Havana influence outside Cuba

Many Cuban immigrants fled to the United States in the 1960s and 1970s as the rise of communism began to take shape in their home country. As a result of the influx of Cubans in southern Florida, the west downtown area of Miami known as “Little Havana” was born.

This popular Latino neighbourhood in Miami is a cultural, social, and political centre in Miami. The 98-percent Hispanic residents incorporate all of the characteristic Cuban traditions and holidays into their calendar including the Calle Ocho Festival, the Three Kings parade, and Cultural Fridays. If you are visiting Miami soon and wish to book a villa in Cuba for next year, then check out Little Havana as a strong comparison. You will probably find, apart from the state of the buildings, that the atmosphere and vibrant personalities are much the same.

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This area of Miami is characterized by Cuban street food, a vibrant city life, and various cultural activities. On the corner of the streets you can see the family stores, great warmth among the people, and a veracious political passion pertaining to their country of origin.

Little Havana stretches for several miles following the western bank of the Miami River. Nestled in this small corner of Florida there is a distinctly Latin feel. On any given day in Máximo Gómez Park, Cuban men play dominos and the locals have nicknamed the area “Domino Park”. Each month there is a different festival, all of which have become popular with Floridians and tourists, each venturing into Little Havana to experience the culture and culinary delights of Cuba. Live musical performances take place, art exhibitions line the colourful streets, and there are free walking tours if visitors wish to see the historic buildings of the neighbourhood.

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If you plan to explore on your own, consider visiting the Padilla Cigar Factory, Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, and the live music lounge Ball and Chain. With wall murals and bold artwork on street corners, and Cuban and American flags flying side by side, you could easily be close to your Havana accommodation and stepping into Cuba itself.


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