I always wanted to visit the city of Havana, Cuba. There was something about the old-world charm and vibrant culture virtually untouched by Americanism that drew me to the city and I finally got the chance to visit it in 2011.
I first flew to Varadero for a beach vacation but quickly became unhappy with the all-inclusive resort lifestyle that saw me being harassed by staff trying to convince me not to leave the and the excessive drinking and loudness being done by other patrons. So I decided to hop on a bus and make my way to Havana to see the real Cuba and experience the real culture and way of life.
Upon arrival in the city, I exited the bus and just started walking. After a day of sampling local cuisine, visiting very old buildings, seeing how Cuban cigars are made, visiting one of Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite bars, watching a live performance of traditional Cuban music and dance and mingling with the locals, I was satisfied that I had seen the best of Havana and it was quite the experience. This old city is a must-see on anyone’s visit to Cuba. The all-inclusive resorts do not offer a true Cuban experience!