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Miami Area Information

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Miami area Arts and Culture

Miami is home to the Florida Grand Opera, the New World Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, to name just a few. To meet the needs of its residents and tourists alike Miami has definitely stepped up and offers arts and culture rivaling cities anywhere in the world. The arts are indeed alive and doing extremely well in Miami.
Miami has

Its own Ballet Company,
Symphony orchestra
51 Theatre and fine art facilities/groups
88 museums
65 Arenas
3 Concert halls
A few facilities really stand out:

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129-2831 View Map
305 250-9133

Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130 View Map
305 375-3000

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Dr
Coral Gables, FL 33146 View Map
305 284-3535

Miami city ballet

Miami Symphony orchestra
For upcoming Jacksonville events and concerts go to
In addition there are 450 plus Art galleries and 400 plus Antique shops throughout the area.

To look up specific venues and address go to

Miami and its neighborhoods of Coconut grove, Coral Gables, Miami beach and Key Biscayne offer their own approach to music and festivals year round.
So, if you’re a fan of the arts and a creative type (photographer, musician, actor, writer, painter)
and are considering a lifestyle change, Miami could be just the ticket..

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
From opera to Broadway, dance to drama, symphonic to pop concerts, cabaret to comedy, jazz to world music, and beyond, this center is home to the greatest artists and productions from around the world. With three state-of-the-art theaters – the 2,400-seat Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat Knight Concert Hall, and the intimate Carnival Studio Theater – plus the beautiful Thomson Plaza for the Arts, designed as a perfect stage for outdoor performances – this is a premier showcase for the performing arts. And set in the heart of the city, it is also a dramatic venue for staging birthday parties, anniversary receptions, corporate meetings and many other special events. For group discounts, call 786/468-2326. 1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
Phone: 786/468-2000
Arts & Culture
Downtown Miami Area

City Theatre
Award-winning theater company dedicated to the discovery and production of new short-form drama. Produces the annual Summer Shorts Festival performed throughout the month of June at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Downtown Miami, and at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in July. The festival features a lively selection of original short plays, including dramas and comedies. 444 Brickell Ave., Suite 229
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305/755-9401
Arts & Culture
Downtown Miami Area

Moonlight and Music Valentine’s Day Concert
2/14/2009 - 2/14/2009
The Moonlight and Music Concert offers couples the opportunity to celebrate love at a romantic outdoor concert under the stars. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and picnic baskets. 8 p.m. Gate opens at 7 p.m. Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 SW 72nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33157
Phone: 305/235-1668, ext. 233

Old Music in New Spaces: European Innovation and Design at Vizcaya
10/3/2008 - 10/3/2008
Amazing Miami Attractions-- Novel baroque music by Uccellini, Biber, Bach, and others. David Dolata, lute; Scott Flavin, violin; Ross Harbaugh, cello; Robert Heath, organ and harpsichord. Presented by Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Miami Bach Society. 7:30 p.m. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33129
Phone: 305/669-1376

Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children
10/26/2008 - 10/26/2008
Double the Pleasure Halloween Concert featuring Gemini: San & Las, Twin Troubadours, who are actually twin brothers. Rousing sing-a-longs, hand motion tunes, folk tales and music from around the world celebrate everyday experiences of childhood and growing up. 3 p.m. Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami
1314 Miller Dr.
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Phone: 305/271-7150

Pati Vargas Entertainment - Orun Music
This premier enterprise supplies the finest world music for corporate, private and public events. Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Colombian, Salsa, Mexican, Brazilian and Urban are some of the genres of music they provide. Their multifaceted techniques allow them to provide marketing and promotional assistance on any event. They also are a music label with nationwide distribution. They are able to adapt swiftly to market changes, and offer their clients forecasts based on their depth of knowledge and expertise. Their bottom line goal is to provide excellent service and reliability. 9842 SW 7th Terrace
Miami, FL 33174
Phone: 305/223-2245
Business Services
Westchester Area


University of Miami, Frost School of Music
Presents 300 concerts, recitals and various performances during the academic year, including Festival Miami, featuring world-renowned guest artists, faculty and student performing groups. 1314 Miller Dr.
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Phone: 305/284-2241
Arts & Culture
Coral Gables


