Looking to get a real dose of Hispanic culture? Try Hialeah.
Expect to see street signs in Spanish, often with no English translation, in this fully immersive neighborhood. By population, Hialeah is the fifth largest city in the State of Florida and has the highest percentage of Cuban Americans in the United States. Perfect for any type of traveler, Hialeah’s familiar feel and central location make it a convenient place to stay in sprawling Miami-Dade County.
Offering a glimpse of Miami’s true soul, the restaurant and dining scene in Hialeah is driven by the locals. Because of that, you’ll find ventanitas, holes-in-the-wall and family-run establishments that promise hearty plates of international cuisine at cheap places. Grab a cafecito or Cuban coffee at a bodega and soak in a demographic like nowhere elsewhere in the U.S.
Hialeah is also home to many popular attractions. Hialeah Park Racing & Casino is known for its famous racetrack and equally famous pink flamingos. It’s a 1920’s-style horse track and casino, a landmark that is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Miami Jai Alai is a popular venue and an exciting game to watch. There's also mini golf, local water parks, vast green spaces and flea markets.
When the sun goes down, take advantage of Hialeah’s nightlife. There are plenty of local clubs for dancing, as well as intimate bars with live Spanish music.