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Miami Airport Shuttles: Some of the Miami airport shuttle companies that serve MIA are:

Airport Super Express: looking at, they are family owned and serving South Florida since 1999. They offer service to both Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports and ports. Approximate one way rates vary depending on destination and depending on the size of your party. Some sample prices are $35 to Downtown Miami and the Port of Miami, $45 to South Beach, and $65 to Fort Lauderdale airport. Pick-ups from MIA and POM will inccur an additional $8 and $10 respectively. They also offer tours covering attractions such as Coconut Grove, Calle Ocho, Miami Seaquarium, and the Everglades with children discounts offered.

Keys Shuttle: looking at, they provide door-to-door airport shuttle between the Florida Keys and both MIA and FLL offering 6 scheduled daily trips with a fleet of vans that can accomodate up to 12 passengers. The morning schedule is convenient in the morning with pick-ups every 2 hours. Pick ups begin south from Key West, then Big Pine Key, Marathon, Islamorada, Tavernier, and Key Largo. As for pick-ups at arrival, at MIA you can find their white vans with red stripe between Terminal D & E outside baggage claim on the lower level, while at FLL they can be found at ground level outside the terminal of your airline. They offer charter and group transportation. Reservations can also be made online.

Easy Shuttle: looking at, they provide private non-shared transportation to Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Airport, in addition to serving cruise line ports, hotels and offering tours. Their rates are per trip not person, so you would obviously save more the larger the number of passengers. A typical example is a reservation made on line for Miami adressed and a one way trip to or from either MIA or Port of Miami for a party of 1 passenger to 5 passengers, shows around $50 including airport fees, but call them for an exact quote as prices may change. Cancellations must be made 48 hours or mor ein advance of your trip or inccur a cancellation fee. They also take PayPal.

QLS Transportation: looking at, they have been in business over 10 years serving both the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas with a dispatch center that is open 24 hours a day. They have a fleet covering various type of vehicles from 14 passenger vans, to 20 to 28 pasenger min buses, to luxury SUV's and sedans. They specialize in port service with Thursday thru Monday scheduled trips between Port Of Miami and Fort Lauderdale Airport including hourly departure times, and will pick you up from the Port pier back to the airport. Similiarly equivalent service is available between MIA and Port of Miami. Rates depend on the number of passengers and time of trip. Reservations are required 24 hours prior to pick-up, no payment is required until 2 days before the trip. Later pick-ups can also be arranged.

Miami International Airport(MIA): Miami International Airport (MIA), owned by Miami Dade County, opened in 1928 and it grew to one of the major and busiest airports in the United Sates with over 90 airlines serving the airport. Miami has become one of the biggest gateways between United States and Latin America. The departure level consists of 147 gates laid in concourses from A to H providing a wide selection of restaurants such as T.G.I Fridays, Chili’s, Au bon pain, Veranda restaurant and much more , in addition to shops and various other services and facilities. The airport also provides long term and short term parking facilities with shuttles for transporting passengers in and out of airport.

Miami International Airport Details:

Miami International Airport Contact Details:
Mailing Address: PO Box 025504, Miami, Florida 33102-5504
- Phone: 1 (305) 876-7000
- Website :

MIA Airport History: Beginning of Miami airport started with the procurement of a land by Pan America Airways back in 1928 for operating their flights. The terminal known as Pan American Field was one of the first passenger terminal built in United States. The airport had only one terminal with two runways, concrete aprons and just two hangers. Pan America soon shifted its operation base to Dinner Key seaplane after acquiring some major airline like Rio, Buenos Aires line, and New York. Eastern Air Lines began their operation in 1934 in Pan American Field and 1937 was taken over by National Airlines. The airport was renamed as 36th Street Airport. Since then its size expanded significantly.

The Port Authority was established in 1945 to raise bond revenue to acquire the airport. The old terminal closed following the opening of modern terminal in 1959. In 1947 Port Authority acquired the Miami Army Airfield which was constructed by the U.S. Corps of Engineer. The airport was then renamed as Miami International Airport. With additional land purchases the total airport acreage went up to 2,878. Facilities at 36th Street terminal were outdated and new plans were drawn for a new terminal at 20th street.

