15 Cool Facts About Miami

by / Thursday, 09 December 2010 / Published in Miami

Miami is one of the hottest vacation destinations in the world. Here are some interesting facts about this sub-tropical paradise.

Photo of Miami Skyline, Miami Florida © alexdecarvalho

1. Miami was named for the Mayaimis, a Native American tribe who lived in the area until the 17th or 18th century. The Mayaimis took their name from Lake Okeechobee, which was called Mayaimis or “big water”.

2. The first suntan lotion was invented by Miami Beach pharmacist, Benjamin Green in 1944.

3. Miami Beach was a mangrove swamp before it’s development started in the 1920s.

Photo of Alligator, Everglades National Park, Miami Florida © Smart Destinations

4. The only Everglades eco-system in the world is in Miami.

5. Miami has more than 800 parks and is the only city in the United States that is bordered by two separate National Parks – Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.

6. Miami is the only major city in the US to be founded by a woman (Julia Tuttle).

Photo of South Beach Art Deco © wyntution

7. With more than 800 buildings, Miami Beach’s Art Deco district is home to the world’s largest collection of Art Deco Architecture.

8. In 2008, Miami was ranked #1 Cleanest City in America by Forbes Magazine.

9. Miami has the largest cruise ship port in the world.

Photo of America’s Riviera”, Miami Beach Florida © Jimi Photog

10. Miami Beach is also known as “America’s Riviera”.

11. In 2008, South Beach was rated #1 beach in America by the Travel Chanel.

12. Miami was a popular place for pirates to visit and bury their treasure. Famous pirates such as Gasparilla, Blackbeard and Lafitte were regular visitors and caches of gold, silver and treasure have been uncovered on and off land in the Miami area.

Photo of Scuba Diver, Miami Florida © tiswango

13. Miami Beach is known as the “Wreck Diving Capital of the Americas’ due the sheer number of wrecks.

14. Nearly 12 million people visited Miami in 2009.

15. Miami Beach has a large snow skiing club.

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    10 Responses to “15 Cool Facts About Miami”

    1. analia says :

      Omg i love the pictures on ths site and i like to partyhard, go clubing and also party everyday!!!!!!!!!!:) 😉

    2. anonomus says :

      first of all i think that miami is worlds best vacation to go to even if they have swamps who cares its beautiful best place city sate contry continute i dont care just get your money up and GO TO MIAMI BABEEYYYYYYYY <3 LUVV BY ANONMUS GO TO FLORIDA FLO-RIDAAAAAA <3 I LOVE

    3. corina says :

      i love miami beach it will be so cool to visit just think of the all cool facts there are about miami beach like that miami and miami beach are different citys and that the temputer is perfect. GO MIAMI I LOVE YOU!!!!!! <3

    4. Secret Identity says :

      MIA is Da best!!! I can say because I was born AND live there! So save yo money and hit MIAMI!!!!!!

    5. meeee :D says :

      u SHOULD tottaly go to miami its amazing

    6. lebron james says :

      i love playing here! Best fans ever! #striveforgreatness

    7. horseluver321 says :

      im planing a holiday for a school asignment and i chose to plan to go to miami because i like to party hard all night long 😉

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    9. James Bond says :

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