Thanksgiving in Miami: Reasons We're Thankful to Live in Miami

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With Thanksgiving arriving tomorrow, now seems like a good time to give thanks to a few of the things that make Miami so great. The Magic City is one of the top destinations for tourists and travelers looking to take a break from the rise-and-grind life, but for those of us who call the 305 home 365 days a year, it's more than just a one-week getaway. It's a way of life.

This is the time of the year when the rest of the country unpacks their winter clothes and ties chains to their tires -- or at least that's what I've seen on television (still not really sure how that works). It's also the time of year when we realize how lucky we are, not only for the weather but also for getting to live in such a beautiful place with so many things to do.

So this Thanksgiving, we take time out to give thanks to you, Miami. Here are a few things that make you so special to us, and we thank you.

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The year-round beautiful weather
It's what we are known for here in Miami, and it's what we are most thankful for. While this time of year the rest of the Country is bracing for who-the-hell-knows what, we in Miami are actually HOPING FOR a couple cold days, just so we can have the "Holiday feeling", but only for 24 hours or so, then you can have that crap back. The climate in South Florida is truly a blessing, and we couldn't be more thankful for it.

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Photo by Danielle Ungermann
The Beaches
If you live in South Florida you probably take the beaches for granted, but you should always remember how totally shitty it is to not have them right around the corner. I've had arguments with family members that live up north because they call a lake "the beach", nah, that ain't the beach, stop lying to yourself, northerners. Even if you're not a "beach person" you love just looking at the beach. Having the beach readily available and at your disposal is a beautiful thing, and we in South Florida are spoiled with the plentiful beach options in our area. Let us give thanks!

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Mechanesthesia
Mechanesthesia

So true about the beach.  I moved to a studio in Miami Beach (north part) around a year or so ago and have not stepped foot in the water, even though it's within walking distance.  But I love seeing the water around me, the breeze, and the bay.  I can have the shittiest day and on the drive home see all the beautiful buildings by the water and it all goes away.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................................except for the commercialism (restaurants sports team) i agree on the other humane and geographical advantages stuff

not may retirees who settled as year-round residents over the years ever experienced hispanic culture on a daily recurring basis until they arrived here and MORE positives than negatives have been the result (most saw the I LOVE LUCY show but that was the extent of it)

of course hispanic culture over the last fifty years was purely a result of historic events and cuba under castro for that whole time period causing a forced fusion of people = period

dthlubbe
dthlubbe

I love Miami!  :-D  And am grateful to be in such an awesome city!


Vito Delgado
Vito Delgado

and Florida has the most attractive woman in the world ;)

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

Do get me wrong , Love the city in many ways but we are slipping in many ways backwards.

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

I give thanks local community papers like Ciudad Doral, regularly butcher the English language when the do such a crappy job translating from Spanish to English.

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

I give thanks that I have to pay the second highest care insurance rates in the country due to the high percentage of underinsured or uninsured drivers.

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

I give thanks I don't have to go to Miami Gardens

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

I am thankful that every day when I get behind the wheel of my car, I know I have a very good chance of being injured or killed!!!

Josi Denise
Josi Denise

I'm only thankful that I moved out of it.

SteetsHaveNoName
SteetsHaveNoName

Yeah but I like the change of seasons. I'd rather have fall foliage and cool weather in October/November and snow at Christmas. Its no more or less beautiful than other cities. Aspen or New England in the Winter with awesome ski lodges and fireplaces, or New York with the best Christmas displays in the country, and ice skating under the biggest christmas tree. And I can only imagine how nice Spring is in Ireland & UK. But I'll take Miami/Florida in May, June & July though! South Beach/Ocean Drive on an early summer night...yes please. Side note...please kick Jeff Ireland out of Miami! Then Autumn will be a bit better in MIA.

emald
emald

In what beach is that pier photo ("riptidepier.jpg")?

mizuho
mizuho

Ugh. This is another one oft those articles that tried to fluff Miami up to be more than it is.

