This particular tour will focus on Ybor City, and will include the following: meeting at the local, well-known craft brewery Coppertail Brewing Co.; touring the Florida Cane Distillery and sampling their tasty spirits; visiting King Corona, a local, Cuban-inspired cigar and coffee shop; watching people hand-roll cigars, while sampling/buying local cigars at Tabanero Cigar; visiting the José Martí Park and Vicente Martinez Ybor's Cigar Factory to learn about Cuba's historical connection with Ybor City (founded in 1885), as well as visiting the historic Columbia Restaurant (founded in 1905) en route back to our meeting place (Coppertail Brewing Co). Participants are encouraged to make their own reservations to dine at the Columbia Restaurant at the conclusion of the tour. This trip is for the individual who wants to engage in an authentic and historic Tampa experience. If you'd like a more individualized experience, I can tailor a more customized tour based on your specific areas of interest. For this, I would need a minimum of 4 participants. Feel free to contact me with any inquires.
I'm a history Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida and college professor who teaches Spanish and Latin American studies courses. I have lived in Tampa (Near Ybor City) and have taught college courses for over 14 years. As a professor, I specialize in political and cultural history, covering topics ranging from U.S. transnationalism and military interventions in the Caribbean Basin to Latin American revolutions and social movements. Apart from showing visitors the uniqueness of Ybor City and Tampa, I also do education and adventure tours to Cuba and Nicaragua.
Samples of rum, vodka, bourbon, and/or moonshine from Florida Cane Distillery.
One craft beer from Coppertail Brewing Co. during our meet and greet.
We'll go as a group from Coppertail Brewing Co. to the José Martí park. I'll provide the transportation to/from Coppertail.
The experience begins at Coppertail Brewing Co. with a 30-min. meet and greet and a complimentary craft beer (or wine). Next, we'll go to José Martí Park to begin the history portion of the tour. During the walking tour, we'll visit Ybor's Cigar Factory, the Cherokee Club, Tabanero Cigars, Florida Cane Distillery, and other local breweries, sites, and shops in and around Ybor's famous 7th Avenue (La Séptima).
Dress appropriately for the Tampa, Florida weather by checking the forecast in advance. **Food and drinks at the Columbia Restaurant are not included in the tour**
Cuban History, Cigars, and Breweries