Miami è il centro commerciale della Florida, situato nella parte meridionale di questo stato USA. La città si affaccia sull'oceano Atlantico e annovera circa 380,000 abitanti; Miami però si trova al centro di un'area urbana più vasta che comprende anche Fort Lauderdale e West Palm Beach) con una popolazione di oltre 5.5 milioni. Una meta popolare del turismo è Miami Beach vicinissima a Miami.
La città di Miami è servita da due areoporti internazionali:
Miami, despite being heralded in the news as a center of crime and drug smuggling, is relatively safe for the passing tourist. One should use the same precautions as when traveling anywhere - try not to travel alone, avoid deserted areas at night, etc.
Traveling by day is almost completely innocuous, though the infrequent purse-snatching does occur in downtown. It is important to note that downtown Miami is quickly becoming increasingly gentrified with the construction of trendy, expensive high-rises and an influx in high-class European and South American buyers.
Some parts of Little Havana, Central Hialeah, and portions of Northern Dade-County, especially around Liberty City and Allpattah can be especially dangerous due to high crime rates, though it is unlikely that tourists would visit these areas since they are mostly residential suburbs and not part of the general attraction of the metropolis.
Public transport, though it does not generally run after about 10 p.m., is not recommended to travel late at night, especially the MetroRail service. Traveling alone anywhere late at night, except for the strip on South Beach, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, and most western and southern suburbs, is not prudent. Though it is unlikely that much will actually occur, it is better to be safe, especially for a tourist unfamiliar with the geography of Miami.
Most of South Beach (Ocean Drive, Collins, etc.) are frequented by tourists at all hours, even until dawn, and are safe to peruse, as are the 'hot spot' areas of Coconut Grove. However, much of the rest of the Beach is not recommended to traverse after hours, and the beach itself is closed from midnight to 5 a.m. It is not reccomended to walk down empty areas of the beach at night, as purse snatching and muggings are known to occur on the beach itself by persons who hide in a nearby area, or walk down the beach behind tourists seemigly acting like another innocent person, slowly approaching the person or couple before attacking randomly. This occurs to locals and tourists, and usually occurs right as tourists decide to talk a nighttime walk down the beach.
Brickell Avenue in downtown is mainly safe to frequent at most hours of the night, but downtown generally is unsafe to venture late at night, as there is a large homeless population and mugging is a major risk, especially for a woman.
Also a threat is Grand Avenue, directly adjacent to Coconut Grove. The late Coconut Grove party-goer should never travel Grand Avenue at night by foot, or risk being mugged.
Numeri di emergenza
The Emergency telephone number for fire, police and rescue emergencies is 911. If one requires non-emergency assistance, do not call 911 as that number is reserved for emergencies only. To contact police in a non-emergency situation one may call 305-4POLICE (305-476-5423). This number will only contact police services, for fire and medical one should dial 911, though if a non-emergency medical or fire situation were to arise, the number for police will be able to contact these services.
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