Little Havana is in the list of all Miami guides and is certainly a Miami attraction
not to be missed. Tourists and Miami visitors eager to understand the cultural diversity of Miami ought to visit Little Havana, walk its streets mingle with locals and have a drink or meal in a local restaurant such as Versailles.
is situated west of Brickell Avenue, and was created the way it is today by immigrants from Cuba. It is said to be like a little replica of Cuban life. As you walk the streets of Little Havana, the smells, the music, the signs in Spanish, will bring you to the Cuban experience. There are fruit stands, smells of sugar cane juice, cigar factories, cafeterias selling Cuban coffee, and people sitting around and discussing politics. It is all very authentic and should be seen at all cost. We do not recommend to book a Miami hotel
in Little Havana but rather to devote an afternoon or an evening to explore this wonderfull Miami neigborhood
The revival of this area of Miami started 10 years ago, the city eliminated the violence and this area became more and more popular for local as well as for visitors.
Visitors in Miami enjoy the Domino Park, where older Cuban men dressed with their traditional shirts called Guyabera, seat, play domino while they smoke cigars and exchange the latest gossips.
There are also popular cultural events such as Calle Ocho
, the celebration of Hispanic American culture, music, food and dance in March. If you enjoy art, and would like to see work from Cuban artists, there are art galleries open all year, as well as studios and theatres.
On 'Cultural Friday' every month on the last Friday called, Viernes Culturales, there are three different venues of open artists studios with shuttle buses to take you from one to the other. A good place to eat and enjoy if you would like to sample authentic Cuban Cuisine, is El Esquito on Calle Ocho
. For those of you who would like to experience Cuba in a nutshell, Little Havana
is the place. Little Havana
, despite the numerous improvements, has a long way to be able to compete with other trendy Miami neighborhoods
such as South Beach or the Design District.
Art galleries stretched only on a few blocks. The "nightlife" has not much to offer for tourists unless you are truly craving or want to experience rich Cuban dinner. Dining in Miami requires Miami visitors to try the traditional Cuban cuisine.