America itself is a melting pot. Miami isn't some special city that is the only existent place where cultures collide.

And frankly unless you are going to somewhere that is authentic national cuisine. The rest is fusion American and done poorly. It isn't a foodies dream. Unless you have never been to any other place in America.

Every American tradition you do in South Florida is bastardized and ruined. Natives are not only for the most part very dense, but also very clueless on American History, culture, and society.

But I guess a young city means shallow accomplishments. I mean be thankful you have The Heat? What ran out reasons and used that as a filler?


DaltonFury
DaltonFury

Lol Miami is Garbage. "Natives" are just so blinded by how cool they think it is and how they've never left Dade County that they truly have no idea how normal people live in the rest of these United States. And for God's sake, Miami is NOT diverse. Would you consider somewhere that's 75% white diverse? Nope. Then why would you consider somewhere that's 75% Hispanic diverse? Not to mention Miami is one of the most segregated cities in the country. Factor in the millions of dumb shallow people and you've got yourself the mess that is south Florida.

robert
robert

I think the weather is by FAR the most overrated aspect about South Florida. For nine months of the year it is miserably hot, humid, and rainy. In fact, Miami is the rainiest city in the country after Honolulu (yes, it rains more here than Seattle). Sorry, but for me and many others the weather is just gross aside from a couple of mid-winter months when it blessedly cools down and is beautiful. Distinct seasons are wonderful. I wish we had them here!

Oh, and let's be honest about one other thing. Like to be surrounded by an educated, well-read crowd? Miami is not exactly that place, lol. 

Maricela Chely
Maricela Chely

It's obvious no native Miamians here. Every city has its share of crime, bad economy, etc. But to a true native no other city can compare. Regardless of where I travel, when I return I get this mystical feeling of belonging. With all it's flavor and eccentricity, Miami is well MIAMI.

Rommel Bonilla
Rommel Bonilla

Lol these crabs wanting everything to be perfect like in the movies. I for one am grateful to live here. And I have lived in plenty of other cities through out the U.S. If you don't like it here either do something about or pack up your bags. No one is going to miss you.

carl162
carl162

Ha I was telling people how awful it is to live in Miami can't wait to move back up north into civility

Carl Parker
Carl Parker

I love the beach but come on? The crime the traffic flooding roads bad drivers?

JimmyJam
JimmyJam

The diversity? That's hilarious.

Alex Porro
Alex Porro

Okay great! Beaches! Pretty People! Parties! HOORAY FOR SHALLOWNESS!! What about Miami's shitty Economy and Job Market or lack thereof?? What about the corrupt officials who are driving the city into the ground?

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Cary Gonzalez don't leave out the daily shootings and violence. Sad but time to leave no place to raise kids. I'm Thankful if I can get out !

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

As someone who lived in Miami for 35 years, I'd like to know what part of Miami has "year round beautiful weather". Hialeah with the daily afternoon downpours? Doral with the massive street flooding if it rains for more than 10 minutes? MIA area? Seven months of 90 degrees, 90% humidity and afternoon thunderstorms isn't exactly 'beautiful weather". Having said, Miami will always have a special place in my heart...and I do agree about the food and the Miami Heat. You forgot The Canes. The people? Not so much...and thanks for not mentioning the traffic, can't imagine anyone is thankful for that....

Jessica Zoladz
Jessica Zoladz

Buffalo transplants contribute to the attravtive quotient of Miami.... just go to the Dolphins/Bills game and see for yourself.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..............................as a GRINGO myself i can say if LA CARRETA is doing it poorly i'll still take as much roast pork as they can cook and not complain when finding no one speaks english at a public restaurant since authentic national cuisine in CUBA today is probably MUCH MUCH worse from a sanitary and nutritional and safe point of view (CUBA doesn't have clean water in most places and who washes their hands there ? - there is NO SOAP ! and their livestock especially PIGS cannot be better reared and fed and prepared there in CUBA than here in the US - no way no how !).....................even the CUBAN cigars are much less quality today since fertilizers are too expensive to use and the fermenting process of sweating out amonium nitrates is abreviated because of economic constraints and the RUSH to market product to raise CASH

no thanks i'll take my americanized bastardized PIG roasts and dominican rolled CIGARs over CUBA pigs and puros anyday - thank you MIAMI

rizzmigizz
rizzmigizz topcommenter

@mizuho so what youre saying is Miami is your favorite? 

