Bienvenido to a Place in the Sun
Miami is one of the most vibrant, trendy and culturally diverse cities in the county. Where else can you find an event called "Drink and Draw" that encourages people to take out their sketchpads while hanging at the bar?
Here, you can soak up the sun in Miami Beach all day, catch an award-winning performance at the Carnival Center and then drive down to Little Havana for an authentic Mojito.
With the majority of the population between 25 and 44 years old, Miami caters to the young and the young at heart. Forbes.com named Miami one of the best cities for singles in 2005, no doubt due to its abundant nightlife. But this once river town has grown into a major metropolis that today is also one of the best places to start a new business, especially for Latinos.
In the past five years, Miami has experienced many transformations, mainly due to a new wave of immigrants coming from Latin America and the Caribbean. It is an expensive place to live in comparison to other major cities in the U.S., but it is also full of endless opportunities if you have ambition and drive.
Most people in Miami will testify that a car is essential to get around. They are right. Housing is usually too expensive in the business districts, so most people live at least 30 to 45 minutes from work.
With more than two million residents in Miami-Dade County, traffic congestion has become a way of life down here. If you can't brave it, there are other options.
The Metrorail, a 21-mile elevated trail system runs to Downtown Miami and extends west to Hialeah and Kendall. It stops approximately at every mile and fare is $1.50. Metrobuses cost $1.85 and can take you anywhere in the city, but they only stop once every hour and passengers sometimes complain about delays. Monthly passes for both the Metrorail and Metrobus can be purchased for $75.
Metromovers, smaller city buses, run through most neighborhoods and are free of charge.
Carpooling services can be coordinated by contacting South Florida Commuter Services at 1-800-234-RIDE.
South Florida is much more ethnically and regionally diverse than the northern part of the state; instead of taking dialectic cues from the old south, Miami owes much of its unique lingo to Caribbean and Latin American influences. Similar to the way people in New Orleans use French in conversational English, Miami natives often incorporate a little Spanglish into their daily vocabularies. Because of this, there is a fair amount of unique terminology that separates the locals from the tourists.
A paraguero(a) is one of the terrible drivers you might see swerving down Route 1. Be sure to pack a pair of chanx - Spanglish for flip flops-to wear on the sand in SoBe (that's South Beach). If you plan on rooting for the football team at University of Miami, sound like a local by calling them The 'Canes. And residential Coconut Grove is better known as The Grove to those who live there.
• Carnival Corporation
• Royal Caribbean Cruises
• Norwegian Cruise Lines
• American Airlines
• Perry Ellis International
What do you love about working here?
I never get bored in this town. Ever. Nightlife aside, there's a lot to do here. There's a huge variety of restaurants, and many gems that people down here seem to take for granted, like the zoo, the museum of science/planetarium, brunch at the Biltmore Hotel, etc.
University of Miami, Reporter