About the Tour Guides

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Christine Michaels is the creator of the Little Havana Cultural Tour. A native Floridian, Christine is the daughter of immigrant parents who met in St. Louis, Missouri in the 1960s.  Her mother is from Ecuador and her father from Poland. Armed with a Masters Degree in business and undergraduate degree in both business and international relations, launching and operating a cultural walking tour combines both her passions. Her fluency in Spanish also elevates the tour as Christine can readily translate conversations or questions/answers with locals.

Grateful for her multicultural heritage, Christine has had the opportunity to travel the globe to gain insight into the fabric of life of many cultures. Since she was a child Christine spent many summer vacations in Ecuador a month at a time. She also studied in Valencia, Spain during college. More unique was a rare visit to Poland and Czechoslovakia with her family during the Cold War and to witness the Communist way of life first hand when visiting relatives.  Some of her Ecuadorian cousins have migrated to Australia where Christine spent a month exploring Sydney and the Gold Coast. A highlight was a birthday trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru (2014). More recent were trips to Marbella Spain (2016), and Paris and London (August 2017), Brighton England, Sussex England, and London England July (2018).

With an affinity for culture and history, and an appreciation for her backyard, it was a natural progression for Christine to offer this unique tour offering deep insight into a cultural gem.

Joining her are Danny Vaisman. A long-time local, Danny was born in Netherlands and later lived in Peru hence his fluency in Dutch, Spanish and English.  Once selling insurance to all the building owners in Little Havana, Danny has witnessed much of the transformation of Little Havana for over 20 years.

Rounding out this Dream Team is Cuban American Ralph de la Portilla. The longest serving tour guide, Ralph has been leading tours in Little Havana for 13 years. A former adjunct professor for a local university and tour guide in Cuba, Ralph currently works for the US Census but still leads tours out of passion for his Cuban heritage and native home, Miami.


All three guides not only work in Little Havana, they live it.  Whether it's ordering a colada (Cuban coffee) at a "ventanita", or pastry at the local bakery; or sitting and chatting with locals at Domino Park or marketplace, or taking bachata or tango dance lessons at local studios, these ladies are immersed in the culture. With a thumb on the pulse of the neighborhood, that knowledge and passion for imparting an authentic experience is paramount to Little Havana Tours.

Come join us for an educational and enlightening cultural tour of Little Havana with Danny, Ralph,  and Christine