->''"If Miami hasn't got it, nobody's invented it yet."''
-->-- '''Vinne Marco''' in a first season episode of ''Series/MiamiVice''

Ever since a [[MiamiVice certain 1980's detective show]], Miami, FL has become a favorite destination of TV and movie writers (and [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto makers of certain video games involving homicide and car theft]].)

It makes sense. If aliens, terrorists, or Mother Nature decide to smite a city, they'll go for one of those [[HollywoodCalifornia other]] [[BigApplesauce two]] first. It has all the warmth and tropical glamor of the West Coast, but with an East Coast hipness. You might mistake it for [[HulaAndLuaus Hawaii]] at first glance.

If you believe TV and the movies, Miami is ''the only'' city in Florida; despite being hundreds of miles apart, Tallahassee (which, by the way, is far up north enough to experience at least occasional ''snow'' in winter), Jacksonville (which is just as far away from Miami as Tallahassee is), Key West, Tampa, and Orlando are just suburbs. You would also think that everyone lives in Art Deco mansions, wears the latest designer sunglasses, speaks Cuban-accented Spanish, has access to a speedboat and takes off their sunglasses at the slightest provocation. Not quite TruthInTelevision. [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne Nobody]] ''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne actually]]'' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne takes off their sunglasses--it's too bright for that.]] The abundance of palm trees however is [[TruthInTelevision true]], as are the boats (though there are usually more yachts than speedboats), thanks to Miami's proximity to both Biscayne Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Florida_metropolitan_area Miami/South Florida metro area]] is the biggest urban area in the state, and ninth largest in the United States (not the largest city proper in the state, however; that would be Jacksonville, which is also the geographically largest proper city in the mainland US). It also has the largest immigrant population of any city in North America, just ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}, thanks to its large Caribbean and Latin American communities.

Often used in RealLife [[AccentuateTheNegative negatively]] as a NoTrueScotsman fallacy. It's totally safe to visit Miami; it doesn't have nearly as many shoot-outs and car chases as it does on TV, but the clubs and beaches are really that glamorous. [[note]]While much of the crime is gang-related and won't affect the average citizen, just note that tourists flying into the airport are a prime target for criminals because Florida's very friendly concealed carry laws make them the least risky targets. Then again, this is true in most of the world, albeit for different reasons.[[/note]]

Completely (well, mostly) unrelated to OnlyInFlorida.
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* Miami itself has exploited this trope: In 1972, shortly after Walt Disney World opened near Orlando, the Miami Board of Tourism placed vacation ads in eighteen different newspapers in the northern US and Europe which encouraged visitors to visit Miami because it was "just down the road from Disney World". This statement is technically true... if by "the road" you mean Interstate 95, and by "just down" you mean 235 miles down...

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* The second ''TheFastAndTheFurious'' movie headed to Miami.
* Both ''BadBoys'' movies center on a couple of {{Cowboy Cop}}s who work for the Miami PD
** These movies also had a bit of of an odd case of CaliforniaDoubling, not with Cali but with quiet, gentrified Delray Beach, Florida, 50 miles to the north for some scenes. Many areas are instantly recognizable to native Miamians, though.
** Gentrified, maybe, but try driving in Delray with all the retirees and you'll feel like you're in a car chase.
* A few years before ''Series/MiamiVice'', there was the 1983 movie ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'', which also contributed heavily to the image of Miami as a noir/cop setting by depicting the city as being a hotbed of criminal activity and gang violence. Because of the depiction of the city and its mostly Latino characters, the film's credits contain a disclaimer that Cuban-Americans as a whole are not anything like the gangsters in the movie.
* One of the odder examples is ''AceVentura: Pet Detective'', which involved the Miami Dolphins.
** And involved a story based on their real-life archrivals, the Buffalo Bills, losing Super Bowl 25 on a missed field goal.
* ''Any Given Sunday'' takes place here, following the "Miami Sharks."
* Averted- and how- in ''Film/DolphinTale''. The movie takes place in Clearwater, Florida. Which is not an obscure little town- but not one of the major 4 Florida cities either (though it is just west of one- Tampa). It is based on a real story- and they kept the actual specific West Central Florida location instead of moving it to the better known Miami.
* ''Film/PainAndGain'': Where sticky holders of the VillainBall can pull off a kidnapping and get rich from the victim.

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* Almost all ElmoreLeonard crime novels, largely because Leonard is a Miami-based author. DaveBarry has also set his fiction in Miami for the same reason. In 1996, Barry, Leonard and 11 other Florida writers, some of whom also set most of their works or one or more series in Miami, collaborated on a Miami-set comedy mystery novel entitled ''NakedCameTheManatee''.

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* ''MiamiVice''. Of course.
* ''CSIMiami'': Now the setting this show focuses on is...*puts on sunglasses* OnlyInMiami. ''[[MemeticMutation YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH!]]''
* Any Spanish-speaking SoapOpera co-produced by Telemundo, who can showcase truly "[[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent international casts]]".
* ''BurnNotice'' has an international superspy artificially confined to Miami, leading to the oddest combination of Stale Beer and Martini-flavored SpyFiction ever concocted.
* ''NipTuck''.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' takes place in Miami (like the [[Literature/{{Dexter}} series of novels it is based]]), and is filmed mostly there (but also in California).
** Has something of a dark twist; Dexter likes Miami not for the sun or the glamour (things which he actually personally dislikes) but for the high unsolved-murder rate, which makes it an ideal place to "hone [[SerialKillerKiller his craft]]". (20%, if Dexter is to be believed, which is...impressively atrocious.)
* ''{{Reno 911}} Miami''
* ''TheGoldenGirls'' is based here, though none of the four protagonists are natives. They're also all over 50, leading to plenty of "old people in Florida" jokes, even though three of the girls are still working full-time.
* ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' also takes place in Miami. One vice squad cop is a huge fan of ''Miami Vice'', which inspired him to become a cop.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Homicide detective Juliet O'Hara originally worked in Miami before transferring to Santa Barbara.

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* The sample city for ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' is Miami, the reasoning being that Miami sees such a regular influx of immigrants and travelers that it's only logical it would serve as a net for those who fell out of the Hedge. Though the crazy probably has something to do with it as well.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' of course, despite its presumed location in the Florida Keys.
* ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}'' and ''[=Driv3r=]'' both start in Miami.
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' takes this trope to [[MindScrew truly bizarre levels]].
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