Fun Facts About Miami
Miami gets its name from one of the tribes that lived there.
The Mayaimi lived there in the 16th and 17th Centuries.
It’s the only US city that was founded by a woman.
A local businesswoman called Julia Tuttle encouraged a developer to extend the new Florida East Coast Railroad to Miami – this led the way to the development of modern Miami.
Miami welcomes over 14 million tourists per year.
Over 10% of our workforce works in the tourism industry. It’s known as the cruise capital of the world, too, as Miami has the largest cruise ship port in the world.
The art deco nightclub district on Miami’s South Beach is one of the best in the world.
Miami is home to the world’s largest collection of art deco architecture.
Miami is the US’s warmest location in winter.
The average temperature during winter is between 65 -75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Miami was once a mangrove swamp and the land we now know was mostly man-made.
As a result, some of our beaches need to be replenished with sand regularly.
Suntan lotion was invented in Miami.
A pharmacist called Benjamin Green invented the mixture in 1944.
It’s a built-up area, but it also has its unspoiled wilderness in the Everglades National Park.
It’s here you can view flora and fauna that are unique to this area.
It’s the only city in the US that’s surrounded by two national parks.
Biscayne National Park and the Everglades National Park.
Miami is also known as a divers’ paradise.
There are over 50 shipwrecks underwater, which scuba divers love to explore.
Miami is also a great agricultural region.
Growing avocados, tomatoes, and mangoes – thanks to our fantastic climate.
It’s a good agricultural region – yet downtown Miami is also a huge corporate center.
It has the highest concentration of international banks than any US city.
Miami is steeped in art and culture.
It has its symphony orchestra and ballet company, and its own professional theatre company at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, not to mention some fabulous museums!