Little Havana Tour: Authentic Cuban Culture Experience
4.6
72 Ratings
Miami
Immerse yourself in the vibrant Cuban culture of Little Havana with our authentic tour. Explore museums, art galleries, cigar factories, and local businesses. Meet Bay of Pigs soldiers and experience the lively nightlife. A perfect package of fun, food, culture, and history!
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Little Havana Cigar Factory - We visit the World famous Little Havana Cigar Factory. As you will learn and see the Cuban techniques to rolling as well as various gifts available there. We offer this review from : Gary Warner: It was very informative and educational. We booked it and We definitely learned about the cigar industry and the process of creating the cigars I enjoy! I would highly recommend the tour! It was very helpful and we purchased cigars to take home!

  • Cubaocho Museum and Performing Arts Center - Randy Comments: Phenomenal atmosphere, music, and tons of art pieces. We got mojitos which were definitely worth the money. We have tried a bunch of mojitos in the area and this one blew them all out of the water……Ms Flowers Comments: It was fantastic! We had a very good time!

Excellent music, cocktails, and dancing.

We can’t wait to visit again!

  • Agustin Gainza Arts and Tavern - gustin Gainza Arts and Tavern is widely known as Taberna del Pintor. A new concept in Little Havana offering wine, tapas, and live music. A unique ambiance in Miami’s Historic Calle 8 district, with the main protagonist Agustin Gainza. A South Florida art scene staple for over 15 years, Gaínza Art Gallery now transforms it’s space serving small platters, lite bites and Gainza’s famous Mojito. Now, you can admire the art of Agustín Gaínza, while you enjoy a glass of wine. His trajectory spans across more than 4 decades dedicated to drawing, etchings, ceramics and his constant medium, painting. He has exhibited in galleries in the United States, Europe and the Carribean, including his native country, Cuba.
  • Calle Ocho - Yisell Bakery in Calle Ocho A local bakery where all locals visit. We eat there every day, You will be able to taste the World Famous and locals favorite Pastelitos (Cuban Pastery) along with beef pastry and Arroz con leche with Cuban Coffee and flan. Sure to delight your taste buds and cravings.
  • Domino Park - Early Morning and afternoon and the beginning of a new week. Laughter and voices mix simultaneously, a perfect match for the festive ambiance. Dominoes smack against several tables, the clatter rising into a melody.

Maximo Gomez Park, better known as the Domino Park, is like many other Miami places, a convergence of different identities. It is here, in Little Havana, in the space on the corner of Southwest Eighth Street and 15th Avenue — just steps away from the Tower Theater — that locals have played Dominoes for decades. Now tourists insist on bearing witness to the game in which camaraderie and rivalry intertwine.Silence gives way to concentration. Dominoes and laughter, like castanets, interrupt the truce and signal that the game has started on the table under one of the gazebos. Truly n experience you won’t forget.

  • Miami Tower - MDC’s Tower Theater, is one of Miami’s oldest cultural landmarks. When it opened in December 1926, it was the finest state-of-the-art theater in the South. It is located on SW Eighth Street and Fifteenth Avenue in Miami, Florida. During the late fifties and throughout the sixties, large numbers of Cuban refugees fled to Miami. The area surrounding S.W. Eighth Street - “Calle Ocho” - became a place of new beginnings. For many Cuban families, films at MDC’s Tower Theater were an introduction to American culture in addition to pure entertainment. Soon MDC’s Tower Theater altered its programming to include English-language films with Spanish subtitles, and eventually Spanish-language films. It is still operating after 93 years.
  • Bay of Pigs Museum - The failed Bay of Pigs invasion made Castro increasingly wary of further US intervention and more open to Soviet suggestions of placing nuclear weapons on Cuba to ensure its security. A year and a half after the invasion he pursued closer relations with the Soviet Union, partly for protection, which helped pave the way for the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

Accompanying note: “In the heart of metropolitan Miami is a city within a city known as ‘Little Havana.’ Over five-hundred thousand Cuban-Americans have settled in the Miami area since the first large exodus of 1959.” We visit the bay Of Pigs Memorial with a short history lesson from a Cuban Expert Tour Guide.

