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Miami is a city in the U.S. state of Florida. Miami is located in Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean . The main portion of the city lies on the shores of Biscayne Bay which contains several hundred natural and artificially created barrier islands, the largest of which contains Miami Beach and South Beach. Miami is the largest city in Miami-Dade county based on population , but only the second- largest city in Florida (after Jacksonville ) .

The Gulf Stream , a warm ocean current , runs northward just 24 miles off the coast , allowing the city's climate is warm and mild all year.

Tv Series Miami Vice was produced in Miami, and is considered today to be a cult series .
The more modern series CSI : Miami was also produced in Miami, and is about a fictional forensic department of the Miami police.

" The Metro" , is Miami's metro system . Metrorail consists of 22 stations and connects many of Miami's suburbs. Metromover is a free automated train which operates 22 stations on three lines through Downtown and Brickell .

In addition to annual festivals like Calle Ocho Festival and Carnaval Miami , Miami is home to countless entertainment venues , theaters , museums , parks and performing arts centers. The newest addition to the Miami arts scene is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts , the second largest performing arts center in the United States after the Lincoln Center in New York City , and is the home of the Florida Grand Opera.

The city attracts a large number of musicians , singers , actors , dancers and groups. Miami has numerous orchestras , symphonies and performing art conservatories . Some of these include the Florida Grand Opera, FIU School of Music , Frost School of Music , Miami City Ballet , Miami Conservatory , Miami Wind Symphony , New World School of the Arts, New World Symphony Orchestra, as well as music , theater and art schools of the city's many universities and schools.

Miami is also a major fashion center, home to models and some of the top modeling agencies in the world. Miami is also host to many fashion shows and events , including the annual Miami Fashion Week and the Mercedes - Benz Fashion Week Miami held in the Wynwood Art District .

Miami is home to one of the largest ports in the United States , the Port of Miami. It is the largest cruise ship port in the world . The port is often called the "Cruise Capital of the World" and " Cargo Gateway of the Americas " . The Royal Caribbean International 's headquarters is located in the Port of Miami.

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