Little Havana is located just west of Downtown Miami which is also known as the Latin Quarter. Little Havana offers a slice of Cuban culture transported in the middle of Miami. As soon as we arrived via a get on-and-off tourist bus, it was obvious that the colourful Cuban culture permeates everything in Little Havana from the vivid colorful murals, happy buskers playing traditional Cuban and Afro-American music along the main street, over the quaint counter-restaurants, monuments for the heroes, unique art galleries, Cuban gentlemen playing dominoes and that ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee and cigar. Little Havana’s colourful scenes and its festive ambience were intoxicating. A taste of Cuban culture made me want to go to the real-deal Cuba which is now included in my bucket-list.
The main drag of Little Havana is called Calle Ocho where they have a Hollywood-like Walk of Fame but mainly dedicated to famous Latin celebrities, such as Gloria Estefan and Celia Cruz. The colourful street is pepppered with fruit stands, over-the counter authentic Cuban restaurants, art galleries and cigar shops. At Domino Park, you would see the elderly Cuban migrants playing domino games for most part of the day and the scene is a tourist spot in itself. If you have time, you may want to see a show at the Tower Theater, a restored Art Deco theater and cultural venue. .
Tip: On the last Friday of each month, Little Havana hosts Viernes Culturales, or Cultural Fridays, a monthly gallery night showcasing the cultural arts scene of the neighbourhood.