Miami Civic Music Association

One of the oldest cultural organizations in the community. This is its 76th consecutive year of presenting great artists and ensembles. 5360 SW 87th Ave.
Miami, FL 33165
Phone: 305/271-8449
Arts & Culture
Kendall Area


Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Company
Internationally acclaimed choreographer Neri Torres presents traditional and contemporary Afro-Cuban and Latin performances with live music and colorful costumes. Also conducts workshops and instruction, and produces the annual IFE-ILE Baila USA Afro-Cuban festival. 4845 NW 7th St., Suite 404
Miami, FL 33126
Phone: 305/476-0832
Arts & Culture
Little Havana


Features live music every night of the week. The music includes jazz, funk, reggae, cumbia and rock. The second floor lounge features DJ's every night. Total group capacity is 200. 1342 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305/673-9372
Miami Beach - Art Deco District/South Beach

Miami Children's Theater: Aida
2/12/2009 - 2/22/2009
Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is a contemporary musical take on the grand classic tale of the love between a soldier and an enslaved princess – a love that condemns them to death, but ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between the two warring nations, heralding an unprecedented time of peace and prosperity. Russell Theater, Alper JCC
11155 SW 112th Ave.
Miami, FL 33176
Phone: 305/274-3595

Miami Children's Theater: Annie
12/4/2008 - 12/14/2008
Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Russell Theater, Alper JCC
11155 SW 112th Ave.
Miami, FL 33176
Phone: 305/274-3595

Miami Children's Theater: Sweet Charity
4/30/2009 - 5/10/2009
Charity is the girl who wants to be loved so much, that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances and encounters with all sorts of characters in her world of New York City. Russell Theater, Alper JCC
11155 SW 112th Ave.
Miami, FL 33176
Phone: 305/274-3595
Bridge Theater Inc.

Presents stage works and radio plays of Hispanic-American and world-renowned Hispanic playwrights in English. P.O. Box 38-1778
Miami, FL 33238
Phone: 305/538-2877
Arts & Culture

North Miami Beach Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater
Presents outstanding local and international multicultural performances. 17011 NE 19th Ave.
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Phone: 305/787-6005
Arts & Culture
North Miami Area

Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
Scheduled to open in October 2007 after undergoing renovations. Located in the Art Deco District and adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. The theater is the showcase for an array of performers and production companies. 1700 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305/938-2505
Arts & Culture
Miami Beach - Art Deco District/South Beach

Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
Hosts concerts, prestigious cultural groups such as the Miami International Film Festival, and many special events. 174 E. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305/374-2444
Arts & Culture
Downtown Miami Area

Colony Theater

Within walking distance from the Miami Beach Convention Center, this renovated theater is home to local performing arts organizations, Broadway productions and national film and television shows. 1040 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305/674-1026
Arts & Culture
Miami Beach - Art Deco District/South Beach


Cost of Living

The cost of living index is based on the composite price of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, clothing and entertainment.

Cost of living indexes will generally be higher in areas that offer access to beaches, culture, arts and recreation. In addition areas, that offer a wider variety of services such as health and education will run higher due to higher wages, and increased quality of living.

Cost of living indexing explanation
A figure of 100 points is used as an average both for the USA and Florida. For example:
Boise Idaho is ranked at a 99
Boston Mass is rated at 240
San Francisco at 217
Statewide, Florida cities come in from a low of 90 and up.
One way to compare Florida areas to salary requirements

For example-If you were relocating from Portland Oregon (whose rate 1s 94.0) to Orlando, and you currently make $50,000 per year, the formula is as follows
Take the destination index, in this case Orlando-94.0 and divide by Portland’s index-120, then multiply by a salary of $50,000. This will give you a figure of $39,166 which would be required to make in Orlando to have the same quality of life.
See comparable Florida statewide
* Re cost of living--in some areas Real Estate has went up dramatically however costs that factor in such as food, transportation, rents etc have not increased at the same rate-so in some areas, even though housing is expensive, the overall rating may still be low
2007 stats per Sperlings best Places

