Savor the hot and cool attractions of Miami’s Little Havana. See how Samantha Brown spends a day playing like a local.
Hilton Cabana Miami Beach
Upon arriving in Miami Beach, check into the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach, a brand-new luxury beachfront hotel. When not exploring nearby South Beach or Little Havana, lounge at one of its 2 pools, enjoy your breakfast at the French restaurant L’echon Brasserie, or quench your thirst with an oceanfront mojito in the afternoon.
Samantha Brown calls Little Havana, a neighborhood just west of the city center, “the Cuban heartbeat of downtown Miami.” The Cuban music, the smell of cigars and the stucco houses along Southwest Eighth Street — the main drag, which is better known as Calle Ocho — epitomize classic Miami.
In the heart of Little Havana, Azucar Ice Cream serves up more than 80 flavors of artisanal ice cream and sorbet, such as the Cuban- and tropical-inspired Café con Leche and the famous Abuela Maria, vanilla ice cream with swirls of red guava and rich cream cheese, topped with sweet Maria cookies.
The iconic nightclub on Calle Ocho, the Ball & Chain — which originally opened in 1935 — is now a live music venue where the vibrant crowd fuels up on tapas and cocktails, including congri fritters, Cuban spring rolls and mojitos, before hitting the dance floor.