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A Tourist’s Guide To Little Havana

Located in Miami, Florida, Little Havana is a neighborhood that’s named after the largest city in Cuba: Havana. It’s a vibrant area filled with high energy and friendly people, and there is certainly plenty to see and do regardless of if you’re visiting for a weekend or longer. Whether you go with family, friends, a partner, or even by yourself, it’s easy to fall in love with the neighborhood. Ready to find out what you can do and see during your trip to Little Havana?

Where To Sleep
Looking to stay in or near Little Havana? You have plenty of options from which to choose including Four Seasons Hotel Miami, W Miami, Holiday Inn Port of Miami Downtown, and Habitat Residence. To make sure you get to stay in the hotel you want and have the type of room you desire, try and make your reservations as far in advance of your trip as possible.

Where To Eat
You are in for some seriously incredible food when you’re in and around Little Havana. Whether you want to try something different (go for it!) or stick to staples you already know and love, you’re certainly going to have your pick of places to try. For example, you can get food at Casa Juancho, Versailles Restaurant, Exquisito Restaurant, or Taqueria El Mexicano. Don’t forget to bring your appetite!

Marlins Park
Located in Little Havana on Marlins Way is Marlins Park, home to the Miami Marlins. Sure you can go there and catch a game, but if you so choose, you can also take a tour of the baseball park that seats 37,000. If there is already a home game or a major event scheduled, you’re going to have to hold off until there isn’t. Otherwise, the tours run Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a price of $10. Tours start at 10am, noon, and 2pm.

Marlins Park

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Calle Ocho Festival
Want to party with more than 1 million of your closest friends? Then you’ll want to attend the annual Calle Ocho Festival which is currently in its 40th year. There will be plenty of food and fantastic music, and you definitely don’t want to miss the 3rd annual Miami Cuban Sandwich Smackdown. Did we mention the World Championship Croqueta Eating Contest starting at 1pm? The Calle Ocho Festival is set to take place on SW 8th Street between 12th and 27th avenues on March 12, 2017, from 10am to 7pm.

Now that you know a little more about what Little Havana has to offer, it’s time to start making some plans to check the area out for yourself. To ensure your vacation goes as smoothly as possible, do your research on each place before you actually go there and, if possible, try and make your reservations ahead of time so you’re all set for some fun once you arrive. Lastly, don’t hesitate to talk to the locals. Find out where their favorite places are to check out; you may be able to learn about a not well-known little gem.