Residents are not only exposed to it 365 days a year, but live it and wear it.
Not only are a number of swimwear designers based in Miami, but there's a big South American influence, with lots of the trends coming to Miami from Brazil and Argentina before making it to the rest of the United States.
In addition, Miami Fashion Week of the Americas showcases many South American and other international designers' work, and the Swimwear Association of Florida puts on the largest swim show in the world, at which buyers from more than 46 countries purchase swim and beachwear for their boutiques.
On The Early Show Friday, Erika Sussman, style editor of Florida International magazine and owner of a new high-end designer boutique, Alchemist in Miami Beach, said popular swimwear trends this year include tribal influences, metallics, unexpected textures and fabrics, girly details, as well as retro and vintage influences.
She brought along eight cheerleaders for National Football League teams to model examples.
Red Carter brown-textured one-piece bathing suit. This suit appears like animal skin or distressed leather, but is made of a very soft wearable material. Paired with a graphic animal silk short by Julie Brown and Jimmy Choo brown wedge heels. Sunglasses with animal detailing by Christian Roth.
MODELED BY STACEY MCDANIEL OF THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Tribal print bikini from ANK, a local Miami designer, with matching wrap skirt that can also be worn as a dress.
MODELED BY JENNIFER WILLIAMS OF THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS
ROMANTIC, GIRLY TREND
Girly print suit with butterflies in pastel colors with rope detail from local designer Tricia Fix, with matching wrap.
MODELED BY TARA KEATING OF THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Rosa Cha two-piece suit mixes the feminine with a corset style bottom, and the masculine — with striped fabric and button details that mimics a men's tailored shirt.
MODELED BY CARA ROSENTHAL OF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS
Norma Kamali bathing suit in gold metallic. The fabric has a futuristic texture. Accessorized with big plastic bangles, oversized sunglasses by Christian Roth, and a metallic wicker beach tote by Hollywould.
MODELED BY SUNNY HILL OF THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Inca gold striped bikini with floral detail. Accessorized with large gold chain linked necklace and oversized matching earrings.
MODELED BY SAMANTHA DEHOYOS OF THE HOUSTON TEXANS
Syla retro-inspired print bikini with matching beach towel — the new "it" beach accessory is "the towel." White plastic jewelry by R.J. Graziano.
MODELED BY CRYSTAL HOLLOUGH OF THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Gucci floral one-piece cut-out in white and Bordeaux, with matching belted short-sleeved jacket and matching towel.
MODELED BY NATALE PASSANESE OF THE BUFFALO BILLS