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Ybor City Walking Tours Explore the Historic Streets of Ybor City on a Walking Tour Back in Time

Featured in Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine

Time Warp

Wandering the bar-lined brick streets of Ybor City, you might not realize you’re in the former cigar capital of the world. This buzzing neighborhood was mere swampland before stogie magnate Vicente Martinez-Ybor built his factory here in 1886. Learn the rich history- and some modern trivia- on an Ybor City Historic Walking Tour led by longtime local Lonnie Herman. (Did you know the only land in America owned by the country of Cuba is located here?) Afterward, stick around for a meal. King Corona has a huge selection of cigars, coffee, and Cuban sandwiches, while the Columbia Restaurant, Florida’s oldest eatery, offers almost-nightly flamenco dancing. But be prepared to stay out late. As Herman says, “When the clubs open, the history and tradition take a backseat.”

 

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