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20 Facts About Miami To Motivate Your Move To The 305

Miami is basically the Latin American capital of the U.S., from the Spanglish street signs to the food. It’s named after it’s founder, Miami’s history is as complex as it’s residents today. Here are 20 little-known facts about Miami (except this first one because duh)

1. The heart of Miami is 70% Latino.

Greater Miami is mostly white, but the city proper is 70 percent Latinos of any race with only 11 percent non-Hispanic white people calling the city home. If you’re from Miami, you remember the day you left and realized that you stick out like a sore thumb in the rest of the world.

2. 1 in 3 Miamians are Cuban.

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More than 250,000 Cubans live in Miami, most of whom came after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959 and then again in 1980 when he let people leave the island.

3. It has brought you stars like Camila Cabello.

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A true princesa Cubana, all our favorite Camilas, including Camila Cabello and Camila Mendes identify as Miamian. If I was back in high school, I’d be wondering which Camila in my class is next.

4. And croquetas on croquetas.

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You truly haven’t experienced Miami until you’ve tried the croquetas. Need to know what you’re missing out on? Here are a couple dozen croqueta recipes to choose from.

5. The city of Miami gets its name from the native tribe Mayaimi, which lived around Lake Okeechobee.

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The Miami River, named after the Mayaimis, flows from Lake Okeechobee into Miami proper. The conquistadores sold this tribe for slaves, many of whom wound up back in Cuba, but their population has been decimated.

6. Miami is the only major U.S. city founded by a woman.

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Meet La Madre de Miami. Local businesswoman, Julia Tuttle, convinced oil mogul Henry Flagler to build a hotel and extend his railroad to the area in 1896.

7. It’s literally just a sandbar.

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Which means that the city had to transport soil to make for steadier ground and why you see so many sand trucks heading to the beaches. Crossing my fingers that the sand doesn’t run out, as rumored.

8. Miami is the only city surrounded by two national parks.

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Can you tell it’s hella man-made? On either side, Miami is surrounded by tiny islands or a giant swamp, and for a party city, they each make for a pretty sweet vacation getaway.

9. Meet Key Biscayne…

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Ever heard of the Keys? Ok, well this isn’t part of them, but think of it as a tiny island off the coast of Miami. It’s a little more untouched but still has all the beachside margaritas you could dream of. If you’re from Miami, you probably feel hella guilty for ever going to Miami Seaquarium and are just waiting for that place to shut down already. #FreeLolita

10. …and the Everglades.

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Meanwhile, to Miami’s west is the giant swamp known as The Everglades. There is literally no other ecosystem like it in the entire world, and it’s actually far more casual than this guy makes it out to be to run into an alligator. They show up in your pools more often.

11. It’s so sunny there, it’s where the first sunscreen was ever invented.

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A pharmacist who had just come home from WWII needed Miami staples (coconut oil and cocoa butter) to perfect his formula in 1944. He eventually called it Coppertone.

12. The average temperature is 75 degrees.

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Which is why we Miamians have such a sunny disposition. 😉 It also explains why it’s a top destination for the rest of the country while the snowpocalypse happens everywhere else.

13. 22,000 New Yorkers move to Florida every year.

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It is the story of many of our families’ history. New-Yoricans are my lifeline but Miami is in my blood. Miami is also a destination spot for many Caribbean Latinos because of how similar the climate is, how close it is to their home countries and how diverse and welcoming Miami already is.

14. There’s a lot of old people.

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One day, I will too have leathery loggerhead turtle skin and a matching swimsuit with my partner, but we’ll be dabbing in this pic. #iconic

15. It’s home to the iconic Cuban sandwich.

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IDGAF what Tampa says, mayo and salami have no place in a cubano americano. And we press our tortas like Dios intended.

16. You can buy anything from the inner igloo of your A/C car.

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Need a bouquet of roses? Just a single massive sunflower? Mamoncillos, churros, mangos, sugarcane, orchids, you name it. Someone’s selling and we, in Miami, support entrepreneurs.

17. Statistically, every single child in Miami has been to Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

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Ok, we can’t corroborate that, but if you’re snowbirding, you have to visit this magical Santa-themed amusement park. I don’t care how old you are.

18. The Vizcaya Museum welcomes 170k visitors every year.

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Including every Miami student at least 3 times in their lifetimes. It has a ridiculous orchid collection and Spanish artwork that is very old. Next phase in life: watch all your friends get engaged and married here.

19. Actual pirates preferred Miami beaches to hide their treasure.

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I’m not even kidding. Some pirates like Gasparilla, Blackbeard and Lafitte buried treasure that has been uncovered off the coast. This is why scuba diving is so popular here–it’s the modern day treasure hunt.

