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 Instagram your confused friends.

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:
Worth a Detour
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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]

Piece of Cuba.

Part of Cuba in Florida

There is a small piece of land in Ybor City that is Cuban Territory. It was a gift from Tampa to Cuba in 1956. Known as Jose Marti Park. Visit Cuba without a passport.

[Nadine M Foxworth, 01/17/2016]

You can tell you're in Cuba because of the big "Isla de Cuba" mural behind the Marti statue (good for a photo op) and because of the two flags that flank the statue: one is Florida's, the other is Cuba's. No stars and stripes here!


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