Leonella Santillan: Miami Beach 2021

Student Bio

Hello, my name is Leonella Santillan, I am an international student about to finish my bachelor’s at Florida International University. My main dream is to become a lawyer, and therefore, I am always determined to learn more to attain my dream. I am from Ecuador and came to the United States when I was 14 years of age.  This study will focus on Miami Beach, which is one of the cities in Miami. 


Miami Beach is a tourist mecca with more than 7 miles of shores, three golf courses, 20 parks, world-class art, music, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. It is also a lively, economically active, and residential neighborhood (Park et al., 164). Miami Beach is a trendsetting arts and culture center for tourists from all over the country, actors, and local people alike, a community of only 7.1 miles between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Miami Beach provides tourists and locals with various facilities to enjoy, from café, clubs, and retail at South Beach’s Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road, and Washington Avenue to International Collins Avenue and Middle Beach Restaurants and North Beach neighborhoods.


“Sunny Florida” epitome is Miami Beach, home to some of the wealthiest and famous Americans. The island town offers lovely sandy beaches facing the North Atlantic waves from Lummus Park to South Beach. According to Carson, the area combines lifestyle, heritage, and the arts in an excellent way (pg5). Miami Beach is a Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States coastal resort. On 26 March 1915, it was incorporated. The town is situated on natural and human-made barrier islands that isolate the beach from Miami’s mainland town from the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.


Age and Population Demographic

Interview of Monica Garcia

Leonella: Hello Monica, can you introduce yourself and mention what kind of work you do?

Monica: “Hello, my name is Monica Garcia, and I am a Model. I have lived in Miami Beach area for 2 years.”

Leonella: Why did you choose to live in Miami Beach?

Monica: “I chose to live in Miami Beach because it is full of activities to do, also because I am close to the ocean and my favorite part of Miami Beach are the beaches”

Leonella: How would you describe the Miami Beach residents?

Monica: “I describe them as nice, fun and entertaining”

Leonella: What is your favorite aspect of Miami Beach?

Monica: “The beaches and the amazing skyscrapers that are hotels.”

Leonella: If someone you knew were to come to Miami Beach, where would you take them?

Monica: “I would take them to the beaches, and parks because I would like for them to fall in love with the views that Miami Beach has to offer.”

Leonella: If there was something you could change about Miami Beach, what would it be?

Monica: “Honestly nothing, living on Miami Beach has been so amazing since every time I would wake up I would see the amazing view of the oceans and the skies”

Cultural Roots

Miami Beach’s population speaks only English, 28.26 percent, while the other languages speak 71.74 percent. Spain, which is spoken by 56.30 percent of the population, is the majority group’s non-English language (Fallon et al., pg 67). Miami Beach, FL’s five major racial groups, are white (37, 6%), white (Hispanic), others (Hispanic) (15,6%), Black or African (Non-Hispanic) (3,0%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3,0%) (Miami Beach) (1.55 percent). FL speaks non-English, and 72.8% are US residents.

Income Level

Miami Beach has an annual family income of $106,818 and a poverty rate of 14.00%. Median leasing prices are around $1,396 a month in recent years, and average housing costs are around $459,000, as indicated by Sadri et al., pg (169). Miami Beach is median for 41.4 years, for men 40.8 years, and women 42.6 years. 107.0 males are eligible for every 100 females.


I. Museums

Gardens and Vizcaya Museum The lavish winter residence of the industrialist of the 1920th century, James Deering, was located on 28 acres of the national historic landmark. Built-in 1916 and built around the central courtyard, the mansion has 34 rooms (Zebracki et al., 2269). The Vizcaya project wanted over 1,100 employees and artisans, many of whom came from Europe, to guarantee design authenticity.

The Renaissance Italian villa is full of a remarkable array of European furnishings and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th. There are lovely fountains, swimming pools, and sculptures in the grounds and garden. An ornately carved barge with females is a breakwater at the base of Biscayne Bay’s steps (Revell et al., 1940). There’s also a fun children’s museum in Miami, which is in a vibrant and imaginative building with a space of over 56,000 ft. Miami’s children’s museum is an exciting location for children. Entertaining interactive displays seek to cater to the interest and imagination of children. Fourteen thematic galleries concentrate on the arts, music, environment, networking, and four outdoor exhibitions offering children the ability to play and enjoy outdoors.

