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Little Havana District of Miami
South, Florida

An introduction to the Little Havana District of the city of Miami Florida. The district was named after the city of Havana which is the capital of Cuba and that country's largest city. The neighborhood is a center of the Cuban exile community in the United States, but there are are also large enclaves of Cubans in Hialeah and other parts of the greater Miami area.


Calle Ocho Sign in Little Havana
Copyright © Kathleen Walling Fry

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Little Havana is a district in the west central part of the city of Miami that has developed into a center of Cuban and Latin American culture. At one time this area was almost completely a Cuban district but now there are also a large number of Nicaraguans and Puerto Ricans living here also.

Photos of Miami's Little Havana
  • Calle Ocho Sign in Little Havana
  • Bank Welcomes Visitors to Little Havana
  • Latin Quarter Plaza in Little Havana
  • Little Havana Development Authority

    Maximo Gomez Domino Park
    This park is an important meeting place in Miami's Little Havana District. It was anmed after a revolutionary who fought against the Spanish in Cuba during the 19th Century. Maximo Gomez Park has domino tables and chess tables.
    PHOTOS:
  • Entrance to Maximo Gomez Park
  • Domino Game in Maximo Gomez Park
  • Domino Players in Maximo Gomez Park
  • Chess Players in the Domino Park
    ARTICLES:
  • The Naming of Domino Park (Miami.edu)
  • Problems With Domino Park (Miami.edu)

    Calle Ocho Walk of Fame
    The stars on the sidewalk outside Maximo Gomez park celebrate the accomplishments of artists and organizations in the Cuban cultural community.
  • Photo: Ballet Concerto Sidewalk Star
  • Photo: Ernesto Lecuona Sidewalk Star
  • Photo: Fernando Albuerne Sidewalk Star
  • Information about the Walk of Fame (Miami.edu)
  • Celebrities Featured on the Walk of Fame (Miami.edu)

    Viernes Culturales (Cultural Friday)
    The last Friday of every month an event called "Viernes Culturales" ("Cultural Friday")takes place on Southwest 8th Street between 14th Avenue and 17th Avenue in Little Havana. It is a cultural event and block party featuring the music, dancing, peotry, arts, and crafts of Cuba and other Caribbean and Latin American countries. The event typically begins about 6:30 pm and ends about 11:00 pm.

    Calle Ocho Carnival in Little Havana
    Every year there is a Cuban festival in Little Havana called "Calle Ocho" which is part of the city-wide "Carnival Miami" event. That event is a free street festival sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club that typically attracts more then 1 million visitors. The entire Hispanic community celebrates this event by wearing colors and or carrying flags representing the country of their heritage. During the festival more then 30 stages are set up for all types of Caribbean music, dancing, and other entertainment. There are also hundreds of street vendors selling food and products from Caribbean countries. The festival takes place on Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th Street) between 27th Avenue and 4th Avenue.

    The Arts in Little Havana
  • Teatro Avante
  • Tower Theater
  • Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Company Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 West Flagler Street)

    Attractions in Little Havana
  • Maximo Gomez Domino Park (SW 8th St & 15 Ave)
  • 2506 Brigade Memorial (Cubans who fought in Bay of Pigs)
  • Latin Quarter Plaza (SW 8th St & 15 Ave)
  • Latin Quarter Cultural Center (SW 8th St & 15 Ave)
  • Latin Quarter Specialty Center (SW 8th St & 15 Ave)
  • Flagler Greyhound Track
  • Cuban Memorial Plaza
  • Orange Bowl Stadium

    Events in Little Havana
  • Cultural Fridays in Little Havana
  • Ife-Ile Afro Cuban Dance Company
  • Calle Ocho Cuban Street Festival

    Restaurants in Little Havana
  • Casa Juancho Spanish Restaurant (2436 SW 8th Street)
  • Hy-Vong Vietnamese Restaurant
  • La Carreta Cuban Restaurant
  • Versailles Cuban Restaurant (3555 SW 8th Street)

    Shops in Little Havana
  • El Credito Cigar Factory
  • Little Havana To Go

    City of Miami Introduction to Little Havana
    General information about the Little Havana District of Miami on the Web site of the City of Miami Neighborhood Enhancement Team. Includes information about Little Havana attractions and city improvements planned for the area.

    Little Havana Community Resources
    Information for local residents in Little Havana including schools, churches, transportation, police substation, fire station, and emergency evacuation information,

    Neighborhood Associations in Little Havana
    Local organizations in Little Havana include the 8th Street Chamber of Commerce, the Cuban American National Council, the Little Havana Community Center, and others.

    Exploring the Culture of Little Havana
    An introduction to Little Havana on the University of Miami Web site. The articles includes photos and information about Domino Park, Cigar Manufacturing in Miami, the Santeria religion, Cuban food, restaurants in Little Havana, monuments in Little Havana, the Walk of Fame, the Calle Ocho street festival, and map of the area.

    Wikipedia on Little Havana
    A brief introduction to the Little Havana District of Miami Florida.

    See also:
  • Other Districts in the City of Miami
  • The Neighborhoods of Miami
  • Cities in Miami-Dade County



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