6 places to visit in Little Havana, Miami

February 21, 2017 / Miami

If you’re planning a trip to Miami, make time to visit the little slice of Cuban culture known as Little Havana. Located just west of downtown Miami, this neighborhood echoes the tastes and sounds of true Hispanic culture, and you’ll want to take in the colorful murals, unique art galleries, restaurants, and the amazing aroma of Cuban coffee as you walk through the streets.

To help you get around and enjoy all that Little Havana has to offer, arrange your transportation with Uber in Miami. Whether you’re riding alone or in a group, Uber has what you need, from low-cost options like uberX and uberXL, to premium products like UberLUX and UberSUV.

Here are some exciting ways for you to embrace Little Havana:

Where to go in Little Havana

1. Domino Park

Maximo Gomez Park—or Domino Park, as locals know it—is a Little Havana landmark. It’s a lively meeting spot for older Cuban residents who enjoy drinking coffee, playing dominoes, and socializing with their friends. If you want to take part in the action with the local veterans, feel free to just sit down and play. This park also features attractive domino-decorated tilework walkways with benches for spectators.

2. Tower Theater 

In the center of Little Havana, right next door to Domino Park, is Tower Theater, one of Miami’s oldest cultural landmarks. Known as the finest state-of-the-art theatre in the American South when it opened in December 1926, the theater upholds its reputation as a historic and cultural gathering place. Now managed by Miami Dade College, there are restaurants, shops, and bars in the vicinity, so theatergoers are encouraged to enjoy more of Little Havana’s experience before and after the show.

3. Calle Ocho

The neighborhood’s main strip is SW 8th Street—also known as Calle Ocho—and it’s home to many Mediterranean-style coral rock and stucco homes, reminiscent of some of Havana’s well-known neighborhoods. The sidewalk is marked with pink marble stars that comprise the area’s Walk of Fame. This is Little Havana’s way of honoring Cuban celebrities, including Sammy Sosa, Maria Conchita Alonso, Thalia, Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, and Gloria Estefan. If you’re in the area in March, be sure to check out the Annual Calle Ocho Festival, which is Miami’s largest street festival.

4. Bay of Pigs Museum

Although small in size, the Bay of Pigs Museum is a memorable tribute to the 2506th Brigade, otherwise known as the crew of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion. This museum houses a collection of photos, documents, and other items related to the famed battle. It’s entirely possible you’ll be able to chat with survivors of the Bay of Pigs, who are known to spend time here surrounded by pictures of comrades who never made it back to America.

5. El Credito

Just like any typical Cuban cigar factory—or fabrica—you’ll find skilled Cubans rolling cigars by hand from many multi-generational rollers who inherited the family trade inside El Credito. There’s also a relaxing cigar lounge where aficionados can enjoy the bold flavors of the many popular brands sold at El Credito. Owner Ernesto Carillo takes pride in making his cigars authentic, and you can expect quality in every hand-rolled item.

6. Versailles

Located just a short Uber ride right outside of Little Havana is Versailles, the famous neighborhood culinary landmark. This spot quickly became a popular gathering place for Cuban exiles soon after it opened its doors in 1971. On the weekends, Versailles is packed with local families enjoying tasty Cuban cuisine. During the week, older Cuban gentlemen gather around the outdoor coffee window and chat about Cuban politics. Swing by and grab a cup of best Café Cubano in Miami.