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Gloria Estefan receiving flowers for her birth...

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It was quite fitting that right after making a post about “Hispanicness” I spent the weekend in Miami.  Miami was always on the list of places I wanted to visit.  I had heard that there were many Latinos in Miami, making it basically little Cuba.  And of course, it is the hometown of my favorite singer, Gloria Estefan, so that was extra motivation to go.

And the city did not fail to entertain!  Although it was hotter than Satan’s armpit and I felt I was reliving the 40 year long voyage of the Israelites through the desert to the promised land when walking for a block, I found refuge in the water as the beach was amazing and the water temperature was exquisite – great way to cool off (and all the stores we stopped to “shop” at).

But partying we did! There were bars of all kinds and sizes.  Some I didn’t like, but some that I really loved!  Among them, of course was Bongos Cuban Café, Gloria Estefan’s restaurant and night club.  I had an AMAZING time there. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes Cuban/latin  food or music.

One of the things that impressed me is how much latino “buying power” there is in Miami and how prevalent the Spanish language is.  It really seemed to be a great city to live at if you’re Latino.

So…. amazing food, bars and beaches.  I definitely want to go back, but next time will certainly not be in the summer months.

  1. September 8, 2010 at 9:41 am


    I have been to Miami, South Beach and most recently drove A-1-A to Key West. I’m not Hispanic but I am a major parrot head. Jimmy Buffet captured the essence of South Florida perfectly in his music. I too loved the food, the music, and the water. But dang that humidity about killed me. I finally gave up and just let myself sweat profusely. The great thing about Key dwellers – sweating is in style – year round.

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