Miami’s Little Havana district is where you’re likely to hear more Spanish than English being spoken and it’s the location of the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center. Come into the building to appreciate many forms of Cuban art and be captivated by the distinct rhythm of live Cuban music. Regularly scheduled performances range from rumba arrangements, big band sound Cuban-style, Havana-style charanga dancing and reggae.
In 1992 owner Roberto Ramos perilously left Cuba for Florida in a small boat, surrounded by his art collection. He wasn’t aware that someday he would be an author and a major cultural promoter. True to his Cuban roots, he’s also a rum expert and invites visitors to learn about the finer points of the drink from his staff or perhaps even himself. While visiting, try the establishment’s mojito recipe, which has a solid reputation in this Miami district.
Understand the attraction by experiencing the eclectic environment that perfectly matches the business. During the day, Cuba’s history is retold through art and manuscripts. The staff is eager to talk about the past. When the sun goes down, the museum transforms into a cultural stage for all that is Cuban entertainment. This is the closest you’ll get to living like a Cuban in the United States.
Be entertained until the early morning hours and stay awake with an extensive number of coffee drinks while enjoying Cuban food. Cigar lovers will want to peruse the selection of rolled tobacco. You can also try your preferred smoke on the premises. The scene can get busy but that doesn’t stop people from arriving, with dancing often spilling onto the street.
View the artwork representing pieces from the 1800s to the late 1950s. If there’s something you like, it’s likely to be for sale. Even the older pieces of furniture bear price tags.
Find Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center not far from Cuban Memorial Boulevard Park and the Bay of Pigs Museum.