Mechanesthesia
Mechanesthesia

@DaltonFury This is ridiculous and ignorant on so many levels.  With that logic then I guess Europe is not "diverse," because it is 100% European.  This is just racist.  Miami is pan-hispanic, meaning you have people from all over latin america, which includes South & Central America and the Caribbean.  Why do you think some Hispanic people get offended if you call them Mexican?  It's tantamount to calling a German person Dutch.  The word "Hispanic" is a clunky arbitrarily tacked on compartmentalization that was fabricated in the 70's for the census. A lot of us ultimately come from Spain, in Europe, the same exact continent where most "white" people come from.  

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................................funny thing is they are smart enought not to live in zero degree temperatures !

actually i hear where your coming from but look at it as a historic fiction that MIAMI is as hispanic as it is (would so many CUBANs have sojourned here if not for CASTRO ?) - QED diversity was forced upon MIAMI as a faux culture visiting until it could return to it's HOME country

however neither do the real indigenous peoples the SEMINOLE / MICCOSUKEE have a public presence other than casino related reservations (they are generally NOT seen in public shopping attending schools having or patronizing restaurants theaters etc) so again the influx of others has supressed a real NATIVE CULTURE here in SoFla

TOURISTs including SNOWBIRDs and even RETIREES locked behind gatehouse security ARE NOT factors as part of my equation since they IMPORT nothing of value simply escaping the cold northern midwestern winters = period

sfla0256
sfla0256

@robert Completely agree. The weather is the most overrated aspect of South Florida. There is no diversity at all only hot, extremely hot, kind of hot weather + humid + the possibility of the city getting flooded/destroyed by a hurricane every year. Many consider the 3-4 months of snow a headache, but definitely is way much better than having 9 months of boiling pot weather.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..........................................................the heat and humidity do allow a nice cold shower as relief and daily POOL visits and a cold beer is the answer - IF YOU DRESS APPROPRIATELY and stay hydrated - i think we here are better equiped with modern AC capabilities than up north / midwest is with heating against the cold

i've never been as hot than down in the subway in NYC in August with the soles of my feet seemingly baking from the hot platform and the stale air reeking of urine (and worse) - that is as gross as it gets IMHO

no MIAMI does not have a monopoly on education and yes many airheads live here but who wants PhDs when attending a golf charity outing when a stripper can bring you your drink ?

WHEN IN ROME....................

rizzmigizz
rizzmigizz topcommenter

@Maricela Chely its 80 degrees today...i mean...

bella6379
bella6379

@Alex Porro Thank u. This is why it's a VACATION  SPOT not a home

rizzmigizz
rizzmigizz topcommenter

@Alex Porro McBuzzkill over here 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............................i do find the heat / humidity thing to effect me more over time as being so monotonous and seemingly never ending in duration as more mentally draining than effects me physically (one can always get to a cold shower the AC and a cold beer) BUT cabin fever of being snowed in up north is just as possible - no ?

rizzmigizz
rizzmigizz topcommenter

@Cary Gonzalez AND THE KITTENS...THOSE KITTENS!!! TERRIBLE!!!

rizzmigizz
rizzmigizz topcommenter

@Jessica Zoladz you had me until you said "go to a Dolphins/Bills game" 

mizuho
mizuho

@whitehouse242000 Someone is butthurt no one likes Miami as much as him.... But then you probably have never been north of the state line either huh....

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