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Little Havana

Miami, Florida

Vibrant Cuban culture permeates every aspect of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida. You'll find it in the colorful murals, the monuments to heroes past and present, the residents facing off in the domino park as they discuss politics, and in the cigar rollers at work amidst the ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee.

The neighborhood's colorful spirit unfolds on Calle Ocho, Little Havana's bustling main street, reminiscent of Cuba. On this block between SW 15th and 17th Avenues, the Miami Arts District contains a string of studios and galleries that showcase some of the best Latin American art in the country. Nearby, travelers will find the Bay of Pigs Museum & Library, which enshrines the crew of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, and on the two blocks at SW 13th Street, south of Calle Ocho, are monuments of Cuban patriots and freedom fighters.

Many tour options combine a visit to this neighborhood with tours of other popular spots in Miami and the surrounding area: South Beach and its art deco architecture, Miami Beach, the Everglades National Park, Coconut Grove, or the art galleries in nearby Wynwood. Walking tours and bike tours are easy ways to see the area, while bus tours can be a welcome respite from Miami's summer heat. Half-day Little Havana tours take in the neighborhood's sights, while full-day options also visit other Miami highlights.

  • Little Havana houses some of Miami's most popular live music spots. Stop by Ball & Chain, Bar Nancy, or Hoy Como Ayer for a show.

  • Make sure to grab doughnuts at Velvet Creme, Miami's oldest doughnut shop, and ice cream at Azucar.

  • There's a lot to explore—plan to spend at least three hours here.

  • The Calle Ocho Walk of Fame celebrates the actors, writers, artists, and musicians who have helped shape the Little Havana community.

The Miami River separates Little Havana from downtown Miami on the northeast border. Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) is the neighborhood's epicenter, running between NW 22nd Avenue and SW 10th Avenue. You can get to the area via the Metromover train or by bus. If you're coming by car, take I-95 to NW 7th Street.

Daily life is always pulsating to the beat of Cuban music in Little Havana. A daytime visit lets travelers see the neighborhood's charming, banal side; the nightlife that erupts after dark is worth a visit in itself.

One of the best ways to experience a culture is through its food, and Cuban culture in Miami's Little Havana is no exception. On a culinary tour, you can taste authentic Cuban foods and specialties such as guava pastries, chicken plantain cups, and flan ice cream while learning about Cuban traditions, history, and culinary practices from a local tour guide.

Yes, this neighborhood in Miami is known for its food, music, history, street art, cigar stores, and more. One of the best ways to explore is with a guided tour offering background information and insider access to the best parts of the neighborhood.

There are several starting points for tours of Little Havana; tickets should be purchased in advance. Some tours offer transportation to this Miami neighborhood from popular tourist areas such as South Beach or Brickell. Other tours begin at a meeting point within the area, like a park, restaurant, or theater. Street parking is available within Little Havana.

Yes, Little Havana is one of Miami's top cultural neighborhoods. While it does not offer access to beaches like other neighborhoods, it's worth a visit to explore its food, music, street art, and history. Explore Little Havana with a tour to maximize your time.

Little Havana offers many types of tours. Go for a guided stroll on a tour of this Miami neighborhood that's focused on themes like food, history, and culture. Some tours begin at a meeting point in Little Havana, while others offer transportation from popular tourist areas like Miami Beach.

A tour is typically 2–3 hours long. Most Little Havana tours include a guided walk through the neighborhood to explore its food, street art, music, and history. A tour with transportation to and from a starting point like Miami Beach may run slightly longer.

Wear comfortable shoes and loose, light clothing during a Little Havana tour. Most tours of Little Havana include a guided stroll around the neighborhood, so comfortable shoes are essential. In some parts of the tour, visitors will be exposed to the sun with little cover, so wear sunscreen and a hat, too.


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