Cuba is such a hot destination right now. Once President Obama lifted the travel restrictions and embargo, Cuba has been placed at the top of the list of so many Americans. Although Cuba is more accessible than ever, it may not be within reach for some. Little Havana provides a little taste of Cuban flavor without having to leave the country.
About Little Havana
Little Havana is a small neighborhood in Miami which many Cuban exiles call home. It is named after Havana which is the capital of Cuba. Little Havana is a vibrant part of Miami which is reminiscent of Cuba. I decided to go to experience this place for myself and asked my sisters to come along for the ride. I can’t believe that I’ve lived in South Florida for over 20 years and have never visited Little Havana. Shout out to Carmen Renee Photography for capturing our adventures. I’m not sure when I will be able to actually visit Cuba but it is on my list. Little Havana provided something to hold me over until I can actually get to Cuba. While not exactly Cuba, it does provide you with a small slice of what to expect if you visit Cuba.
Places We Visited
- We enjoyed delicious empanadas and pastelitos at El Pub.
- Domino Park which is also known as Maximo Gomez Park is a landmark in Little Havana. It’s a place where older Cubans gather to play intense matches of dominoes. Although they’re serious about his pastime, they took the time to have a few laughs. It was a must to visit.
- We stopped by the Cuban Cigar Company and watched a cigar roller do his thing. This cigar shop is tied to one of the oldest cigar families in Cuba. The store is filled with cigar related items to purchase including the fedora hats that are almost synonymous with Cuba.
- Our trip also included a visit to Cubacocho Museum & Performing Arts Center which is a free museum that’s filled with beautiful art from before the Cuban revolution. They have art everywhere and is literally a part of the ceiling. They also have a beautiful bar that served as an amazing backdrop.
- We visited the Cuban Memorial and Bay of Pigs Monument which honors those who lost their lives during the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in 1961.
- We worked up an appetite so we decided to go to the Ball and Chain Bar. This iconic bar dates back to 1930s when welcomed frequent live performances from artists such as Billie Holiday. Our visit included enjoying some tasty mojitos and good Cuban food. We were entertained by a live Cuban band while we ate our food. We ended our day with a sweet treat at Azucar Ice Cream Company which has amazing. I had the red velvet oreo and cookies and cream ice cream topped with toasted coconut shavings and chocolate fudge on a waffle cone. Oh my gosh…what a way to end the visit on a high note!
We definitely enjoyed our time in Little Havana. Little Havana is great for anyone looking for a different Miami experience. Everyone was so welcoming. We literally danced in the streets. I can’t wait to visit Cuba if this is a little taste of actually visiting the island. Have you visited Little Havana? What did you do while there?