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Ybor City, Florida: Part of Cuba in Florida

It's only .14 of an acre, but this tiny park has been legally owned by Cuba since 1956. Stand in front of the "Isle de Cuba" mural and tell your friends that you're out of the country.

Address:
1303 E. 8th Ave., Ybor City, FL
Directions:
Just northeast of downtown Tampa. The park entrance is on the south side of E. 8th Ave., just east of its intersection with N. 13th St.
Hours:
Property gates open M-F 8-1:30 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Parque Amigos de Jose Marti.

Part of Cuba in Florida (Parque Amigos de Jose Marti)

Small but very peaceful park (aside from the very noisy chickens roaming around). As noted in another tip, the park is only open M-F until 1:30. We got there at 6:00 pm and the gate was still open; not sure if that was a lucky break or the open/closed is kind of loosie goosie, but it can be seen if the gates are closed. If you are in Ybor City take a few minutes to go and read all the monuments and plaques.

[stpaulirishgal, 03/15/2023]

Chickens and roosters of Cuba.

Part of Cuba in Florida

Before reaching the park, I saw roosters roaming the streets. Odd, right? Maybe not. Walk through the park gate and there are a lot of roosters.

[bordeauxbarb, 03/04/2023]

The ones in the park are Cuban roosters.

Part of Cuba in Florida

There are wild chickens roaming around here! That should be another attraction. I really struggled to find it because the road was blocked off, and I thought maybe the other block of grass was this park. Was convinced the park was shut down or something. I decided to come back and try again, got out of my car, and walked -- finally saw it. The gate was closed so I couldn't go in. but I saw it from outside. I don't think stepping there is actually stepping in Cuba. So much of American land is owned by foreign parties. But someone correct me if I'm wrong.

[Mcrn, 09/22/2021]

Statue of Jose Marti, Cuba's

Part of Cuba in Florida

Very quiet little park.

[EC, 10/09/2019]

A historical marker in the park describes how, in 1893, house owner Paulina Pedrosa, a Cuban patriot, offered refuge to assassination target Jose Marti, Cuba's "Apostle of Freedom." Cubans would gather at night outside, where a Cuban flag flew, to gaze up at his lighted window and listen for the scratching of his pen.

Part of Cuba in Florida.

Part of Cuba in Florida

The gate is only unlocked M-F from 8am-1:30pm. Alas, we were not able to reach Cuba.

[Laurie, 01/08/2019]

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Exploding Chicken SculptureExploding Chicken Sculpture, Tampa, FL - 1 mi.
In the region:
Mulberry Phosphate Museum, Mulberry, FL - 29 mi.

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