Miami is composed of three different sections: Miami, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach.
Downtown Miami has a facade of wealth — tall buildings, marinas, lively hotels, shops, restaurants and clubs. Miami is a sporty, culturally diverse community that explodes with activity. Amid the glass towers, large department stores beckon shoppers to enter for a big-city shopping experience. With a heavy immigrant population, especially from Latin America, dining is a pleasurable blend of ethnic specialties that delight the tongue. There are a variety of museums to tickle different interests from the World Chess Hall of Fame to Monkey Jungle. At night, professional dance, music and theatre groups light up the stages to delight thousands of fans.
Coral Gables, an affluent section of Miami, is characterized by lush landscaping, low-rise buildings, and beautiful homes of coral rock. Several points of interest are noteworthy including the Biltmore Hotel, French City Village, Coral Way, Miracle Mile and Venetian Pool (considered to be the world's loveliest pool).
Miami Beach is an internationally-acclaimed ocean resort with the heart of an artist. Even the buildings have an artistic flare. One of the most interesting things to see in Miami Beach is the Art Deco District where buildings are painted in all colors of the rainbow.
The sporty types have a plethora of playgrounds to choose from. Aside from the usual golf and fishing, there are rock-climbing gyms for all levels. At Tropical Park, there's 10 miles of paved jogging paths; along Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, rollerblading is popular; and there are over 180 public tennis courts, as well. Miami Harbor is a hotspot for sailing, diving, surfing and windsurfing. Canals and waterways within the city are also popular spots for canoeing.
Miami is a metropolis with a beach attitude located on I-95, about 230 miles south of Orlando.