Black Miami: Historic,     Cultural and Food Tours

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Miami is a Black Melting Pot 

During the early 1800s, Black pirates of the Biscayne Bay such as "Black Caeser" raided shipping from the Florida Keys and served aboard Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach's famous pirate ship the Queen Annes Revenge where he was reportedly a lieutenant.  By the1800s, Bahamians began migrating from Key West into the Coconut Grove - "The Grove" - community of Miami.  By the 1950s, Haitians began settling in Miami, eventually forming the vibrant community of "Little Haiti."

With the onset of industrialization in the south, by the early 1900s, African-Americans, primarily from Georgia, began migrating to Miami forming “colored town” which became known as 'Overtown'. Miami's Afro-Cubans were a part of the post 1958 exile of the 1960s and 70s with a significant influx during the 1980s but the Black Cuban influence on Miami's "Little Havana" culture is inescapable.

Miami still maintains historic sites which saw the likes of Duke Ellington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. Of Bahamian ancestry, Sidney Poitier was born there.

From the the small island north of the upper Florida Keys in Biscayne National Park known as Casear Rock, cultural and food tours of Little Haiti and Little Havana, to the historic overview of the Harlem Renaissance  jazz scene in Overtown, called by some the "Harlem of the South," we have curated 12 tours and activities representing the rich diasporic Latin, Caribbean and African American heritage in Miami.  A day trip of 184 miles from Miami to Nassau offers several cultural and food tours. 

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Let your hair down with some wild fun at one of Orlando’s great theme parks — without the hassle of driving and parking! Enjoy round-trip transport in a deluxe coach from Miami to your select venue, and jump the queue with a pre-purchased entrance ticket. Revel in six hours of extreme entertainment at Universal Studios Florida ®, Universal's Islands of Adventure®, SeaWorld® Orlando or Wet ‘n Wild®.

The 1-Day Admission to Universal Studios or SeaWorld Orlando with Transport from Miami

Become a part of Miami’s contemporary art scene on a 5-hour insider studio tour during the annual Art Basel show! With an art-savvy guide, you’ll visit the private studios of up to four Art Basel artists. View signature works of art, hear artists’ stories of process, and see the diversity of art production spaces. Wrap up at a catered reception, where you can meet fellow art enthusiasts and purchase work directly from the artists.

Miami Art Studio Tour During Art Basel  

​Formerly known as the “Harlem of the South”, come tour the various neighborhoods that offer up the jazzy side of Miami!  This Historic Overtown Harlem Renaissance Jazz & Wine Tasting Tour will reveal why there is much to appreciate about this often overlooked, on-the-rise historic neighborhood.

The Historic Overtown Harlem Renaissance Jazz and Wine Tasting Tour

​This first and only tour experience of its kind offered by CHAT Miami is available for locals and visitors to book now. Our Little Haiti Dance & Dine Tour provides a unique interactive edu-tainment experience that will stimulate all of your senses. You’ll meet up with our professional local tour guide at the Little Haiti Caribbean Marketplace and will be led on a 60-minute walking tour that will immerse you in the rich culture and heritage of this historic Miami neighborhood.

Little Haiti Dance, Drum & Dine Tour

Experiment with the spray-can! Join our 1.5 hour graffiti lesson, held at an artist studio in Little Haiti, and make your own masterpiece on an individual-sized board. Workshop is conducted by a graffiti artist, there to introduce you to spray paint and to guide you through your art class. You are welcome to bring wine or beer and enjoy it as you paint and socialize.

Little Haiti Graffiti Lesson

​This first and only tour of its kind is the best experience Little Havana has to offer!  The Little Havana Paint, Taste & Sip Tour provides a unique interactive "edu-tainment" experience that will stimulate all of your senses. Come walk, paint, taste and sip with your friends and new ones you'll make along the way!

Little Havana Paint Taste and Sip Tour Experience

The Experience the sights and sounds of Miami’s vibrant Little Havana neighborhood on this guided, 2-hour walking food tour. Explore this lively Cuban district and learn about its fascinating history and culture, with stops at some of the best family owned and operated Cuban restaurants in the area. Sample the local cuisine, like guava pastries, chicken plantain cups and flan ice cream, to name just a few of the delicacies. Also, meet some of the local artists, watch skilled Cuban cigar rollers and listen to traditional Cuban music.

Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami 

​Immerse yourself in the rhythms, flavors, and culture of Little Havana on a walking tour of the historic neighborhood that’s led by a local guide. Stroll through a bustling farmer’s market, watch expert cigar rollers at work, taste the finest Cuban coffee, then finish the morning with a lunch of classic Cuban cuisine. As you walk through Little Havana, you’ll learn the history and back stories that keep the neighborhood vibrant, from public artwork to the game-playing regulars at Domino Park. 

Little Havana Cultural Heritage Walking and Tasting Tour

There's something for everyone at the Bahamas. With a distinct mix of historic appeal, modern attractions and ecological wonders, your day visit to Bimini, North Bahamas is sure to be memorable. Step off the mainland and onto a high-speed 400-passenger, modern, comfortable 170-foot craft that will whisk you away from Miami to Bimini, Bahamas in just 2 hours. Sit back and relax with a snack or bask on our sundeck worry free! Once on the Island you will receive a Day Pass to The Hilton at Resort World Bimini for a full use of their outdoor facilities (Beach and pool). 

Bahama's Day Cruise

Explore Bahamian cuisine and culture on this food and walking tour in Nassau’s historic neighborhood. Sample tasty foods at six venues – including family-owned restaurants and specialty shops. Sip on handcrafted rum cocktails while you nibble on classic conch fritters and Bahamian mac ‘n’ cheese. Expect food quantities to be equivalent to a hearty lunch. Beyond the bites, you’ll also experience the rich culture and architecture Nassau has to offer. This is a small-group tour, with a maximum of 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.

Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour 

Sip, sample and see on this 3.5-hour culinary experience seasoned with history and a dash of culture. Experience the taste the Islands while you sample the local exotic cuisine and sip on locally blended spirits and brews. On this bus tour you'll be immersed in the Bahamian culture and you will get to see the unmatched beauty of these islands. You can pound the city pavement just about anywhere in the world, but if you want a real 'down home' island experience that's safe and entertaining then this tour is for you. 

Nassau Food and History Bus Tour

Get an in-depth look at the Heritage Museum of the Bahamas on this guided tour. See artifacts and relics related to the island's history, dating back many generations, by thoughtful commentary. Learn about the various explorers that shaped the history of the Caribbean and see a multitude of island treasures, such as a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite. Museum entrance fees included.

Heritage Museum of the Bahamas Nassau Tour