Culture and Traditions
As a result of several foreign influences, Miami is sometimes called “the capital of Latin America”, since a large number of Spanish-speakers live there. Miamians are expressive and positive people, and around two-thirds of them speak Spanish as their first language. Living in Miami is quite a challenging experience for ex-pats.
Speaking about traditions and festivals, Miami’s best seafood festivals should be mentioned. During these annual festivals many restaurants offer their best products and traditional cuisines. Seafood exhibitions are organized and numerous markets appear. Professional cooks demonstrate their skills and masterpieces. You can try stone crabs, Florida lobster, snapper, mahi mahi, shrimps and many other dishes. These festivals usually attract a lot of people and are very popular among foreigners and tourists. Coconut Grove Seafood Festival and Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival take place in October. If miss these, you can always wait for March, as another seafood festival takes place in Miami, and that is the Deering Seafood Festival.
If you are devoted to fashion, then you will pleased to know that Miami is also a fashion Capital, and for several reasons; it has warm weather all year-round, it boasts luxury boutiques and designer stores, and it is known as an international centre of commerce. Miami is also considered to be an excellent shopping destination. In view of this, the grand fashion weeks and exhibitions take place in Miami every year in July, March and October - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, Miami Beach International Fashion Week, and Funkshion Fashion Week.