In 1959, 1st February the new 20th Street terminal was opened. It had 5 concourses, hotels, post office, restaurants and numerous other shops. In 1960 one additional concourse was added along with parking facilities and other improvements.

In 1973, the Dade County Port Authority changed its name to the Metropolitan Dade County Aviation Department. Since then major rebuilding programs were launched for major expansion and improvement to provide all aviation facilities. Miami International Airport has one of the most ambitious development programs to improve its amenities and capacity of any US airport, including a major expansion of the terminal area completed in 2005 / 2006. The airport opened a fourth runway in 2003 and is the USA's biggest international freight airport.

Location and Driving Directions: The airport is located 14 kilometers northwest of Downtown Miami and 10 miles from South Beach (Miami Beach.

From Downtown Miami: Take I -95 North to State Road 836 West. Take the exit at LeJeune Road northbound (NW 42nd Avenue) and follow signs to the airport.

From the North (Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, North Miami, Hollywood and Palm Beach): Take I-95 southbound to the Airport Expressway – 112 Westbound and then continue follow signs to the airport.

From the South (Florida Keys): Take Route 1 and then take State Road 826 northbound or the Turnpike North to 836 (Dolphin Expressway) eastbound. Exit at LeJeune Road northbound (NW 42nd Avenue) and follow signs to the airport.

From Coconut Grove/ Coral Gables: Take LeJeune Road northbound (NW 42nd Avenue) and follow signs to the airport.

From Miami / Western Florida (Homestead, Kendall, and West Miami): Take Route 41 eastbound to State Route 826 (Palmetto Expressway) northbound. At State Route 836 (Dolphin Expressway), go East and exit on LeJeune Road. Travel north on LeJeune Road and follow signs for the airport.

Miami Other Types of Airport Transportation: Regarding additional means of ground transportation in MIA, Taxis and Limousines are available as well as car rental services with booths located on the lower level of the main terminal. All Ground transportation is available 24 hrs outside the baggage claim area in the lower level. Except for taxis, ground transportation for travelers arriving at Miami International Airport is available on prior agreement. More information on ground transportation is available from the Miami-Dade County Aviation personnel, dressed in blue. Costs depends on the destination, the rates are displayed on the kiosks located on the ground level, outside the baggage claim area.

Miami Airport Parking: MIA offers to its guests two long term parking facilities, Dolphin and Flamingo multi-level parking garages, which are both connected to the main terminal hall. In addition, it is easy to use the airport parking shuttles as they are ready to pick-up and drop-off all travelers to the terminal if they decide to use the discount parking in the economy self-parking lot.

Over height vehicles can be parked in the surface lot parking located near to the east side of Flamingo Garage. Since the terminal complex is large and has north and south sections, the Dolphin Garage is closer to the terminal's Concourse A to D and the Flamingo Garage is closer to Concourses F to H.

Special parking spaces are allotted for the physically challenged travelers. At MIA, handicapped and disabled passengers benefit from shuttles contain wheelchairs lifts to drive them to the handicapped parking.

Miami International Airport provides a wide range of parking options. They are:

Valet parking (North Dolphin Parking Lot level 2): vehicles can be dropped off to the parking attendants. All you have to do is to leave the keys and get your valet parking ticket and move to your respective terminal. Inform the attendant about when you will return. Vehicles parked in valet are limited to a maximum length of stay of twenty (20) days. Parking rates are as follows:

- 0 to 3 hours (first day only), $18.00
- 3 to 24 hours, $30.00
- Each 24 hour period or fraction thereafter, $30.00

Short term parking (for quick visits): At departure level you will find the upper short–term parking and lower short term is accessible on the arrivals level. The Dolphin garage is accessible to the North Terminal (Concourse D) and Central Terminal (Concourses E and F) and is located across from Customs E on both the departure or arrival level. The Flamingo garage is closest to the South Terminal (Concourses G, H and J) and is accessible only on the arrival level. If the parking is packed passenger could use the parking at Dolphin and Flamingo garages.

Short Term Parking Rates are 2.50 per half hour, or portion thereof to a maximum of $30.00 per day

Long Term parking (for overnight stays): The Dolphin Garage serves the North Terminal (Concourses D, and E) and the Flamingo Garage serves the South Terminal (Concourses F, G, H and J) which can be accessed from both arrivals and departure levels of the airport. The main entrance to both garages is off Central Boulevard. All vehicles parked in the garages (long-term) are limited to a maximum stay of 60 days. Remember to keep left as you approach the terminal.

