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Head To This One Florida Neighborhood For The Ultimate Cultural Experience

Ybor City is a historic neighborhood in Tampa that is considered the city’s Latin Quarter because of its roots in the Cuban, Italian and Spanish cultures. Its days as the center of Tampa’s cigar industry in the late 1800s led to this fascinating influence that can still be seen in the district’s architecture, art, culture and cuisine. Be sure to tour the Ybor City Museum State Park and dine at Columbia Restaurant (Florida’s oldest), but don’t leave without sampling a few cigars and café con leches. Then step back in time on its brick-paved streets and let the streetcars take you wherever you need to go. The more adventurous types can stay after the sun sets and take part in the thriving nightclub scene.

Now is a particularly good time to visit this historic neighborhood, because it just so happens to be festival season. The next event is the Krewe of Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade, taking place on February 13th, and Fiesta Day takes place on February 28th.

To learn more about these events and others in Ybor City, visit yborcityonline.com. Here are a few snapshots of what you’ll find there:

Have you ever been to Ybor City or attended any festivals there? What are your favorite historic places in Florida? Please share your comments with us below!

Victoria W
Victoria is a staff writer for OIYS.