Miami Named the Eighth Most Overrated Place in the World

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Marta Xochilt Perez
Miami's not perfect. Of course it's not. Is life expensive here? Sure. Does hurricane season suck? Occasionally.

Are these two things enough to warrant being placed at number eight on a list of the world's most overrated places? Hell no.

But somebody better tell that to the Huffington Post, which has placed Miami at number eight on its list of "The 25 Most Overrated Places on Earth." That's harsh, bro.

See also: Ten Signs You're Not From Miami

HuffPo's petty quibbles don't extend beyond Miami's weather and pricey nightlife:

In America's third-most expensive city, a $20 cover charge is no big deal. But even the most neon-lit of nightclubs won't take your mind off the humidity.

Here at Cultist, we are sick to death of Miami's "tropical weather and nightlife" reputation. We spend all damn day telling you about great local culture, from filmmakers to tech startups and everything in-between. Reducing the city of Miami to a hot place to dance at 4 a.m. is especially insulting this week, as the Miami Book Fair prepares to present a handful of National Book Award winners and finalists, and while the whole city prepares to welcome the world's best artists during Art Basel.

We're certainly not more overrated than Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas (#9) -- talk about your $20 drinks and no culture. Or than the Four Corners Monument (#17), which is literally just a stone slab and a gift shop in the middle of the damn desert.

The list also includes some pretty kick-ass places: London, Dublin, Venice, Milan. Where exactly *do* you want to go, HuffPo?

They did get one thing right, though: Ireland's Blarney Stone. If you bend over backwards to kiss that filthy rock, you're a braver man than I.

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Fit2bhealthy
Fit2bhealthy

Huffington Post knows how to get your attention with headlines they know is baseless. HuffPo knows marketing. As so many commented, Miami has art and culture alongside those who visit for parties and nightlife. There is something for everyone no matter the age or preference.


For example, we enjoy going on South Beach cocktail tour when it's cloudy and have out of town guests as then we don't have the crowds and noise and enjoy a cultural activity.


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There's also the Miami Beach Cinemateque which features short films and not your typical and predictable Hollywood storylines. . 

peaceofcakemia
peaceofcakemia

That picture of the underage whores at whatever club/festival that is, isn't the best way to defend the city.

Mechanesthesia
Mechanesthesia

I think the language barrier contributes a lot to people's perception.  They don't get the "full experience."  They get a tiny touristy sliver of what Miami is.  

We don't have culture?  RIDICULOUS!  Miami is one metropolis which instead of assimilating into a "melting pot," we have all of our culture fully intact, language, customs, food, religion, etc.  The problem is if you are open to it, or if you want people to just cater to some fantasy of Miami fitting into some preconceived White Americanized notion of some "cute sleepy beach town."  People in Miami are rude?  All the time I'll go to some random Walgreens or bakery or Publix and a nice hispanic lady cashier would call me "carino" or "corazon" and they mean it. How the hell is that rude?  

Mechanesthesia
Mechanesthesia

Oh please.  Like you're going to come to a city as a tourist and be showered with culture and enlightenment.  Miami knows how to party and doesn't feel guilty about it by creating some pretentious "cultured" facade to feel better than everyone else.  We have everything here, it's up to you to find it. 

bella6379
bella6379

The author of this article sounds sooo bitter lol

Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez

Whoever wrote this article obviously doesn't know anything about Miami. Besides its art and musical culture, I'll take the night life on South Beach and Lincoln Road Mall any day of the week. Must be that the Huff post corporate location in New York needs more people migrating back up for the weather! :-)

Linda Traxl
Linda Traxl

More like UNDERRATED! There is so much more to Miami then just SoBe!

John Lara
John Lara

I think being 8th in the whole world is more than generous..

jonathan.larusso
jonathan.larusso

I was born and raised in Miami. There is nothing special about it. I have also lived in New York and I liked it much more than Miami, however, I will say this It is all about personal opinion. Every city has its pro's and con's. 

Raul De La Fe
Raul De La Fe

Article is funny and biased at the same time coming from Arianna Huffington, this chick flipped from super liberal to Ultra conservative. This is more of 1 chick's opinion than that of a journalist doing her homework...que se va ya PLP!

David Leo Morley
David Leo Morley

The part of Miami that tries to be Los Angeles/Hollywood is gross and overrated. The part of Miami that is content and happy to be Miami is still nice.

Damaris Perez
Damaris Perez

People can't handle Miami. The ones that are always complaining & talking about the fake people are the ones that either 1) have a weak character, or 2) they're the problem. Take a look, miami isn't the problem, you are... Besides I never understood, if you don't like a place just move it's that simple. Hey friend Lawrence Srail

Lawrence Srail
Lawrence Srail

'Thats harsh, bro' is the best the new times could come up with. Really? I live here and this place is overrated. Get over yourself

Victor Runciman
Victor Runciman

It is NOT the city but all those PSEUDO-MIAMIANS that flock from Cali, NY, etc. and act all Miami-wannabes that give this city its BAD reputation.

Michael Cudahy
Michael Cudahy

Huffington Post has the most overrated, um, nothing.

Michelle Oney
Michelle Oney

I left "Superficial Central" (Miami) five years ago and never looked back. Best decision EVER.

Luisa Erika Patroni
Luisa Erika Patroni

unless you've lived in a few other major cities, your opinion is worth shit. Miami is one of the best cities, but if you ain't got the money to burn I can see why people would trash talk this city that will be underwater much closer than we think.

Lpatro
Lpatro

unless you've lived in a few other major cities, your opinion is worth shit. Miami is one of the best cities, but if you ain't got the money to burn I can see why people would trash talk this city that will be underwater much closer than we think.

Dawn Michelle S
Dawn Michelle S

PS Gomez Christian it's FLL but don't foget MIA haha go home to your snow!

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

One man's garbage is another man's treasure...

Rachel Penabella
Rachel Penabella

We're overated because superficial people can BS there way into anything, BUT...you can't knock the beaches or plam trees. They are pretty legit!

Ronnie_M
Ronnie_M

ComPost is just as over-rated

Miguel Rodriguez
Miguel Rodriguez

Miami has always been crazy, it's tourists who are "overrated"

Marvin Tapia
Marvin Tapia

Miami, Rome, Vegas, Milan, Venice, etc.. "Overrated"!? My question is, so where the hell would they like to travel then?

Tu Madre
Tu Madre

And yet here come the tourists, dirtying our beaches and screaming "we're in Miami biiiiitch"

Dave Simmons
Dave Simmons

The author of this article has no idea what they are talking about. Paying it any mind is foolish.

Russell Carl Behrmann
Russell Carl Behrmann

Am good. Coming up during X mas. Cause that is when it is cool and dry.... lol. Hope to catch up....

Jean-Marc Schomberg
Jean-Marc Schomberg

I have an article also from another editor of the huffington post that says how great miami is. Flip flop !!!

Howard Green Montaque
Howard Green Montaque

Miami is indeed lame... Vacation here might be pretty awesome. Living... Far from it.

michellep57
michellep57

more like its been underrated for 2 damn long its r time  2 shine #305pride

John Viera
John Viera

Yeah. Everyone hates Miami. Then they pay thousands to come here on vacation. I always love traveling to places I hate.

bella6379
bella6379

@Victor Runciman no its the illegals


bella6379
bella6379

@Nes Gutierrez that is a blog/opinion piece...lol ONE GUY thinks that!

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