Little Havana is known for being one of the most culturally diverse areas of Miami. Its more publicized main drag on 8th street is also known as Calle Ocho and is a center for tourism. In terms of choosing to live in Little Havana, the community is not incredibly unsafe but is also not the safest area to live in. It is also a good idea to focus on the area you are interested in renting because this neighborhood, like many, can have areas that have worse crime rates than others.
Apartments in Little Havana generally cost between $1000 and $1600 a month for two to three bedrooms. This neighborhood tends to be more affordable than the surrounding areas with apartments offering covered parking, laundry facilities, and controlled access security. Some Little Havana apartments also offer swimming pools and fitness centers.
Many of the dining and grocery options in the Little Havana area are culturally Mexican or Cuban. There are many 'mom and pop' establishments and many tourists take a food tour to get an idea of the traditional Cuban food available. Interesting places to visit include the Tower Theater, the Cuban Memorial Boulevard, the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame and Gomez Park. Additionally, this area is well known for its festivals. The last Friday of every month is cultural Friday, Viernes Culturales. It is a music, culture and art festival in the center of the community. There is also a large annual festival, the Calle Ocho festival and parade. This festival is the largest street festival in the world. If you are looking to rent an apartment in Little Havana Miami, you won't have a shortage of dining and entertainment to explore.
It's usually a 50/50 on apartments that allow dogs and cat and apartments that don't. There are five veterinary clinics or hospitals in Little Havana and three that are closer to Brickell and the shore. There are five pet supplies stores and many others that are within five to ten miles of the community limits. There are two dog parks nearby - the David T Kennedy Park and the Blanche Park are both about three to four miles away. Overall, Little Havana Miami is a relatively pet friendly area.
The best way to commute in and around Little Havana is in a car. There is an abundance of affordable street parking available. There are also bus options from downtown Miami and several of them are available from the Miami International Airport.
Some schools in the area include the Ada Merritt K-8 Center, the Mater Academy East Charter, the Young Women's Preparatory Academy, Riverside Elementary Community School and the Theodore R. and Thelma A. Gibson Charter School. Of the surrounding schools with ratings available online, half of them scored either a nine or ten on a scale from one to ten. The other half were at or below six on the scale. There is one private school nearby, although most schools are public in this area. This neighborhood has access to several good schools but not many charter schools are available.