Little Havana, Miami guide and information
Guide to Little Havana, Miami
Little Havana is a neighbourhood in Miami that lies west of the downtown Miami area, along the Miami River between SW 11th Street, SW 22nd Street and the I-95 Freeway. Little Havana is also called La Pequeña Habana in Spanish based on Havana, the capital of Cuba. This region is called “Little Havana” because of the large number of Cuban immigrants that have relocated here. A local exaggeration suggests that there are more Cubans in Little Havana than in all of Cuba.
Little Havana has a very Hispanic feel to the region, and visitors may feel as if they have left the US and have entered Cuba while walking through this sprawling neighbourhood. The region boasts several monuments to past and present Cuban heroes, cigar rollers, colourful murals, Cuban coffee shops and even groups of men deep in discussion while enjoying a game of dominoes.
The neighbourhood is famous for its vibrant stores, quaint restaurants, exclusive art galleries and music. The area is especially well known for its festivals like Cultural Fridays, Carnival Miami and the Three Kings Parade which have become immensely popular with people from all around the world.
The most famous landmark of Little Havana is its Walkway of the Stars where Latin personalities and big stars are honoured. Some of the personalities on this walkway include Gloria Estefan, Willy Chirino and Celia Cruz. Over the years, Little Havana has attracted a young and artistic international crowd with its open artist studios and restaurants along the main street in this area, the Calle Ocho. There is even an outdoor live music stage near the Tower Theatre, which is one of the most famous theatres in Little Havana.
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