Miami is situated on the Atlantic coast of southern Florida. Miami gained world city status due to its importance as an international financial and cultural centre; however, it is perhaps best known for its extremely sunny weather, beautiful beaches and lively nightlife, which attracts visitors of all ages.
Notable attractions within the city include the Freedom Tower, an important memorial for Cuban immigration to United States, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum and the Miami Art Museum. Just south of Little Havana, the Coral Gables district is one of the most desirable and elegant districts of Miami and contains the Miracle Mile – a major shopping boulevard filled with exclusive shops and boutiques.
Just over one hour’s drive away from the city centre, the Everglades National Park spans over 1.5 million acres and is one of Florida’s largest parks. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities from hiking and canoeing to fishing and camping. The park also boasts many rare and endangered species of animals.
Miami International Airport is one of Florida’s largest and most important airports and is under 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. It is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Americas” due to its tactical location and high numbers of connecting passenger and cargo flights throughout the Americas and Europe.
Most major roads around Miami are elevated expressways which provide fast and easy access around the city and beyond, while smaller roads are organised in a one-way grid system. For those without a car, there are frequent inexpensive bus services and the monorail.