Exploring Miami

Miami is located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the seat of Miami-Dade County. The 44th most populated city in the United States with a population of approximately 417,650, it is the principal, central, and most populous city of the Miami metropolitan area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Miami's metro area is the eighth most populous and fourth-largest urban area in the United States with a population of around 5.5 million.

Miami is home to many entertainment venues, theaters, museums, beaches, parks and performing arts centers. The newest addition to the Miami arts scene is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the second-largest performing arts center in the United States after the Lincoln Center in New York City. The city attracts a large number of musicians, singers, actors, dancers, and orchestral players. Miami music is varied—Cubans brought the conga and rumba, while Haitians and the rest of the French West Indies brought kompa and zouk to Miami from their homelands. Dominicans brought bachata and merengue, while Colombians brought vallenato and cumbia, and Brazilians brought samba. West Indians and Caribbean people brought reggae, soca, calypso and steel pan to the area as well.

The cuisine of Miami is a reflection of its diverse population with a heavy influence from the Caribbean and Latin America. By combining the two with American cuisine, it spawned a unique South Florida style of cooking known as Floribbean cuisine. The Cuban sandwich, medianoche, Cuban espresso, and croquetas are all symbols of the city's varied cuisine. Today, these can be found in window cafés, particularly outside of supermarkets and restaurants. With a long history as a seaport, Miami is also known for its seafood with many seafood restaurants located along the Miami River and in and around Biscayne Bay.

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