- 0 to 1 hour, $4.00
- 1 to 2 hours, $8.00
- 2 to 3 hours, $10.00
- 3 to 4 hours, $12.00
- 4 to 5 hours, $15.00
- Maximum per 24 hour period $15.00

Economy Park and ride surface lot (24Hrs a day): this lot is located at 1350 NW 45th Avenue and all vehicles in the long term parking is allowed to stay maximum of 60days. Rates are:

- 0 to 1 hour, $3.00
- 1 to 2 hours, $6.00
- Maximum per 24 hour period $8.00

Airport Parking Information: You can get any information regarding parking facilities at Miami International Airport by making a call at +1 (305) 876-7536.

Miami Airport Hotels:

On-site Hotel: Miami International Airport has a conveniently located airport hotel in Concourse E Level 2, offering luxurious accommodation, services and facilities.

Off-site Airport Hotels:.In addition, the airport is located within easy access to many Miami hotels. Hotels in Miami that are in close proximity of Miami Airport have been listed below with distance in mile from the airport and number of rooms offered. Hilton, Crown plaza, Holiday Inn Express and La Quinta Inn provide great choices of hotels for business and leisure passengers. Most of the hotels have airport shuttle services available for transporting passengers in and out of the airport:

- Miami Int'l Airport Hotel, At airport, Northwest 20th Street and Lejeune Road, Miami, Fl 33299-7510, 259 Rooms in 8 floors.
- Homewood Suite Miami Airport, At airport, 5500 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126, 159 Rooms in 7 floors.
- Embassy Suites Miami, 0.5 miles, 3974 Northwest South River Drive, Miami, FL 33142, 318 Rooms in 10 floors.
- Crowne Plaza Miami Airport, 0.5 miles, 950 Norhwest Lejeune Road, Miami, FL 33126, 304 Rooms in 6 floors.
- La Quinta Inn Miami Airport, 0.9 miles, 3501 Northwest LeJeune Road, Miami, FL 33142, 145 Rooms in 4 floors.
- Holiday Inn Miami Airport, 2 miles, 1111 South Royal Poinciana Boulevard, Miami Springs, FL 33166, 218 Rooms in 9 floors.
- Residence Inn Airport South, 1 mile, 1201 NW Le Jeune Road , Miami, Florida 33126, 163 Rooms in 6 floors.
- Wyndham Miami Airport, 1 mile, 3900 NW 21st Street, Miami, FL 33142, 405 Rooms in 10 floors.
- Red Roof Inn Miami Airport, 1 mile, 3401 Northwest Lejeune Road, Miami, FL 33142, 200 Rooms in 5 floors.
- Best Western Airport Inn, 1.4 miles, 3875 Northwest 107th Avenue, Miami, FL 33178, 103 Rooms in 4 floors.
- Holiday Inn Express Airport, 1.5 miles, 5125 NW 36th Street, Miami Springs, FL 33166, 110 Rooms in 6 floors.
- Marriott Courtyard Miami Airport, 1.8 miles, 1201 Northwest Lejuene Road, Miami, FL 33126, 300 Rooms in 5 floors.
- Towneplace Suites Miami, 2 miles, 10505 Northwest 36th Street, Doral, FL 33178, 95 Rooms in 4 floors.
- Days Inn Miami Int'l Airport, 2 miles, 4767 NW 36th Street , Miami Springs, Fl 33166, 147 Rooms in 2 floors.
- Hilton Miami Airport, 2.1 miles, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126, 500 Rooms in 14 floors.
- Summerfield Miami AirportPrint, 2 miles, 5710 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126, 156 Rooms in 3 floors.
- La Quinta Inn Airport, 2.7 miles, 3501 N.W. Le Jeune Road, Miami, FL 33142, 145 Rooms, 4 Suites in 4 floors.
- Fairfield Inn Miami West, 3.9 miles, 4101 NorthWest 11th Street,Miami, FL 33126, 125 Rooms in 6 floors.
- Hyatt Place Miami Airport, 5 miles, 3655 Northwest 82nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33166, 124 Rooms in 6 floors.
- Inter-Continental Miami Airport, 6.5 miles, 2505 NW 87th Ave, Miami, Fl, 33172, 265 Guest Rooms and 3 Suites in 6 Floors.
- Staybridge Suites, 7 miles, 3265 NW 87th Ave, Miami, Fl, 33172, 96 Guest Rooms, 96 Suites, 75 Single-Bedded Rooms, 21 Double-Bedded Rooms, 84 Non-Smoking Room(s) in 9 floors.

