We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Miami, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the popular travel destination and vacation spot that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: The Biltmore Hotel Has Some Forgotten Historical Significance. The Biltmore Hotel was built in the 1920s and is a national landmark; however, if you go there and ask the employees about its history, they probably won’t know what to tell you (beyond the basics). Your best bet is to do some research online beforehand.
Number Seven: It Has an Underground Tunnel. The Villa by Barton G. in Miami allegedly has its own underground passage – however, no regular people have ever been able to get in. The tunnel is near the pool, and the only way to get in is by entering in a code on the pool deck’s mosaic tile.
Number Six: Miami Vice Was Actually Filmed in Miami. Though many shows set in Miami are filmed in Los Angeles, Miami Vice was truly filmed in Miami, and you can visit most of the sites where the show was filmed. Visiting the sites will also give you a good idea of how the city has changed over the years.
Number Five: It’s Home to a Really Weird Grave. A woman named Carrie Barrett Miller was buried in Miami City Cemetery, but the way she was buried is especially bizarre. Barrett was carried to the cemetery on her own bed, and she was subsequently buried in her bed and entombed in a block of concrete.
Number Four: It’s the Only Major U.S. City Founded by a Woman. Sad, but true! The city was founded by Julia Tuttle in 1896, and to this day, it’s still the only major city in the United States that was founded by a woman.
Number Three: It’s More Hispanic Than You Think. In fact, an impressive 64 percent of the city’s population is Hispanic. The Hispanic influence can make visitors feel like they’re vacationing in a foreign country when they go there, and in some areas of the city, people don’t even speak English.
Number Two: It’s a Popular Destination for Wreck Divers. If you’re into wreck diving – diving around shipwrecks – then you should probably hit up Miami. There are shipwrecks all around the city’s beaches just waiting to be explored.
Number One: Sunscreen Was Invented There. This is a little-known fact, but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise when you think about how sunny the city is. One of the earliest versions of sunscreen was developed by Benjamin Green in 1944. Green was a pharmacist around Miami Beach at the time. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Miami!