Multicultural Heritage Neighborhood Tours

Mural in Little Haiti

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Mural in Little Haiti

By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami provides a rich cultural melting pot with heritage neighborhoods that tell a fascinating story of the city’s history through its people. From Little Havana to Little Haiti and Historic Overtown to Liberty City, Miami is a celebration of pan-Latin and Caribbean cultures. The best way to get a taste of these multicultural heritage neighborhoods is through the city’s diverse tour offerings.

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Urban Tour Host

For a completely customizable experience, Urban Tour Host provides both group and private tours of Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana, Coconut Grove and Liberty City. Operating since 2003, they can tailor tours for conference-goers, corporate and executive excursions, academic and school groups, media, non-profit organizations and family reunions. Whether its bus tours, walking tours, culinary tours or a combination of all three, Urban Tour Host can create the perfect heritage tour to meet your specific needs.

    Big Bus Tours Miami

    Big Bus Tours Miami is the ultimate hop-on, hop-off narrated open-top bus tour with both a Miami Beach and a City loop. The City loop takes you to Little Havana and Coconut Grove. In Little Havana, you can visit the Bay of Pigs museum, Maximo Gomez Domino Park and sample the flavors, sights and sounds of Calle Ocho. In Coconut Grove, discover Village West, home to Miami’s first Bahamian immigrants. These 90-minute tours run every 30 minutes allowing plenty of flexibility to hop off and explore the heritage neighborhoods on the loop.

      Tours 'R' Us

      Discover Miami and its many unique cultural neighborhoods with Tours R Us. Run by George Neary and his team, they’ll introduce you to some of the most beautiful hidden gems in the city, from iconic architecture to sites of historical significance. You’ll get an intimate look at Miami’s most fascinating heritage neighborhoods when you book a tour through Coconut Grove Village West, Historic Overtown, Little Havana or Little Haiti.

        Miami Culinary Tours

        With tours through Wynwood, South Beach and the Design District, you don’t want to miss Miami Culinary Tours’ Little Havana tour. Sometimes, the best way to discover a culture is through its cuisine, and that’s certainly the case with the Cuban culture. This two-and-a-half hour walking tour traverses eight blocks along Calle Ocho where you’ll sample food at five different restaurants and enjoy a full meal. Sink your teeth into guava pastries at Yisell Bakery, picadillo-stuffed empanadas at El Pub, tropical fruits at Los Pinerenos Fruteria and so much more, all while learning about the historical, architectural and cultural contexts of the neighborhood and its people.

          History Miami Tours

          The venerable HistoryMiami offers an extensive and ever-changing calendar of city tours throughout the year, many of them led by Miami historian Dr. Paul George. Plan ahead and join their Little Havana Walking Tour, Little Haiti Culture Walk or a Historic Coconut Grove Boat Cruise. Private, custom tours are also available by request.

            Little Havana Tours

            Offering a variety of Little Havana cultural, food and walking tours, you’ll take a deep dive into the Cuban Culture with Little Havana Tours. Choose from two- to three-hour itineraries led by a knowledgeable guide where you’ll learn about the Cuban diaspora, religious rituals, cigar rolling and local art. You’ll experience salsa and bachata music and sample Cuban coffee, cuisine and even a mojito in these informative and entertaining tours.

              CHAT Miami

              CHAT stands for Cultural Heritage Alliance Tours and they specialize in both walking and bus tours of Miami’s heritage neighborhoods, including Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana and Coconut Grove’s Village West. They really shine with their two-hour walking tours and you can also embark on a four-hour multi-neighborhood tour that includes lunch. Highlights range from the Lyric Theater in Overtown, the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Maximo Gomez Domino Park in Little Havana and Kroma Art Gallery in Village West.

                Little Havana Experiences

                Corrina J. Moebius is a cultural anthropologist, Little Havana scholar and co-author of the book A History of Little Havana. As such, her customizable, private and small group tours of Little Havana dive into both the culture and cuisine with an emphasis on art, music, dance, politics and the spiritual and religious sides of the Cuban people. Little Havana Experiences offer profound insight into the neighborhood with her thoughtful tours that you won’t soon forget.

                  Jewish Miami Beach Walking Tour

                  If you’re in town on the second Sunday of the month, make plans to join the Miami Design Preservation League’s Jewish Miami Beach Walking Tour departing from the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive by appointment. A knowledgeable guide will recount the history of Jews in Miami over the last century with stories of prominent individuals and institutions, while also exploring Miami’s unique architecture that rose over this period of time.

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