Map & Directions

WHERE is Little Havana? I’ve created a map of Little Havana, but please know that even longtime locals disagree as to the neighborhood’s borders.

Below is a map I created to give you a general idea of Little Havana’s contested borders. The center of the map is what I call “Central Little Havana.” The right portion is East Little Havana. The left portion is what I call “West Little Havana.” The red line shows the area of Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) most visited by tourists, which is one of Miami’s art districts.


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Answering “Where is Little Havana?” is the basis for many lively conversations over a cafe con leche. Many agree that the “heart” of Little Havana is around SW 8th St. (Calle Ocho) and 15th Avenue, near the Tower Theater and Maximo Gomez Park (referred to as Domino Park by locals). Yet many areas of the neighborhood are “hearts” for those who live in the surrounding area.

Possible Little Havana Boundaries

Let’s get one thing clear.

There are no firm and set Little Havana boundaries.

I can’t even tell you which boundaries are official, since various City of Miami departments have defined them differently over the years. The boundaries for Little Havana you’ll find on a city map often don’t match up with the maps used in Little Havana neighborhood plans, for instance.

Nonetheless, the vast majority of maps I have consulted place the western boundary of the neighborhood at SW 27th Avenue. In the 1960s, many anti-Castro marches began at the intersection of SW 27th Avenue and Calle Ocho. Hunger strikes took place there, too, before the construction of Cuban Memorial Park and the Bay of Pigs monument.

 

Yet the famous Versailles restaurant–the haunt of Miami’s Cuban old guard–sits nearly ten blocks west of this boundary. And the Friends of Little Havana neighborhood group led by Marta Laura Zayas also considers Little Havana to extend to 37th Avenue. Little Havana’s northern boundary is also disputed heavily.

So here’s what I’ve come up with:

 

  • Western Border: 27th Ave or 37th Ave. See my comments below.
  • Eastern Border: Interstate-95 near Calle Ocho (SW 8th St.) (between SW 11th St. and SW 4th St.) and NW South River Dr. further North;
  • Northern Border: The Miami River (east side) to the South Fork of Miami River/Dolphin Expressway (SR 836), which is near NW 11th St.;
  • Southern Border: SW 11th St. from I-95 to the East to SW 12th Ave., then SW 8th St. to SW 15th Ave., then SW 9th St. to 37th Ave.

Southern Boundary

Some people consider Little Havana’s southern boundaries to run as far as Coral Way (SW 22nd St.). Some older maps include this boundary. And some people still say the neighborhood extends as far as U.S. 1!

Nonetheless, the area south of Calle Ocho is now more commonly referred to as two separate neighborhoods, with names that pre-date the influx of Cubans in the area: Shenandoah (to the west) and The Roads (to the east). These are primarily residential neighborhoods.

Northern Boundary

On some maps, the northern boundary for Little Havana goes only as far as NW 7th Street, but the majority of locals I’ve spoken with consider the boundary to extend as far as the Dolphin Expressway or the Miami River. Local historian Dr. Paul George has stated that boundary extends to the Miami River.

Western Boundary

Historically, the western boundary of the neighborhood was defined as 37th Avenue, the gateway to Coral Gables, according to Dr. Paul George. The boundary set by the NET Office, however (the city’s neighborhood-level agency) extends only as far as 27th Avenue. Some maps limit the western boundary to 22nd Avenue!

Nonetheless, the Little Havana Neighborhood Association states that Little Havana extends to 37th Avenue, especially since two landmark restaurants, Versailles and La Carreta, sit near this boundary.

Local historian Dr. Paul George, who has written a book about Little Havana, states that the neighborhood’s boundary runs to 37th Avenue.

This is the boundary around which I’ve found the most disagreement. I thus call the area from 27th to 37th Avenues, “West Little Havana.”

Eastern Boundary

I’ve found little consensus as to the eastern boundary of the neighborhood, either. Some say it goes as far as the MetroMover station (approximately SW 1st Ct.), but most perceive I-95 to be the divider between Little Havana and Brickell. Little Havana residents have also been quick to challenge claims that Calle Ocho past 4th Avenue is “West Brickell.” Brickell is the downtown neighborhood to the east of Little Havana.

Districts/Smaller Neighborhoods within Little Havana

Calle Ocho Corridor

The main arts corridor for Little Havana runs along Calle Ocho (SW 8th St.) from SW 10th Avenue to 27th Avenue. Within the corridor, the main tourism district (known as the heritage district, arts district, the tourist district or simply as “Calle Ocho”) spans from 13th Avenue to 17th Avenue. Most tour buses stop on SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) between SW 14th and 17th Avenues.

Within this smaller district you can find the majority of Little Havana’s art galleries, music venues, dance studios and cultural centers.

