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Whether you're looking for a glittering international metropolis or the quiet solitude and wilderness of the Everglades, Miami-Dade County, the last stop on the southeastern coast of the United States and Florida's most populous county, is a territory rich with both.

Across its nearly 2,000 miles of diverse terrain, Miami-Dade is a colorful mix of landscapes, cultures, lifestyles, and American history. Miami rises from its eastern shore, a bright central stone in the jewel-bed of beachside hotels and resorts that cluster around the emerald and turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the southeastern Florida coastline. Miami is also a world leader in finance, commerce and international trade, home to the country's largest concentration of international banks.

With a dazzling array of music, dining, dancing, and history within its borders, once you enter Miami-Dade County, the possibilities seem endless. Vibrant, youthful Miami offers sizzling nightlife and chic boutiques, while the county's urban core offers family-friendly summer activities like theatrical events at the Arsht Center, wine tastings at HistoryMiami, youth sports leagues, special parks programs, mountain biking and fishing in the Atlantic. Miami's beaches are among the most sought-after in North America, including Miami Beach, South Beach, and the stretch of lesser known treasures lining the eastern side of the Miami barrier island.

The city of Miami serves as a magnet for prestigious museums and art shows, including the annual Art Basel Miami Beach art fair that draws top dealers, artists and collectors from all over the world. Sports fans can catch a game when the Dolphins, Marlins, or Heat are in town; as home to some of the most difficult courses in the world, Miami hosts a great number of professional golf tournaments each year.

Beyond the bustle of the city and the calm of its suburbs options for exploration include the Everglades, Biscayne National Park and Big Cypress. In stark contrast to urban northern Miami-Dade County, the southern part of the county includes the Redland and Homestead areas which make up its agricultural economy. From wildlife-watching in the Glades to scuba diving in the nationally-recognized reefs of Biscayne to canoeing the high waters of Big Cypress, the variety and vitality of Miami-Dade County never cease to impress.

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