Buenvenidos a Miami! When Will Smith has you believing that Miami is just nightclubs, beaches and “real sweet face,” you’ve only got part of the picture. Miami has a rich history that just isn’t captured in song. And so, Hotel Boutique 18 is here to give you a quick run through some interesting facts about Miami.
- Miami gets its name from one of the native tribes, the Mayaimi, that lived in the area between the 1600s and 1700s.
- Miami wasn’t officially a city until 1896 when Julia Tuttle, a local businesswoman, convinced a railroad mogul to extend his railroad from central Florida to Miami, build a luxury hotel and build a new town. She sent him Miami orange blossoms during a time when crop freeze was overtaking farming north of Miami. Because of Tuttle’s efforts, Miami is the only major city in the U.S. to be founded by a woman.
- Miami Beach has the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture.
- In 2014, approximately 14.5 million people visited Miami making it the fourth best hotel market in the U.S.
- The Port of Miami is known as the Cruise Capital of the World because it serves almost five million passengers on an annual basis.
- In 1944, Benjamin Green developed the first sunscreen. His recipe eventually came to be known as Coppertone.
- Miami Beach was a mangrove swamp before it was developed in the 1920s.
- Here is a fun fact about Miami: Miami was a popular place for pirates to visit and bury their treasure. Famed pirates such as Gasparilla and Blackbeard were regular visitors, as was Lafitte.
- Miami is also known as the “Wreck Diving Capital of the Americas” because of the large number of ship wrecks.
- In 1954, the first Burger King opened in Miami. And three years later, they introduced the Whopper at 37 cents a burger.
- Downtown Miami has the highest concentration of international banks in the U.S.
- In 1996, a Citibank in Miami Beach introduced an ATM specifically geared toward roller-bladers.
- One of our favorite Miami facts is the tale of Edward Leedskalnin, a Latvian immigrant, who built the Coral Castle. It took 30 years to complete the 1100-ton coral rock monument for his long lost love, Agnes.
- Miami International Airport provides one out of four jobs in the area.
- It has snowed exactly one time according to Miami’s official meteorological history.
We know that you are definitely not looking for snow when you book your South Beach boutique hotel room, and we don’t blame you. Who would want to spend a day in the snow when they could be spending their days with their toes in the sand, the sun kissing their skin all while enjoying a wonderful Miami atmosphere.