20. It’s metaphysically impossible to talk about Miami without talking about daddy Pitbull.

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He reps the 305 in almost every song, and if you’re from Miami, you know someone who knows someone who is best friends with him. ‘Nuff said.

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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Covid put a stop to our travel plans for 2020. After almost a year in lockdown, we have had time to plan fantasy trips and explore the world. We asked you where you wanted to visit and here are some of the places you all can’t wait to see.

Argentina

Argentina offers something for everyone. As on of the southernmost countries in the world, Argentina offers natural sights that will make nature lovers swoon. Into architecture? Cities like Mendoza offers a look at the art-deco style that will make you feel like you are back in time. Don’t forget to try to make a trip down to Ushuaia, the End of the World for a spectacular view.

Cuba

Cuba is a tricky one but a beautiful place to see. The country is filled with old buildings and cars that make it feel like a time capsule. Now, the island is old because they are oppressed and don’t have much. But you can always find ways to make sure that you help people of the island instead of giving the money to government approved businesses.

Costa Rica

This is about as wild and wondrous as it gets. Costa Rica will give everyone a chance to really be one with nature. The Central American country is a rainforest oasis with nature everywhere you look. The country prides itself on how development is not encroaching on nature and has even outlawed zoos and aquariums.

Honduras

Honduras is an underestimated place to visit. The food and people are warm and inviting. There has been some unrest in the country in recent years and a series of hurricanes has devastated the population. Tourism is a great way to bring money into a place the needs it. Just don’t take advantage of them while you are there.

Mexico

Mexico is a country filled with wonders new and old. You can experience the ruins of some of the oldest civilizations and bask in the modernity of Mexico City. The food is as diverse and vibrant as the people with delicious moles in Oaxaca and experimental fusions in Mexico City. Valle de Guadalupe is home to some farm to table restaurants and exquisite wineries. It truly is a journey of the sense if you take time to see the country.

Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s gems. After years of internal conflict, the nation is growing and quickly becoming a destination. Bogotá and Medellín are great but make it a point to visit Cali. The city is one of the place everyone should visit if they make their way to Colombia.

READ: Mexico Announces 11 New Pueblos Mágicos And It’s The Post-COVID Travel Lust We All Need Right Now

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Video Shows A Man Who Lied About His COVID-19 Symptoms Dying On A Flight

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Video Shows A Man Who Lied About His COVID-19 Symptoms Dying On A Flight

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There’s a reason the CDC is recommending that people avoid travelling during the holidays–there’s no way of knowing the health statuses of the people around you. This fact was illustrated very clearly by a shocking event that occurred last Monday that was caught on video.

On December 14th, a man died on a United Airlines flight from Orlando to Los Angeles after lying about his symptoms.

Since news of his death went viral, footage of multiple passengers performing emergency CPR on him for 45 minutes has since been circulated.

According to various reports, the unidentified man was exhibiting troubling symptoms before the plane took off–namely shaking, sweating heavily and breathing with difficulty. About an hour into the flight, the man stopped breathing and the flight crew asked for CPR volunteers. In the meantime, they diverted the flight to New Orleans.

By the time the plane landed and the man was transported to the local hospital, he was pronounced dead.

Like every other passenger, the man had filled out a pre-flight checklist in which he agreed that he was not exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus.

United later confirmed that the deceased passenger “wrongly acknowledged this requirement.”

Passengers also confirmed that the airline did not take people’s temperatures when boarding the flight. One passenger also reported that, after the diversion, United did not switch planes, but instead gave passengers the option of

In response to this, United gave the following statement: “At the time of the diversion, we were informed he had suffered a cardiac arrest, so passengers were given the option to take a later flight or continue on with their travel plans.”

According to the flight’s passengers, the man’s wife was also overheard saying that her husband had been ill in the days leading up to the flight and that he had also lost his sense of taste and smell.

One of the passengers that attempted to resuscitate the man described the experience later via Twitter.

“I made the decision to attempt to save the passengers life and along with 2 others performed CPR for close to an hour until we landed. And continued to help the firefighters when they came onboard,” wrote passenger Tony Aldapa.

He continued: “I spent the remainder of the flight covered in my own sweat and in that man’s urine. I have since become symptomatic myself and am awaiting the results of my second test. I have not been contacted by the airline or by @CDCgov as of this time.”

Unsurprisingly, many people are upset both at United for failing to have a protocol in place from preventing sick passengers from boarding their planes and at the unidentified man for knowing he was sick and putting everyone in danger.

“What a disaster!” wrote one Twitter user. “Not only was passenger and family exhibiting selfish behavior, United Airlines continues to exhibit incompetence as an airline.”

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