“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!
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