Miami Quick Guide
The southeastern metropolis that is Miami has come a long way from its soggy swampland roots. It's proximity to the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean, along with its sultry, tropical climate and spicy culture and cuisine make Miami a draw for visitors from all over the world, as well as home to many native Floridians and transplants from other states who love the laid-back Florida lifestyle.
Dining out is a great way to get a feel for the city's flavor and culture. The Versailles Diner dishes up some of the best Cuban fare the city has to offer. And who but South Floridians would know that Miami is also a mecca for great barbecue? Shorty's BBQ Restaurants have been serving up some of the most succulent cuts of steak, ribs and chicken available in the southeast for over five decades.
Miami's economy is driven by banking, finance, international port and trade industries, and - of course - tourism.
Miami's City Hall is located at 3500 Pan American Dr. Other city departments and services, including the Office of City Communications, are located at the Miami Riverside Center at 444 S.W. 2nd Ave.
Getting Around or Getting Away
Map your driving directions from Miami to popular destinations that include Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, and more.
Making Miami Your Home
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Where to Go in Miami
Get a feel for Miami's pulse on a walk through Little Havana, a few miles west of Downtown Miami. Stop by Maximo Gomez Park and take in a game of dominos, or stroll along Calle Ocho for a true taste of Cuba.
Coconut Grove, located a bit off the beaten path, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in South Florida. This historic neighborhood is brimming with art, music and entertainment, and is also home to the Miami Museum of Science.
And there's South Beach, the glamorous, densely-packed strip of beach that's home to the Historic Art Deco District.
Things to Do in Miami
If you really want to move to the Latin beat, La Covacha is one of the hottest Spanish dance clubs north of Havana. If you need to brush up on your salsa steps first, Bongo's Cuban Cafe offers lessons from the region's most talented dance teachers.
For more mellow pursuits, there's the tranquility of the Venetian Pool, the flora and fauna of the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, and the meditative and moving serenity of the Holocaust Memorial.