Miami could be considered the capital of the Americas – plural, as in North and South. No other city in the Western Hemisphere has Miami’s blend of Latin American, North American and Caribbean peoples and cultures – not to mention flavors! Joining longtime Cuban residents are recent arrivals from Colombia, Brazil and Argentina.
Don't confuse Miami with its glam sister, Miami Beach. While Miami has posh and pretty sides – the luxury boutiques and fine dining of Coral Gables spring to mind – it is also working-class, artsy and intellectual. South Florida's bohemian spirit thrives in Wynwood, home to the vivid public art murals known as Wynwood Walls. Classical music, opera and dance grace the Adrienne Arsht Center in gentrifying downtown, which can easily be seen from the sky along the free Metromover train.
Eighth Street, more popularly known as Calle Ocho, is the official heart of Little Havana, while the University of Miami Campus adjoins trendy Coconut Grove. The magnificent Everglades, a wonderland of reptiles, birdlife and wetlands, is within easy day-tripping distance.