WHEN: Daily View available dates »
TIME: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm
DURATION: 1.25 hours
SITES VISITED: 50+
MEETING POINT: Address provided upon booking
Walking Tour of Little Havana’s History, Art & Culture.
Oh the sights and sounds of Little Habana: a colorful swirl of shops and traffic and people and smells: the new and the old, the Cuban and the American, the classy, the chonga, and the gritty. Here you meet the recent Cuban immigrants working in the kitchens who don’t speak English, and the sweet waitresses who speak with a thick accent. The older generation is established in their cigar, art, and guayabera shops while the American-born Spanglish speaking youngsters are out for a good time. Old-timers lean over their game at the Domino garden, unperturbed by the hovering of friends or the ogling of tourists. When the park closes, they set up on the street because dominos is a serious business for some generations of Cubans. Nearby, a sign claims to have the best mojitos, and the smell of frying croquetas and Cuban steak wafts about. Live Cuban music drifts from classy bars where some musicians once played in orchestras in Cuba. Such is the turn of fortunes of immigrants, and such is the price of freedom.
Join us on tour if you would like a local guide to help you navigate this scene and make more sense of it. We will explore the local art scene, get acquainted with some of the essentials of Cuban food and drink, and talk about the unique blend of cultures and generations that vibrates so vividly in this part of the country.
What to Expect:
This is a Little Havana walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes! Bringing a bottle of water, sunscreen, and a hat or umbrella is also a good idea.
We will visit 1 or 2 galleries offering Cuban contemporary art and see and discuss many of the murals, mosaic work, and sculptures in the area by local Hispanic street artists. Although specific murals are constantly changing, the area is filled with murals from local street art superstars, like Daniel Fila and Diana Contreras. As we stroll, we will talk about the artists, about their techniques and stories. Understanding who they are and why they paint will enhance your enjoyment of the art.
Keep in mind: by asking the questions you are interested in, you will influence the content of your Little Havana tour. Are you interested in academic topics like gentrification? Or do you just want to know where the best Cuban food or cigar shop is? We are here to engage you in whatever your interest is!
Specific stops can change: murals can be replaced, shops and restaurants close.