  • Ball & Chain - Iconic nightclub from the 1930s-1950s reemerges as a live-music venue with Cuban-style food & drink. We visit with a pass by and finish here for those who want to stay after the tour is over with discounts and specials.
What's Included
  • Live performances at Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center
  • Complimentary snacks
  • Visit to the historic Little Havana Domino Park
  • Memorial tribute at Bay Of Pigs Monument
  • Experience the renowned Agustin Gainza Arts and Tavern
  • Little Havana Cigar Shop demonstration with live rolling
  • Explore the vintage Tower Theatre, established in 1926
  • Insights from a Cuban Tour Guide for an authentic cultural experience
What's Not Included
  • Tips and Gratuity For Tour Guides
  • Transportation
Additional Information

Enjoy a complimentary Cuban Lunch alongside tastings, visit Museums, Art Galleries, the Performing Arts Center, Cigar Factories, and Restaurants, as well as the hip spots for daytime and nightlife activities featuring Live Bands and Dancing, and much more. Experience Miami like a local as you engage with community business owners and explore the neighborhood before arriving at the Little Havana Entertainment District.
Engage in personal discussions with Bay Of Pigs Brigade 2506 Soldiers at the Bay of Pigs Museum. (M-F 10am-3pm). An enjoyable blend of Food, Fun, Culture, and History awaits, neatly packaged into an experience that’s bound to be a lasting cultural memory. After all is said and done, you’ll be close to knowing Little Havana like the palm of your hand.

Location
1854 SW 8th St
Southwest 8th Street
Little Havana Bakery
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Chemcaid
Dec 29, 2023
Good tour - Good tour through various parts of the area, great food, and interesting information! We enjoyed it.
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Bob_d
Dec 29, 2023
Great tour with Angel - Really good walking tour with Angel. Local guy. Seems to know everyone including a lot of the guys from Bay of Pigs. Tons of history and local knowledge. And a fun guy. Great evening!
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Daydream40193668488
Dec 28, 2023
Educational and fun, led by Angel, a well versed local who is passionate about his community. - Educational and interesting. Our guide Angel,a local, is passionate and well versed about his community.He shared his wealth of knowledge of the Cuban community of the past and present, took us to local and tourist sites of interests and answered all of our questions.His enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge made the tour very special.
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Dahye_c
Dec 23, 2023
Fantastic tour with full of history and culture - Big thanks to our guide Angel for showing us the real Little Havana. Angel makes sure to bring you to locally owned stores while walking you through the history of Cuba from the time many Cubans emigrated to the US. It feels like walking through a neighborhood with a friend. Thanks a lot for the great tour, we will be back whenever we visit Miami again! - Lasse from Denmark and Dahye from South Korea
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Cherry_t
Dec 20, 2023
Angel was a great guide.... - Angel was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and answered our questions. The tour of Little Havana was a wonderful experience. I would recommend it to everyone.
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Cindygj14fw
Aug 3, 2023
Amazing Experience!! - Angel did a phenomenal job taking us around Little Havana. He was incredibly knowledgeable, particularly about the Bay of Pigs. Clearly, he loves his job and what he does. It was not a tourist-y thing—it felt very authentic. Couldn’t recommend it more.
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El_t
Jul 4, 2023
This Tour was Awesome .... - This Tour was Awesome . The Guide was Outstanding . Best Knowledgeable tour have taken. little Havana was very fun lots of art and Culture. the people were very friendly. This was Money well spent.
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Lisv
Jun 23, 2023
This. Is. The. One! - Booked the Bay of pigs and cultural walk and food tour with my family. The Bay of Pigs Museum was the absolute highlight of our day with this operator. Highly recommend as the tour guide is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the tour and highly personable and professional. He was able to explain the tour in a way which engaged our young elementary school kids and our teenagers. Great history lesson-Better than the textbooks the kids said. Go ahead and book- you won’t regret it!
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Ronique_s
Dec 22, 2023
The Worst Communication - I booked this tour and paid for a $30 Uber to get to the tour. We were very disappointed to received an email 6 minutes to the tour started that it was cancelled due to the Christmas Holiday. I’m soooo mad and my kids are very disappointed. Now we are stuck out here!!’
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Max_h
Sep 26, 2023
Tour Guide Was a No Show - Traveled to Miami on September 20 ... we arrived earlier so I booked this tour. We Ubered to Little Havana at 3:30pm for a 4pm tour. We waited at the bakery, as instructed. The owner of the bakery confirmed we were at the right place. At 4:10pm, no tour guide had arrived so we contacted Viator. We communicated the issue, and they tried to reach the merchant. Viator responded at 4:20pm they were unable to reach the merchant. We were told we would be issued a refund, but as of September 26, they have not issued the refund. We would have loved to do this tour, but buyer beware. I can imagine a Wednesday at 4pm would not be popular (as no other individuals were waiting), so if I had any recommendations, it would be to do at a more popular time with more individuals.
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