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Cities in the Spotlight: Miami

Miami may be a good location if you love beach life and warm weather.

Miami may be a good location if you love beach life and warm weather.

If you love hot weather but still prefer city life, then you may want to consider packing and moving to Miami. The popular destination is the largest area in South Florida, and near many attractive destinations if you want to get away from it all.

The city has more than 408,000 people, while the Miami-Dade County area actually has more than 2.5 million living there. The city is only a three-hour drive from Key West, and is also a short trip to the Florida Everglades National Park.

Beaches are some of the most popular destinations in Florida, and the Southeastern section of the state has plenty of them. Miami Beach has some of the most famous areas, while Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood are not far drives.

The weather in Miami is rarely cold, and if you like the sun, this city may be for you. the average high reaches 89 degrees in August, while the average low only falls to 61 degrees in January, according to The Weather Channel.

If you are interested in the local higher education options, there are many schools available. The University of Miami, Florida International University and Johnson and Wales University are just some of the options in the city.

The city is a cultural melting pot, and it is heavily influenced by the Caribbean. This is not only prevalent in the city's makeup, but also in the food. Significant aspects of Caribbean culture are prevalent in the local cuisine, which borrows a large amount from Cuban-style food. Many of Miami's residents are fluent in Spanish, due to the large influence from the Caribbean.

Miami offers many sports options
Sports are a staple in the Miami area, and if you are a fan of it, there's a chance there is a team for you. All four major sports are represented in the area, as the National Football League's Dolphins, Major League Baseball's Marlins and National Basketball Association's Heat are all in the city. The area's National Hockey League team, the Panthers, are located in nearby Sunrise.

Both the University of Miami and Florida International have Division I sports available. For tennis fans, they can see the Sony Ericsson Open, which is an annual tournament held at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, in nearby Key Biscayne.