This is Your city: Herencia Cubana
Since the early 1960s, the southernmost major city on the U.S. mainland has been culturally dominated by the island 90 miles to its south, Cuba. So on today’s This Is Your City, I’m taking you to some of Miami’s gems that lights the way to the Cuban American past. So let’s go explore!
Though small and unassuming, the Bay of Pigs Museum right off Calle Ocho commemorates an event significant in the Cuban American story, the Brigada 2506 and Bay of Pigs Invasion, in which Cuban refugees invaded Cuba in an unsuccessful attempt to retake the island from its communist rulers. The actions of those men are remembered in this building.
In coming to the United States, Cubans also brought their favorite game, domino! And there is no better place to watch or play along than right here at Maximo Gomez Park, or, as it’s commonly known, el Parque de Domino. The park is a popular place to watch generations of Cubans partake in a game that unites them all.
Of course, no culture is complete without its cuisine, and you’ll find no shortage of it here in Miami! Right here on Calle Ocho, you’ll find places like Versailles, La Carreta, and Azucar, a mix of old and new inspired by the cuisine and culture of the island, featuring meals best remembered as childhood favorites by many Cubans and bringing that fusion to classic sweet treats like ice cream!
And finally, we stand here on the crown jewel of Cuba in Miami, Calle Ocho! This street takes you back to Havana in the 1950s, with the smells of delicious food and a tropical vibe welcoming visitors to the beating heart of Miami’s Cuban comunidad.
So if you are ever feeling like you need a taste of nostalgia or just need to get in touch with your Cuban side, visit La Pequena Habana!