1. You’d Better Learn Spanish Quick

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Almost all the residents of Hialeah are fluent in Spanish, which has become the unofficial language. So if you only know English you'll need a tour guide to escort you.

2. Beware: You’re In The ‘Burbs

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Hialeah is just one of the many residential areas surrounding downtown Miami. You’ll see homes and families everywhere, with only a small amount of commercial areas in comparison. But don’t despair. You’re so close to other cities that you can easily get somewhere with a bit more flash.

3. But You’re Still Close To Excitement

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Hialeah is just a quick drive away from the Keys to the south, if you feel like getting away from it all (or just partying Keys-style), and Fort Lauderdale to the north, where you can enjoy waterways, art and Los Olas clubs and restaurants. You’re just about 20 minutes from anywhere in the county. And once you’ve had enough of the crazy, Hialeah will welcome you back to the peace and quiet.

4. And The Everglades Is Your Neighbor

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The Florida Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the country, and it sits just on the border of Hialeah so there’s really no escaping it. It’s the perfect place to spot awesome wildlife or just escape suburbia. Try an airboat ride or a kayak tour and be amazed.

5. Must Love Parades

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If you love to watch waving people and floats cruising down the street, you'll love Hialeah. You're likely to find a parade just about any time of year, like the Jose Marti Parade, the Three Kings Parade or the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

6. Where The Stars Get Their Start

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Stars like Vincent D'Onofrio from "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and Oscar winner Catherine Keener, and musician Jon Secada are all Hialeah natives. Who knows, you might meet a future star.

7. Not To Mention Some Serious Athletes

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Hialeah has bred plenty of big-time athletes. Must be something about the weather, or the culture, or something in the water… Whatever the reason, tons of athletes from Hialeah including baseball player Alex Avila and football player Rohan Davey have made it to the NFL, MLB and NBA.

8. Don’t Be Fooled By All The Chains

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Hialeah might seem like it’s a city of fast food and national chain stores, but look closer: There are still plenty of small family businesses to keep the balance, like El Rinconcito, going strong since 1997 and serving the best mofongo around.

9. Skip The Crowds In Miami And Come To Hialeah For Cuban Food

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This is better than some of Miami’s best Cuban restaurants. Everything at Yoyito is incredibly cheap for large portions, and you get great Cuban food and drinks like café con leche, Arroz con Pollo a la Chorrera and flan for dessert.

10. Hialeah Says It Likes To Move Forward...

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Hialeah used to have the slogan “All Ways Lead to Hialeah,” but now it is known as the City of Progress. However, many locals consider it more of a joke.

11. … But It Really Does Want Its Children To Be Healthy

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The city recently started a healthy initiative to fight obesity in children called Hialeah Healthy Families, that focuses on teaching children about a healthier diet and lifestyle and making healthy choices easier through community changes and programs.

12. You Can Score Great Deals Any Day Of The Year

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The Opa Locka/Hialeah Flea Market has more deals than you can imagine, with fresh produce at the farmer's market and more than 800 vendors selling discounted goods. You'll walk away with a pineapple and a scooter, or a wig and some perfume, or…you get the idea!

13. You Might Just Think You’re In Spain

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The city’s architectural style shows a hint of Florida's past with its unique designs that are a mix from different cultures of the Mediterranean. These buildings feature Mediterranean colors, arches and other distinct details.

14. This City Is Proud Of Its Heritage

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The city has greatly been shaped by its Cuban exile past and its present of Hispanics making up more than 94 percent of the population. You'll see tributes, including statues and events, to Hispanic culture and history throughout the city.

15. Di Pazza’s Will Be Your Favorite Pizza Joint

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When you’re ready to take a break from all Spanish cuisine and grab a pizza, head on over to Di Piazza’s Italian Restaurant. Don’t stop at pizza though; this place has great garlic rolls and Italian dinners.

16. Get Your Hands Dirty In The Community Garden

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The city has a community garden at Mae M. Walters elementary school where anyone who wants to get involved in growing fresh veggies can participate. Kids and adults alike lend a hand to the effort, but if you don’t help, keep your paws off that produce!

17. It’s All Happening At Hialeah Park

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You can see a concert, a boxing match or special events like wedding shows at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino. You never know what show might pop up that will make everyday life a little different!

18. Get Delectable Treats At Sweetness Bakeshop & Café

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The desserts here are amazing without being too sweet or heavy. The bakery has a unique range of flavors with classics like vanilla cupcakes and ones you don’t find everywhere like guava cupcakes and mantecado ice cream. You can balance out the sweets with a coffee or a light meal here.

19. Check Out Hialeah’s Best Concert Of The Year: Hialeah Fest!

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This festival has been going on for 18 years and is highly anticipated by everyone. Every year, it celebrates Hialeah’s musical history and features a huge lineup of awesome bands and musicians, like local band Ketchy Shuby.

20. Be A Part Of The Family At Mangu Café Restaurant

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This place has a great atmosphere with family-style eating that makes you feel like you’re with friends and family. You get delicious Dominican food like mangu (naturally) and empanadas. You always get enough to take some home for later.

21. The City Comes Together At The Art On Palm Festival

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This annual event is a street festival where kids can get their faces painted and see children's shows, and you can see classic cars and check out live entertainment and food trucks. What you love about living in Hialeah? Tell us in the comments below!