Surprisingly, Miami's temperate weather and beachfront beauty aren't the reasons this town is called Magic City. This nickname got started when snowbirds noticed the population explosion that started in the 1940s. Since then, Miami has continued to grow into a major center for commerce and culture. It has served as the entry point to the States for many, making it a city that celebrates its diversity and offers a rich mix of cultures, arts, and cuisines.
When you tour the Art Deco District, you'll find a unique take on the bright building colors so often found in tropical locations. This historic area has the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world, many with pastel accents and other details that make them distinctive among other examples of Art Deco architecture. The Miami Beach Art Deco Museum can tell you more about how this building style embodied resilience and optimism during the tight times of the Great Depression. Today this area is celebrated as one of the most glamorous spots in the world for nightlife, beaches, and shopping.
Whether you want to hit clubs to dance all night long or simply want a quiet moonlit walk along the beach, Miami can offer you both activity and relaxation, day or night. Explore museums to learn about local artists and history and be sure to check the local event calendars for food and wine festivals, fashion shows, conventions, and expos. Catch a concert or live performance and top everything off with delicious meals. From classic Southern comfort food to traditional Cuban dishes and Floribbean cuisine, you'll find flavors to suit any palate.