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The allure of Miami

“Drink all day. Play all night. Let’s get it poppin. I’m in Miami b***.”

The attitude and sentiment of this song is an appropriate anthem for a city whose energy and over-the-top aesthetic are infectious. Whether you’re coming from New York or LA or anywhere in between, you’re just a few hours away from a hotbed of glitz, glamour, and 24-hour revelry. Miami is a destination spot for more than a few reasons…

Fabulous Weather: Miami is a welcome relief for those of us who have to endure this concept called “seasons.” With the average highs in Miami ranging from 75?F to 89?F throughout the year, it’s always a good time to visit. But it’s especially good when there’s snow on the ground back home. That’s when you get to post pics of yourself frolicking on the beach to the envy of all your haters wearing galoshes.

Beautiful People:  Because the steady sunshine makes it possible to wear next to nothing all year long, residents of Miami are hyper aware of how they look…and it shows. It looks like most Miamians spend serious time and money on their bodies, tans, and wardrobes. The men are ripped, the women are bodacious, even the dogs look like they’re ready for a photo shoot. Definitely step up your game when visiting – extra push ups, new shoes, whatever it takes so you don’t stand out like a pale tourist.

Latino Flavor: Almost 70 percent of the population in Miami is Latino (and almost half of those are Cuban). Stepping off the plane in Miami is almost like walking into a different country, an oasis of Latino culture and flavor. Beyond the more typical salsa and merengue, you are also likely to hear conga, samba, and cumbia. Spanish is always in earshot and reigns supreme at downtown shops and businesses. For many immigrants making their way in Miami, the city can quickly feel like a piece of home.

Partying…and More Partying: Miami is like a playground or a giant outside party bus. While not as hedonistic as Vegas, Miami is definitely known for its good times (including those you can’t remember). The parranda starts when you wake up poolside and continues until the a.m. when you find yourself dancing for four hours straight in clubs that look like circuses on speed. A popular destination for Girls Gone Wild and spring break shennanigans, Miami offers that anything-goes vibe that inspires many to let their hair down and let it all hang out (sometimes literally).

On my flight into Miami last weekend, the Latinos on the plane debated best places to live. We went back and forth among the biggies – LA, New York, and Miami. And while more than a few of us agreed that New York provided more professional opportunities, Miami held a special place in the hearts of those returning. While New York may be the city that never sleeps, Miami is the city you want to be awake in.

Congrats to the city on its major win last week…Miami Heat, you have some exuberant fans!

To learn more about Adriana, visit The Radical Ideas.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those
of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and Space.com, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit www.theradicalideas.com.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

Comments

  1. Awesome blog Adriana! I’m so glad to see Miami having bounced back in the last 20 years or so. I remember as a kid in the 80s picking up Newsweek or what and this article about how tattered and torn Miami had become, and that the stars that once owned this or that place, had moved out, etc…. Glad to see its so happenin again! I wish I could go there. Haven’t been since 75.

  2. I love Miami but South Beach is becoming so trashy. The last three times I have gone to south beach it was a haven for over weight prostitutes (or want to be prostitutes) in skimpy two pieces, with a maze of stretch marks and battle wounds. I even heard a flock of these classy ladies discussing how they skipped out on paying rent and other bills to make the trip, very nice. The men were no better, they were either straight out of rikers or feminine enough to send the message that they are not seeking a female companion. The crowd was pretty disgusting, not appealing at all. So my question is, where should we hang out in Miami besides South Beach?

  3. Glad you asked. I have lived in Miami since arriving in 1984. I am 34 now and have seen this city go through a slew of changes especially in the last 20 years. Speaking of South Beach, I haven’t set foot in the place out of my own will in ages. Granted I’ve ran errands but that’s about it. It has become a place of flash and exaggeration. Talking to a genuine person there is like driving backwards and blindfolded. You can probably do it, but HIGHLY impossible. I really don’t like to think as my city being associated with all that faky fake lifestyle. That is why I hardly cross the causeway. I live in Buena Vista which is located near downtown, the Miami Design District & my favorite, Wynwood. I am surrounded by art galleries, studios, cozy bars with live music and many up & coming green restaurants. It is nothing like the douschey (pardon my french) & pretentious South Beach.

    So to answer your question Jazi, yes there is much more to see in Miami. Places you can attend without blowing your wad or walking away feeling like you just saw an episode of Jersey Shore.

    I’d be more than happy to recommend a spot or two.

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