The history of Little Havana can be traced back to when it was home for Cuban dissidents who had fled Castro’s regime. They maintained many elements from their native culture, so this area has so much diversity in cuisine and art pieces throughout the neighborhood. When the Cuban dissidents escaped Castro’s regime, they found refuge in America. This is where Little Havana began – with its heritage and culture that remained intact after all these years of being away from home. The people here live life like it was still under Spanish rule.
Little Havana is a bustling, colorful neighborhood in Miami where over 50 thousand people live. Of these residents, 98% identify themselves as Latino. Most are Cuban with other Latin American origins like Puerto Ricans or Mexican Americans also make up the majority of the population here. It’s no wonder that Little Havana has been called one sliver away from Cuba, thanks largely due to its preservationist approach – preserving both cultures but especially cuisine which you can try out at any number of great restaurants around Little Havana.
There is no place like Little Havana for a taste of the past, and in this charming neighborhood, you can find everything from artisans rolling Cuban cigars to tens-of restaurants with Caribbean rhythms. The strong smell of coffee will make your heart flutter as well.
Little Havana is a place where old memories are made and new ones discovered. The most charming spot in Little Havanna is Calle Ocho, meeting 15th Avenue: Máximo Gómez Park, which has an informal atmosphere perfect for playing games such as dominoes or chess with friends discussing the past, present and future of Cuba native land.
When in Little Havana, you can’t visit the Cuban culture without trying their famous coffee. This strong and sweet espresso is served up in little shots, or if someone prefers something less potent, there’s always Guarapo–a kind of juice made from sugar cane that tastes amazing.
Little Havana is a unique destination for those looking to explore the rich culture and diverse lifestyle this historic neighbourhood offers. The people who live here are open-minded and optimistic about their individuality to foster creativity while experiencing true Cuban cuisine at its finest–the kind you get from street vendors without tourists getting between them. With its delicious Cuban delicacies, Little Havana is one of the best places to eat in this city. It’s also accessible for those who don’t want their diet done just yet.