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Homestead is a city in the U.S. state of Florida. It is situated in Miami-Dade County, 36 miles from the central business district of Miami. The city lies between Biscayne National Park to the east and the Everglades National Park to the west. Homestead is primarily a Miami suburb and a major agricultural area.
The economy of Homestead is largely dependent on the location of state and federal institutions in the area, and its status as a Miami suburb. The Florida Department of Corrections operates the Dade Correctional Institution and the Homestead Correctional Institution near Homestead. The Homestead Air Reserve Base is a United States Air Force base located approximately 6 miles from the city. Nearby Miami is a major center of commerce, finance, and international businesses. Multi-national companies with office space or other facilities based in Miami include including AIG, American Airlines, Cisco, Disney, Exxon, FedEx, Kraft Foods, LEO Pharma Americas, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle, SBC Communications, Sony, Symantec, Visa International, and Wal-Mart.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Located near Homestead is the 172,971-acre Biscayne National Park. This U.S. National Park offers some of the top scuba diving and snorkeling areas in the United States. Ninety-five percent of the park is water and on land is an extensive mangrove forest. Elliott Key is the park’s largest island. It was formed from a fossilized coral reef. In the park there are snorkeling and diving tours, and reef tours that can be taken in glass-bottom boats. There area also boat trips to Boca Chita, Adams Key, and Elliott Key. Dining options in Homestead include Capri Restaurant, Rosita’s Restaurant, Mutineer Restaurant, Casita Tejas Mexican Restaurant, and the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q may look unassuming but it is famed in the area for fantastic barbecued meats and attentive service.
The nearest major airport to Homestead is Miami International Airport. Featuring international and domestic flights from Miami, Florida, the airport is 37 miles from the city center. The Miami-Dade Transit has various stops around the city as well as direct access to major roads such as the Florida 821 Toll road.