Downtown Miami is filled with activity during the day, boasting a variety of interesting museums, arenas, parks, historic landmarks. Known for its luxury lifestyle, travellers will also find an abundance of high-end shops, restaurants and bars, popular for its cultural, financial and commercial areas. One of the most beautiful skyline views in the world, Downtown Miami offers visitors a combination of exciting attractions, rich history and scenic landscapes.
Downtown Miami is referred locally as “Downtown”, and can be broken down to a combination of its central neighbourhoods. The Design District is known for its myriad of shopping opportunities, where travellers can go to purchase luxury clothing, art, furniture and jewellery. Midtown is where to find diverse art collections, and the Financial District is home to business travellers soaking in the city’s dazzling skyline, sports fans cheering on the local team at the arena, and where culture lovers go to appreciate opera and ballet. The Central Business District in Downtown Miami offers 60 historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many built in the 1920s. A pleasant combination of old and new, visitors who come to Downtown Miami are treated to stunning bay views of the city’s skyscrapers next to centuries-old buildings that offer a layer of unique history that unfolds the further it is explored.
The streets of Downtown Miami are pedestrian-friendly, with local transportation used here more than any other part of the city. The Miami Metrorail makes three stops in Downtown Miami, and is available via the Tri-Rail transfer station, while the Metromover train system runs the Downtown Loop, Omni Loop and Brickell Loop with 22 stations throughout the area. Bus services are also available, served by the Metrobus. Taxis are a popular mode of transportation when travelling to other parts of the city.
The historic centre of Miami, Downtown Miami is the oldest settled area in the city. Urban development began in the 1890’s with the Florida East Coast Railway, which helped bring interest to the city and along with it came the construction of hotels, resorts and residential properties in Downtown Miami.