10 Cool Facts About Miami Beach

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Miami Beach is one of the hottest vacation spots in the country. What most people don’t realize is that there’s a lot more to this unique city than sunshine and bikinis. There are 10 cool facts about Miami Beach that just might surprise you.

1. A Great Place To Star Gaze

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Many celebrities visit Miami Beach every day. This may be because it’s not only just a few miles from South Beach, but it is a little less than two hours from the luxurious city of Palm Beach.

2. Home To The World’s Largest Art Deco Architecture

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There are more than 800 buildings that feature Art Deco Architecture in Miami Beach. This makes it the largest collection of this type of architecture in the entire world. The historic districts of Espanola Way, Collins/Washington Avenues, Flamingo Park, and Museum make up the National Register Art Deco District.

3. Bordered By Two National Parks

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Miami Beach is surrounded by both the Biscayne National Park and the Everglades National Park. It’s the only city in the United States that has two different national parks as part of its borders. Both parks offer a wide array of activities for visitors to partake in including wildlife watching and canoeing.

4. The Best Place To Cruise

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For those that want to take a cruise, Miami Beach is the place to be. Miami contains the largest cruise ship port in the entire world. Many cruise ships go in and out of this port on a daily basis.

5. Lots Of Buried Treasure To Be Found

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For those who visit Miami Beach, lost treasure awaits. Pirates such as Blackbeard and Gasparilla supposedly left many treasures behind in the nearby ocean. A lot of gold and silver have been found both on and off the land by those who have visited Miami Beach.

6. The Island Is Man-Made

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Miami Beach is one of the few man-made islands in the United States. It was once a desolate coconut grove plantation. Years back, most people would have never guessed that it would now be the popular tourist destination that it is today.

7. Diversity Wherever You Look

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Miami Beach is a very diverse place. It is estimated that there are at least 150 ethnicities as well as over 60 different languages spoken there. When visiting Miami Beach it doesn’t matter what race you are or what language you speak, you will probably find someone who is the same race and speaks the same language as you. There are many different cultural venues to visit in the area as well.

8. Vizcaya Museum

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The Vizcaya Museum calls Miami Beach home. It has an exquisite orchid collection and has artwork displays that are over 2,000 years old. More than 170,000 visitors come to the Vizcaya Museum each year.

9. A Cosmopolitan Flair

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Miami Beach has a cosmopolitan side to it. There are many restaurants that are rated world-class as well as booming modeling and recording industries. Many individuals have made a name for themselves in there. Actresses Cristy Joy and Robin Sherwood were both born in Miami Beach.

10. The Home Of Suntan Lotion

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The inventor of suntan lotion was from Miami Beach. He was a pharmacist named Benjamin Green and came up with the useful concoction in 1944. Now visitors of Miami Beach can safely protect themselves from the sun thanks to Benjamin Green’s invention.

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