About This Site

This is the website for Little Havana Tours, LLC. When I first opened a small retail business on Calle Ocho in 2010, I also started working on a website I hoped could become a useful guide to people, places and things to do in Little Havana. I wanted to create a guide useful to both tourists and locals like myself.

I walked the streets of Little Havana, talking with fellow residents and mom & pop business owners, discovering hidden courtyards, hospitable old folks who invited me to join them for a cafe Cubano, soccer players. I ate every kind of cuisine I could find, and the business owners or other locals were happy to explain to me the cuisine from their countries of origin. I danced at rumba gatherings, learned the bachata, and participated in saint processions.

I became more active in the neighborhood, co-founding the Little Havana Merchant Alliance, advocating for more shade trees and better crosswalks, and joining the boards of Little Havana nonprofits and community initiatives. There, I learned all the ways that fellow locals can participate in the decisions affecting Little Havana’s future.

I wrote more than 100 original articles for the site by the time I launched it in 2011. In 2012, I began offering group walking tours under the name Little Havana Tours, at a time when no one else was doing on a regular basis except Dr. Paul George, Miami’s best known historian, who for years has led a free monthly walking tour for large groups during Viernes Culturales.

Yet I faced a dilemma when I entered graduate school in 2013. How could I possibly keep the site updated? I had numerous listings mentioned on the site, and yet businesses were constantly closing and opening. I took down most of the content while I focused on graduate school. I still offered tours to private and VIP groups, and as a subcontractor to high quality destination management businesses.

It’s now 2017, and I’m in the last year of my PhD program. I’m finally going to offer group (and not just private) tours again, and I’m slowly bringing back the content I used to have on my old site! I’ve removed the business listings from most pages and will be incorporating some of it into blog posts, so it is clear that the information might change. I’m slowly adding content to the site, which is now in WordPress, so please bear with me. I’ve also brought my dear friend and extraordinarily talented tour guide friend Ralph de la Portilla on board as a fellow guide with Little Havana Tours, LLC. Support this site by taking one of our tours!

For more information about how this project got started (my Little Havana story), please read my bio.

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