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Miami-Dade at a Glance

Coastal Cities
Aventura, Bal Harbour, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Golden Beach, Haulover Beach, Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside.
Popular Spot Miami
Sandy Beaches 20.8 miles
Public Accesses 129
Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail 12 sites
State Parks & Lands Acres
Oleta River State Park 1,032.84
The Barnacle Historic State Park 9.43
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park 442.29
Biscayne Bay - Cape Florida to Monroe County Line Aquatic Preserve (Miami Dade, Monroe County) 67,000
Federal Lands Acres
Biscayne National Park 172,971.11
Everglades National Park 1,509,152.3
Bays & Inlets
Dumfoundling Bay, Biscayne Bay, Card Sound
Rivers & Paddling Trails
Oleta River, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail segment (Biscayne Bay)

Miami-Dade County, located at the southern portion of Florida’s Atlantic Coast, is teeming with unique opportunities and diversity. The northern part of the county is packed with sandy beaches while the southern portion becomes more rural and turns into a mangrove forest. Miami appeals to visitors looking to enjoy the entertainment opportunities of a large metropolitan area. Miles of boardwalk stretch across the Miami Beach coastline, where beach goers can enjoy the coastal scenery uninhibited by car traffic.

Visitors can enjoy galleries, eateries, boutiques and entertainment events from many different cultures. Brightly colored, pastel buildings with porthole windows and sleek curves line Deco Street in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach. This distinct architecture was built between 1923 and 1943. Move one block to the east of this vivid scenery and find yourself with sand between your toes. Miami is also greatly influenced by its proximity to Cuba. An exhilarating collection of Latin eateries and music can be found within Miami. Miami is also well known as a popular golfer’s getaway, offering some of the most high end courses in the country.

When looking for some contrast to the city, one does not need to go far to find more secluded areas in Miami-Dade County. Key Biscayne has wonderful beach parks where the Miami skyline can be enjoyed from afar. The southern portion of the county has small cities such as, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables with chic downtown areas. Drive farther south, and many county parks and public boat launches can be found in the more mangrove dense areas. The west portion of Miami-Dade County comprises a large area of the Everglades National Park. Biscayne National Park in the southernmost part of the county has access to multiple islands with camping and hiking. The beginning of the Florida Keys is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes south of Miami. Escaping the bustle of Miami and finding a quieter, scenic coastal getaway can be done with ease in Miami-Dade County.

Dade County was created in 1836. Prior to European contact, evidence of Native American habitation in the Miami Region dates back to approximately 12,000 years ago. Dade County was renamed to include Miami in 1997.

Miami-Dade County has an elaborate calendar of festivals, concerts and gatherings. Some of the major attractions include, the Miami Seaquarium, Zoo Miami, The Deering Estate at Cutler, and Fairchild Tropical Gardens. This county has a diverse spectrum of activities that can appeal to all visitors. Enjoy time in a large city bustling with activity and coastal scenery, or enjoy a quiet time in the Everglades or southern portion of the county.

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Last updated: April 26, 2012

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