East Little Havana

Most locals and real estate experts consider East Little Havana to run from 12th Avenue to the neighborhood’s Eastern boundary.

West Little Havana

I define West Little Havana as the area from 27th Avenue to 37th Avenue.

12th & 6th Arts District

The 6th & 12th Arts District, centered at the building complex on the northeastern corner of SW 6th Street and 12th Avenue, has become fertile art for diverse artistic expressions and out-of-the-box projects.

Miami River District

The Miami River District extends along the Miami River and includes a mix of residential and commercial/maritime industries. Many new condos have been built in this area, especially on the east side of the neighborhood.

Stadium District

The Stadium District is the business and residential area surrounding the new Marlins Stadium (on the site of the former Orange Bowl). This is a residential district with the main commercial corridor being NW 7th Street.

West Flagler Corridor

West Flagler Street, one of Miami’s oldest roads, is a critical commercial corridor lined by a variety of businesses, restaurants, performance venues and houses of worship.

Riverside Corridor (SW 8th Ave.)

The Riverside Corridor encompasses the businesses and residences along SW and NW 8th Avenue, many of them serving Little Havana’s Central American community. This corridor area also has a number of historic homes.

NW 7th Street Corridor

The NW 7th Street Corridor runs through the Stadium District and boasts some legendary restaurants as well as theaters, bakeries and other businesses.

Glen Royal

Glen Royal is a historic area of Little Havana where Miami’s founding father, Henry Flagler, used to live. It is in the area surrounding Glen Royal Park (NW 22nd Ave. & NW 1st St.) and Glen Royal Parkway.

Coral Nook

Coral Nook is a residential neighborhood tucked into the area just north of Calle Ocho between 27th and 37th Avenues.

The Latin Quarter

The area historically referred to as “The Latin Quarter” extends from 12th to 17th Avenues between NW 1st St. to the north and SW 9th St. to the south. In this area of Little Havana you may see signs that refer to the Latin Quarter, but rarely do you hear this term used anymore.

Before the new zoning law Miami 21 was passed, Little Havana had “Latin Quarter” design review that dictated the building styles that were allowed to be built in this part of the neighborhood.

Directions

From Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) …

  • From the airport, head south towards US-1 (A1A) via the ramp to Dania Beach / Hollywood
  • Take a slight right at Griffin Rd (NW 10th St / FL-818)
  • Merge left onto Interstate-95 (I-95) Southbound towards Miami
  • Follow I-95 south for 21.3 miles until you reach the SW 7th St exit
  • Take a right onto SW 7th St. This one-way (East to West) street (until 27th Avenue) takes you directly into Little Havana’s main tourist district. It runs parallel to the famous Calle Ocho, which also runs one-way (West to East) until 27th Avenue.

From Miami International Airport (MIA) …

  • From the airport, take its Exit 4 (South LeJeune West Coral Gables: a green sign).
  • You will be taking LeJeune Avenue south — LeJeune is the same as 42nd Avenue.
  • Choose Option A or B: (A) Stay straight to go directly to Calle Ocho (SW 8th St.), where you will turn left. Little Havana begins after you pass 37th Avenue (Douglas Road); (B) A faster route might be to get onto the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836 at around NW 12th Street and LeJeune), and head East to the 27th Avenue South exit. Take a right at the exit and you will be heading towards Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street). Take a left on Calle Ocho.

Our Next-Door Neighbors

Adjacent Neighborhoods

Grapeland Heights

Grapeland Heights is the residential neighborhood just north of 836 (Dolphin Expressway) and the Miami River, and beginning just west of NW 17th Avenue. It is sandwiched between Allapattah and Little Havana, but continues all the way until LeJeune Road (NW 42 Ave.).

Allapattah

Allapattah is one of the neighborhoods just north of Little Havana. It starts just north of 836 from I-95 to NW 17th Avenue, where it then continues north of the Miami River. This neighborhood has a number of clothing and shoe outlets, particularly along NW 20th Street.

Brickell/Downtown

Brickell and downtown Miami sit just east of Little Havana. This area has become a favorite place to live for young professionals and has many restaurant and nightlife offerings.

Coral Gables

The City of Coral Gables is a beautiful, historic neighborhood just west of Little Havana. The area has many historic homes and sites as well as a popular shopping district.

Shenandoah

Shenandoah is a mostly residential neighborhood just south of Little Havana, and just west of The Roads. Some consider this area to be part of Little Havana, although most see it as having its own unique identity. It is known for its quiet, tree-lined streets and historic homes.

The Roads

The roads is a triangular neighborhood on the southeast edge of Little Havana, located south of SW 11th Street, between SW 12th Avenue and SW 3rd Avenue. This quiet residential area straddles an area between Brickell and Little Havana, and boasts some well-maintained historic homes, including those of Miami’s most influential people.

 

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