A vibrant Hispanic culture permeates everything in Little Havana - colorful murals, monuments to heroes past and present, elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, and cigar rollers deeply at work amidst Little Havana’s ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee. These scenes of daily Little Havana life play out amidst a backdrop of Little Havana’s pulsating music, vibrant storefronts, unique art galleries and quaint restaurants.
The neighborhood’s colorful spirit unfolds on Calle Ocho, Little Havana’s bustling main street, packed with shops and restaurants. Farther down Calle Ocho, between SW 15th and 17th avenues, the Arts District contains a string of studios and galleries that showcase some of the best Latin American art in the country. Nearby, the Bay of Pigs Museum & Library enshrines the crew of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion. The two blcoks SW 13th street, south of Calle Ocho, contain a series of monuments of Cuban patriots and freedom fighters.
Review by Shirley S, March 2013
Doing what: Miami Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Biscayne Bay Cruise
We three had a great experience on the Hop on Hop off bus. It gives you a good overall of what is available to see and do while in Mami. I love the International feel of this city. Do not miss the Vizcaya Mansion, little Havana on the City Tour. The art deco district and the ocean are a must.
From South Beach to Little Havana, there's so much to see in Miami. The city tour provided great sightseeing as well as entertaining and educating tourists. Jungle Island is a treat for animal lovers. The animal exhibits and shows are fun for the whole family!
Review by Queenie S, April 2012
Doing what: Miami City Tour including Bayside and Biscayne Bay Cruise
The day was well paced (some waiting).
We did the Biscayne Bay cruise in the AM and our guide was very informative, knowledegable and had a sense of humor. There were drinks and snacks for purchase. The afternoon took us to many sights you only read about and viewed homes of the rich and famous from the land side that you had seen in the AM from the water. Lunch in Little Havana, drive through Cocoanut Grove, etc. ,etc. Very enjoyable.
The Miami River separates Little Havana from downtown Miami on the northeast border. The center of Little Havana is Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street), between NW 22nd Avenue and SW 10th Avenue. You can get to Little Havana via the Metromover train or by bus. If you’re coming by car, take I-95 to NW 7th Street.