It’s 1930, and Desi Arnaz (Ricky from “I Love Lucy”) finds himself in Miami Beach. On one particular side street, he appears to be at the center of the European world—Spanish restaurants line one side of the street, French cafes the other. Mixed in between are Brazilian fares, Mediterranean flavors, and Mexican cuisine. So what does America’s heartbreaker, Ricky Ricardo do? He pulls out his bongo and plays Babaloo, introducing Miami to the Rumba dance. Where was he that inspired this cultural exhibition of enthusiasm? This love for a place so strong that he could only express his sentiments through drumming and song? Miami Beach’s esteemed Espanola Way—and the place has not changed since.
Since the late 20th century, Espanola Way continues to be a beautiful place to visit during your stay in Miami Beach. The street is only one block in length, but is packed with all the cultures and flavors of the Latin and European world. Located off of the bustling Washington Avenue, between 15th and 14th streets, you will find Spanish tapas, Brasilian soccer games on wide screen television sets, Cuban cigars, Indian saris, French wines, all underneath a palm tree hammock twinkling with Christmas lights. Like Miami Beach itself, Espanola Way is small, charming, and packed with an energy that makes you want to dance in the streets.
Fortunately for our guests, Espanola Way is only a few steps away from the Cadet Hotel.