Little Havana

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Not far from downtown Miami, Little Havana is a prime example of how Cuban culture has left its mark on the city. Many believe that this Cuban influence is thanks to the rise of Fidel Castro in the late 1950s, which forced many Cubans to flee their country, taking up root in Miami. The neighborhood is centered around Calle Ocho or Southwest Eighth Street and it’s lined with family-owned restaurants, bakeries, fruit stands, cigar shops, rum bars, art galleries, music venues, and mom and pop shops selling authentic Cuban souvenirs and other goods. The locals like to gather to talk politics over heated games of dominoes and walls are covered with portraits of Cuban legends, including revolutionary poet José Martí and beloved singer Celia Cruz.