Miami began when Julia Tuttle convinced Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler to extend his railroad from central Florida to Miami. Once there, Flagler build a luxury hotel, the Royal Palm Hotel, and laid out the new town, creating an unique Florida vacation destination. Every winter, tourists came to the warm and sunny climate, and more hotels and resorts, such as the Biltmore were built to accommodate them.
Today, Miami is rich and diverse: Restaurants, Nite Clubs, Sporting Events & 24 hour Entertainment keeps the city active around the clock. For outdoor recreation Miami offers more than 800 parks, including Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, considered one of the top 10 Best Beaches in the U.S. Miami is also home to two unique national parks, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.
Tennis and golf are popular activities, as well as water sports, such as parasailing, windsurfing, wave-running and jet-skiing.
Miami is home to Florida Marlins Baseball, Miami Dolphins Football, and Miami Heat Basketball. Visitors to Miami, should venture out to Miami Beach’s unique Art Deco District, known as South Beach, and view the world’s largest collection of Art Deco Architecture, over 800 buildings!
Beneath Miami lies above the Biscayne Aquifer, a natural underground source of fresh water. Most of the South Florida metropolitan area obtains its drinking water from this aquifer. As a result of the aquifer, it is not possible to dig more than 15 to 20ft (4.57 to 6.1 m) beneath the city without hitting water, which impedes underground construction.
Miami is home to one of the largest ports in the United States, the Port of Miami. It is also the largest cruise ship port in the world.