It's cigar smoke and colorful shops. It's flamenco dancers and the aroma of rich coffee. Exit the interstate, and take a day trip to Cuba in Tampa's Ybor City historic district.
Ybor City (pronounced E-bore) was once home to thousands of Cuban cigar makers and dozens of factories. Now the buildings along La Setima (East Seventh Avenue) are abuzz with shops, restaurants, and dance clubs. By day the streets are filled with tourists. By night they're nearly as raucous as Bourbon Street.
Join the crowd. When you come for a visit, here's our pick of muy bueno places to enjoy the atmosphere.
Start the day with breakfast at La Tropicana Café, a favorite morning gathering place for locals. Order the traditional Ybor breakfast--Cuban toast, café con leche, and an egg Cuban; (813) 247-4040.