Like any major American city, Miami has its share of absurdly expensive real estate. But if you're looking for cheap apartments for rent in the Magic City, you'll find plenty of great options - all offering the same colorful atmosphere, beautiful beaches and larger-than-life character that Miami has come to be known for.
One of the best neighborhoods in Miami for cheap apartment rentals is Little Havana. Just combine affordable housing with great proximity to transportation, some of the best ethnic cuisine and music this side of the Caribbean and lots of sun, sand and beautiful parks, and you've got a neighborhood you can be proud of.
Little Havana is nestled just south of the Miami River and Dolphin Expressway. Spotted with churches, schools and shopping centers, it's not surprising that a neighborhood with this name happens to have a high percentage of Cuban immigrants - but you'll find many other cultures from the Caribbean, South and Central America in the neighborhood as well.
Living in Little Havana, you'll have access to all of Miami, including the trendy financial district and all of Miami Beach, where you can go snorkeling or windsurfing any weekend. But don't be surprised if you find yourself embracing your home neighborhood! Especially when it comes to food and music.
Love ethnic cuisine? Can't get enough of world music? Miami has already been heavily influenced by the influx of Caribbean immigrants over the years, but Little Havana is the epicenter of this cultural contribution.
You'll find a lot of Caribbean and Latin American style food in your new neighborhood. But combine the two with more traditional American cuisine and you'll discover the culinary style that's come to be known as "Floribbean." While there is plenty of Cuban food surrounding your new cheap apartment rental in Little Havana, there'll be just as many great fusion restaurants. Make sure to get your fill of mariquitas, tostones, ropa vieja, croquetas and pastelitos - all local favorites!
Then there's the music: Expect the lively guitar of Cuban music, as well as the infectious mix of Afro-Cuban styles. Little Havana is home to coffee shops, bars and even clubs where you'll be able to find plenty of great ethnic music mixed into the usual radio dance hits.
Want more Caribbean culture? Check out the local Little Havana art galleries, visit the fruit stands and stop by the classic cigar shops along Calle Ocho. Ever had Cuban coffee before? How about a Cafesito - or Cuban espresso? Swing by one of the local coffee bars for a taste. And don't forget to swing by Maximo Gomez Park. You can join a game of dominoes with the locals - or just hang out and chat.
Like baseball? Your new home team - the Florida Marlins - has their home park just a short walk away!
All the culture comes out in full swing during the annual Calle Ocho street festival every March. Over the course of nearly 40 years, this event has attracted millions of individuals from around the world, all celebrating the culture and heritage of Little Havana.