Airport Terminal Information: Miami airport terminal covers an area of 3,300 acres and consisting of one main terminal and 8 dock shaped concourses (A, C, D, E, F, G, H & J), all placed in a style that gives the terminal a semicircular appearance. The concourses are lettered in anticlockwise direction from A to J (excluding letter I to avoid confusion with the number 1). The terminal is designed in 3 levels with the first level having baggage conveyors and ground transportation facilities and level two providing access to the concourses, and ticket and check in department. Level 3 consists of immigration and customs halls.

The terminal is differentiated into North Terminal, Central Terminal and South Terminal. American Airlines along with its regional affiliates are served from the North Terminal through concourses A, C and D. However it is being planned to consolidate all into concourse D. The Central terminal includes concourses E, F and G, and is expected to be rebuilt in 2011. It is planned that these will serve the low cost carriers and other not so big airlines. The South terminal comprises of Concourses H and J. Concourse H serves Delta Airlines and its associates in the Sky Team alliance, while Concourse J is serving United Airlines and its associates in the Star Alliance. This seven-storied terminal includes two airline lounges and many offices.

Terminal facilities include ATMs, restaurants, money exchange services, banks, different kinds of shops, pharmacy, health club and a chapel. Miami International Airport also provides porter services, trolleys, and luggage carriers in the airport terminals. At selected locations in the terminal there are restrooms that are accessible via wheelchair and special telephones for the hearing impaired.

Concourse A: Concourse A has got one bus station and 16 gates: A3, A5, A7, A10, A12, A14, A16- A26. By the beginning of 2011 Concourse A will start serving international arrivals after its extension with Concourse D gates from D1 to D17. It will have the automated movers system to facilitate easy movement of passengers.

Concourse A Airlines: Below is the information on airlines served by this concourse:
- Aces, (305) 265-1272
- British Airways, (800) 247-9297
- Lan Chile, (305) 670-9999
- Lan Peru, (800) 735-5590
- Swissair, (800) 221-4780
- Turkish Air, (800) 874-8875

Concourse A Shops:
- Newsstand
- Duty Free

Concourse A Restaurants:
- Miami Subs Grill and Bar (salads, subs, wings, breakfast, gyros, hamburgers)

Concourse B: Concourse B had one bus station and 12 gates- B1, B2-B12, B15. It used to serve Eastern Airlines along with Concourse C and D. The concourse was closed back in 2004 as a part of the North Terminal Development project.

Concourse B Airlines: Below is the information of airlines served by concourse B:
- Aero Mexico, (800) 237-6639
- Air France, (800) 237-2747
- Aviateca, (800) 327-9832
- Mexicana, (800) 531-7921
- Nica, (800) 831-6422
- Taca, (800) 535-8780
- Transbrasil, (800) 872-3153
- Virgin Atlantic, (800) 862-8621

Concourse B Shops:
- Newsstand
- Duty Free

Concourse B Restaurants:
- Food Court
- Coco Gelato
- Sushi–to–go
- Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs
- Pizza, salads, sandwiches
- Café Versailles

Concourse B Services:
- Bank on level 4
- Post Office on Level 4

Concourse C: The concourse has 3 gates - C5, C7 and C9. It used to serve Eastern Air lines but was soon closed in 2009 as a part of North Terminal Development project. The closure allowed construction of new gates where it stood.

