Our Locale Guide to Miami, FL

There’s something for everyone in Miami. Whether you would prefer to see the city from a speedboat, go to the zoo, visit the Wynwood Wall, or go on The Little Havana Food Walking Tour, there are many ways to discover Miami. 

You can’t visit Miami without getting your feet in the sand at Miami Beach or South Beach. If you’re in the mood for a museum, you won’t want to miss Vizcaya and the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Aerial view of South Beach in Miami, FL with cabanas and pale green and blue ocean

History of Miami

Miami was incorporated in 1896 and soon became a tourist destination. Tourism continues to play a major role in Miami and its main source of income. Because of its unique location near the Caribbean and Latin America, it participates in international trade with those areas.

A hurricane struck the city in 1926, just before the Great Depression. The city rebounded with the famous architectural design of its time– art deco, which is still seen in Miami today. In 1959, Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba and many Cubans fled the country in search of sovereignty in Miami. This is why the Cuban influence is prevalent throughout the city.

Places to Eat in Miami

Miami is a foodie city that can excite the taste buds of even the most esteemed culinary artists. Whether you’re looking to dine in one of its rooftop lounges, or spend the evening in a local bar with a Cuban flair, Miami doesn’t disappoint. Some of the most popular restaurants in town include:

The Surf Club Restaurant


Le Sirenuse Miami

El Bagel

Boia De




Sanguich de Miami

Wherever you go, there’s a Cuban sandwich with your name on it or fresh fish that you won’t be able to get enough of. 

Cuban sandwich cut into three pieces
Sushi platter with a variety of rolls and fresh fish with chopsticks and soy dishes

Things to do in Miami

There are several ways to experience the city, whether you’re visiting or you’re a seasoned local. If you have kids, a good place to start is the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, where you can plan in-person or virtual day camps. 

You can also check out the zoo, Miami Children’s Museum, Flamingo Park, or see the city from a speedboat in downtown. If you have a more seasoned taste, you’ll want to see the Wynwood Walls, Deering Estate, Little Havana, and the Bayside Marketplace.

Miami skyline at night with water in the forefront

Orthodontic Care in Miami and Surrounding Areas

Grussmark Orthodontics – Dadeland

8950 SW 74th Ct. Ste. 1214

Miami, FL 33156

You can find our location off FL-826 and US Rte 1 prominently located in the 24 story, Town Center One. It’s located in downtown Dadeland across from the Dadeland Mall. The mall features stores the whole family can enjoy including Lego, Disney, Apple, and plenty of places to eat. 

Invisalign – Brickell

40 SW 13th St. Suite 103 

Miami, FL, 33130

Located in the prestigious Infinity skyscraper in the financial area of Brickell, you’ll find another convenient Centre for Invisalign location. Valet and street parking are available. Nearby, you can shop at the upscale Brickell City Centre, dine on at a rooftop restaurant, or visit Simpson trails to see the endangered plants in the area. 

Centre For Invisible Orthodontics  – Merric Park 

4425 Ponce De Leon Blvd.

Coral Gables, FL 33146

Located at the exquisite Village of Merrick Park Office just next to the Metrorail and Coral Gables Trolley stations. When you’re in this neck of the woods, there are many sites you don’t want to miss.

Frequently Asked Questions About Miami

What is Miami famous for?

The city of Miami is known for its year-round sunny beaches and picturesque islands. It’s a foodie city and is best known for its Latin flair, more specifically Cuban cuisine. When you’re looking to indulge in water sports, there are 35 miles of coastline to choose from.

Is Miami a dangerous city?

Like any city, you’ll want to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Miami’s a tourist destination, so you’ll want to keep your wallet concealed at all times. If you stay near the tourist landmarks, it’s rare that you’ll be the victim of a crime.

Are there any cultural faux pas I should be aware of?

In order to get the most out of your time in Miami, there are a few things you should be aware of:

  • Being late is normal, especially among the Latin culture
  • Don’t forget sunscreen
  • The city is known for its late night clubs and party scene
  • Due to the subtropical climate, you’ll want to pack an umbrella
  • Public transportation can be slow and difficult to navigate
  • Parking can be pricey and scarce
Is Miami expensive?

Depends on the restaurants and hotels you visit. If you want to visit all of the museums, travel by cab, and stay at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, it can add up fast. If you choose to eat at food trucks or local eateries, stay at reasonable hotels, and utilize public transportation, you can still experience all that Miami has to offer without breaking the bank.

Stephen Grussmark