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6 Reasons Why I Love Miami

January 02, 2011 By Christy in Miami: Local NewsMiami: Travel News  | 18 Comments


There are people who complain about Miami and bring up such petty things like having to speak different dialects of Spanish to order a coffee. It’s not a cafeteria, but I go to my local coffeehouse every morning and order up an iced latte in English, no problem. I also get to sit outside and read the paper with my dog, year-round. This is how much I love Miami and I’ve only been awake for 20 minutes. 

1. Living Miami Style

Miami offers tempting restaurants, cool bars and clubs, and great shopping. In other words, a multitude of ways to spend money.  Luckily rents in Miami are relatively cheap compared to most other major cities.  For $1,250, I was able to find a furnished, renovated apartment in a desirable area of South Beach.  In other cities, $1,250 buys you a basement studio next to the projects.  If you have a $1,400 or higher budget, you can move effortlessly into a stylishly furnished apartment with all utilities included, a luxury high-rise building on the Bay, or a remodeled art deco apartment steps away from the beach.  One of my great apartment finds was a beautifully furnished studio at the Mondrian, all utilities and parking included, along with the amazing pool and gym, for $1,500.


2. Making Friends and Having Fun

I have friends in Brooklyn who ask me with envy, “Wait, so is that your friend who looks like a model, or is she the one who had the World Cup BBQ? Oh you’re talking about the girl who lives In Brickell, got it”.  And then they demand to know how I have so many friends when I’ve only been in Miami a few months, while they’ve been in NY for a few years and their only friend is allergic to alcohol and goes to bed at 9:30.

Another reason why I love Miami is because it’s so easy to make friends. Just like me, everyone else recently moved here too. Miami’s transient population means that at any given time 70% of people are on the lookout for new friends. Or just someone to go out with. So take advantage of the MiamiBeach411 meet-ups, follow people on twitter for tweet-ups, go to that yoga class in Flamingo Park even if the sharp grass pokes through your beach towel, and strike up a conversation with the cute Latin waiter. Before you know it you’ll have such a busy social life that friends from your home town won’t be able to keep up with you!

3. Let’s Have a Drink

Going out in this town with its sky high drink prices aimed at tourists gets expensive.  I limit myself to about two nights out per week.  Miami’s world famous nightlife can only be found in, Miami. With great house music, the world’s best DJ’s, good-looking crowds, and the chance to break out your most fabulous dress, the clubs in other cities pale in comparison. If you want to go out casual in jean shorts, finding a favorite local bar is a must. Check out Ted’s, Abraxis, The Playwright, or Redbar in Brickell for a chill evening and drink prices that won’t empty your wallet.


4. Cancel Your Cable

Miami’s small size makes it easy to go to any event, and I never got more invitations than I get in Miami. Most of my facebook messages are invites to clubs, a fundraiser, networking event, meet-up, tweet up, or launch of a new publication or gallery event. The city of Miami knows how to party and Halloween is a perfect example. Seriously, what other town in the U.S. hires a DJ to spin outside until 5am? Let’s not forget about the Food and Wine Festival, Winter Music Conference, and the Art Basel parties.

5. Finally, Your Chance to Study Abroad

Living in Miami is like living in another country, in a good way. Largely populated by Latin Americans, Cubans, Europeans, Russians, and Americans running away from home, Miami offers a chance for you to practice that second language while “living abroad”, and meet people from all over the globe.  If you’ve taken Spanish in High School or College, now’s your chance to become fluent.

6. “So What Do You Do?”

For those of us that haven’t landed that cushy job in advertising that pays $70,000, or aren’t working fifty-five hours a week and taking work home in the hopes of one day making partner at a law firm, sometimes “What do you do?” can be a painful question.  In Miami, you’ll never hear that question, and if you do the person asking is an overall rude person whom you should ignore. People in Miami don’t judge you based on your career (or lack thereof).  If you have a blog, or if you’re a bartender, aspiring DJ, or just have a job that pays the bills, be proud of yourself.  As long as you have enough cash in your pocket to go out and a flexible schedule that allows you to hit the beach on weekdays, you’re living the dream.


