Introducing Homestead & Florida City
Homestead is not the prettiest town in the USA. After getting battered into rubble by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and becoming part of the expanding subdivisions of South Miami, it’s been poorly planned around fast-food stops, car dealerships and gas stations. A lot of Mexicans have moved here seeking farm work (or moved here providing services for farm laborers), and as a result, if you speak Spanish, it’s impossible not to notice the shift in accent as Cuban Spanish gives way to Mexican. Radio stations also shift from Cuban reggaeton and hip-hop to brass-style mariachi music.
You could pass a mildly entertaining afternoon walking around Homestead’s almost quaint Main Street which essentially comprises a couple of blocks of Krome Ave extending north and south of Old Town Hall. It’s a good effort at injecting some character into ‘downtown’ Homestead.
With that said, let us give Homestead huge props: it houses two of the great attractions of the Florida roadside, one of its best hostels and an incredible farmers’ market. Yup: four ‘top picks’ in one town.