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Little Havana

Little Havana, as you might guess, is the hub of Miami’s Cuban community. It’s the site of a number of celebrated street festivals, including Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) and Calle Ocho.

Viernes Culturales is an cultural fair that takes place on the last Friday of each month on 8th St. SW between 14th and 17th Avenues. It features musical performances, art exhibits, cuisine tastings, films, and walking tours by famed Miami historian Dr. Paul George.

Calle Ocho, in February and March, is all about food, music and flags.  Every ethnic community wear colors or flags to show pride in their heritage, vendors sell traditional dishes, and reggaeton, salsa, bachata and merengue are in the air. In 1988, it earned an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records when 119,986 people formed a conga line.

Festival or not, it’s always nice to stroll through Domino Park and grab an authentic Cuban meal at Versailles. They’ve been serving up crowd-pleasing Cuban fare for over four decades and they call themselves the “unrelenting gauge of the community’s pulse.” On a hot day, stop by the Azucar Ice Cream Company for all sorts of signature and seasonal Cuban flavors like Coconut Flan, Avocado and Abuela Maria.

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