Undecided on what to do in Miami? How about learning a little about Cuban culture, talking to people and try typical Cuba food?
In this article, I will talk about Little Havana and Calle 8 that represents Cuban immigrants. A place you must visit when you are visiting Florida.
How to get to Little Havana, Miami
The best place to go is the 8th Street, known by its Spanish name as Calle 8. it is located at SW 8th Street 20 minutes from the airport.
Getting to the site is very easy, especially with the use of a GPS. I recommend that you get to the Domino Park first (it's easy to get there).
Just enter the address 1442, SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135 into the GPS and you will be guided to the point where the Little Havana Domino Park, in the heart of 8th Street (Calle 8).
Parking at the Calle Ocho
It is possible to park at the Calle 8 itself or in some cross street. It is very easy to find a place on the spot and prices are also very affordable.
The cost is $ 1.5 per hour and you can stay parked for up to 2 hours in the same place, you will spend a maximum of $ 3 with parking.
There are electronic parking meters on the sidewalks that accept cash or credit card and you can also pay using the mobile application.
Using the application is easier, just download the PaybyPhone and register the car card and credit card details. When stopping anywhere in Miami, just look at the sign in place to see the code you must type in the App.
The app also allows you to add more time without having to go back to the car, but the app informs you that you can't renew for more than 2 hours (which is enough time to see everything you need).
Things to do in Little Havana
1. Visit Domino Park
A park where senior citizens enjoy playing dominoes, a Cuban tradition that allows them to have some fun with friends in this lovely place.
Don't skip this place, because the visit can be very quick and it is worth seeing how they are entertained by the game and are serious about it.
See some pictures of Little Havana (click to enlarge)
The site has clear behavioral rules, with a sign indicating that you should not throw trash on the floor, scream, spit or stay shirtless.
2. Walk of Fame
Remember the Hollywood walk of fame? In Little Havana, you can see the version with Latin artists, especially the famous ones in Cuba.
It is possible to find the names of famous artists like Julio Iglesias, Thalia and Gloria Stefan as the stars of the fame of the Latin celebrities.
3. Cigar shops
In this place, it is very easy to find many shops selling the Cuban cigars. Just walk down the sidewalk and you will find several options.
4. Souvenir shops
Make sure to visit the shops and buy the souvenirs. There are several options and many of them are handmade by Cuban artists.
5. Restaurants, snack bars, cafes and fast food
When you get hungry, just choose what you want to taste because on the street there are typical restaurants with traditional fast food like Mc Donalds.
You can also try the typical empanadas and the sugarcane juice.
Prices for typical sandwiches range from $ 6 to $ 8 on average, there are natural juices with average prices between $ 3 to $ 4. If you prefer a have a lunch or dinner at a self-service restaurant you will spend an average of $ 15 to $ 20 per person.
Cultural Information of Little Havana
The city and the population
Little Havana has 9Km square and a large concentration of Cubans who began immigration in 1960 when Castro was the leader of the country and the crisis of the missiles raised the tension between Cuba and the United States.
Since that time more than 300,000 Cubans have come to Florida, most of them stayed in the Miami area and founded this small town named after the capital of Cuba.
While strolling through the city you can observe the Latin style through restaurants, shops and places for having fun with songs and typical dances like salsa.
The Cuban cigar is a product easily found in Little Havana that has a factory called El Titan de Bronze located at 1071 Calle 8.
It is possible to visit the place and watch the employees working on the production of the cigars. The place is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Cuba's Historical Memorial in Little Havana
There are monuments in honor of those who died in the invasion of the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Every year on April 17, several people visit the place to remember the occasion of the attempt to overthrow the Castro regime.
Recommendations for the tour in Little Havana
To visit Little Havana just schedule about 2 hours on your tour, make sure to have the Pay by Phone application installed on your mobile to speed up the parking process and choose a place to park on Calle 8 itself.
You can communicate in English or Spanish (predominant language) and take lots of pictures even in the souvenir stores.
If for some reason you don't like the traditional food there are also fast food options like Mc Donalds and Dominos Pizza on the Calle 8.
Enjoy the tour and have fun.
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