There are certainly downsides to Miami, but the beach makes up for it.  When the weather is great, and the purple flag isn’t up, there’s nothing better than gazing out at the calm turquoise sea and soaking in the sun. Sure there are flaky boys that don’t text back, leggy Brazilian girls to compete with, unscrupulous landlords, no sign of American food in some grocery stores, too many bugs, and the hordes of tourists to deal with, but come on- It’s 82 degrees and a perfect beach day!

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Christy offers a fresh perspective on life and style in Miami. You can reach her at Miami Beach 411.

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18 Comments on

"6 Reasons Why I Love Miami"

rk says:

Christy, great article, it made me smile. I love the way you looked at the positive side of Miami. However, I must note that:

“Miami’s transient population means that at any given time 70% of people are on the lookout for new friends”

could also mean:

“70% of your friends will be gone shortly..”


“Living in Miami is like living in another country, in a good way”

also applies in a bad way (driving habits, poor service, lack of reliability..)

and as for:

“So What Do You Do?”

That is indeed the question that the 20% unemployed have to ask themselves every day.

Still, great article, look forward to more.

Posted on 01/02/2011 at 11:39 AM

Christy says:

Thanks rk, excellent points-especially about the friends leaving. And sometimes you meet people and then realize they’re only in town for two more days.

Posted on 01/02/2011 at 4:33 PM

Doug says:

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of $1250 being cheap for a one bedroom!  But it is undoubtedly a stimulating city!

Posted on 01/02/2011 at 5:56 PM

Candice cossel says:

Christy, I loved this!  It’s like you said exactly what I was thinking!  Who knew we would be having a dinner party in our new place and watching fireworks from our balcony with great new friends 2 months after we moved?  Awesome! 

So I am wondering, who do you follow to know about the tweet ups?

Posted on 01/03/2011 at 10:02 AM

Christy says:

Very cool Candice! Maria usually posts tweet-ups in the forums for us in the Off Topic-Chit Chat category.

Posted on 01/03/2011 at 2:37 PM

Glenn and Janet says:

Christy -

Nice article.  Fun read.  Love the part about Miami that nobody cares what you do for a living.

Posted on 01/05/2011 at 1:06 AM

Candice cossel says:

Ok so just to clarify, it is rude to ask someone what they do when getting to know them?  I always think that what job someone does is part of who they are.

Posted on 01/05/2011 at 9:55 AM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Very nice positive look at Miami, Christy!  I would only add that the article describes Miami Beach more than the mainland.

Yes, Doug, $1250 for a one bedroom (a junior one at that) seems like a lot to me too.  It’s all about location in South Beach with minimum square footage.

Posted on 01/05/2011 at 10:37 AM

Maria de los Angeles says:

I’m also a little confused about “different dialects of Spanish” ... I don’t believe that to be the case as dialects are distinctive variations in a language and it’s not that extreme here, though people from Colombia for example have a different accent than people from Cuba, but the language is the same.  They’re not dialects.  Not that it would make a difference to anyone who doesn’t speak Spanish.

Posted on 01/05/2011 at 10:39 AM

Christy says:

I don’t think it’s rude at all to ask someone what they do career wise. I just don’t like it when it’s the first or second question! I used the words “different dialects of Spanish” because Rebecca used that phrase when she made a list of all the reasons she didn’t miss Miami. A small apartment for $1250 may seem a little high to locals but when people move from more expensive cities it’s a bargain.

