Head down to Southern Florida and experience the cosmopolitan city of Miami. With its beautiful skyline, incredible beaches, and bustling metropolitan area, there are countless things to do in Miami. Whether you’re enjoying the heart of the city in Downtown Miami or exploring the neighborhoods like Coconut Grove, you’ll be sure to find a restaurant, bar, shop, or nightclub that suits your taste.
Since the 20th century, Florida has been a popular destination for retirees fleeing colder states. But the Cuban revolution of the 1950s pushed many wealthy and middle-class Cubans out of the country and into Miami and Key West, Florida. In fact, many Cuban refugees’ documents were processed in the former headquarters of The Miami News, which is now known as the “Ellis Island of the South,” due to the large influx of immigrants. Today, Miami is commonly considered the “Capital of Latin America” due to its large population of Latin Americans—from Cuba, South America, and Central America—as well as its Spanish-speaking population.
Spend some time in Little Havana, located just west of Downtown Miami, named for the capital of Cuba. Find a fantastic fusion of Afro-Cuban-American cuisines, music, and culture. Traverse Calle Ocho, the main artery through the neighborhood where you can enjoy various countries’ cultures and cuisines right next to each other, from Nicaragua, Cuba, and beyond. Stop by a cafecito window for delectable café Cubano, or sweetened espresso with a gorgeous, thick crema on top. Once the sun sets, enjoy the night life of Little Havana, where you can listen to Latin jazz at a music venue, dance the night away at night clubs, or settle in at a cozy lounge.