Little Havana Tour Testimonials

Participants on one of my Little Havana walking tours.
Guests on one of Corinna’s Little Havana walking tours.

Below are testimonials about Little Havana walking tours led by Corinna Moebius and Ralph de la Portilla. You can read some of these reviews at, but some of them are hidden thanks to Yelp’s automated software. You have to click “read other reviews that are not recommended.” These are all real reviews, but I think Yelp’s automated software rejects them because many are first-time reviewers and because we don’t pay for advertising on Yelp. 😉

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

Although I have been familiar with Calle Ocho and Little Havana for a couple decades, Corinna was able to provide a great deal of new information that would be available only to a resident and someone who lived with the local culture daily. She did so in a way that was not only interesting and vivacious, but was able to explain things to participants at a variety of different levels. And it was clear that she was liked and respected in the neighborhood.”

– Tina Bucuvalas (President of the Florida Folklore Society, former State Folklorist and Director of the Florida Folklife Program of the Florida Department of State)

“A brilliant tour of Little Havana.

We wanted very much to say that the your was fantastic and we recommend you highly to any friends who may visit Miami. Also the concierge at The Betsy knows about you now. Extremely informative and great fun, we loved every minute.”

— Lester & Sylvia (London)

Ralph leading students on a walking tour of Little Havana.

“I go on a lot of tours when I travel. I love being a tourist and doing tours that provide me a highlight of things in the city. That way, if something interests me, I can go back on my own and visit again, but if not, at least I can say I did it. I say that because I’ve had a lot of tour guides.

I told this to Ralph when our tour concluded, but he really may be the best tour guide I’ve ever had. His enthusiasm for Little Havana, his knowledge and his storytelling were all fantastic.”

— Levente S (Austin, TX)

“Our guide — Ralph — made the experience relaxed, informative, and enjoyable — meaning, he acted as a consummate professional . . . engaging and articulate. From the start, he involved everyone — chatting with each of us; incorporating our comments and observations into his commentary; providing additional information when any of us expressed an interest. Clearly, he enjoys his work, and that enjoyment he generously shared with our group.

Be it the tastes and aromas found in Little Havana; the history behind area traditions; the art and architecture of Calle Ocho — Ralph acted like an orchestra conductor, blending all these diverse aspects into a charming melody that we will long remember.

So on your tour, be an interactive part of the group — ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and listen closely when others (and the leader) do the same. Your experience will be the richer for it.”

— Toby B (Boston, MA)

“Ralph was an awesome guide. I never dreamed we would have an eye-opening, up close and personal introduction to all things Little Havana. From food to coffee, artists to musicians, dominos to Cuban cigars… Ralph was the best, spending more than 3 hours with us and delivering more information and introducing us to many local personalities than we ever expected. We stayed longer in this gem of a community to revisit some spots and take in others that were recommended to us by Ralph.

— Maggie M. (Macungie, PA)

Corinna posing with guests on one of her Little Havana tours.

“Our guide was so wonderful, we would of booked another tour for the next day if we didn’t have to leave!!!

Thanks for making our vacation so special. Ask for Corinna, you will not be disappointed!”

— Ryan H. (Bozeman, MT)

“What makes a walking tour is the guide and Corinna is definitely terrific … I can honestly say (that of all things we did on both vacation) this was my favorite thing.”

– Jennifer T. (Old Bridge Township, NJ)

“My wife and I have been fortunate over the years to have travelled quite a bit. We have been to all 50 states and have gone on several cruises. Each time we visit a city or area for a first time we generally take a tour.

Recently, we took the best tour we have ever taken and we were lucky to have Ralph as our guide. He was fabulous! He introduced himself as an ABC–American Born Cuban. His knowledge of the neighborhood, of the Cuban food and culture was incredible. It was the best tour we have ever taken.”

— Boston, MA Travelers

This was a SUPER informative tour! I was a solo traveler and Corinna offered a personalized tour of Little Havana. She tailored the tour to my interests and it was great to have her get “deep” with the information and history. I read her book before my trip and the tour made the information come alive! Corinna’s easy-going manner made it seem like I was meeting an old friend as we visited local businesses, checked-out art galleries, met members of the community, and of course, had coffee. If you’re interested in booking a tour with Corinna and want to learn more about the area, read this NY Times article. I highly recommend her tour!

