On the way back from a recent business trip, I connected through Miami International, a busy and chaotic airport, but one I loving associate with trips to both South Beach and South America.
I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to leave the airport for mango juice and arroz con leche at nearby El Palacio de los Jugos, but I banked on having enough time to make it from one end of Terminal D to the other with a quick detour at Cafe Versailles.
On landing, I was a woman with a mission, I picked up my gate checked carry-on luggage and got moving, weaving through people in an effort to make it quickly from one end of the terminal to the other. It’s massive! I passed one Cafe Versailles, lined up at the outpost closest to my gate, and ordered a Cuban coffee, some plantain chips, and guava y queso pastries served with some signature sass (in Spanish) from the ladies behind the counter, before rushing off to find my gate and gear up for the 6+ hour flight to SFO. Minutes later, they announced that the flight was delayed by air traffic control in San Francisco. I would end up getting home that night at 1:30 a.m. — more than an hour and a half later than planned.
Delay followed delay that evening, but I wasn’t too disappointed. There was ample time for a taste of Cuba and some truly intriguing people watching.
If you fly through MIA, don’t miss out on Cafe Versailles across from Gates D5, D21, and D44. They also have great Cuban sandwiches.