was the founding of the city in 1896. As a result of these events, thousands of people came to Florida.


Since the beginning of the city, the population was diverse; people from different cultures and different parts of the world came to the new city. The first mayor of Miami was an Irish Catholic, some of the first traders were Jews, while African-Americans and black Bahamian made up one-third of the new members of the city.



Natural attractions


South Beach

South Beach is without a doubt is one of the beaches most frequented and recognized in Miami. A hot spot for restaurants, nightclubs, shops and large population of energetic young crowd looking for fun.


Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Site of the historic lighthouse of 1825, the most ancient structure in Miami-Dade County. Just 15 minutes from downtown Miami, you can enjoy a tropical paradise voted #7 in the list "Top 10 Beaches in America" Dr. Stephen Leatherman, "Dr,Beach".


Crandon Park Beach

Located in Key of Vizcaíno, Crandon Park beach is one of the best, although not one of the most famous beaches of Miami, with a variety of amenities perfect for family events. Cabins available for rent.


Virginia Key Beach

A beach full of beauty and green areas a few minutes from the Center of Miami by the Rickenbacker channel. Features areas for eating and a boardwalk with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop.


Haulover Beach

Located in Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbor. This beach is known around the world as the only legal nude beach in Miami recognized and approved by the Government of Miami-Dade County since 1991.


Homestead Bayfront

If you are looking for is to escape from the crowds of tourists who visit the beaches of Miami each day; Homestead Bayfront is a great choice to go with the family. If you like fishing or navigation you can rent a canoe to sail out into the Atlantic Ocean.


Activities


Windsurfing in Miami

Miami is an excellent place for windsurfing. Experienced athletes can practice in all the beaches of Miami, from South Beach to Miami Beach; with the right equipment they will soon fly.


Surfing in Miami

For the second consecutive year, Miami was named the best beach, according to the Surfrider Foundation.  Surfers are always looking for good waves on the beaches of Miami for this extreme sport.


Golf

South Florida and Miami is a destination of dream for golf courses and golf course. Miami offers great and numerous top-rated golf courses by Golfweek where many professional golf tournaments called home.


Biltmore Golf Course18-hole, golf course of championship, par 71. Recognized by its picturesque design and recently restored to the original design by Donald Ross in1925. The entry price ranges between $48 and $120 in season. 1210 Anastasia Ave.,Coral Gables, FL, USA phone: 305/460-5364.


California Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course, par 72, whose first holes are very narrow and three last holes are difficult due the Lake that surrounds it. A round of golf will cost between $30 and $45, including cart. 20898 san Simeon Way, North Miami Beach, FL, USA phone: 305/651-3590.


Crandon Golf Course is a 18-hole public golf course, par 72, first level, located in a beautiful tropical setting. A game costs you $149 in the winter and $65 in summer, cart included. After 3 o'clock, winter rate falls to $57. The Royal Caribbean Classic and the PGA Senior unfold here. 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, USA phone:305/361-9129.


Don Shula Hotel & Golf Club is one of the most extensive and complete championship golf fields of Miami covering an area of 6,451 meters, par 72. Headquarters for more than 75 tournaments a year and a par-3 illuminated field. Weekday rate is $105 and $145 on weekends. After 3, both courses cost $40, includes golf carts. 3 hole illuminated field costs $12 days week and $15 on weekends. 7601Miami Lakes Dr., exit this 154th Street (Miami Lakes Drive) of the route 826, Miami Lakes, FL, USA phone: 305/820-8106.


Doral Golf Resort and Spa is composed of six golf courses that host several annual tournaments like the annual Ford Championship, with a bounty of $1 million in prize money. Among the most recognized fields is the famous Blue Monster, par 72. The rates ranged from $195 to $295. 4400 N.W. 87th Ave., exit at 36th St. the route 826,Doral, FL, USA phone: 305/592-2000 or 800/713-6725.


Haulover Golf Course is the ideal and economical place to play a round of golf with the family in its 9-hole course, par 3, located in the extreme north of Miami Beach. The cost is $6. 10800 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles, Miami Beach, FL, USA phone: 305/940-6719.


Normandy Shores Golf Course is a golf course located on an artificial island. The club opened its doors on December 1941 and redesigned by Mark Manahah in 1956, placing it among the best golf clubs in the area. The right to golf is $55 in season, cart included. 2401 Biarritz Dr, Miami Beach, FL, USA phone: 305/868-6502.


Turnberry Isle Resort & Club has two redesigned 18-hole golf courses of with a mixture of clear strategic clearings, greens, sand traps and elevation changes to challenge from the rookie to the more experienced player. The right golf course is $134. Only guests of the hotel can play. 19999 w. Country Club Dr, North Miami Beach,FL, USA phone: 305/933-6929.


Family activities


Miami Seaquarium:

The Aquarium is located on the island of Virginia Keym in Biscayne Bay and offers visitors an educational experience and entertainment focused on dolphins, orcas and other marine creatures. The tropical climate of Florida allows the hosting of  outdoor shows throughout the year.


Miami Metrozoo:

With more than 100 hectares of forests and meadows, which houses about 800 exotics species in a natural environment, the Miami Zoo is becoming one of the largest zoos in the United States. The tropical climate of Florida is perfect for housing a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa. It is also a sanctuary for endangered animals, including tigers, crocodiles and the famous Komodo dragon. Admission, adults: $15.95, children ages 2-13: $11.95.


Monkey Jungle:

It is a 30-acre nature reserve dedicated to the protection of several species of primate. The reserve is home to more than 400 primates and the unique habitat of endangered monkeys that the public can visit. Admission, adults: $29.95. Children 3-9 years: $23.95.


Jungle Island:

Located on Watson island just 2 kilometers and a half from Miami. Jungle Island offers its visitors a fun and educational ways of seeing tropical birds in their natural habitat. The attraction features: regular field visit, frequent educational programs, parrots, penguins, flamingos and tropical plants and fish and display. Admission, adults: $32.95, children 3-10 years: $26.95.


Orlando Disney World

A place that is worth a visit is the Park of Disney World even though it is not in Miami, but rather in Florida Orlando 330 kilometers away. Internationally recognized for its theme parks, numerous hotels and centers of activities for the whole family.


Jet skis:

If strong emotions are what you are looking for, renting a jet ski and cruising along the beautiful coast of Miami Beach is especially for you. For your own safety and that of others; participants are required to take a test drive and be over 18 years old. Minors may only travel with a qualified adult.


Kayak:

Another activity that the whole family can enjoy is paddling through the calm water in kayak along the Miami coastline. You will find several shops along the beach where to carry out this type of activity. No prior training required.


Snorkeling:

Come see the third largest reef in the world in the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Miami. Adventure or contract a tour into the warm waters of Miami. The equipment rental can cost between $80 and $150.