There are some books about the history and recent development of Miami that are well-worth reading before your visit the city. Some books explore the dramatic changes in the architecture and include interesting historical and contemporary photography.

  • Miami. The Magic City by Arva Moore Parks. It is a must for anyone who wants to learn Miami's history. It begins with natives and Spanish explorers and all through the urban development of the 90's.
  • Miami:City of the Future by T. D. Allman. Explores Miami's history and transformation over time putting emphasis in the mid-1980's "Miami Vice" era.
  • Miami Then & Now by Arva Moore Parks and Carolyn Klepser. A look at the history of Miami, with stunning contemporary and historic photography and captions describing the development of the famous city.
  • MiMo: Miami Modern Revealed by Eric P. Nash and Randall C. Robinson Jr. Following the development of the City, the authors list the important buildings which were torn down due to redevelopment. Hundreds of recent and period photographs from the peak of Miami's glamour era complete this compilation.
  • The Exile: Cuba in the Heart of Miami. By David Rieff. Simon & Schuster. Follows the history of the Cuban migration to the city.
  • Miami at Night by Bill Brothers. Miami at Night is a cityscape photography book featuring over 70 photos, including over 40 large panoramic photos that capture the essence of the energy that pulsates through nocturnal Miami.


Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.

  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site