Coral Gables officially the City of Coral Gables, is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, southwest of Downtown Miami. Coral Gables once known as a pedestrian-friendly destination has become a major transit corridor separating the densely populated Western and Southern Miami suburbs from the labor providing downtown Miami/ Hospital areas in the East. Many Greater Miami traffic arteries are running in an East – West trajectory and are thus overcrowding once scenic areas like Miracle Mile, a one mile segment of Coral way. Although only located four miles from Miami International Airport, the “City Beautiful” lost it’s once large following to Miami Beach, Miami Midtown and the Miami Downtown Brickell area. It is still providing around 25 prime dining establishments and luxury shops located in notable shopping malls. Among the landmarks in Coral Gables are the Venetian Pool, Douglas Entrance, the Biltmore Hotel, and many fine residences.
Several countries operate consulates in Coral Gables. They include Barbados, Colombia, El Salvador, Italy, Spain, the Principality of Monaco, St. Lucia, and Uruguay. Several countries have honorary consulates located in Coral Gables. These countries include Belize, Hungary, Senegal, St. Kitts & Nevis, Togo, and Thailand. In addition, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami, of the Republic of China, is located in Suite 610 at 2333 Ponce De Leon Boulevard.
The City of Coral Gables also provides a free trolley service, with a trolley running a continuous circuit up and down Ponce de Leon Boulevard during the day. It is served by rapid transit on Douglas Road at Douglas Road station, at the University of Miami at University station, and near Sunset Drive and Red Road at South Miami station, connecting the city with Downtown Miami and Miami International Airport.