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Avenida Paseo entre Calles y 3ra, Vedado, 1ra, La Habana, Cuba
With the US travel restrictions to Cuba recently relaxed, I was able to realize a lifelong dream and visit that enchanting tropical isle under an official educational license for "people to people" travel. There were so many highlights, I'll never...
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Stroll through Habana Viejo and I dare you to not stop for some rum, hourly. The best mojitos in the free (or not so free) world are found in Habana. Neighborhood bars are fixtures on each block, each with their own character and history, A...
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Calle 12, La Habana, Cuba
Everything in Cuba is worth looking at, and the Colon cemetery in the heart of Havana is no exception. Some heavy hitters are laid to rest here including baseball players, a chess champion, actors, soldier, presidents, and naturally, members of...
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Las Terrazas, Cuba
The traditional Cuban lunch - cooked over a cast iron, wood burning stove - served at the self-sustaining community at Las Terrazas, was the best food I ate in Cuba. The chickens had lived their lives scratching freely around the beautiful grounds...
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Vinales, Cuba
Havana has many iconic features: the 1950s cars, the Che Guevara murals, the wave-washed Malecon. But to get to the heart of Cuba's most famous industry, you need to abandon the city and head out into the lush, tropical countryside. Vinales is a...
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Trinidad 62600, Cuba
On a recent trip to Cuba, I came across this local man in Trinidad. He was anxious to pose with his chicken for visitors. Trinidad is one of the finest colonial towns I've seen and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can easily walk...
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Cienfuegos, Cuba
Take your glass of wine (or a Hemmingway Daiquiri, or a cuba libre) to the rooftop of the Cubanacan Boutique La Union hotel for some of the most stunning sunsets on the island. This small property, with average rooms, houses one of the loveliest...
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Calle Encarnación, Trinidad, Cuba
We spent 4 days in Trinidad, Cuba, founded 500 years before in 1513, with our gracious and helpful hosts, Jesus and Inelda, at their pension at #34 Vicente Suyama. Each morning we were presented with hearty breakfasts of fresh fruit,...
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Havana, Cuba
On a 10 day trip to Cuba, we spent 6 in Havana, staying in Old Havana, where we endlessly walked to all the squares, sometimes on a quest to discover the "best" mojito (Bar Bilbao's was our "winner", especially with their house band and sax...
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The Center for Cuban Studies consults on creating custom travel experiences for US travelers interested in learning about Cuba through people-to-people exchanges. If you are interested in traveling on a licensed trip to Cuba please email...
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111, Obrapía, La Habana, Cuba
This museum was once the home and studio of famed Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín, who happened to be a supporter of the Cuban Revolution and painted Fidel Castro on several occasions. Exhibitions in the patio-like first floor feature...
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Edificio Gómez Vila, Plaza Vieja, Mercaderes y Teniente Rey, Mercaderes, La Habana 10100, Cuba
For only $2, climb the Gómez Villa building to get a quick demonstration of the rare camera obscura and the views of the city it reflects. Go out to the roof afterwards to take photos of the Plaza Vieja, El Capitolio, Regla or just the neighboring...
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Havana, Cuba
If you like to dance salsa underneath the stars and by the ocean, there’s no better place than 1830. For a small cover fee, you get a drink, hear live music and watch (or join!) some of the most expert casino, aka Cuban salsa, around town. Best...
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418 Concordia, La Habana, Cuba
La Guarida was hands down the best restaurant experience I had while in Havana. Located on a battered street, it was hard to believe there was a restaurant anywhere around. The building feels like you’re walking into a movie set, complete with a...
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513 Paseo de Martí, La Habana, Cuba
Walk around the Capitol until you get to Paseo de Martí (or Paseo del Prado), the street that effectively separates Havana Vieja from Havana Centro and where you will encounter some of the city’s most beautiful vintage cars and prestigious...
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Doña Eutimia is located on a small side street off of Plaza de la Catedral. Reservations are a must at this bustling restaurant. The food here is Cuban. Must tries include the croquetas de Leticia, fish croquettes breaded and fried; the tostones...
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Cuba Tacón, La Habana, Cuba
Plaza de Las Armas is where you’ll find my favourite building in all of Havana, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. The square-shaped palacio is built around a central courtyard home to a couple of free roaming peacocks and houses the Museo de...
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San Ignacio, La Habana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba is home to some of the world's most beautiful architecture. Massive buildings are ornately designed, and every few blocks there is a city square where locals join together to chat away the afternoons. I was lucky enough to stay near...
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e/ Bernaza y El Cristo, 457 A bajos Teniente Rey, La Habana, Cuba
If someone blindfolded me, secretly took me to El Chanchullero in Cuba, and then asked me to guess where I was... I would say a tapas bar in Brooklyn; hence my fascination with El Chanchullero in Havana. This artistic, retro-vibe the restaurant...
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Havana, Cuba
Plaza de San Francisco brings together a few of Havana's best attractions. It falls right before the Malecón's beginning in Old Havana, provides a great view for the port, and is just down the street from Havana's indoor artist market. The square...
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Havana, Cuba
Taking a walk down Obispo street in Old Havana can be quite the endeavor. Shops line the road, and tourists seem to be everywhere. At the end of the busy street, however, one of Old Havana's best plaza's comes to life. Plaza de Armas is host to a...
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San Ignacio, La Habana, Cuba
My favorite part of Azucar restaurant in Plaza Vieja isn't the trendy setting, delicious food and drinks, or perfect location. My favorite part of Azucar is that it's one of the many restaurants that began when the government allowed Cubans to...
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Esquina Monserrate Obrapía, La Habana 10100, Cuba
Just down from the Central Park in Old Havana, you’ll find Bar Monserrate, which a Cuban friend initially described as a neighborhood "dive bar." That's all I needed to make the scene my own. Being a dive bar genre expert, my first impressions...
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Avenida Bélgica, La Habana, Cuba
There is a saying,"There are three sides to every story: their side, our side and the truth." There is no mistaking from the moment you enter the museum whose story this is. As Americans it is sometimes hard to take. But just like our own...
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Founded by one of Cuba's favorite rock fusion musicians, X Alfonso, the Fábrica de Arte Cubano (F.A.C.) is on its way to become one of Havana’s central contemporary art institutions. The huge former-factory “El Cocinero” has been restored not only...
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Calle 25, La Habana, Cuba
For years, the only meeting place for rock and alternative music fans was along Calle G at the corner of Calle 23. Today, it’s open to more genres, but you can still find people who’ll share a good sing-along and deep conversation. Bring your new...
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307 Mercaderes, La Habana, Cuba
The Fototeca de Cuba may be small, but it houses the leading collection of Cuban photography. See a contemporary photo exposition at the gallery on the Plaza Vieja, and if you’re in town in November, look out for photography events throughout the...
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Habana 61 Restaurante is centrally located just a few blocks away from the Museum of the Revolution on a small side street in Old Havana. The modern dining room features classic Cuban cuisine as well as a selection of more modern interpretations...
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Crafts market in Havana where local artisans sell handmade items.
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317 Mercaderes, La Habana, Cuba
Cuban cafe located in Plaza Vieja selling coffee and beans loved by locals and travelers alike.