Named after La Habana, capital of Cuba, Little Havana is the cultural center of the city of Miami. Recently designated as a "national treasure" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Little Havana is on the tourist radar of many in search of hearty Cuban food, Latin music and art in addition to monuments commemorating Cuban independence and other historic sites.
The community spans from Fourth to 37th avenues (east to west), with its "Main Street" of mom-and-pop stores and independent businesses found along Calle Ocho—Eighth Street. The famed street is well known for hosting a variety of events including the annual Calle Ocho festival, monthly Viernes Culturales—Cultural Fridays—and more. Be aware that Spanish is, by far, the predominant language of the Little Havana neighborhood.
To get the most of a quick trip, start on 16th Avenue and Eighth Street and walk east. Stroll a couple of blocks to find cigar shops, art galleries, restaurants and Latin-themed shops selling handmade wares and gifts that make perfect souvenirs.