Concourse C Airlines: Below is the information of airlines served by concourse C:
- Aero Continente, (877) 359-7378
- Aero Postal, (888) 912-8466
- Air Aruba, (800) 882-7822
- Air D'Ayiti, (888) 822-3434
- American Airlines, (800) 433-7300
- Avensa, (305) 871-8858
- Copa, (800) 359-2672
- Lab Bolivia, (800) 337-0918
- Lacsa, (800) 225-2272
- Martinair, (800) 627-8462
- Qantas, (800) 227-4500
- Servivensa, (305) 381-8001

Concourse C Shops:
- Newsstand
- Duty Free
- Money Exchange
- Gift Store
- Bank

Concourse C Restaurants:
- South Beach Snack Bar
- Fruit Tree Cafe

Concourse D: Concourse D has one bus station and 24 gates- D21-D25, D29-D32, D35A-F, D36-D40, and D42-D51. Like all other concourses this also used to serve Eastern Airlines. American currently uses the concourse for both domestic and international flights and operates an Admirals Club within the concourse, located near Gate D30. Baggage claim for American domestic flights is provided in level 1 of the concourse. After complete renovation it is planned to have 50 gates, a regional jet facility, and an automated people mover system and baggage handling system.

Concourse D Airlines: Below is the information on airlines served by Concourse D:
American Airlines, (800) 433-7300
American Eagle, (800) 433-7300

Concourse D Shops:
- Newsstand
- Duty Free
- Money Exchange
- Sundries

Concourse D Restaurants:
- Quick Serve American Eagle
- Cinnabon
- Pizza Strata
- Starbucks
- La Carreta
- Burger King
- Café Versailles

Concourse E: Concourse E has two bus stations and 17 gates - E1-E2, E4-E11, E20-E25, E30-E31 and E33. The concourse features an Admirals Club and a recently reopened Flagship Lounge, which is exclusive use by first-class passengers. Concourse E also contains the Central Terminal's immigration and customs halls. Concourse E holds the seven story Miami-International Airport hotel and other Miami-Dade Aviation Department executive offices. Level 2 is used for check-in by American Eagle and several Latin American carriers.

Concourse E Airlines: Below is the information of airlines served by concourse E:
- Aeromar, (305) 871-4262
- Allegro, (800) 915-7351
- Air Caribbean, (888) 533-2500
- Air Jamaica, (800) 523-5585
- Airtran. (800) 247-8726
- Air Transat, (877) 872-6728
- Alitalia, (800) 223-5730
- American Transair, (800) 883-5228
- Balair, (800) 322-5247
- Bwia, (800) 538-2942
- Falcon Air Express, (305) 592-5672
- Ltu, (800) 888-0200
- Miami Air, (305) 871-8001
- National, (888) 757-5387
- Premiair, (866) 522-4582
- Sun Country, (800) 359-5786
- Suriname Airways, (305) 262-9794
- Tam, (888) 235-9826
- Chalks-Ocean-Airways, (800) 424-2557
- Signature Charter, (800) 627-8465

Concourse E Shops:
- Newsstand
- Duty Free

Concourse E Restaurants:
- Pizza Hut - Nathan’s (Hot dogs, limited breakfast and snacks) - Eeni Weenie - Food Court- Cinnabon, California Pizza Kitchen, TCBY/Frankly Gourmet, Burger King
- Top of the Port Restaurant )level 7 at Miami International Airport Hotel (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Top of the port Lounge and Poolside Snack Bar (level 8 at Miami International Aiprort Hotel)
- Café La Carreta – level 1 (Coffee and snacks)
- America’s Favorite ice Cream

Concourse E Services:
- Car Rental Agency (level 1)
- Baggage check in for connecting passengers (level 1)
- Bus terminal
- Baggage conveyors

Concourse F: Concourse F has one bus station and 19 gates - F1, F3-F12, F14-F21 and F23. Level 1 of the Concourse F portion of the terminal is used for domestic baggage claim and cruise line counters. Level 2 contains check-in facilities for European carriers.

Concourse F Airlines: Below is the information of airlines served by concourse F:
- Aerolineas Argentinas, (305) 648-4100
- Air New Zealand, (800) 262-1234
- Alm, (800) 327-7230
- Avianca, (800) 284-2622
- Cayman Airways, (800) 422-9626
- Iberia, (800) 772-4642
- Lauda Airlines, (800) 588-8399
- Lufthansa, (800) 645-3880
- United Airlines, (800) 241-6522

Concourse F Shops:
- Sundries
- Newsstand
- Duty Free
- Bookstore

Concourse F Restaurants:
- Food court – Burger King, Pizza Hut Express
- Guava and Java
- Sbarros
- Café Versailles

Concourse G: Concourse G has one bus station and 14 gates- G1-G12, G14-G16 and G19. This is the only concourse that has remained very much the same from its initial state. It does not handle international arrivals even though it is quite often used for departing international charter flights. Flights departing after 2.00 PM to Cuba are often from this concourse to ease the load at Concourse F when European-bound flights are preparing to depart.

