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Calle Ocho, Little Havana

Miami, FL
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Calle Ocho, Little Havana, Miami FL

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On first glance, Calle Ocho is just another mucky Miami street, but stop a while and take in the culture. This is wonderful! Stroll along past the abuelitos (older Cuban men) gathered in cramped Maximo Gomez Park playing chess and dominoes. Even the McDonalds has a small mural dedicated to Cuban culture. Murals are everywhere, and these are more special than your typical small-town mural. They are in the funky Cuban style that isn't comparable to any other style.
Savor an ice cream at Azucar Ice Cream Company, a clean little shop with colorful floor tiles, large windows, and a great choice of authentic Cuban flavors! Lastly, stop a while and have a perfect coffee, mojito, or a choice from dozens of rums at Cubaocho Art Center, a combination art center and bar! Plan to come when there is live Cuban music and you will be in heaven amongst the jam-packed walls full of Cuban art, shrine to Mary of Guadalupe, and what looks like pre-Castro-style antique furnishings. This is as good as it gets without having to go on a tour to Cuba!
Other great places to visit in Miami are: the Venetian pool, which is a real freshwater spring, Vizcaya Mansion, with its stunning East Terrace overlooking the bay, and Coral Castle in Homestead, a unique creation best viewed at sunset.
To learn more Cuban history in Miami, check out History Miami, a beautifully-curated museum with lots of hands-on items for kids.

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Mural along 8th Street.
Mural along 8th Street.
Cuban walk of fame.
Cuban walk of fame.
Double-decker tourist bus and touristy restaurant.
Double-decker tourist bus and touristy restaurant.
Cubaocho Art Center and its cool murals.
Cubaocho Art Center and its cool murals.
Murals outside Cubaocho Art Center/Bar.
Murals outside Cubaocho Art Center/Bar.
Photo collage and large windows looking out on Calle Ocho, at Azucar Ice Cream Company.
Photo collage and large windows looking out on Calle Ocho, at Azucar Ice Cream Company.
Geometric floor tiles and wall of flavors at Azucar Ice Cream.
Geometric floor tiles and wall of flavors at Azucar Ice Cream.
Mural dedicated to Bebo Valdes, bandleader during the golden age of Cuban Music, pianist, and composer.
Mural dedicated to Bebo Valdes, bandleader during the golden age of Cuban Music, pianist, and composer.
A man kicks back on a hot day at the patio outside Cubaocho Art Center.
A man kicks back on a hot day at the patio outside Cubaocho Art Center.
Little Havana To Go, a souvenir store with chunky gem jewelry.
Little Havana To Go, a souvenir store with chunky gem jewelry.
Art and craft mercado.
Art and craft mercado.
Cuban musicians!
Cuban musicians!
Velvet Creme donuts.
Velvet Creme donuts.
Colorful rooster artwork on the street, corner of Calle Ocho and 25th Ave.
Colorful rooster artwork on the street, corner of Calle Ocho and 25th Ave.
Manger.
Manger.
The park where everyone hangs out.
The park where everyone hangs out.
   

Directions

To find the area called Calle Ocho or Little Havana, use this address in your GPS: 1501 SW 8th Street, Miami FL 33135.
You can park along the road in the metered parking.
Azucar Ice Cream Company, 1503 SW 8th Street, call (305) 381-0369.
Cubaocho Art Center/Bar, 1475 SW 8th Street, call (305) 285-5880.

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Last Updated: Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:48:40 GMT