Locally known as Downtown, the area is a cultural, financial, and commercial center of South
Florida, tracing its present-day history back to the 19th century.
In recent years, Downtown Miami has grown and physically expanded to become the fastest-growing area in Miami, with rapid increase in population and the greatest concentration of high-rises in the region. Greater Downtown is home to many major museums, parks, education centers, banks, company headquarters, courthouses, government offices, theaters, shops and many of the oldest buildings in the city.
Downtown Miami is Miami’s bustling epicenter, packed with gleaming skyscrapers, sweeping
bay views, and hidden places to explore. It’s a neighborhood of layers—decades of history
overlapping and colliding; tourism destinations like Port of Miami alongside local favorites like
American Airlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat; century-old buildings among new pockets of
young residents who call the neighborhood home.
Where its southern neighbor Brickell is modern, towering, and dense, Downtown Miami is a
mix of the old and the new. It was the site of one of Miami’s earliest international attractions,
Henry Flagler’s Royal Palm Hotel, which opened in 1897 along the bank of the Miami River.
Downtown Miami was home to Miami’s first development boom in the 1910s and 1920s, with
Flagler Street at its core. Freedom Tower was the entry point for Cuban refugees arriving in
Miami in 1959.
Today, Downtown Miami’s population has doubled in fewer than 10 years, and those new
residents have brought new restaurants, bars, shops, parks, and world-class museums.
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