Miami International Airport is seven miles nortwest of midtown Miami and 12 miles from Pan Am’s Miami Beach terminal. When the Florida land boom flared up in the early 1920′s, it seemed that everyone in America wanted to own property in Miami. Miami Beach is on a slim thread of land nearly four miles east of Miami, between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Collins Avenue, named after the man who firs saw development possibilities in this former mangrove swamp, extends the full lenght of the Beach for about eight miles. From 71st Street soutward, Collins Avenue has a succession of huge confront hotels, each trying to br more opulent and stunning than the next. Miami Beach exists to give vacationers and conventioneers the time of their lives. Miami despite its many diversions, seems very sensible and businesslike in comparison.
See the Lowe Art Galley on University of Miami campus in Coral Gables; Miami Museum of Modern Art; Bass Museum of Art; Spanish Monastery Cloisters; North Miami Beach (800 year old building transported from Spain); Vizcaya (Italian Renaissancepalazzo with antique furnishings and gardens).
Visit the elegant shops on Lincoln Road Mall and see the views from the causeways to Miami Beach, and the yacht marinas including the huge Miamarina off Biscayne Bay at 5th Street. See the suburb of Coconut Grove and the Venetian Poll; the ‘Miracle Mile’ of shops and University of Miami in Coral Gables. Hialeah with its flamingoes is worth seeing. The Museum of Science has exhibits spanning Florida’s history from the peninsula’s formation to space exploration far in the future. The Seaquarium on Rickenbacker Causeway has man eating sharks, lion fish, porpoises and seals.
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