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“Living Breathing Cuban Neighborhood in Miami” 4 of 5 stars
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Little Havana
Miami, FL (Little Havana)
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Ranked #13 of 31 Shopping in Miami
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The spirited Cuban neighborhood of Miami where the sights, sounds and smells are intoxicating. Be sure to sample a traditional Cuban meal or grab a quick sandwich cubano and some empanadas at any of the walk up counters.
South Florida
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“Living Breathing Cuban Neighborhood in Miami”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

I had been here before but now I work here and am here mon-fri. It's more than a place worth a quick drive thru of glance because it's living and breathing. I am on the city bus now headed to my broward county express bus and these people on the bus live, socialize, pray, eat and work here along 8th (Calle Ocho). Plan to spend a day. It's not a big place but you must be leisure like those that call this home. There are a number of walking tours for the houses and buildings and there are more organized tours. Be sure to: have a cafe and pastry (cuban coffee is a tiny shot of caffeine and sugar!), lunch of slow cooked, oh so tender pork, beans and rice, beer and/or cocktail, watch or play donimoes (mostly men but a few women venture in), a movie at the tower (subtitled), the many galleries for art (or showing on street), at night more elegant meals and music/dancing (flamenco) and just the tiny shops for food, trinkets, fabric, all the places a community who walks needs close by. Prices are reasonable if for the locals. You may not be understood if you only speak english (like me) but a smile and/or bilingual person to help goes a long way! Slow down and enjoy the place!

Visited May 2013
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“Lower your expectations & enjoy the cultural ambiance”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Little Havana is a mixed bag. Bus after bus drop off crowds of tourists into an aging neighborhood that really does not merit this kind of patronage. It has local color but the hype does not match the reality, as buildings have aged and junktique stores dominate the businesses that are still opened. The disappointed looks of the tour bus riders is understandable. It is a matter of scale and exaggerated expectations that cannot be met by the existing infrastructure.

Visited April 2013
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“Not much to see...good cigar shop and a reasonable Cuban restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

There are a few shops selling tat.....guys playing dominos and some cuban restaurants, oh and a good cigar shop. We ate Cuban at one restaurant which was actually pretty tasty and reasonable and the guy at the cigar shop was helpful and interesting. However, not sure it's really worth a special trip. Worth a brief stop rather than being a destination.

Visited May 2013
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“Hardly interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Lot of small shops and eateries but could not find any people there. We went late in the evening.
It wasn't lively at all.Maybe we came late.
Surely the neighborhood looks different . also there are huge roosters near shops

We went there to try Cuban cuisine and we were not disappointed. we went to Versailles and loved
the hearty meal .

Visited April 2013
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“Didn't see much”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

I don't know if i came with high expectations or over there there isn't much thing do see or do... In some coners we saw people playing music, but nothing especial. A good highlight is the food!!

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