II. Monuments

One of the common monuments recognized in Miami beach is Freedom Tower. Freedom Tower is one of the most striking structures on the Bay of Vice versa. Built-in 1925, the skyscraper is one of the oldest in the US’s Southeast and has been the Miami Daily News headquarters for many years (Zebracki et al., 2261). Its name derives from the fact that it was used to treat hundreds of thousands of Cuban refugees who arrived in the 1960s. It is also a monument to Cuban immigration and is also used as a museum of modern art.

Charles Deering is the former site of a 444 acres’ estate that protects the habitat and marine hardwood tropical Rocklands, mangrove trees, salt marsh, and a coastal dune island threatened by a global extinction (Ann Conyers et al., pg 283). The Richmond Cottage, which operated as a hotel and historical buildings dating back from 1896 to 1922, and an American Indian burial ground from 1500, is listed under the Cutler Deering Estate National Register of historic places. Cutler’s Charles Deering was a dealer of art who collected a large number of Old Masters’ works along with his brother James. Here are some of his paintings on display, Deering himself also painted. The Artist Village is now an important cultural hub with services for performers and artists on the farm.

III. Historical landmarks

This memorial is especially effective even for a Holocaust piece. Its main component is the Sculpture of Love and Anguish, an immense, oxidized bronze arm with several Auschwitz selected because it never came out of the camp. With more than 100 sculptures (Wdowinski pg 7). Terrified camp inmates spread over the sides of their arms, attempting to secure their loved ones, including girls, only to later see them massacred, while underneath lay figures of every generation in different poses of pain—a spot where a feeling of the history will come from Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial. Many visitors to Florida visited the memorial (Park et al.,170). The Jews in the Nazi hand have a famous legacy, but it is possible that the next generations will not be aware of the Holocaust. In 1984 several Holocaust survivors fittingly entered the remembrance of the over six million Jews who the Nazis murdered to set up a permanent monument in Miami. This small group of survivors of the Holocaust set up a committee responsible for constructing the monument. The group was renamed the Holocaust Remembrance Committee and registered as a non-profit private body.

Green Parks

The 32-acre green area of the Bayside Marketplace is Bayfront Park on the east side of Biscayne Boulevard. The park features many unique sculptures and monuments. The electronically controlled Pepper Fountain is one of its special characteristics. The Challenger Memorial, which commemorates the Challenger spacecraft crew, and the Light Tower, an amphitheater used for musical events of all sorts, and a playground for children are other highlights. Locals come here mostly to stroll or to run along paved paths.

The Miami Zoo has over 3,000 wildlife, of which 40 are endangered species. In comparison to conventional zoos, animals are clustered in a forest with other creatures that usually coexist and are housed in conditions close to their natural ecosystems (Houston et al., pg 14). The feeding of the giraffe is one of the most delightful encounters in the zoo. Children will be shocked when these gentle giants with their long necks reach out to pluck a treat.

The bird sanctuary, the animal park, and the botanic garden are Jungle Island. In tropical forest environments, parrots and other native bows ride; others are participating in regular displays. A major part of the draw is large mammals, including lions, baboons, alligators, tortoises, monkeys, and orangutans. The gardens contain approximately 2000 different types of tropical plants, including helicons.


I. City buses

Metrobus runs more than 95 routes and almost 1,000 buses covering 41 million miles annually, which is a huge deal. Hop one of the metro buses routes that are not serving city areas with the Metro, such as Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Homestead, Fort Lauderdale, or the Florida Key, if you can’t get there by Metro (Shafer et al., 11). Three hundred sixty-five days a year, in Miami-Dade County, the Metrobus system provides service. Miami-Dade County bus service services every major retail, leisure, and cultural center and major hospital and schools, planned to connect with Metrorail and Metro Metromover.