Boca Raton-154.74
Cape Coral-Ft Myers-108.0
Ft Lauderdale-132.0
Fort Walton-Destin-120
Jacksonville metro-94.0
Big Pine Key fl-132.46
Key Largo-146.0
Key West-168.0
Marathon fl-162.06
Miami metro-138.0
Naples Fl-250.59
Orlando metro-94.0
Palm Bay-84.56
Palm Coast-Flagler-125.01
Panama City-86.35
Pensacola metro-82.0
Tampa 94.60
St Pete-Clearwater-91.58
Vero-Beach Indian River-122.87
West Palm Beach metro-112.05
(Population Weighted-State Average=100
See national comparisons
Cost of living (100 = nationwide average)

* New York, NY -164.50
* Long Beach, CA -135.71
* Palo Alto, CA -234.42
* Boston, MA -127.60
* Malibu, CA -492.80
* San Francisco, -187.23
* Greenwich, CT 215
* Chicago, IL -126.45
* Dallas Tx -92,94
* Atlanta Ga -112.21
For more information about cost of living go to either
Sperlings best Places
or Accra's site at

The cost of living index places Miami at 138.0 as of the 4th quarter 2007
Although statewide it’s ranked higher, consider that it is a major metropolitan area with all the needed services. In that context it compares favorably.

Housing. Minimum two bedroom single family homes in Miami/Dade County.
As of August 2005 the median price is $356,900.
Utilities. water and sewer go to
For electric and gas go to
Florida Power & Light Co 305 552-3552 9250 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33174
People 'n' Gas: 954-763-8900
In conclusion, given Florida’s climate and Job opportunities and the outdoor recreation prospects, Miami can really make sense.

Imagine the advantages of a subtropical resort next to a major metropolitan area.
Imagine beaches located few minutes from major business, shopping and cultural centers.
In Miami you can have your cake and eat it too—why not extend the vacation and make it part of your life.
Why not live in a vacation spot?


Miami has choices. In fact it has some of the leading facilities in the country.
Healthcare Facilities:

Hospitals, 34
Assisted living, 300
Adult Day care, 44
Health Care clinics, 63
Skilled Nursing facility, 52
For more information (other facilities and their address) see

A great site to see how Hospitals based on the type of treatment rate
Partial List of Hospitals

Jackson Memorial Hospital
1611 N.W. 12TH AVENUE
MIAMI, FLORIDA 33136-1094
Cedars Medical Center
1400 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136.
305 325-5511
Mercy Hospital
3663 South Miami Avenue
Miami FL
UM/Jackson Memorial Burn Center
P.O. Box 016310
Miami, FL 33101-R-310A
Tele 305-243-6187
Mount Sinai Medical Center
4300 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33140
305 674-2064
Baptist Health South Florida
Tele 786-662-7111,,3150,00.html
Miami Children’s Hospital
3100 S.W. 62nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33155
Toll-free 1-800-432-6837
South Shore Hospital, Miami Beach
Miami Beach
630 Alton Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
MIMAI BEACH Community Health Center
710 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
fax: 305.865.1811
Planned Parenthood Miami Beach
634 6th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami is serious about their Health. See the message below from the Dade County health department Web site at:

To Be a World-Class Public Health System.

The mission of the MDCHD is to promote and protect the health of our community through prevention and preparedness today, for a healthier tomorrow.

Integrity, Customer and Community Focus, Accountability; Teamwork, Excelence, Respect for People.

A Healthy Community is the Heart of Public Health.

In conclusion. Miami has the facilities that will meet your needs.


Miami and Dade County Florida have some of the best schools in the country.
As of fall 2004, there are more than 365,000 students.

Miami school specifics:

208 Elementary Schools
51 Middle Schools
46 High Schools
26 Adult schools
43 other schools
50 plus trade schools
Schools by classification , names and addresses:

Statistics FCAT?

Higher Education-Colleges and trade Schools.
There are 50 in all, teaching everything from Law, Health care to Business.
A few Listings:

Florida International University
3000 NE 151st Street
North Miami, FL 33181
One of the top 25 comprehensive universities in the United States, FIU is the largest public university in South Florida and part of the state university system.
Nova Southeastern University
Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services
1750 NE 167th Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Located in the heart of North Miami Beach, Nova Southeastern University Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services offers graduate education and professional development programs for educators and human services professionals in flexible formats via distance education.
Union Institute & University
College of Undergraduate Studies
Florida Academic Center
16853 NE 2nd Avenue
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
A private university offering individualized degree programs, flexible scheduling, accelerated degree completion, and rigorous academic standards
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248025, Coral Gables, 33124
With more than 14,180 students, this four-year private university is the largest private university in the southeastern United States.
St. Thomas University
16400 NW 32nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33054
This four-year private Catholic university offers students a liberal arts education.
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314
The largest independent university in Florida, Nova Southeastern offers over 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161
Offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and several doctoral programs, Barry University is a four year independent university which currently serves 7,000.
Miami-Dade Community College
11380 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33167
This is the largest campus of one of the nation's largest and most extensive community colleges, serving over 40,000 students.
Johnson & Wales University
1701 NE 127 Street, North Miami, FL 33181
The Florida campus offers two and four year degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts, as well as Business & Hospitality degree programs.
Broward Community College
7200 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Provides higher education, technical, and occupational training to South Florida residents. It has campus locations in Pembroke Pines and Davie.
*If you find an area of Miami that looks interesting ask your REALTOR to get you the relevant school information.


Miami’s sub-tropical climate offers year-round sports and recreational opportunities. Winter, spring and fall are filled with lots of sunshine.

Enjoy warm days with ocean breezes and mild nights. The big difference between Florida and other parts of the country and water is that because our water is warm, wind coming across it is not cold.

The hottest month is August, with an average high of 90° F and an average low of 75° F. In January the average high temperature is 73° F and the average low is 52° F.
The average high year round temp is 82.8
The average yearly low average is 69
Average surf temperature is 74
Normal annual precipitation is 55 plus inches, with the largest monthly totals accumulating from July through September.

To see average January temperatures across the United States go to
Compare them you live to Miami.

*Although it looks like we have lots of cloudy days, the sun is out almost year round and the clouds are partial-not like in the Northwest (where I’m from) and it will stay overcast and dark for weeks on end.

Also, although we do get rain here-it is a tropical rain and comes and goes quickly, generally acts as a refresher to the hot days..

Water temperatures go from 66 in January to 87 in July and August.

Other Miami Weather Indicators

Average Wind Speed 9.2
Clear Days 74
Partly Cloudy Days 175
Cloudy Days 115
Avg. Relative Humidity 71.5. To see stats by the month, go to
So what about Hurricanes, the rainy season and humidity?

We are a tropical climate, so our rainy season comes in the summer. Generally it will rain hard for a half hour then subside. It does get humid then. Although not as bad as you’d think. Our water breezes really help cool us off.

Despite four devastating hurricanes in 2004, the number of Florida visitors rose 7% to an all-time high of 79.8 million last year and is on target to hit 80 million this year. Florida tourism generates about $57 billion annually and employs 912,700.

If you live on the coast you stand the greatest chance of having one affect you. Some areas of Florida have gone fifty years plus without one but you never know.

As a resident having lived in the Keys and now in central Florida I’ve been through them.

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is buy a home that was built after Andrew-August 92 that was built to stricter building codes. Have window protection and a backup generator and make sure your insurance is up to date. If they ask you to leave, do it!

Realize-If you live in an older home that was not built up to the stricter building codes (After Hurricane Andrew-August 1992) or you live in a mobile home you stand the best chance of having major structural damage.

Living on the beach in a mobile home is asking for it. Although, you may never have a problem, you’re still definitely taking your chances. Barrier islands and open-water beaches are the most prone to damage.

Having lived in California, I prefer the threat of a hurricane however as opposed to an earthquake. At least you have a warning.

For current information about hurricanes go to

For 2005 climate info by areas go to

For current weather forecasts by cities go to

*Living in a waterfront home typically means that you will pay a higher Insurance premium. The insurance is higher due to flood and wind concerns.

Part of this is also because the pricing on these homes is higher so there is more value to insure against.

Having said all this, I can’t imagine living elsewhere. It is really great to wake up and it’s sunny out.

We spend over half our lives indoors…so when you do go outside, wouldn’t it be nice if it was warm and sunny?



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About the areas
The site has the state divided up into 19 major areas and 80 plus sub-areas. We chose these areas as they are the ones most referred to in guides about Florida and also because most people are familiar with them as the names evoke something. Additionally on each area dropdown there is information relevant to florida real estate and relocating to florida. We have provided lists of Florida Real Estate agents-Mortgage brokers and more.