Really was not that impressed with Miami. It reminded me a lot of my hometown (except I felt that my hometown is better) so that might have been the problem.
Either way it was all highway, was way too touristy and expensive, and had little to no urban character. It was kind of like the stereotype of how a supermodel is supposed to be. All shiny and appealing but with no real depth or history. I’m mostly talking about downtown and the townhouse complexes so it’s very possible I missed all of the good parts of town :(.
Either way Miami has a really high Latina/o population. Where were the cultural markers of Latinidad around the city? I sincerely hoped that calle ocho would not encompass Latina/o claims on a city that has been heavily influenced by Latina/os. But like I said, I probably missed all the good parts of town.
On another note, the beaches were gorgeous. I was shocked by how clean and crystal clear the water was despite the fact that the beaches are in an urban area. As much as I was disappointed by the city itself, the beaches definitely make up for a lot of whatever went wrong.