Posted on 01/05/2011 at 12:16 PM

Glenn says:

I agree with Christy.  It’s goofy when the first thing someone asks is, “So what do you do [for a living]?”.  (as if that is the most important attribute to the person).    They do that all the time in the Washington, DC area, and it’s annoying.  Sometimes, I’ll screw with them.  If they ask, “What do you do?” as the first question after we meet, I’ll reply with something like, “I go biking, I go boating, I love to travel, ....”.  It messes with their expectiation, and you get a “deer in the headlights” look from them after that. smile

After an initial greeting, I usually ask people I newly meet, “What do you like to do for fun?”.  That usually leads to a nice discussion about a fun activity, especially if there is an activity we both have in common.
I have no problem when people talk about work stuff after they actually get to know each other.  But, as a first or second question, it seems awkwark before you even know the person. 


Posted on 01/05/2011 at 4:44 PM

Gavin Mcleavy says:

We have no reason to complain, thanks for the post I’m passing it on to the world

Posted on 01/09/2011 at 5:36 PM

Nightstick Justice says:

First let me say, great article.  Second, let me say I love Miami, its a great place and I love the style and fashion paramount.  I came from Philadaelphia 3 years ago where I lived for 29 years.  My major complaint is rude people in general.  Yes most are foreigners but that’s not the point.  If you’re a rude ass then you’re a rude ass.  It doesn’t matter if your Euro trash or from here.  Lol.  I have never been anywhere else where people constatntly bump into you at bars/clubs and don’t say anything.  That’s a fight where I come from.  Everytime I bump into someone I apologize and you should see the looks i get back like Why is this guy apologizing.  It’s called self respect and respect for others.  We need to teach a class down here on how to act.

Posted on 01/11/2011 at 2:32 PM

KitKatgirl says:

Great article Christy! I curently live in NYC, career moved me here and I miss living there soooooooo much sometimes!  I lived in Miami in 2009 for six months, and I sadly have become a statistic for ‘those who live there for less than a year’ lol.  I hope to move back someday while I am still young, lol.  Maybe my career will bring me bck there… : )

Posted on 01/31/2011 at 8:56 PM

Laura says:

Just reading your article made me smile. I am coming to the US in July to live and Miami is the first thing to do on our list.
Being from Australia me and my best friend surely know how to party and love meeting new people so this should be a fun experience for us especially if it how you have portrayed it!
Awesome write up and I look forward to my adventures in Miami!

Can anyone recommend any good nightclubs?

Posted on 06/02/2011 at 4:51 AM

NEIL says:

Hi Christy, great article.  We are looking at coming to Miami from the UK in June 2012 for a Bachelor party, can you assist us with our arrangments?  There will be approx 16 of us.  Thanks

Posted on 12/02/2011 at 11:21 AM

Christy says:

Hi Laura,

I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time in Miami and congrats on moving to the US!
My personal favorite spots for going out in Miami are:
1. mynt-club
2. Delano -hotel lounge
3. Mondrian-hotel lounge
4. Gansevort roofdeck-hotel roofdeck
5. Segafredo on Lincoln Rd.-outdoor cafe
6. Mansion-club
7. LIV-club

Enjoy!! For more info on clubs check out our nightclub section in the forums:

Posted on 12/02/2011 at 3:59 PM

Tiffany says:

I love a million things about Miami!!

Anyway, I posted this in the why-people-hate-Miami article ( to fight for Miamis awesomeness, of course) and thought I’d copy and paste it here:

I’m from Miami and am considered very “American” compared to other Miamians…..I’ve lived in other states in the US for school and absolutely HATE US culture. I adore Miami….yes, it’s a city run by minorities….but at least race isn’t a taboo subject. Neither is sex or sexual orientation. In Miami you can be human and have friends of all sorts! It’s beautiful! I love having friends that are Indian (from India), Chinese, Hispanic, Jewish, Black and gay! In other states in the US my friends would all be judged as terrorists, hell-goers, construction workers, taxi drivers, thugs, poor and uneducated. In other states, race and religion define you. Period. Even in mor “progressive” places like Nashville. Disgusting. Considering this, I can understand how Americans hate Miami….Miami culture reeks of Hell to them. In other states, individuality and sex appeal are signs of immorality and that’s what Miami is made of!

Posted on 01/30/2013 at 5:32 PM

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