II. Metrorail

Metrorail is like the monorail, a 25-mile rail line of two platforms. It’s a quick and cheap way to get you all way through the city center to South Miami from Miami International Airport (MIA). You can easily get to the Civic Center in Jackson Memorial Hospital, Hialeah, Miami-Dade northwest, with access to the Tri-Rail/Metrorail transfer station in Brower’s and Palm Beach counties.

III. Metromover

Metro mover is ideal for tourists to Downtown Miami or to discover the most famous attractions in Miami. The Metromeas is a quick place to visit near the American Airlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat, and various famous concerts; Maurice A. Ferré Park, home to the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Frost Science Museum; and the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts district.

Food places

Joe’s Stone Crab

Joe’s has been, over the years, a multimillion-dollar company, being branded Restaurant Business’ second-largest independent restaurant in the US. Although Joe’s provides a wide range of fresh seafood and steaks to cleanse great bits of flesh with full-time fish and butchers, it is the stone crabs that draw buyers worldwide (Shafer et al., 12). The claws are eaten with the mustard sauce of this restaurant, which is why many generations enjoyed their birthdays, birthdays and commitments, and just a Thursday night at Joe’s. The restaurant now has minimal reservations, and its outdoor dining space has been extended.

La Sandwicherie

Situated in an alley off 14th Street, this french counter restaurant does not look like much of it, but it has some of the finest southern sandwiches. The sandwich is based on Crispy, flaky French bread. From there, you can add a selection of sandwich builders such as ham, turkey, roast beef, salami, and Swiss cheese to your option of meat, cheese, and a mixture of these, and even more exclusive euro-friendly options such as Camembert, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, saucer sec or potato/duck pâté.

South Beach Planta Beach

This plant-based paradise is a fascinating, tropically inspired restaurant for celebrities, influencers, and the sexiest Miami soul that serves vegan food, which also carnivorously shrinks (Zebracki et al., 2270). The menu is comprehensive and culinary with amazing inventive recipes, such as Ahi watermelon nigiri, tots of cauliflowers melt in the mouth, an omnivore-inspired meat enthusiastic pizza, and a savory burger. Pair your dinner with a new juice drink, and don’t hesitate to order a light dessert ice cream in revolving aromas.


Miami is still known more for its beaches than for its businesses but, according to WalletHub, the Magic City is one of America’s best locations for a small business. Miami was 14th out of 180 US cities on the Personal Finance Website. The rankings were based on 19 main metrics, from five-year company survival rates to office room accessibility.

Restaurants Business

Company restaurant in Miami Beach is one of the business prospects. Due to the high population existing and tourists to this city, there is a tendency to develop restaurant services. In this situation, companies must ensure that a well-established approach aims to make the food they produce special and delicious (Carson et al., pg15). Beaches flourish with food, for example. Many who come would like to taste everything from local cuisine to foreign dishes. Thanks to its ethnicity, local food can be a perfect connector and establish a relationship with consumers. Shacks with decent comfort and a range of recipes for food help you stand out. But you have to worry about the competition here because it’s enormous. It is also necessary to have a sector as a special attraction. You have to run offers and sell them successfully.

Accommodation huts

Accommodations are also a key business that does well in Miami beach. This is the hospitality sector’s backbone and is a significant feature that tourists consider before they arrive. One can range from comfortable to modest, depending on the price and availability (Park et al., 172). It’s a long-term enterprise that needs time, and it doesn’t take visitors overnight. Clean structures and accommodating workers contribute to the market growth with good service practices.

Photo booths

The photo booth is also a well-established business in the Miami Beach neighborhood. They still promise businesses everywhere now. That is the photo booth market. Cute slogans and one-liner with an enchanting background on the beach will spiral into money-making for everyone. Picture boots create enjoyable moments fed by a responsive layer of memories with selfies around the world.


This following information proves that Miami Beach has a diversity of cultures, businesses, history landmarks, and transportation.  As you can see, Miami Beach is very popular, well known, and entertainment neighborhood of Miami that is why tourists from all over the world come to Miami to visit Miami beach.


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Author: LeonellaSantillan

I am an international student, I am from Ecuador. I am a senior student at Florida International University.

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