July 31 is National Avocado Day, making it the perfect time of year to investigate one of Miami’s greatest assets.

Florida avocado season is in full swing. Also known as Alligator Pears, these fruits (and yes, they are fruits!) are a bigger, lighter, smoother and nuttier alternative to the traditional Hass you commonly find in stores or as the base to guacamole.

If you haven’t tried one yet, there is no time like the present. Head to Little Havana or Homestead where locals sell these beauties on the side of the road. Check out Los Pinarenos Fruteria on SW 8th Street & 13th Avenue in downtown Little Havana for freshly picked avos.

In the meantime, here are seven facts about Florida Avocados that just might surprise you.

  1. They are lower in both fat & calories. Florida avocados contain 3-15% oil and no cholesterol. They’re a great source of potassium and vitamin A.
  2. Avocado trees have a long lifespan of 500-600 years.
  3. There are 600 varieties grown in the state of Florida.
  4. In the early 1900’s, Charles Deering had enough avocado trees on his estate that he could make a minimum profit of $6,500 per year in sales – roughly $100,000 today!
  5. Avocados are considered a berry!
  6. Some varieties, like the Choquette, can weigh up to 2.5 pounds.
  7. Ripen avocados quickly by putting them inside a brown paper bag or placing them next to bananas.

Buen Provecho!

If spending a few days in Miami Beach’s fanciest hotel, watching beautiful people strut the most fabulous of swimwear sounds good to you, then you are in luck. Starting July 14, Art Heats Fashion & faena forum will host the official Swim Week 2022. Designers from all over the world showcase their coolest, trendiest swimwear for both men and women. Enjoy parties, runway shows & art exhibits. Miami Swim Week draws a fun & fashionable crowd. Tickets range from $65 – 3,300 on Eventbrite.

There are free options to Spinoffs of the “official” swim week show as well. At 2100 Collins Avenue, Paraiso Miami Beach will host Espacio VOGUE, a pop up of Latin American and Mexican design & beauty products. Expect fashion shows & cocktail parties. La Plage will showcase high-end European swimwear and resort brands in a 4 day Trade Show right next door 2000 Collins Avenue. Chotto Matte on Lincoln Road is partnering with Aguaclara, a Peruvian swimwear brand to display its latest trends.

Whether you’re in the market for a new suit or not, Miami Swim Week events are bright and vibrant alternatives to help you beat the heat!

The reviews aren’t stellar but do we really care? Our beloved Miami once again made it to the big screen. Miami beach, Coral Gables and of course Little Havana are all represented in the latest remake of Father of the Bride, starring Miami’s own Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan.

What other films showcase our palm trees and neon sky in the backdrop?

Movies Filmed in Miami

  • Scarface: While most of the film was shot in California, the iconic Art Deco scenes were shot on Ocean Drive. The Fountainbleu gets a mention too. Sign up for a South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour to find out more.
  • Ace Ventura – Pet Detective: This 1994 comedy with Jim Carrey is about the trials and tribulations of a pet detective trying to uncover the whereabouts of Snowflake, the mascot of the Miami Dolphins. You’ll recognize plenty of the background which includes the old stadium, Coconut Grove and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
  • The Birdcage: A hit on all accounts, you will see many scenes take place on Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road. The Carlyle Hotel serves as the drag club that Robin Williams’ character owns.
  • There’s Something About Mary: You will recognize Miami and Miami Beach in quite a few backdrops to this movie, including the well-known Big Pink diner on South Beach, Red Fish in Matheson Hammock Park, and Coral Gables as the neighborhood where Mary lives.
  • Bad Boys 1, 2, 3: All three Bad Boys films with Martin Lawrence & Will Smith were shot in Miami, including a high-speed car chase that took place by the Port of Miami.
  • Moonlight: This Oscar-winning film showcases parts of Miami that visitors don’t usually see. Miami native Tarell Alvin McCraney leads the viewer through the life of a gay black man growing up in the masculine Liberty City. South Beach, Virginia Key and Downtown can be seen as well, but the most real of them all are the scenes that take place in Jimmy’s Eastside Diner, a local staple on Biscayne Boulevard.

That’s not all!

Other movies shot in Miami include:

Markey & Me
Miami Vice
Any Given Sunday
Wild Things
2 Fast 2 Furious

It’s March 13, 1988. Over 1 million party-goers flood Calle Ocho for the country’s biggest Hispanic festival, including Gloria Estefan. Estefan was born in Havana but fled with her family to Miami with Castro’s rise to power. She spent much of her life here, attending University of Miami for a time until Miami Sound Machine, for which she was lead singer, took off. Now, she’s enticing people from all over the world who have gathered inside 23 blocks of Little Havana to…conga?

Gloria’s voice takes over the loudspeaker system. ″Is everybody ready? Let’s conga…!” and tens of thousands of dancers take their place as Miami Sound Machine’s hit begins baring. Thus begins the world’s longest conga line, where a documented 119,986 movers and shakers bounce their way down Miami’s most famous street, calculated by a complex (80’s style) computer system.

What a feat! Need proof? Here is a link to the Guinness Book of World Records, immortalizing an event that will forever go down in history.

Cuban coffee is part of the daily life of any true Miamian. You haven’t really experienced the city if you haven’t tried one (or many). If you’ve found yourself at the local “ventanita”, feeling overwhelmed and confused by the specifics of it all, read on.

Cuban Coffee can be ordered in only 4 styles. The most traditional, by far, is black with sugar. You really don’t have to specify the sugar, as that’s a given. Cuban coffee has sugar, that’s part of the deal. You can ask for less sugar, but I can guarantee your idea of “less sugar” is NOT the barista’s idea, but try it out for fun. Read more