Concourse G Airlines: Below is the information of airlines served by concourse G:
- Air Canada, (888) 247-2262
- Canadian Airlines, (888) 247-2262
- America West, (800) 235-9292
- Continental Airlines, (800) 525-0280
- Northwest/KLM, (800) 225-2525
- TWA/Royal Maroc, (800) 221-2000
- Varig Airlines, (800) 468-2744

Concourse G Shops:
- Newsstand
- Giftshop

Concourse G Restaurants:
- Chilli’s Too
- Au Bon pain Bakery Café, Cozzoli’s Pizzeria (soups, salads and pizza)

Concourse H: Concourse H has one bus station and 13 gates- H3- H20.Concourse H historically served as the base of operations for Piedmont's Miami focus city and US Air Express's commuter operations. Concourse H continues to serve original tenant Delta Air Lines, which uses all but one of the gates on the west side of the pier.

Concourse H Airlines: Below is the information of airlines served by concourse H:
- Bahamas Air, (800) 222-4262
- Delta Airlines, (800) 221-1212
- Metro Jet/Delta, (888) 638-7653
- US Airways, (800) 428-4322

Concourse H Shops: - Shoe shine Stand
- Newstand

Concourse H Restaurants:
- Hole in One (snack bar with pizza, hot dogs, salads and sandwiches and TCBY)
- Baked Potato cart
- Café Versailles

Concourse J: Concourse J has one bus station and 15 gates: J2-J12, J14-J18.

Internet Access: Data port connections are available throughout the terminal at Miami International Airport.

Currency Exchange and ATMs: Currency exchange facilities are available at Concourses C and D at Miami International Airport.

ATMs are located throughout the terminal at points that are easily accessible by passengers. Bank of America has a branch in Concourse B Level 4, and ATMs are located at the Service Centers, located on Concourses C and G, Level 2 and throughout the terminal's 2nd level.

Medical Facilities: Pharmaceuticals are available at the terminal pharmacy.

Disabled Facilities: Wheelchair accessible restrooms and telephones for the hearing impaired are available.

Missing Baggage: Baggage reclaim and lost baggage can be collected from the Level 1 baggage reclaim area of the terminal.

Help for Stuck Passengers: At level 2 of Concourse E tourist information center is available for any passenger inquiries and assistance.

Tourist Information: The tourist information center located on Level 2 of Concourse E can assist with all inquiries.

Airlines Lounges: The following lounges are available under the corresponding concourse:
- Concourse A: British Airways Terraces Lounge and Club America.
- Concourse B: American Airlines Admirals Club.
- Concourse E: American Airlines Admirals Club E and Club America E.
- Concourse F: Club America and United Airlines' Red Carpet Club.
- Concourse H: Delta Airlines Crown Room Club.

Miami International Airport Security: There are high security measures at all U.S airports after the September 11 attacks. Passengers should be clear about the information on what is allowed and forbidden to take aboard. It would be beneficial to familiarize yourself with the latest security guidelines and suggestions. Some of them are listed below:

- Airport Security Tips: Do not leave your personal items, bags, baggage, purses, etc unattended for any reason at anytime. Passengers are not allowed to enter areas posted as Restricted Area or Authorized Personnel Only. Please request assistance from nearest airport personnel or Miami-Dade Airport Police. Report any unattended items or suspicious activity immediately to airline personnel or Miami-Dade Airport Police at 305-876-7373.

- Passenger Security Screening Checkpoints: In accordance with the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001, as of February 17, 2002, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) became responsible for the management and operation of the passenger security screening checkpoints at all U. S. airports. TSA reminds the passengers of the security measures and help them to be prepared for security.

City of Miami: Miami is the youngest city in United States that transformed into a city overnight and thus often referred to as the “Magic City”. There are seemingly many nicknames for Miami, “Gateway to the Americas”, “American Riviera”, “The Sixth Borough”, “Little Cuba” being some of the famous ones. It is located in Southeast Florida, in Miami – Dade County on the banks of Miami River.

