Little Havana

Enjoy the island style of Cuba without ever having to present your passport.

Just west of Downtown lies Miami’s Cuban capital, Little Havana. Almost exclusively Hispanic, this zealously colorful neighborhood's streets criss-cross an area where music sounds livelier, food tastes zestier, and the air seems to embrace visitors with a don't-worry-about-a-thing warmth. Don a guayabera, order a plate of ropa vieja, and grab a cafecito on a patio filled with domino-playing locals. ¡Bienvenidos a Little Havana!

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On the Map

Little Havana is bordered by Grapeland, Brickell, Downtown Miami, Auburdale, Allapattah, and Coral Way

Miami Airport: 10 minutes by car or 50 minutes by public transit
South Beach (5th and Ocean): 15 minutes by car
American Airlines Arena: 15 minutes by car
Bal Harbour Shops: 30 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

Little Havana: The City Within the City

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Welcome to Little Havana, a cultural mecca for Cuban émigrés, Cuban-Americans, Latin-Americans, and avid coffee drinkers.

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Visit this Latin-influenced neighborhood and you'll feel as though you left the United States far behind.

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Here, Spanish rolls off the tongue and cigars are rolled by hand.

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Sidewalk performers and shop owners add their own rhythms to Little Havana's streets.

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The neighborhood's sonic landscape is as enchanting as its brick sidewalks and tiled facades.

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Celia would be proud.

Little Havana is noted as a center of social, cultural, and political activity in Miami. Its festivals, including the Calle Ocho Festival, Viernes Culturales, and the Three Kings Parade...have been televised to millions of people every year."

Calle Ocho: Little Havana's Camino Primero

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Little Havana's Calle Ocho has been a Miami landmark since the 60s.

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On the walls and at your feet, paintings and placards honor heroes of Cuban history and culture.

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Built in 1926, the legendary Tower Theater played a central role in the importation of Cuban culture during the 50s and 60s.

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Calle Ocho remains the pride of Little Havana.

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It struts its stuff.

Playing for Keeps: Little Havana's Domino Park

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Cuban culture is celebrated one tile at a time in Domino Park.

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Living luminaries mingle with legendary onlookers during games both friendly and fierce.

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Your move.

Bold Flavor: Muy Sabrosa en Little Havana

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Little Havana elevates street cuisine to new heights.

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Cafecitos and Cuban sandwiches, colloquially called mixtos, are as delicious as they are ubiquitous.

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¡Eso no pasaba en Cuba!

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This doesn't happen in Cuba.

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If you're looking for sabor, you'll hit the jackpot in Little Havana.

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Right on the money.

Home In Little Havana

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Though the neighborhood is legendary as a Cuban cultural haven, Little Havana is equally revered for its welcoming sense of community.

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Single family bungalows share the shade of trees, emphasizing Little Havana's neighborly atmosphere.

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Bienvenidos a Little Havana.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Graciela Cattarossi

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Graciela Cattarossi is a lifestyle/travel photographer based in Miami. She graduated from Parsons School Of Design in New York and her work is currently  published in magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, and Food and Wine. When she is not traveling, she enjoys shooting weddings or other intimate events in Miami or wherever it takes her.

Angel Valentin

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Angel Valentín has been  a professional photojournalist since 1990. His career has taken him all over the Caribbean and Latin America. Valentín has photographed world leaders, executives, athletes and celebrities in countless situations. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, winner (staff) and recipient of countless awards. After 18 years as a staff photographer, he has been a freelance photographer since 2009.