Miami


Florida's tourist metropolis, Miami City, is located in the southeast of the Florida peninsula. The city's natural boundaries are Everglades National Park to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Biscayne Bay to the south. Thanks to the monsoon climate, Miami offers its citizens and visitors consistently warm temperatures, well-kept beaches, diverse entertainment and even - thanks to the Cuban immigrants - authentic Caribbean flair.

Article overview Miami

Miami City - Beach section with police carsMiami City - Beach section with police cars


Miami City – numbers and facts

Miami City is the second largest city in the US state after Jacksonville. Nearly 450.000 residents currently live in the capital of Miami-Dade County. The associated administrative district has a population of approximately 2,7 million, and the Miami metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 6,1 million. The list of metropolitan regions in the USA currently shows Miami and its surrounding areas in eighth position.

Before Miami was granted city status on July 18, 1896, what is now the metropolitan area was inhabited by Tequesta Indians. The town had only been connected to the railway network three months before city rights were granted. The connection to the railway network was the initial spark for population growth and tourism.

Miami is a green city. The tropical weather conditions create ideal conditions for plant growth. Unlike in our latitudes, people spend almost the entire year outdoors – if they want to. by the water, on the water or in one of more than 80 parks and gardens in the city area.

Miami Beach - Beach path at Lummus Park


Miami Beach - Beach path at Lummus Park


Miami Beach - Lummus Park


Miami Beach - Lummus Park 


When approaching Miami International Airport (MIA), the view is of wide, flat land. The entire area does not exceed 12 meters in altitude. The mass of high-rise buildings in Miami symbolizes the fact that Miami is much more than a vast stretch of land crisscrossed by waterways. The city's skyline consists of more than 300 high-rise buildings, 80 of which are over 120 meters high. This puts Miami City at the top of America's major cities.

Approaching Miami International Airport


Miami City – the financial, economic and media metropolis

Miami is a financial, economic and media metropolis. The city is the administrative headquarters of large financial service providers and various well-known large companies. Miami is considered the city with the highest concentration of international banks in the USA. Miami symbolizes the connection between the USA and Latin America. Cruise ship guests may be interested to know that Miami is home to leading shipping companies. These include, among other things: Carnival, NCL and Royal Caribbean and some of their subsidiaries.

Miami City - High-rise buildings in downtown


Miami City - High-rise buildings in downtown


Miami - Headquarters of Royal Caribbean Ltd.


Miami - Headquarters of Royal Caribbean Ltd. 


Miami City - Transportation hub

MIA Airport is Florida's largest airport. And it is one of the most sought-after airports in the world. In the pre-Corona year of 2019, more than 45 million passengers and 2,35 million tons of freight were handled. Almost 300.000 jobs in the region are directly or indirectly dependent on MIA Airport.

Miami City – Florida’s cultural hub

Miami doesn't just score for business, finance and services. Miami is also a cultural hub. Whether it's opera, ballet, theater, exhibitions, or other high-profile events, Miami is a key destination.

Miami Beach - Art Deco style house


Miami City – tourist destination

Tourism is another important pillar of the city. Every year, festivals, conventions, events and of course the beaches attract millions of visitors to Miami. According to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, more than 2022 million people visited Miami City in 50,6. Special attractions are the beaches, the famous nightlife, the diverse restaurant scene as well as art and culture. The good transport connections to US cities and the cruise business should not be underestimated.

Port of Miami - one of the terminalsPort of Miami - one of the terminals


Port of Miami – the world’s leading cruise port

Miami's port does not deserve special mention as a cargo port. The situation is completely different when it comes to cruises: As a cruise port, the Port of Miami has been at the top of the rankings of international cruise ports for a number of years. Almost 5,6 million cruise passengers were counted in 2019, the year before the Corona epidemic broke out in Miami. In total, the port received 1.220 visits from cruise ships in the same year. It is no coincidence that the port company adorns itself with the name “Cruise Capital of the World”. The preferred destinations of passengers departing from Miami are the Caribbean, Panama and Mexico.

Port of Miami - Cruise Terminals


Port of Miami - Cruise Terminals


Port of Miami - cruise ships in front of the high-rise backdrop


Port of Miami - cruise ships in front of the high-rise backdrop 


Despite the strengths demonstrated, there is much about Miami that leaves something to be desired. We tourists don't see the low incomes of many people, about 20 percent of whom live below the poverty line. We don't see crime in specific areas of the city. We enjoy the shiny chrome Miami and the city of Miami Beach across Biscayne Bay.

The South Pointe in Miami BeachThe South Pointe in Miami Beach


The offshore island and its 100.000 inhabitants can be reached after a short drive via one of the six causeways spanning Biscayne Bay. And we enjoy Miami Beach even more than Miami City. We recommend our contributions to Miami City Miami attractions and A day in the greater Miami area.

Update September 2023