Miami is the most southerly major city in the continental United States. It has a warm subtropical marine climate, Because of its mild weather, ocean setting, and extensive resort facilities, Miami, together with its environs, is one of the great tourist centers of the world. Miami, with an area of 54 square miles (140 sq. km), fronts on Biscayne Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean created by islands that constitute the northern reaches of the Florida Keys. Miami is divided into four parts -Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast- formed by the intersection of Flagler Street, running east and west, and Miami Avenue, running north and south. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, which is coextensive with the Miami metropolitan area, or Greater Miami. In 2016, the population is estimated to be just over 440,000. This makes Miami the 44th most populous city in the US. Greater Miami consists of 27 independent municipalities and of large unincorporated areas, some of which are heavily populated. Few places offer such a variety of sports, both professional and nonprofessional, as the Miami area. There are extensive opportunities for aquatic activities -swimming, water skiing, skin diving, fishing, and boating- as well as for golf (over 40 courses), tennis, shuffleboard, bowling, and other sports. Greater Miami has a number of art museums. Villa Vizcaya, an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo built by industrialist James Deering, houses an art museum owned by Miami-Dade County. The city also has many public parks with a profusion of trees and flowers. Some of these have facilities for camping and various sports activities. Miami is a major transportation center. There are a number of airports in the area, of which the most important is the Miami International Airport, on the western edge of the city, with flights to Latin America and Europe, as well as to cities in the United States.
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