Miami is home to thousands of mature adults and retirees, and during the winter, thousands more flock to Miami to enjoy the warm weather. Because of this, the city and its surrounding areas provide a plethora of offerings for people with special needs.
Miami has some of the best beaches in the world. To assist those who are mobility impaired, the city offers beach wheelchairs at Crandon Park Beach, one of the top ten beaches in the United States. Beach wheelchairs can also be found at 10th Street Beach and 72nd Street Beaches in Miami Beach and at Haulover Beach in North Miami Beach. The chairs are on a first come, first serve basis and are especially in high demand on Sundays. If you want to access any of South Florida’s other beaches or if you want the peace of mind that your wheelchair has been reserved, you can always rent one through Special Needs Group.
Miami is a great place for sports participants and enthusiasts. The Crandon Park International Tennis Center, as well as the Coral Pines Park, South Dade Park and Tropical Park all have accessible tennis courts. Golf courses like the famed Blue Monster course at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa provide visitors with some of the best – and most difficult – golf in the world. And sailing and kayaking along Miami’s scenic bays and rivers is also available. For those who prefer to watch sports, in 2010, South Florida will host the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV. Miami is also home to the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins and Miami Heat, all of which offer accessible seating.
Recently, Miami-Dade legalized gaming at Race Tracks or ‘racinos’. In October, Flagler Dog Track opened its Magic City Casino, the first location in Miami-Dade to feature Vegas-style slot machines and poker rooms. Other locations are scheduled to open their casinos soon. Neighboring Broward County has had gaming since 2006 and those feeling lucky can play the slots and poker at places such as Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino and Mardi Gras Casino at Hollywood Greyhound Track.
For those who love to shop or just window-shop, the Bal Harbour Shops is an excellent destination. The outdoor, breezy, tree-lined retail destination offers an unparalleled selection of ultra-luxe shops. With stores such as Cartier, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co., it’s easy to see how no other venue does more business per square foot than Bal Harbour shops.
For the year-round sunning, sports, gambling or shopping, Miami is a must-see destination.
Port of Miami is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Lines out of the Port of Miami include Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, Fred Olsen, Royal Caribbean and Oceania.
Interesting Fact: Miami is the only United States City designed by a woman, Julia Tuttle.