Take a quick trip to Cuba without leaving Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. - There’s a tiny park in Tampa that is technically Cuban soil. 

José Martí Park in Ybor City has been owned by the Republic of Cuba since 1956. 

The 0.14 acre park was a tribute to José Martí, a 19th-century Cuban freedom fighter from Havana. Known as a patriot, writer, poet, lawyer and orator, Martí’s ideas and actions were a universal inspiration for the Cuban people. 

Martí was a large contributor to the success of the Cuban war of independence. 

The land is managed by the City of Tampa, but the local Cuban Historical and Cultural Center provides support for the park. 

José Martí Park is open 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s located at 1303 East 8th Avenue.  

This is a quick trip to Cuba you won't need a visa for.

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