14 Little Known Facts About Miami Beach
Miami Beach is much more than sunshine and Ultra Music Festival. Below are some awesome little known facts about this sub-tropical paradise we call Miami Beach.
- Miami was named for the Mayaimis, a Native American tribe who lived in the area until the late 17th century. The Mayaimis took their name from Lake Okeechobee, which was called ‘Mayaimis’ or “big water.”
- Miami is home to 150+ ethnicities and 60+ languages.
- The first suntan lotion was invented by Miami Beach pharmacist, Benjamin Green, in 1944.
- Miami Beach was a mangrove swamp before its development started in the 1920s.
- The only Everglades eco-system in the world is in Miami.
- 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. Both parks offer a wide array of activities for visitors to partake in including wildlife watching and canoeing.
- Miami is the only major city in the US to be founded by a woman (Julia Tuttle, dubbed the “Mother of Miami”). Tuttle convinced Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler to extend his railroad from central Florida to Miami, build a luxury hotel, and lay out a new town. She did so by sending him perfect Miami orange blossoms during a crop freeze north of Miami. The railroad arrived in 1896. The City of Miami was incorporated on July 28 that same year.
- Miami Beach’s Art Deco district is home to the world’s largest collection of Art Deco Architecture – 800+ buildings and counting!
- In 2008, Miami was ranked #1 Cleanest City in America by Forbes Magazine.
- Miami has the largest cruise ship port in the world.
- Miami Beach was dubbed the Sun and Fun Capital by Jackie Gleason when he broadcast his show here in the 1960s. Today Miami Beach is known as America’s Riviera and the Latin Hollywood.
- The Vizcaya Museum calls Miami Beach home. It has an exquisite orchid collection and has artwork displays that are over 2,000 years old. More than 170,000 visitors come to the Vizcaya Museum each year.
- In 2008, South Beach was rated #1 Beach in America by the Travel Chanel.
- 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.
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