Nicaraguans have played a major role in shaping the cultural identity of Miami since the early 1980s. Moving beyond small professions, Nicaraguans have helped create a new identity in the Sweetwater and West Miami neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County.

Nicas in Miami: Photo Essay

Culture

One of the best known, and one of the most iconic, dishes in Nicaraguan cuisine is the “Nacatamal.” A steamed tamale prepared with rice, beans, meat, and an assortment of other ingredients, no dish is more recognized as a staple of Nicaraguan meals. Watch as one Nicaraguan-born Miami native uses this simple and iconic dish as a way to spread Nicaraguan culture:

Immigration

Nicaraguans began their mass migration to the U.S. after the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979. Nicas now form a small percentage of the U.S. hispanic population:

While Nicas have certain privileges under U.S. immigration law, not all Nicas have been able to live without interference from complex, and often harmful, U.S. immigration laws. Nicaraguan-born immigration attorney, Mario Lovo, has been a prominent figure in assisting Nicaraguans with immigration troubles.