Little Havana is located just west of Downtown Miami. Also known as the Latin Quarter, it received its name by being a Cuban neighborhood from the 1970s until the 1990s, but now consists of many Central and South Americans. Its main drag is along 8th St or Calle Ocho, where authentic Latin shops and restaurants abound and the majority of the population speak entirely in Spanish. Each year, the neighborhood hosts the annual Calle Ocho parade, the largest street festival in the world. Although the area is far less dangerous today than in its past, don't wander into the neighborhoods late at night, particularly East Little Havana (east of 17th Ave) where high crime rates and gang activity is still a concern.
The easiest and most convenient way of getting to Little Havana is by car, where street parking is plentiful and affordable. However, public transit options also exist. MetroRail does not go through Little Havana, but there are a handful of bus routes that do.
You can take the #6, #7, #8, #11, #207, or #208 buses from Downtown Miami. The #11, #207, and #208 can be picked up at the Government Center MetroRail/MetroMover station, and the #6 and #8 can be picked up near the Brickell MetroRail/MetroMover station. The #7 bus comes from Downtown Miami, stopping at the College North MetroMover station and the Overtown MetroRail station. See this map for more information. http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/library/alignments/2009/mdt_system_map-09.pdf
The #37 and #42 buses come from Miami International Airport.
Sedanos market is the place to go for dining needs. Also try tamiami inn s homemade style meatball chowder.