— Susan (Redwood City, California)

“Our guide Corinna was passionate about Little Havana and knows it inside and out. The tour let our group be insiders for a day and get to know the real people, places and treasures of the area. We had a blast! I couldn’t recommend this experience more highly.”

– Jessie (Boston, MA)

Corinna’s mention in the New York Times.

“We absolutely loved our three hour private tour with Corinna Moebius.

She listened to our interests and geared the tour around them. We visited art galleries, cigar shops, ice cream shop, bakeries, restaurants, grocery stores, local parks. We learned about musical instruments and music, and more about dance. We took in the history of the area and she answered all of our questions.

This was one of my favorite parts of our trip.

Corinna obviously knows the locals and businesses. She was stopped along the way for hugs and conversation. I knew nothing of this area and learned so much. Corinna, we enjoyed the suggestion you gave us for a late lunch, delicious food!”
— Debra H. (Seattle, WA)

Detail from New York Times article.

“My husband and I were spending a weekend in Miami and wanted to check out Little Havana. Ralph was a fantastic tour guide. It was like having a friend from the area (one with a lot of knowledge) show you around town!”

— Andrea R. (Concord, MA)

It was quickly evident that for [Corinna], conducting the tour of Calle Ocho and publishing the guide is a labor of love. Her enthusiasm for this neighborhood is infectious. Her knowledge of the history of this area and its many peoples is extensive. The shops and restaurants we visited really helped convey the flavor, both figuratively and literally, of this important constituent of the Miami culture. In observing her interactions, the warmth of the ‘locals’ and the neighborhood came through loud and clear. I have a feeling that I will be returning to Little Havana regularly to dip more into this multicultural stew. Truly a great way to spend an afternoon!”

– Hanadi S. (Washington, DC)

“From start to finish, I had a wonderful experience with Corinna and Little Havana Tours.

I was organizing a walking tour for a group of university alumni before a lecture from a popular university professor. Corinna not only tailored her tour to our group and shorter time frame, she also connected me with a wonderful business owner nearby to arrange for lecture space and lunch. She managed several last minute changes and requests from me with ease and was so incredible accommodating at every step of the way.

In addition to all the hard work she put into preparation for the tour, Corinna was nothing short of fantastic during the tour.

She is extremely knowledgeable and presents the content in a way that is accessible while still being completely respectful of everyone she encounters.

I would absolutely work with Corinna again and hope to have an excuse to do so again soon!”

— Melissa B. (Arlington, VA)

“Corinna has a unique ability to teach you (and make you fall in love with) the traditions and cultural insights of this colorful neighborhood. I have recommended her twice to large groups of clients and they were very pleased.”

– Mari P Florez, Marketing Consultant (Miami, FL)

“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.

All the participants in our program really enjoyed getting to see this legendary neighborhood up close. I highly recommend Corinna and Little Havana Tours.”

– Meredith Mashner, International Program Manager, Arcadia University

“Corinna, thank you for a marvelous tour yesterday!!! We all had a wonderful time. Within minutes of the start of the tour, I had three people tell me how fantastic you were. My family and friends really appreciated the fascinating information you shared with us, from the history of Cuba to the Cuban-American culture, to the history of the businesses along 8th Street. Thank you for introducing a piece of my hometown to so many close family and friends of mine, even the ones that live in Miami! With gratitude,”

— Annie L. (Miami, FL — offered Little Havana tour to guests at her wedding)

“I enjoyed the tour you gave me last month immensely! It was so incredibly interesting. You were like an open book. It was amazing how you knew so much! It was a cultural eye opener. Being Cuban-American I felt right at home in many of these places. I recommend this tour not only for tourists but for all the locals as well. Thanks so much!”

– Haydee Patria (US Century Bank Little Havana branch)

“Thank you Corinna for a great tour of Little Havana. The thunder & lightening and downpour made this a fun-filled and memorable tour that we will never forget!

Your knowledge and insight and connection with the shop owners meant that we experienced a true “insiders” view of this most beautiful part of Miami.

The food, the fruit, ice cream and coffee…WOW. Our teenage kids absolutely loved it. Thanks again. AZUCAR!!

