Florida Snapshots: Miami Skyline

Florida's largest city puts a tropical accent on commerce and culture


The mention of Miami usually conjures visions of sand, sun and tanned bodies. But just to the west of the beaches, across the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay, the skyline of downtown Miami gives notice that this tropical metropolis is more than a beach town.

As a vibrant international hub of commerce with strong ties to the Caribbean and South America, the city is a melting pot of cultures, cuisines and lifestyles. The waterfront district centered around Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard is a focal point for cultural events and festivals, ranging from highbrow events such as the Annual Art Basel exhibition to family friendly music and seafood festivals.