Cuba

Havana

Packing = Shorts and shirts, comfortable shoes

Food  = A+

People = A++

Go-again? = A+

Cost = A

If you want to go to Cuba, now its the time before it becomes commercialized by USA.  I’ve been there 3 times and I love it.  It feels like time stopped for 50 years. Cuba has a strong culture and history but other than that, there aren’t many attractions yet.  However, this makes it a great place because you can interact with the locals and the culture at its best.  Since internet and communications are scarce and unreliable, you get to enjoy people out of the streets talking, interacting, playing and socializing out in the streets and the nearby plazas.  People are extremely friendly and its very safe at all times at day (remember, since everyone is equal, there is no need to steal. So, its not in their DNA).  The food its great, but try to find places outside of town (it started to get touristy and pricey. You can pay with american dollar.

Many airlines are now flying to Cuba from US, but the embargo is still in place and you will need to get approved for one of the categories for a visa. Therefore, be careful while booking trips to Cuba. Make sure travels agencies booking trips are certified and approved to conduct business in Cuba. Only those agencies may conduct a money transaction. I know many instance where people booked hotels “online” only to find out there was no reservation in system.  I recommend calling a certified tour agency to prep your tour. They will prepare the visas, book flights and tour you around Cuba.

Must see:

  • Old Havana
  • Walk around the 4 PLazas (Sqaures)
  • El Morro Castle
  • Varadero
  • Floridita
  • Hemingway’s house
  • La Bodega del Medio
  • National Museum
Cuba

Capitol Building (Similar to US Capitol)

Cathedral Cuba
La B del M
Old Havana
Old Havana
La Bodeguita del Medio