About Little Havana
Photo courtesy of Phillip Pessar
This small neighborhood packs a big cultural wallop. Settled in the years following Castro's revolution, it's now home to a third of Miami's 2 million residents. Its main drag, Calle Ocho (SW Eighth Street), is the heart of Little Havana, a place to indulge in authentic food, hand-rolled cigars, and strong, fragrant coffee. In Maximo Gomez Park, older folks gather daily to play dominoes, talk politics, and share stories, while each March, the Calle Ocho festival celebrates Latino culture in a boisterous street party.