Thursday, November 29, 2007

Little Havana (Spanish: La Pequeña Habana) is an ethnic enclave in Miami, Florida, with many Cuban immigrant residents. Little Havana is named after Havana, the capital and largest city in Cuba. The high number of Cuban refugees in Miami is due to its proximity to Cuba. Little Havana is famous as the cultural and political capital of Cuban Americans, and the neighborhood is a center of the Cuban exile community.
In recent years increasing numbers of Nicaraguan, and Puerto Rican immigrants have moved into the neighborhood, as increasing numbers of Cubans leave the area for the suburbs in western Miami and southwest Broward County. Part of Little Havana is now occasionally referred to as Little Managua after Managua, the Nicaraguan capital, although the city of Sweetwater several miles to the west is more popularly known as Little Managua due to its higher concentration of Nicaraguan Americans.

Little Havana Places of interest
Entrance to Cuban Memorial Plaza (SW 13th Ave) as seen from Calle Ocho (SW 8th St) in Little Havana.
Bay of Pigs monument
Bust of Jose Marti
Memorial plaque with island of Cuba embossment
A cafeteria with an artistic wall in Little Havana
A Calle Ocho park known for the playing of Dominoes

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