Miami – The Capital of Latin America

Miami – The Capital of Latin America
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Everglades National Park

Miami, a city located in South Eastern Florida on the Atlantic coast is one of the major centres of finance, culture, media, commerce, entertainment, arts, and international trade in the United States and has been classified as an alpha minus world city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory. Besides this, Miami has often been termed as “America’s Cleanest City” and the richest city in the United States. Its nickname – the “Capital of Latin America” comes from it being the second largest Spanish-speaking U.S. city.

Being located on the Atlantic coast, Miami is known for its boat tours and beaches. Some of the most popular ones for tourist to explore are listed below:

•    Miami City and Boat Tour – This tour offers the entire city tour of Miami split between road and boat travel by visiting known areas such as the South Beach, Little Havana, Art Deco District, Brickell Ave, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Biscayne Bay and The Venetian Pool. The tour is completed in about 5 and 1/2 hours.

•    Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Life Show – This tour is recommended for nature and adventure lovers, which includes a 40-minute airboat tour across the everglades with park guides. It also includes a wild life show displaying some of Florida`s exotic animals. The tour is conducted throughout the week.

•    Miami Celebrity Home Boat Tour – Proclaimed as one of Miami’s most popular tours, consists of a 90-minute guided sightseeing boat around Miami’s famous landmarks while experiencing the city’s waterways and million dollar mansions of American celebrities.

•    Star Island – This is an artificial island within the Miami Beach known for its colossal architecture and houses. These houses are homes to various celebrities such as Will Smith, Madonna, Shaquille O’Neal, P. Diddy, Lenny Kravitz, Gloria Estefan, Rosie O’Donnell, and others.

•    Frost Art Museum – Located at the Florida International University, it is home to a varied collection of 1960s American photography, ancient African and Asian bronzes, pre-Columbian artefacts and the numerous Caribbean and Latin American paintings.

•    Venetian Pool – This pool, available to both adults and kids was formed in the 1920s by Denman Dink from a limestone quarry. The water in the pool comes from a spring, which is drained daily. Various facilities such as snack bars, lockers, and swimming lessons are provided here.

•    Ancient Spanish Monastery – This monastery was originally built in Segovia, Spain in 1141 forming part of William Randolph Hearst’s Californian property. The monastery was stationed at New York Harbour until 1954, post which it was purchased by few businessmen and assembled in Miami. Today this monastery serves as a church and a popular marriage location.

•    Zoo Miami – This is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida and accommodates over 1,200 wild animals from all over Asia, Australia and Africa. Its uniqueness is it being a free range zoo.

Some of the other known sites include the Oleta River State Recreation Park, which is the largest urban park in Florida known for its biking trails, beach and picnic areas. The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Matheson Hammock Marina both are man-made pools and are made of natural tidal flushes.

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