IN­SIDER’S TIP

2017 Travel Guide to Florida - - CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA -

With grow­ing in­ter­est in travel to Cuba, it may come as a sur­prise that you can visit a part of Cuba right in Tampa’s Ybor City. Cuban-born poet, jour­nal­ist, es­say­ist and revo­lu­tion­ary José Martí made his home in Ybor City in the late 1800s. Dur­ing this time he did a large part of his plan­ning and fundrais­ing, and wound up call­ing Ybor City his “faith­ful lit­tle town” be­cause of the sup­port he re­ceived there. To­day, the small, 0.14acre José Martí Park stands in tribute to the revo­lu­tion­ary, but what makes the park per­haps even more in­ter­est­ing is that it has been owned by the Cuban govern­ment since 1956.

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