Miami has a history and it is more than sun and fun

When we hear Miami, Florida, almost all of us think spring break, sun and fun first. The majority of all visitors to Miami come for the white sandy beaches, for the sunny weather and for their chance to lounge on the beach and get a solid sunburn.

That in turn, gives them the perfect excuse for a night of drinking dancing in one of the many nightclubs at the beach front of the city. There are many of those and an equally great number of visitors to populate them.

Miami and the surrounding beach areas are one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world. In 2015, a total of 15.4 million travelers visited the greater Miami area. In the previous year, more than 97 million people traveled to the state of Florida. That’s almost 4 percent more visitors than in the previous year.

On average, in 2015 visitors spent just over 5 nights in Miami before moving on to other destinations. Occupancy rates in greater Miami hovered around just over 75 percent in 2014 and 2015 according to statistics gathered by the Greater Miami Convention And Visitors and Bureau. More Floridians are visiting Miami and the surrounding beaches than ever before.

Port Miami and Fort Lauderdale were the busiest ports in the world for cruise ship passengers. They handled 4.8 and 3.8 million passengers respectively. That is impressive by all means.

It is also a far cry from the humble beginnings of Miami. The area was home to Indian at least 10,000 years ago. With the arrival of European explorers, the quiet life in the area descended into chaos, warfare and strife for a long time. Most devastating to the indigenous population were the Seminole wars.

Modern Greater Miami has its origins in late 19th and early 20th century.