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Miami is a sprawling metropolitan area of 5.5 million people. It is comprised of 11 districts each with its distinct character such as Little Havana, Upper Eastside, Coral Gables and Miami Beach.


The Port of Miami on Biscayne Bay at the mouth of the Miami River is the world's largest cruise port.


The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway connects ports from Boston to Key West. It consists of natural inlets, salt water rivers, bays and sounds, and man-made canals.


Downtown Miami is the epicenter with a blend of skyscrapers, sports venues, and views of Biscayne Bay.  The Miami Metromover, a free electrically powered tram, carries people through the downtown area.


Miami City Hall is housed in the former Pan American seaplane terminal on Dinner Key.


Villa Vizcaya Museum exemplifies the "Mediterranean Revival" architectural style popular in Florida in the 1910-20's.


Vizcaya Gardens are an example of Italian Garden design which has been adapted to Miami's subtropical climate.


Miami Beach sprawls across a series of natural and man-made barrier islands. It has 7 miles of shoreline.


Ocean Drive, lined with neon-colored hotels and restaurants, is the most photographed street in South Beach. 800 Art Deco buildings are found in Miami Beach.


Fort Lauderdale lies 40 kilometers north of Miami. It is known for its extensive beaches and "the Strip" a promenade running along oceanside highway 1A1.


Biscayne National Park preserves Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs. The colorful fish and corals make it a prime diving and snorkelling location.


A short drive from Miami, the 1.5 million acre Everglades National Park is a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. A 15 mile tram tour takes visitors into the heart of the ecosystem.


Everglades National Park preserves the habitat of 350 species of birds, 300 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles and 40 species of mammals, including alligators, manatees and the Florida panther.


The Florida Keys are a chain of limestone and fossilized coral reefs which became exposed during the ice age and upon which debris from the West Indies was deposited.


A 126-mile overseas highway links 40 inhabited islands and crosses 42 bridges. The largest island is Key Largo, consisting of hardwood hammock and mangrove and site of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.


Murals in Miami City Hall depict the arrival of Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, in 1513.


Key West has a collection of a dozen Seward Johnson sculptures.


A popular sculpture is of Marilyn Monroe, "Forever Marilyn."


Duval and Caroline Streets are the hub of old town Key West with its 60 historic sites including Ernest Hemingway's home and Truman's little White House.


Key West Museum of Art and History is set in a former customs house.



Key West Bight is an active harbor and marina. Pelicans, sea turtles and manatees can be seen in the waters of the marina.


Dolphin and turtle refuges, bird sanctuaries and nature centers dot the islands of the Keys.

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