Little Havana is a culturally aesthetic neighborhood near Miami Beach. It is teeming with vibrant murals, enticing Latin American cuisine, live music gigs and thriving art galleries. A quirky magical escape from the city chaos, tourists can enjoy hand-rolled cigars, talk politics, soak in the artistic grandeur or simply relish a glass of rum peacefully here. You can also enjoy traditional coffee and mojito, an annual street party in March or pick up few classic Guayabera shirts here, according to an article by US Local Guide.
To begin the New Year in a bright and colorful way, take a look at how to make the best of this quaint paradise.
Calle Ocho Walk of Fame
As a way to honor Cuban celebrities like Celia Cruz and American soap artists, the sidewalk of the SW 8th Street is embedded with pink marble stars, according to an article by Time Out. It is also known as the Hispanic Hollywood and is quite similar to the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. People usually pose for photos here to take back memories of a lifetime.
Catch an Event at Tower Theater
Established in 1926, this is one of the oldest historic hotspots for cultural activities. You can enjoy lectures and exhibitions or simply watch foreign language films. These are subtitled in English for easy understanding. Located right next to the Domino Park, the theater was renowned as a state-of-the-art movie center back in times.
Go for Viernes Culturales
Cultural Fridays take place on the third Friday of each month. This high-energy extravaganza celebrates art, culture, music and food from local galleries and cafés. In fact, businesses in the 13th and 17th Avenues convert into galleries featuring international artists to keep you entertained, according to an article by Tripsavvy. You can explore a host of food stalls, artsy walks and live performances, which brighten up this street festival.
Visit the Azucar Ice Cream Company
If you wish to savor a few spectacular Cuban flavors, this is a must visit. All ingredients are locally sourced, which helps maintain the freshness and authenticity. The signature item here is the Abuela Maria, made of cream cheese, guava and crunchy crackers. Make sure to try out Plantano Maduro, Caramel Flan Mint Chocolate Chip and the seasonal Creme de Vie too.
Apart from these, do not miss out on Maximo Gomez Park, Bay of Pigs Museum and a game at Marlins Park for a memorable trip.