It’s hard to find something in Miami that someone back home will want – something that will help them understand what the hell you’ve been doing for the past three years and why you’ve opted to spend your days on the hurricane-addled edge of the world.
Thank God for the Asociacion de Veteranos de Bahia de Cochinos Brigada de Asalto 2506 (a.k.a. Bay of Pigs Museum). Located around 18th Avenue and SW 9th street, quaint, iron-barred little house plays social center to all the guys who trained, secretly, in the Everglades and tried to take over Cuba in the name of Democracy.
Some of them even participated in hunting and killing Che Guevara. They’re all pretty cool. And they have a much-overlooked gift shop.
$60 buys you a guyabera’s bearing the 2506 brigade insignia patch. $15 gets you a baseball cap. But the real steal is the $20 K-piece military-style 45th anniversary hat (from 2006).
If you’re looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, swing by and wish the 2506 boys a Merry Christmas and a Castro-free New Year. -- Calvin Godfrey
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.