As a city known for deeply valuing the many cultures and backgrounds united within the city, Miami is home to some of the most interesting, unique and completely welcoming people. Those who have lived in the city for many years have seen how people from different cultures have brought many of their traditions to Miami and seamlessly blended those traditions with those of others already settled in the South Florida community. With such a unique blend of cultures faithfully represented in Miami, visitors should be encouraged to speak frequently with the locals they happen to encounter wherever they go.
Miami is often associated with its strong ties to Cuban culture, with many leaving the island nation and settling in South Florida, but there are a number of other unique cultures also represented throughout the city. David Kravitz and others who happen to be quite familiar with Miami would likely point out that there seems to be a clear understanding among residents that it is important to use culture to bring people together rather than to keep them separate. As a result, many residents have embraced the different aspects of other cultures while still staying true to the beliefs and traditions of their own.
This is something of a rarity, and it has resulted in a local population that is very open to new experiences and is quite willing to share what they believe are the best parts of the city with visitors and newcomers, and many of the locals have quite a unique sense of humor that is simply beyond comparison. One recent visitor to Miami shared a story in which he just so happened to strike up a conversation with a man he ran into on the beach who had left Havana decades ago, and when the subject turned to traditional Cuban food, the man decided experiencing the tastes and textures of Cuba would be better than simply trying to explain it.
The former resident of Havana invited his new friend to a family dinner at his home, which ended up becoming a spontaneous cultural celebration with members of his extended family bringing traditional homemade dishes to share before dancing well into the early morning hours. Though this is not exactly a common experience for visitors to Miami, the story represents the city’s overarching sense of welcome along with the desire of the locals to make everyone feel as though they are always among family.
To truly experience all that Miami has to offer, the city has to be seen through the eyes of its residents. With such a friendly and diverse population proud to educate visitors about their culture through firsthand experience, Miami is a place that must be visited with an open mind and a keen sense of adventure.