Ranked as the 4th largest urbanized city and the cleanest city in U.S.A, Miami is not only known for beaches and buildings but also forthe famous “MIAMI ART MUSEUM” and the famous “fairchild tropical botanic garden”. It is also famous in finance, arts and media.

Miami in recent years has become the international hub attracting many native and foreign tourists and thus bringing Miami rank third in most popular destination for international travelers. With new developments, skyscrapers, residential homes, real estate boom is already happening. Scenic beauty appended with hotels, resorts, beaches, tree lined streets, and is indeed a great destination for foreign visitors.

Having the largest municipality in Miami Dade County is managed by a Mayor and five City Commissioners looking after the five districts of Miami City. Miami is witnessing a dramatic boom in real estate resulting in beautiful and colorful skyline

The weather of this coastal city is typically tropical with a hot and humid summer and very dry winters. Being between two major bodies of water, miami city is always exposed to hurricanes (such as Katrina in 2005).

As for the languages spoken in that city, spanish is the most common one. English and French come after it. Some residents use portuguese, german and italian.

If you decide to visit this city one day, don’t forget to shop in its distinguished malls where you can find the best quality in all types of products.

Miami city has many professional sport teams such as the Miami dolphins( football), Miami heat (basketball) and florida marlins (baseball).

City of Miami History: Birth of Miami City can be traced back to 1890’s. Julia Tuttle a widow and owner of several acres of land near Miami River wanted Henry Flagler, a millionaire to expand his rail to South of Florida. But he didn’t see any benefit of doing so till the 1895 cold spell damaged all crops except in South of Florida. Tuttle realizing the opportunity sent Flagler a box of orange blossoms. Julia Tuttle also known as “mother of Miami” along with Mary Brickell decided to give him some land in return of the railroad extension. Flagler wanted the city named as Miami.

City of Miami Geography: Miami has the smallest land area for a metropolian city in the Unites States with two national parks Everglades National Park and Biscayne National park at its west and east borders respectively. Majority of Miami’s city lies on the shores of Biscayne Bay. The bay is land marked by several artificial barrier islands. Miami is broadly classified into North, South, West and Downtown.

The heart of the city, Miami Downtown is the business hub of South Florida and houses many major financial institutions, banks and high rise buildings. Coral Way in South of Miami area holds beautiful old houses with refreshing view of tree lined streets. Coconut grove established in 1825 is full of restraints, nightclubs, parks, gardens and many shops. It is also famous for some really good private schools and estates.Little Havana and West Flagler form the western part of Miami. Miami Beach one time famous for its jewish neighborhood, is now mostly housing immigrants form Central America and Cuba. The northern side of Miami is trademarked by high rise buildings with mix of diversity.

Miami Weather: Miami has typical tropical monsoon climate with hot and humid summers and typical dry in winter owing to its location just over Tropic of Cancer. The hottest month in Miami is August with average high temperature going up to 29.8 F. A greater part of the year is warm and humid. One could easily relate the similarity of Caribbean tropical climate with summer at Miami.

Rains usually lasts from May to October bringing in low temperatures and fresh breeze. Every year abundant rainfall is noticed. Being surrounded by two major water bodies there are possibilities of Miami being hit by a hurricane. The wettest months of the year are June, August and September. Following winter one could expect the fall of winter which generally lasts from late October to March. In winters there is less humidity and no snow fall has been ever reported. The coldest month is in January with average low temperature being 89.8 F. The driest months are found to be in months of December, January and February.

City of Miami General Information:

City of Miami Mayor's Office:
- Address: City of Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Dr., Miami FL 33133
- Telephone: (305) 250-5300, Fax: (305) 854-4001

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce:
- Address: 1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Ballroom Level, Miami, FL 33132-1260
- P (305) 350-7700, Toll Free (888) 860-5355, F (305) 374-6902

City of Miami Police Department:
- Miami Police Non-Emergency - (305) 579-6111
- Emergencies Only Dial 911
- Crime Stoppers - (305) 471-TIPS
- Drug Tip Hotline - (305) 623-7847
- Gang/Graffiti Hotline - (305) 808-6800


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