Little Havana is maybe one of the most important places in Miami to experience sights and sounds and smells of city’s classic culture. Cubans traditional and historical characteristics are strongly present in this area, especially in the well-known street Calle Ocho, since it was mostly lived by the ones who escaped Cuba once Fidel Castro came to power in 1959.
Vestiges of the lives they left behind are evident in the many Mediterranean-style coral rock and stucco houses, completed with cane rocking chairs on their pastel-painted front porches, reminiscent of Havana’s Vedado and Miramar neighborhoods.
Where Memorial Boulevard meets SW 13th Avenue is the Brigade 2506 Memorial, where an eternal flame burns in memory of those who were killed during the tremendous Bay of Pigs invasion.
Walking down the street, one of most important things to notice is the large ceiba tree, which people following Santería religion consider sacred and come to offer chicken bones and cloth bundles for their deities.
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