About Miami

About MiamiMiami is a large coastal city located in the southern part of Florida. The city sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The western border rests against the Florida Everglades. The city has gone from a population of just 300 after it was incorporated in 1896 to over 400,000 today making it the 42nd largest city in the United States. The greater Miami metropolitan area, however, contains over 5.5 million residents making it the fourth largest in the country. Although the city of Miami only covers 35 square miles, the greater metropolitan area stretches on for 110 miles in a narrow strip running north to south.

Miami is a major tourist destination and is one of the richest cities in the country. Many people from around the world come to Miami during the winter in order to enjoy the normally temperate to warm weather. The city is also a popular tourist destination because it is a boarding point for a large number of major cruise lines. Visitors to the city will be able to enjoy some of the most distinctive cuisine available at the many world-famous restaurants in the city. There are also a number of diverse neighborhoods offering unique experiences. Little Havana is a center of Cuban culture, shopping and cuisine. South Beach is an area frequented by celebrities that contains a large number of nightclubs and nighttime entertainment venues.

The peak season for Miami is between December and April. This is when the temperatures are the most comfortable. Peak season draws the largest crowds and sees an influx of students celebrating spring break. The off-season is between May and September. This is summer in Miami and the temperatures can become incredibly hot and uncomfortable although there are far fewer people around. The holidays between October and December serve as the shoulder season where some deals can be found on food and lodging.

Visitors to Miami usually spend some time at one of the many beaches in the area. The beaches are crowded during peak season but are large enough to accommodate everyone comfortably on most days. Families looking for activities away from the beach can visit one of the many attractions in the city like the Seaquarium, Miami Zoo or the Miami Museum of Science. These casual locations are less crowded than the beaches and some well-known restaurants.

Miami has tens of thousands of hotel rooms available spread over more than 1,000 hotels. These rooms must accommodate nearly 1.9 million tourists each year. Visitors coming to Miami for the first time will find that the price of lodging in the city is higher than many other areas. It is best to book rooms far in advance in order to guarantee a place to stay and to reduce costs. Families who will be driving through Miami might want to consider staying outside of the city in the greater metropolitan area.