We're excited to take the lead in your year's final mile events now that the CLDA Final Mile Forum & Expo has moved to February in vibrant Miami, Florida. Get ready to enjoy some warmth, sun, and a mosaic of cultures manifested through art, music, food and unique experiences!
A huge thank you to Steven Seltzer, President, Comet Delivery Services, for sharing the insider's scoop on all things Miami:
By the sea, by the sea.
We couldn't begin to talk about Miami without talking about the area beaches. And Miami has a beach for just about every taste and preference – from family-friendly with things for the kids to do, to party-oriented lined with bars and clubs. Grab your sunglasses and head to South Beach, South Pointe Park Pier, Sunny Isles Beach, or Haulover Beach, to name a few.
Food, glorious food.
Being an international gateway, Miami offers a magnificent menu of dishes from all over the world. From fine dining to ridiculously low-priced local eateries, Miami is a food lover's paradise in paradise. Suggestions include: Joe's Stone Crabs, The Capital Grille, House of Food Porn, Old's Havana Cuban Bar, Truluck's Restaurant, CVI.CHE, Safron Grill and El Rey de las Fritas.
One city, many cultures.
The cultural influences that shape Miami are many and diverse. The city was still "sleepy" until the arrival of over 500,000 Cubans fleeing the Castro regime in the 1960s. Miami's 8th Street, "Calle Ocho," became known as Little Havana and today hosts several festivals including the Calle Ocho Festival, Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) and the Three Kings Parade. In the 1970s, another large influx of people occurred as people from Haiti and Nicaragua fled their countries. And since then, people from just about everywhere have settled here – most recently from Venezuela. It's the variety of cultures that makes Miami so bright and vibrant. There are a variety of museums and cultural centers where you can explore in more detail.
The Magic City.
Miami is the only city in the United States that was conceived by a woman. Julia Tuttle saw the potential in the area because of its weather and location. So she tried to convince Henry Flagler to expand his railroad south from Palm Beach, but he declined. Then came the Big Freeze of 1894, when all citrus production was ruined except for at Tuttle's estate. As the story goes, Tuttle sent Flagler a perfectly formed orange, which convinced him of the wisdom of her idea. A sudden influx of people made Miami become a city virtually overnight – or as people said, like magic. Today, Tuttle's vision shines and is reflected by the fashion and style of the city. As a playground for world famous designers, Miami's shopping is quite magical: Brickell City Center, The Falls, Shops at Midtown, Aventura Mall, Lincoln Road mall, Bal Harbor Shops and Design District upscale shopping.
Way better than par for the course(s).
Miami's sunshine and warm climate makes it an ideal setting for the game of golf and every type of golfer, from duffer to low-handicapper. In Miami alone, there are 14 golf courses, three of which are municipal, and most available to the public. Within 20 miles you'll find another 46 golf courses, So you can pretty much play every week for a year and never play the same course twice. Check out Trump National Doral, Miami Beach Golf Club, Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, Don Shula's Hotel and Golf Club, the Biltmore, Miami Shores Country Club, TopGolf and Aqua Golf.
Most cities have something that they can truly call their own, and Miami is no different. What is different is that what makes Miami unique can't be found anywhere else. There are places that may have similar things. But similar is not the same. And no other place has the particular combination of awe-inspiring attractions that you'll find in Miami. Gems you won't want to miss include the Deco District/South Beach, Wynwood Walls, Little Havana, Coral Castle and Little Haiti.
The neighborhoods of Miami.
When we talk about Miami, we're not simply talking about the city itself, but about the Greater Miami Metropolitan Area. There are many distinct communities comprising the Miami Metro area. Some are true neighborhoods, others are actual independent cities with their own city governments. But collectively, they all fall under the big umbrella that is Miami. And add to the flavor and spice of the lifestyle in this corner of the world. Slip on your comfortable shoes to explore the Design District, Wynwood, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove or Miami Beach.
Welcome to water world.
Every year, Miami draws a ton of visitors and new residents not just because of the weather, but because of the water (the best part about having great weather is also having an ocean). To some, simply laying a blanket on the sand and occasionally taking a dip is plenty enjoyment. But this is Miami, and if there's one thing we know, it's how to have fun in and on the water. Try fishing, boating, scuba diving and snorkeling.
The thrill seekers guide to Miami.
Love a good rush? Here are a few things you can do that appeal to the most daring who enjoy having their hearts pumping out their chests: Adrenalin Junkie Ride, Thriller Speed Boat Ride, Miami Parasail, Everglades Airboat Adventure, alligator wrestling, jet skis, or the Banana Boat Ride.
Fun in every direction.
While there's more than enough to do in Miami to fill every minute of extra time you planned for on your trip, in case you want to explore beyond Miami, here are some places to check out, which are right around the corner: Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Homestead and Key Largo.