— Aldo & Adriana (Toronto, Canada)

“Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of Little Havana today. The tour was very informative and we appreciated being able to go in to so many of the different types of business’ and take as many wonderful photographs. Your wealth of knowledge gave us a new insight into the area and I look forward to returning again soon.”

— Bunny & Barry (Florida)

“Wow. Wow. Wow! Corinna, you and your Little Havana neighbors are Miami Treasures. Thank you for a perfect tour. The conference attendees were SO grateful to experience a real slice of Miami. You made that possible.

Aside from recommending your tours, please let me know how else I can support you. Keep in touch and Brava!”

— Sheila Womble, Executive Director, Arts4Learning

“Corinna is one of the best tour guides I have ever worked with. Her knowledge of Little Havana makes her an authority to be respected in the neighborhood. She passionately guided guests from Miami Culinary Tours, many of whom have called back to say that the tour with Corinna was one of the best things they have done in Miami.”

– Grace Della, Founder of Miami Culinary Tours

“In a word, the BEST. Corinna Moebius is one of the most knowledgeable and ardent crusaders for Little Havana. Her passion for the district, its people, its attractions, the food, music and culture make her tours and her publication the most informative, accurate and interesting you will find. A hearty endorsement!”

– Ron Sadaka, Publisher of “In the Roads” magazine (Miami, FL)

“You have fascinated our group with your great charm, your wealth of knowledge and your exciting stories about Little Havana and Miami. We were really impressed! Thanks to your insider stories and deep insight into the Cuban community our stay in Little Havana was one of the highlights of our Florida trip.”

— Jaqueline Hemmers & André Schönen, University of Cologne, Germany

“A Little Havana resident and local leader, Corinna showcases our wonderful Little Havana to the world with the same level of commitment and passion every single time. Viernes Culturales/ Cultural Fridays considers Corinna a true advocate, friend and part of Little Havana.”

– Pati Vargas, Executive Director, Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays (Little Havana’s monthly arts and culture festival)

“Our party of six had a delightful 3-hour walking tour with Corinna in April [2016]. She took us into layers of history and culture, unwrapping past interactions and motives, but then linking it all to current trends in Little Havana. Her enthusiasm and knowledge were balanced with our interests and perspectives to make it a lasting experience.”

— Lynn (Middleton, WI)

“I wanted to thank you so much for our tour: we all had a great time and my friends will get in touch again with their groups after the summer. You will get referrals from us for sure! Again thank you and we will let you know when we have fun again in Calle Ocho where I went 4 times in 10 days!”

– Sophie (Miami, FL)

“I just wanted to say thank you for the excellent tour you gave Sydney and I on Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we learned a lot. You make an excellent historian and spokesperson for Little Havana! :)”

— Greg & Sydney (Dallas, TX)

“Corinna, i just wanted to thank u again for the tour of Little Havana — I enjoyed it thoroughly. You taught me things about my hometown that I never knew.”

— Odalys Cruz (Miami, FL)

“Corinna led a very successful walking tour for more than 30 people. The participants were thrilled with Corinna’s presentation and our organization received many compliments on the depth of her knowledge of Little Havana.”

— Matthew Traucht, Cultural Landscape Foundation (Washington, DC)

“Our party of six had a delightful 3-hour walking tour with Corinna in April. She took us into layers of history and culture, unwrapping past interactions and motives, but then linking it all to current trends in Little Havana. Her enthusiasm and knowledge were balanced with our interests and perspectives to make it a lasting experience.”

— Lynn W. (Middleton, WI)

“My wife and I learned about this tour through a recent newspaper article fortuitously just prior to our planned winter vacation to Miami. Corrina provided us with a thoroughly insightful and personalized tour of Little Havana, a reflection of her deep interest and involvement in the local community. Our experience and appreciation of the local Cuban and Latino culture was enhanced by her knowledgeable comments. We would highly recommend her tour to first time visitors seeking to receive a distinct flavor of this community.”

— Nancy L. (Gloucester, Canada)

“… Bottom line, she is a gifted guide who is passionate about the culture. My daughter told me to stop telling her about the tour because she was mad she didn’t come. We are going to do the tour again in December with my wife and daughter as well.”

— Steve (Ohio)





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