Miami

History

Miami is from the word Miyaimi which means big lake.

The area of Miami was inhabited by Tequestas thousands of years until Ponce de Leon came and claimed the place. Ponce de Leon named the place Pascua de Florida or Feast of flowers in English, when his sailors discovered the place on April 2, 1513. Since then Florida was under Spanish governance for almost two and a half centuries introducing modern ammunition, infectious diseases and slavery causing the Native American tribe to diminish.

After the Seminole War in the 1800s, Florida was bought by the United States from Spain. Miami started to boom when Henry Flagler constructed a railroad connecting to Miami. With the railways construction, Miami continued to prosper until it was incorporated as a city on July 28, 1896.

Hotels and drainage canals were built and real estate industry grew. Along with Miami’s development, thousands of people of different culture flock to Miami in search for work. Sadly, the rapid growth weakened when a hurricane hit the city. After the World War II, the City of Miami experienced unexpected wave of immigration of refugees from Latin America. Up to this day, Miami is renowned as the gateway to Latin America.

Miami’s colorful history is evident in their architecture, mix of people, foods, music and annual festivities. This eclectic city is not only home to sandy beaches, but to vibrant people who helped shape what is Miami today.

Getting There

By plane

Miami International Airport is one of the largest airports in the world served by major airlines offering regular flights to Miami and from other host cities in the United States. For cheaper flights, Fort Lauderdale International Airport is an option. This airfield is just 20-40 minutes from North Miami serving other air carriers with flights to FLL and other major cities in the United States.

By car

Miami is accessible via I-95, I-75 and Florida Turnpike.

Weather

Miami features a tropical monsoon climate with hot summers and mild winters.

Summer season starts in June to September; hot and humid. August is the hottest month of the year with average highs between 80°F – 90°F, while January is the coldest month with average temperature between 50°F – 60°F. Moreover, summer months in Miami tend to be wetter than winter season, with June as the wettest month of the year with 6.90 inches of rainfall on average.

What to Wear

Though you can getaway with shorts, shirt and flip flops in Miami, it is important to know the appropriate clothes to wear when clubbing, dining, watching theater plays and more. Also, the city’s weather condition will determine what and how to dress while in Miami.

For dining and clubbing:

• fashionable and sexy dress
• collared shirt
• casual shoes

Summer:

• short sleeved or sleeveless shirts
• light cotton t-shirts
• shorts
• skirts
• capris
• hat
• sandals
• cap
• light sweater
• swimsuit
• sunblock
• bug repellant

Winter:

• light sweater
• long pants
• closed shoes
• long sleeve shirts

Fall:

• light jacket or sweater
• shorts
• capris
• skirts
• swimsuit
• sandals

Spring:

• light jacket or sweater
• shorts
• capris
• skirts
• swimsuit
• sandals

Fishing

With the city’s abundance in waterways such as lakes, rivers, streams, bays and harbors, Miami holds some of the best fishing spots in Florida. Whether you are heading to North Miami, West or South, there are excellent fishing locations providing productive angling opportunity to catch the fish of your dreams.

Fishing in Miami is a favorite pastime that it has become a year-round activity. However, there are specific months where fishing for a particular type of fish is at its best. That said, it is important to know what’s biting in Miami waters.

Moreover, different fishing techniques are used in Miami to ensure a successful fishing trip. These fishing styles vary depending on the fishing location, water condition and fish species you want to catch. Some of these fishing techniques include kite fishing, trolling, daytime swordfishing, nighttime swordfishing, live bait fishing, bottom fishing, jigging, reef fishing, wreck fishing, run and gun fishing and deep drop.

Anglers heading to Miami can catch the following:

• Amberjacks
• Almaco jacks
• Barracuda
• Blue Marlin
• Bonefish
• Cobia
• Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
• Grouper
• Kingfish
• King Mackerel
• Permit
• Sailfish
• Sharks
• Snapper
• Snook
• Swordfish
• Tarpon
• Trout
• Tuna
• Wahoo
• White Marlin
• Yellowtail

BEST MONTHS TO FISH

January – Barracuda, Cobia, Grouper, King Mackerel, Sailfish, Shark, Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna

February – Amberjack, Barracuda, Cobia, Grouper, King Mackerel,Permit, Sailfish, Shark, Snapper, Wahoo

