Miami was officially incorporated as a city in 1896 and was named for the nearby Miami River, derived from Mayaimi, the historic name of Lake Okeechobee. Because of the prevalence of Spanish language and culture in the city, many refer to Miami as the capital of Latin America. Miami is also known as the Cruise Capital of the World, with over 2 million cruisers embarking from its ports annually.
Miami offers an eclectic mix of experiences, allowing you to get close to nature and enjoy the sunshine while also exploring the art and culture of the area.
For a beach practically made for tadpoles, visit Matheson Hammock Park. The beach is kid-friendly with no waves (it sits along a man-made reef).
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