Miami is one of the hottest vacation destinations in the world. Here are some interesting facts about this sub-tropical paradise.

The Everglades Today

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Today, 50% of South Florida’s original wetland areas no longer exist. The numbers of wading birds have been reduced by 90%. Entire populations of animals are in danger of disappearing. Exotic pest plants have invaded natural areas. Losses of seagrass beds in Florida Bay have been followed by losses of wildlife.

In Mrs. Douglas’s classic book, The Everglades: River of Grass, she wrote, “Unless the people act . . . overdraining will go on. The soil will shrink and burn and be wasted and destroyed, in a continuing ruin.”

However, she continues, in a hopeful vein, “There is a balance in man also, one which has set against his greed . . . Perhaps even in this last hour, in a new relation of usefulness and beauty, the vast, magnificent, subtle and unique region of the Everglades may not be utterly lost.”

The best way to see the Everglades is by picking up a paddle. In wintertime, when the temperatures and swarms of mosquitoes have decreased, Everglades National Park draws large numbers of visitors. They include kayak and canoe campers, along with birders, hikers, and fishermen. They include those with a desire to see this unique treasure.

Miami Beach - South Beach – Art Deco District

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The Art Deco District is the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and comprises hundreds of hotels, apartments and other structures erected between 1923 and 1943. Mediterranean, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco are all represented in the District.

The Historic District is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the East, Lenox Court on the West, 6th Street on the South and Dade Boulevard along the Collins Canal to the North. The movement to preserve the Art Deco District’s architectural heritage was led by former interior designer Barbara Capitman, who now has a street in the District named in her honor.

Miami Beach Dining

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The streets of Miami Beach are lined with high-end dining establishments teeming with the smells of Peruvian, Cuban, Caribbean, Asian and American cuisine – sometimes all at once. What other cities call “fusion” has a name of its own in Miami Beach: “Floribbean.” Prepare to be impressed with its taste and the relatively cheap prices. The South Beach area does have its share of moderately priced eateries, but the most affordable options are tucked away on the side streets. When it comes to meals, some signature Miami Beach dishes visitors should try include stone crab, ceviche, empanadas, Cubanos and pastelitos.

How To Save Money in Miami Beach

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  • Weekdays are cheaper Miami Beach doesn’t see many business travelers. Thus, the hotel rates dip during the weekdays.
  • Get the early bird special Here, this means that you should arrive at your bar or club of choice before they begin charging a cover or raise it. Check the bar’s website earlier that day for the specific time. Also, because of cover charges, bar hopping is a luxury that many cannot afford.
  • Enjoy the outdoors Many of the area’s outdoor activities are completely free to see. Stroll through the Lincoln Road Mall, saunter down Ocean Drive or sit and watch cruise ships roll in from the South Pointe Park and Pier.