10 Surprising Facts about Miami!

February 25, 2014

It may already be pretty surprising that we offer awesome South Beach Studios for such a great price, but here are some more intriguing facts that you may not have known about this South Florida gem:

1. The name ‘Miami’ comes from the Mayaimis, a native american tribe living in the area until the 1700s. The word ‘Florida’ comes from the Spanish ‘Feast of the Flowers’ celebration.

2. You’ve seen some of the cool buildings, but did you know that you can find over 800 separate Art Deco structures in Miami Beach? This makes it the world’s largest collection of this style of building.

3. Miami has more than 800 parks. It is actually the only city in the US that is bordered by two national parks – The  Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park–  which is great news for all nature lovers.

4. Miami Beach is a man-made island that was once a Coconut Grove Plantation.

5. It is said that Miami is the only major city in the United States founded by a woman. Julia Tuttle, also known as ‘The Mother Of Miami’ 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. The railroad arrived and the City of Miami was founded  in 1896.

6. Miami is even more diverse than you think! It’s home to more than 150 ethnicities and over 60 languages.

7. It may be filled with sun worshippers, but Miami is where sunblock was invented, by local pharmacist Benjamin Green in 1944.

8. Maybe most surprisingly, Miami is home to a very large snow skiing club, one of the biggest in the US!

9. Believe it or not, Miami was a popular place for pirates to visit and bury treasure. Famous pirates such as Gasparilla, Blackbeard and Lafitte were regular visitors and gold, silver and treasure have been uncovered on and off land in the area.

10. Miami Beach is known as the “Wreck Diving Capital of the Americas’ (due the sheer number of wrecks (not just the aforementioned treasure!). Miami waters hold over 50 diveable wreck sites — including ships, oil platforms, army tanks and the Spirit of Miami Boeing 727 jet– sunken to provide artificial reefs for marine life.

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