From the loud dancehall music blasting on Miramar
Parkway to the raw Patwa in campus corridors; South Florida has
been captured and made Jamaican.
Schools and Colleges are heavily populated with
Jamaican students; Broward Community College having Jamaicans
among their largest international student population, Florida
Atlantic University, Florida International University, Nova South
Eastern University, Miami Dade Community College, Barry University,
University of Miami, all hosting specific clubs of Jamaican origin.
The weather in South Florida is unpredictable
with very warm summers and cool winters, although the sun shines
throughout most of the year, this is definitely not the refreshing
Thunderstorms are usually torrential having the ability to spurn
tornados, and cause massive dislocations. In fact SUVs are the
vehicle of choice in Florida because when the rains come down,
dry trips home are not guaranteed. Florida being the lightning
capital of the world, many a lightening show can be seen, even
when precipitation is not active.
The beaches are bountiful in Florida, long shores
of white sandy beaches can be found in Miami and Ft Lauderdale,
with South Beach becoming the most popular among travelers to
the city. Places to go and see, Las Olas Blvd, Miami Sea Aquarium,
Calder Race course, Saw Grass Mall, Gulfstream Park, MOVICO, Orange
Bowl Stadium for soccer as well as the Miami arena to watch the
Miami Heat in the NBA, or Proplayer to watch the Marlins or Dolphins
play ball, as well as the many recreational and environmentally
green parks that you will find all over town.
A car is a must in the South Florida area. The
transportation system is not very reliable. “Castro support” is
a bad word. Be aware of immigration scams.
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