Little Havana began life with the of the Cuban dissidents who had fled Castro's regime and begun a new life in the USA, maintaining many elements of their native culture.
The population of Little Havana is a little over 50,000, and of these 98% are latino, with the vast majority of Cuban origin.
Life in Little Havana centres on Calle Ocho, where you can find artisans rolling Cuban cigars, tens of Cuban restaurants and even shops with the Caribbean rhythm, all wrapped up in a nostalgic atmosphere and the strong smell of coffee.
One of the most charming places in Little Havana can be found where Calle Ocho meets 15th Avenue: Máximo Gómez Park, where older Cubans meet to play dominoes or chess while they set the world to rights, discussing the past, present and future of their native land.
You really can't visit Little Havana without trying an authentic Cuban coffee, a powerful, sweet espresso served in tiny shots, or if you prefer something less potent there's always Guarapo, a kind of juice made from sugar cane.
The Heart of Miami
Little Havana has a different rhythm to it, Cuban style. The open and optimistic way of its inhabitants makes it a great place to simply explore and watch day to day life pass by.
Little Havana is also one of the best places to eat in the city, with delicious Cuban delicacies at really accessible prices.