Whereas Miami Beach is a tropical, Latino-flavoured city, with hot sandy beaches, a colourful Art Deco district, and a vibrant night life, Miami is the transition point between North and South America. Although Miami's culture is predominantly Latin, its downtown skyscrapers also give the city a resolutely modern and North American feel. Furthermore, the very different populations of Miami and Miami Beach provide an additional contrast.
Miami Beach's southern district, South Beach, is the most sought-after getaway of numerous Hollywood stars and elegant supermodels, not to mention a hot spot with various wannabes and "never-will-bes." In short, Miami Beach is home to the rich and famous. By contrast, Miami is mostly the domain of the rich: here, bankers, brokers and other business people with loads of cash try to sound important as they shout into their cell phones in an attempt to close last transaction of the day.
Miami is home to some 380,000 inhabitants, with its greater area's population hovering around the 2.2 million mark. The greater Miami region is part of Miami-Dade County, which covers a total area of 6,297 km2, including 17 islands that are linked by bridges to form Miami Beach. A few of the greater Miami region's neighbourhoods and cities are Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Little Havana, Little Haiti, Liberty City, Overtown, Brownsville and Miami Beach.