Known as the “Magic City” for its spectacular growth in the early 20th century, Miami’s location next to the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the unique marshes of the Florida Everglades make it a temperate, scenic destination as well as a lively metropolitan center. Strongly influenced by its sizable Latin American population, the unusual fusions of New World cuisine are a Miami original, and Cuban and Caribbean meals are local specialties. The metropolis is home to sports franchises in every major league, with particular local support given to the NBA’s Miami Heat and NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Miami’s gorgeous sandy beaches are still its best-known feature, although the city also sports a growing number of vibrant cultural festivals and captivating historical museums.