15 Facts You Didn’t Know About Miami

In the words of Will Smith, Miami is “the city that keeps the roof blazin” and we couldn’t agree more. With amazing year-round weather, diverse culture, swanky parties, delicious food, the sun, the sand, and the water, Miami truly lives up to its different nicknames like America’s Riviera, Latin Hollywood, and of course Magic City. Check out these facts about Miami that will make you believe in its magic.

  1. Miami officially became a city in 1896 after Julia Tuttle, a local businesswoman, encouraged Henry Flagler, a railroad tycoon, to extend his railroad here and set up a luxury hotel. It’s the only major city in the United States to be founded by a woman. Pretty cool, huh?
  2. Miami gets over 10 million tourists every year! That’s not the least bit surprising considering the sunny weather, lovely beaches, happening clubs, and fabulous resorts.
  3. If you are an Art Deco fan, Miami is THE city for you. With over 800 Art Deco buildings, it has the largest collection in this style in the world. The National Register Art Deco District consists of Espanola Way, Flamingo Park and Museum, and Collins Avenue.
  4. The next time you’re lying on a beach with sunscreen on, remember to thank Miami pharmacist Benjamin Green who invented the skin protector in 1944.
  5. If you’re lucky and we mean really lucky, you could find gold and silver at the Miami Beach. Legend has it that pirates like Gasparilla and Blackbeard buried several treasures right there in the ocean.
  6. What’s in a name? Miami gets its name from the native Mayaimi tribe that lived here between the 1600s and 1700s.
  7. Miami has more than 800 parks and is the only US city to be bordered by two National Parks, the Everglades National Park and the Biscayne National Park.
  8. Jay-Z once spent a whopping $250,000 at the famous Liv nightclub in Miami and to top it off, he left a $50,000 tip for the waitstaff! Where can we sign up for this job?
  9. When it comes to diversity, Miami takes the cake. More than 60 languages are spoken here and you can find over 150 different ethnicities!
  10. Miami is called the “Wreck-reational Diving Capital of the World.” You can dive to about 50 wreck sites where you can find anything from army tanks, oil platforms, ships, and the Spirit of Miami Boeing 727 plane.
  11. In 1929, the city came up with a unique solution to their growing mosquito problem. They built the Perky’s Bat Tower to attract bats as they are natural predators of mosquitoes. Simple enough in theory but things didn’t go quite as planned when not even one bat moved into the tower. Maybe they just didn’t like the style of the building?
  12. The Port of Miami serves almost five million passengers every year which is why it’s called “The Cruise Capital of the World”.
  13. Believe it or not, the iconic Coral Castle was built single-handedly by Edward Leedskalnin. It took him about 30 years to complete and is said to be a dedication to his lost love Agnes.
  14. The first ever Burger King was opened in Miami in December 1954 and the Whopper was introduced at a not-so-whopping 37 cents three years later.
  15. For all the talk about warm weather, it actually did snow in Miami once on January 19, 1977. Still, don’t expect to see a white Christmas here as the chances of that happening are less than 1 percent.

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