Miami Living 2017-10-16T06:23:16+00:00


Living in Miami – A Place Like None Other

There are few places in the world that can compare to Miami and the lifestyle it provides. After all, here you’ll find year-round, tropical weather; wide, palm-lined beaches; a variety of cultures; and opportunities galore.

Miami vibrates with energy and a big reason for that is the cultural diversity; it’s reflected everywhere and each neighborhood offers up its own uniqueness. The food, the shops, the music…it’s an international affair- and the perks are many.

Savor the flavors of the world in your own backyard! Miami offers up so many choices when it comes to dining; be sure to bring your appetite. In addition, its waterfront location provides a never-ending supply of fresh seafood. You’ll also find something called Floribbean, a unique blend of Florida and the Caribbean, which adds a tasty twist to all kinds of dishes: try fresh grouper with mango salsa or mahi-mahi wrapped in banana leaves; it’s a taste explosion you won’t soon forget.

Salsa, jazz, gritty blues, reggae, island steel drums…Miami has it all. Whether you want to dance the night away or just sit back and soak it all in, you’ll find what you seek, and more.

The Florida Grand Opera, the New World Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, the Miami Film Festival, the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts…the list goes on and on! There is always something culturally enriching going on in Miami. And each spring, there’s a long list of art festivals happening most every weekend, including the Coconut Grove Arts Festival – one of the nation’s premier fine art shows.

Miami offers visitors and residents public transportation throughout the county – and beyond. You’ll find the Metrobus; Metrorail, an above-ground train connecting South Miami to North Miami; the Metromover, for getting around certain areas of downtown; and Tri-Rail, which connects Miami to Broward and Palm Beach counties to the north.

Play in Miami – The Action Never Stops

With a whopping 84 miles of coastline, and temperatures that hover in the eighties, finding something to do in South Florida is easy. The climate here is perfect for year-round, outdoor activities including snorkeling, swimming, fishing, surfing, water-skiing, jet skiing…you name it!

For divers and snorkelers, Miami Beach is an underwater mecca – thanks to one of the best artificial reefs programs in the world; you can explore more than 30 sunken ships, two oil platforms, a pair of U.S. Army tanks, hundreds of limestone and concrete structures and more. (This helps explain the nickname, “Wreckreational Dive Capital of the Americas.”)

Did you know that Miami is the only place in the U.S. with two national parks? Be sure to spend an afternoon at Everglades National Park; its untamed ecosystem is unlike any other on earth. Hop on an airboat and see it all up close and personal. Biscayne National Park is the only living tropical reef within the continental U.S. In fact, most of the park is actually under water! You can enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, kayaking among the mangroves, and more.

For a trip back in time, tour some of Miami’s historical landmarks including The Freedom Tower in Downtown; Vizcaya, an Italian Renaissance villa; or the Barnacle State Historic site, the oldest house in Miami, located right on the bay.

History can also be found on the golf courses of Miami. Since the 1920s, this town has been a golfer’s heaven, with blue skies and challenging greens. Whether you seek the greatest challenge of your life or an easy nine holes, you can find it here.

Learn in Miami – Not Just a Weekend Playground

The Magic City of Miami offers a wealth of educational opportunities, no matter what your age. And what could be better than getting an education in a top rated school where the temperature rarely dips below 70°F?

As the second largest city in Florida, Miami has the 3rd highest number of charter schools in the state and the fourth largest public school district in the nation. Upon graduation, over 80 percent of our students choose to continue their education.

Miami-Dade County also has the nation’s largest community college and numerous top private and public universities, including:

  • University of Miami
  • Barry University
  • Miami Christian University
  • Carlos Albizu University
  • Miami-Dade College
  • Embry Riddle University Miami
  • Miami International University of Art & Design
  • Florida College of Natural Health
  • Brown Mackie College
  • Florida International University
  • St. Thomas University
  • Florida Memorial College
  • Florida National College Miami
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Miami
  • Jones College

To help a little further, here is some information on the top three universities in the area:

The University of Miami (also known as Suntan U) boasts 12 colleges and schools, including both a Medical School and a Law School. It’s ranked 55th in the U.S., according to the US News & World Report rankings.

Florida International University is one of the 25 largest universities in the nation, based on enrollment. FIU offers more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in 21 colleges and schools.

Miami Dade College is the largest and most diverse college in the entire nation, offering over 200 programs of study and several degree options, including vocational, associate, and baccalaureate degrees.

No matter what your interests, from graphic design to culinary art and international business to healthcare, you will find the ideal program to further your studies in our beautifully diverse city.

Working in Miami – Options as Diverse as the City Itself

There are few places in the world that can compare to Miami and the lifestyle it provides. After all, here you’ll find year-round, tropical weather; wide, palm-lined beaches; a variety of cultures; and opportunities galore.

Working in paradise is certainly enjoyable, and it may be easier than you think. With its close proximity to Latin America, Miami is known as the “Gateway to the Americas.” As such, you’ll find over 500 multinational corporations who have offices and headquarters here. Some of the larger companies based in Miami include: Alienware, American Airlines, Cisco, DHL, Microsoft, SBC Communications, Burger King, Sony and Disney.

Another big business is the Port of Miami – it’s one of the nation’s busiest cargo ports – and as the Cruise Capital of the World, it only makes sense that many of the world’s largest cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, NCL, and Carnival) have their world headquarters here. But there’s more to Miami than tourism (even though it’s the number one moneymaker for the city). Here are the top ten largest businesses in Miami based on market capitalization:

  • Lennar Corporation
  • Carnival Corporation
  • World Fuel Services
  • Ryder Corporation
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Southern Wine and Spirits
  • Brightstar
  • Watsco
  • IVAX Corporation
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines

Healthcare is also big business in South Florida. Miami-Dade County has the largest concentration of medical facilities in the state, with more than 29,000 health care professionals and 28 hospitals. (The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is the second-largest public hospital in the nation.)

If your career involves banking, Miami is the place to be. There are more international banks located in Miami than any other U.S. city.

If aviation is your passion, Miami International Airport has the third highest international passenger traffic in the United States.

Altogether, about 68,000 firms are located in the Miami-Dade County area, with new companies opening every day. So in addition to beautiful sunsets, there are great opportunities on the horizon in Miami’s job market.