Little Havana Tours

I Love You cart in Little Havana
I Love You cart in Little Havana

For Little Havana tours, consider a Little Havana-owned tour business.

I’m cultural anthropologist Corinna Moebius, co-author of “A History of Little Havana.” My colleague is Cuban-American actor Ralph de la Portilla, co-founder of Little Havana’s legendary ¡Fuacata!

Our Little Havana tours take you off the beaten path.

We don’t limit you to the Calle Ocho district dominated by tour buses (and other walking tours). Our tours are based on our own original research (including interviews with local residents). Based on our longtime relationships with local residents and merchants, we can take you to places and give you experiences unavailable to other guides. We’ll introduce you to the famous poet, musician or filmmaker we encounter during our walk.

Little Havana has played a significant and symbolic role in the history of the U.S., Cuba and Latin America. Don’t you want guides who can connect the dots?

We can.

Corinna Moebius co-authored “A History of Little Havana”

We bring history to life with our stories. We can speak about Cuba based on personal experience, as well: both of us are Cuba tour directors for one of the world’s top walking tour companies.

Both of us are experienced professional guides with more than ten years of experience leading walking tours of Little Havana.

We also offer specialty tours of Little Havana focusing on topics such as Afro-Cuban religious arts and growing up Cuban-American in Miami. Corinna has lived in Little Havana for more than a decade, and is the former director of Little Havana’s Viernes Culturales arts festival. Ralph co-founded a Little Havana tradition that changed Miami forever …

Our love of Little Havana is genuine, and our knowledge of the neighborhood is extensive. We’re here to give you an unforgettable Little Havana experience.

Read our bios, read our testimonials or go ahead and book a tour now! If you still want more reasons to choose us as your guides, keep reading.

These are no ordinary Little Havana tours.

“Your tour was the highlight of our time in Miami. You showed us Little Havana with an emphasis on the history of the place and the people. Our group loved every minute.”

– Lila (Florida)

“This tour was by far one of the best tours I have ever been on.”

— Tina Bucuvalas, former State Folklorist and Director of the Florida Folklife Program

“Corinna had boundless energy and was incredibly knowledgeable about every topic. Walking through Little Havana, Corinna would exchange greetings with passersby and it was clear that she is a beloved member of this community.”

– Meredith Mashner, International Program Manager, Arcadia University

Read more testimonials.

Why Our Little Havana Tours?

  1. Corinna describing the history of Domino Park to guests on a tour.

    Choose expertise.

    We are committed to sharing facts and compelling stories about Little Havana history, cultural traditions, politics and so forth. Learn how Little Havana’s history and cultural practices are connected to the rest of the globe. Discover the significant role it has played in Miami, U.S., Cuban and Latin American history. Corinna has been interviewed by The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler and PBS based on her expertise about the neighborhood. It is also the focus of her dissertation.

    Moreover, both Corinna and Ralph (both of whom are bilingual) serve as directors of tours to Cuba for one of the top 10 walking tour companies in the world (Classic Journeys).  We are perfect guides for guests who plan to visit Little Havana before or after a trip to Cuba, or who have questions about Cuba/U.S. relations.

  2. Don’t settle for scripts.

    The vast majority of Little Havana tours are conducted by guides relying on scripts. These guides are unable to answer many questions guests may ask during the tour. Quite simply, we know our stuff. We don’t need a script.

  3. Know your guide.

    When you book a tour with us, you know exactly who is going to lead your tour. Read our bios.

  4. Enjoy the benefits of a small group.

    Do you really want to be part of a huge tour group? Our maximum tour size is 12 people, to ensure the best experience for our guests. If you book a private tour, we can offer a customized tour for smaller or larger groups.

Want five more reasons to pick our Little Havana tours?

  1. Pick professionalism.

    Both Ralph and Corinna have more than a decade of tour guiding experience and have worked for the top-rated tour guiding companies in the world. Read our testimonials! We treat our guests with the utmost respect and professionalism. Our goal is to give our guests wonderful, memorable and unique experiences in Little Havana.

    Why do we have so little presence on TripAdvisor? I (Corinna) didn’t put any effort into creating or promoting a presence on TripAdvisor, as I’ve been in graduate school and was only offering private tours. Now I have partnered with Ralph and want to get the word out. Read our testimonials.

  2. Avoid stereotypes.

    Corinna and Ralph are firmly against reinforcing ethnic, racial or religious stereotypes. We do not settle for one-dimensional representations of Little Havana, either. Unlike some other tour operators, for instance, we do not perpetuate misunderstandings about Santeria and Afro-Cuban religions.

  3. Benefit from guides who are part of Little Havana history.

    Ralph de la Portilla is a Miami-born Cuban-American actor. He is the co-founder of ¡Fuacata! parties organized at Little Havana’s famous Hoy Como Ayer venue beginning in 2001. These music parties brought Miami’s Afro-Latin fusion into the spotlight. They helped launch bands including DJ Spam and the Spam Allstars and PALO!, both of which have since earned Latin Grammy nominations. Corinna Moebius is the former director of Little Havana’s monthly arts and culture festival, Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays). She also co-founded the Little Havana Merchant Alliance and serves on several local boards and key initiatives, like Live Healthy Little Havana and ¡Little Havana Me Importa!

  4. Meet locals.

    We know lots and lots of people in Little Havana. You’ll notice it during the tours. The faces that light up, the people from all walks of life who know our names, the kisses on the cheek. And we’ll be introducing you to the most interesting folks along the way.

  5. Buy local.

    Other so-called “local guides” do not live in Little Havana, like Corinna, or spend most of their time in Little Havana, like both Corinna and Ralph. My tour business is a Little Havana-owned business. Ralph and I patronize local mom & pop shops and other Little Havana businesses regularly. The money you spend on our tours is re-invested in the neighborhood.

  6. Reduce waste.

    “Tasting tours” produce a lot of plastic and styrofoam waste. Moreover, we don’t think they help you understand the nuances of food here in Little Havana. Here, the emphasis is not so much on a speedy bite but on taking your time to enjoy your meal or drink.

    A Cuban coffee tasting is included on our tours, but to experience Little Havana requires more than a series of “tastes” here and there! It’s the about the relationship between the frijoles negros, arroz and maduros. It’s about the conversation one has while eating a sandwich Cubano or a Honduran pastelito, preferably with locals.

    For an extra fee, we join our guests for lunch or dinner after the tour. Why eat when rushed? Choose what you want to eat, and we can help you make selections. Plus, at various points along the tour, we give guests several opportunities to purchase samples on their own: try only what you want to try.

Book your tour now.

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