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You may know that Little Havana is a popular neighborhood in Miami and is part of what makes this city such a dynamic cultural destination. Home to several Cuban exiles and many immigrants from Central America and South America, note that Little Havana is named after Havana, which is the largest and capital city of Cuba.

You should know that this neighborhood is centered on Calle Ocho (Southwest Eighth Street), an elegant and vibrant thoroughfare graced with Latin-inspired bakeries, restaurants, fruit stands, rum bars, cigar shops, art galleries, and many music venues.

This area is also a good place if you’ve young children. You will find excellent schools in this area, and the traffic circles add an extra element of safety. The neighborhood is characterized by its unique street life, fantastic restaurants, music, art, other cultural activities, and small business enterprises.

Little Havana’s cultural and arts scene is equally vibrant. It is no secret that the neighborhood hosts the popular Calle Ocho Music Festival every March in order to celebrate Carnaval Miami, with some big-name entertainers and musicians headlining the festivities. This is why no matter when you live in Little Havana, you will always be able to soak up the local culture and art at galleries and studios.

Note that the culturally vibrant and unique Little Haiti neighborhood is about 3.5 square miles in size. It is characterized by the rich Victorian architecture you will find in many parts of the Caribbean. Keep in mind that Little Haiti is undoubtedly the heart and soul of Miami’s growing Haitian community.

Nestled adjacent to world-famous Miami Design District, trendy and chic mixed-use Midtown, Wynwood, and Upper Eastside neighborhoods, and less than five miles north of the prosperous and bustling downtown Miami development scene, Little Haiti certainly stands out as a genuine reflection of the diversity of Miami’s unique cultural heritage.

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