March – Amberjack, Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Cobia, Grouper, King Mackerel, Permit, Sailfish, Shark, Snapper,

April – Amberjack, Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Bonefish, Cobia, Grouper, Snapper, Tarpon

May – Amberjack, Barracuda, Blue Marlin, Bonefish, Cobia, Grouper

June – Amberjack, Blue Marlin, Grouper, Dolphin, Tarpon, White Marlin

July – Barracuda, Blue Marlin, Grouper, King Mackerel, Dolphin, Permit, Shark, Snapper

August – Barracuda, Blue Marlin, Grouper, Dolphin, Snapper, Wahoo

September – Barracuda, Blue Marlin, Bonefish, Dolphin, Sailfish, Shark, Snapper , Wahoo

October – Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Bonefish, Cobia, Permit, Sailfish, Shark, Wahoo

November – Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Bonefish, Cobia, Grouper, Permit, Sailfish, Shark, Snapper, Wahoo

December – Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Cobia, Grouper, King Mackerel, Shark, Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna
WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR WHEN FISHING

• Light long sleeved t-shirt
• Boat shoes
• Rain gear (just in case)
• Hat or visor
• Polarized sunglasses
• Sunscreen
• Food & Snacks
• Drinks
• Camera
• Seasickness medicine

Attractions and Activities

Miami has so much to offer for that action packed and fun vacation. Irrespective of your interest, Miami has something for everyone; kids, arts and culture, shopping, food, sightseeing and tours, outdoor adventure, bars and clubs.

Miami Attractions:

• Viscaya Museum & Gardens
• Miami Beach Botanical Garden
• Pinecrest Gardens
• Crandon Park
• Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
• Holocaust Memorial
• Jewish Museum of Florida
• Centre Gallery
• Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum
• Gold Coast Railroad Museum
• Miami Art Museum
• Freedom Tower
• Miami Circle
• Ancient Spanish Monastery
• Barnacle State Park
• Coral Castle
• Deering Estate at Cutler
• Venetian Pool
• Jungle Island
• Miami Metrozoo
• Miami Seaquarium
• Monkey Jungle
• Grapeland Water Park
• Flamingo Aquatic Center
• Normandy Isle Aquatic Center

Miami Activities:

• Swimming
• Sunbathing
• Paddling
• Frisbee
• Wave riding
• Boating
• Fishing
• Scuba Diving
• Snorkeling
• Swimming with the dolphins
• Eco tours
• Wind surfing
• Kayaking
• Walking down Miami boardwalk
• Mountain biking
• Shopping
• Parasailing
• Indoor rock climbing
• Helicopter tour
• Kite flying
• Picnicking
• Clubbing

Where to Stay

Elite City Stays
Address: 8101 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 203, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.elitecitystays.com/

Epic Hotel
Address: 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.epichotel.com/downtown-miami-hotel/index.html

Hotel Beaux Arts Miami
Address: 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way · Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miabx-hotel-beaux-arts-miami/

Miami River Inn
Address: 118 SW South River Drive, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.miamiriverinn.com/

Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Address: 1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.fourseasons.com/miami/

Red Roof Inn Miami Airport
Address: 3401 Northwest LeJeune Rd., Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://redroof.com/reservations/property-detail.aspx?pid=00255

Miami Sun Hotel
Address: 226 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:

Home

Bayside Motor Inn
Address: 5101 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.baysidemotorinnmiami.com/

New Yorker Boutique Hotel
Address: 6500 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.hotelnewyorkermiami.com/

Grove Inn
Address: 22540 S.W. Krome Ave., Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.groveinn.com/

Where to Eat

The Capital Grille
Address: 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/locations/miami/main.asp

Scalina
Address: 315 S Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://scalinamiami.com/

Red Fish Grill
Address: 9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.redfishgrill.net/

Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House
Address: 777 Brickell Avenue Suite 100, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://trulucks.com/

River Oyster Bar
Address: 650 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.therivermiami.com/

Sustain Restaurant
Address: 3252 NE 1st Ave. (Miutown Blvd), Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.sustainmiami.com/
Sea Siam
Address: 12735 So. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.seasiam.com/seasiam/

STK Miami
Address: 2377 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:

Homepage

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Address: 3250 North East First Avenue, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.sugarcanerawbargrill.com/

Atrio Restaurant
Address: 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://conradhotels1.hilton.com/en/ch/hotels/index.do?ctyhocn=MIACICI

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