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Miami moves to a Latin beat
Miami and Florida vacation rental villa is hot, and it's not just
the sultry subtropical clime. The city moves to a Latin beat that's as torrid as Tito Puente's drums and
as fiery as Celia Cruz's voice, and visitors from around the world come to bask in its feverish glow.
Just ask the fashionistas who now count Miami among the best design centers of the world, thanks to annual
events such as Fashion Week of the Americas and the Art Deco Festival. Equally enthusiastic are the
gastrognoscenti who queue for tables at new restaurants opening by culinary superstars like Emeril Lagasse
and Norman van Aken, among others. TV producers are hot on the city, too, filming shows like CSI Miami,
Nip/Tuck and The Simple Life 2 on location. And people from all around are rushing to Miami for a Florida
vacation rental villa experience.
A recent check of the skyline turned up new architectural confections by the world-famous hometown firm,
Arquitectonica. And don't forget that Miami, the self-proclaimed "Capital of the Americas," is at the head
of the pack in the bid for the Permanent Secretariat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. The Latin
Grammys, Brazilian Film Festival and World Music Conference, also draw thousands. And that's not even
counting the beaches like Miami Beach, which for the fourth year in a row was named America's "Top Urban
Beach" by the Surfrider Foundation. All of them are enough reasons to begin planning your next Florida
vacation rental villa experience.
Even the economy sizzles. When the mayor boasts that Miami is No. 1, he means that the city has more
flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than all U.S. airports combined and that the city is No. 1 in
international freight and in cruise passengers. And the future looks bright: Despite drops in tourism
elsewhere, the Port of Miami increased its cargo tonnage by 3.7% over the previous year while the number
of cruise passengers grew 8.7%. And the film, television, and commercial production companies have already
spent more than $40 million on the local economy. This activity is also placing the Florida vacation rental
villa industry in No. 1 position.
With the passage of the 2003 People's Transportation Plan, Miami is significantly expanding its mass
transit system, adding buses and routes, improving roads, and making the Metromover free, and Miami
International Airport prepares to open a new terminal and fourth runway to better serve the Florida
vacation rental villa community.
All this expansion is intended to bring more visitors and help them get around Florida vacation rental
villa areas faster, which is how tourism first started in Miami. In 1896 Pioneer Julia Tuttle convinced
Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler to extend his railroad to Miami, lay out a new town and build a
luxury hotel. The city incorporated the same year with 344 residents comprised of white settlers, Jewish
merchants, African Americans and Black Bahamians on the area that is now home to Miami's financial district
and Florida vacation rental villa.
Land speculation in the 1920s saw another boom, followed by a Depression-era bust, before the city was
revitalized with the construction of Art Deco hotels on Miami Beach. Two major migrations followed, during
World War II when the military established training centers in Miami and from 1959 to the 1980s when
thousands of Cubans fled Fidel Castro's regime.
Today, the city has 2.5 million residents comprised of transplants from northern cities and Canada, Latin
and Caribbean immigrants, and a growing European and Asian population. Last year, 10.5 million visitors
arrived to mingle with Miami's multicultural and multilingual population amid a natural playground of
subtropical beaches, Florida vacation rental villa neighborhoods, wooded tracts, mangroves and rivers.