‘Caribbean’

Trinidad, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Cuba

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Trinidad is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Cuba and in the Americas. It is located on the coast of the Caribbean, in the region of Sancti Spiritus, between the beautiful virgin beaches of Ancón and the fascinating mountains of the Sierra del Escambray. Founded in the early 16th century to honor the Holy Trinity, the city was a stepping stone for further conquests in the Americas. The existence of the city was backed by the sugar industry that flourished there and in the nearby Valle de los Ingenios from the end of the 18th to the 19th…

A museum of cars from the 1950s

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  Cuba is literally a museum of cars from the 1950s. With nearly 60,000 vintage automobiles, anywhere you go you’ll come across classic models of a number of American manufacturers: Chevrolet Oldsmobiles, Buicks, Fords, Studebakers and Plymouths, which would later become Chrysler. Fidel Castro forbade the import of vehicles from abroad, so until recently it was nearly impossible to buy an automobile made outside Cuba. The only American cars that could be bought for private use in Cuba were those purchased and registered before the Revolution. And since there were many of these thanks to the wealthy past of Cuba’s…

Merengue, bachata, salsa… Caribbean rhythm

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  Travelling to the Caribbean coast means that you’ll be exposed to their rhythm and dances. Caribbean music is a blend of African, European and indigenous rhythmic forms, largely created by the descendants of African slaves. Today some of these musical styles are very popular away from the Caribbean. Here we will share a few of their secrets with you. Merengue is a musical dance and musical form that is very popular in the Dominican Republic. It is the offspring of two original dances (calenda and chicha) brought from Africa by slaves. Merengue is purported to have originated in the…

Essentials of Trinidad, Cuba.

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Trinidad is a charming old open-air museum, a Spanish colonial settlement that is perfectly conserved and where time came to a standstill nearly two centuries ago. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988, it is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of the Americas. Thanks to its sugar cane production, it was one of the most prosperous cities in the Antilles. During the times of plenty, in the 18th and 19th centuries, a number of mansions were built in the colonial style. Trinidad is located in the center of Cuba, between sea and mountains and surrounded by…

‘Hope Gardens’, the royal botanical gardens of Jamaica

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  Hope Gardens is the largest public park in Kingston, spanning 81 hectares and featuring the largest collection of endemic and exotic botanical species in Jamaica. The gardens receive their name from Major Richard Hope, one of the English settlers who invaded Jamaica and was granted ownership of an estate to reward him for his fidelity to the Crown. In 1881 the estate was acquired by the government to establish an experimental garden used to carry out tests for the introduction of new plants. It is currently administrated by the Nature Preservation Foundation, a non-profit association, and it can be…

IBEROSTARCHEF ON TOUR CONQUERS AMERICA

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Iberostarchef on Tour is back – a unique culinary event from Iberostar Hotels that sees 9 different Michelin starred chefs tour different Iberostar Hotels   Participating chefs in this year’s edition of Iberostarchef on Tour include Daniel Humm, Suzette Gresham, Ronny Emborg or Carlo Mirarchi as well as Spanish chefs Jordi Cruz and Manuel Berganza. They all hold Michelin stars and have managed to win over even the most demanding gourmets at restaurants in New York, San Francisco or Barcelona.       12 months, 14 dinners and 16 Michelin stars comprise this unique event that will enable IBEROSTAR Hotels &…

Nightlife in Havana

If you travel to Havana you’ll be on your toes all day long. You can move through Old Havana, the Malecón, the Vedado quarter and Downtown Havana… But we recommend saving up some energy for the evening. Well-known places such as El Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio, closely linked to the figure of Ernest Hemingway, are bound to be packed with tourists, but they’re interesting nonetheless and you’ll be able to enjoy the best mojitos and daiquiris. Havana offers you salsa, boleros, jazz, and son. Live performances are great to watch and there is usually something going on in…

What have you ever Taken From A Resort?

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Whenever we travel and spend our vacation away from home, at a resort or a hotel, 73% of the time we return with something we didn’t have when we got there. Isn’t that so? We’re not talking about all the gifts and typical souvenirs we bring back for the family, but about those hotel items that end up in our toiletry bag and our suitcase: a new bar of soap, the little bottle of body lotion that smells so nice, the shower cap (“in case I get around to using it some day”), the shoe shine sponge… even the slippers…

Guide to good restaurants in Havana

If you are lucky enough to go on vacation to the beautiful Cuban city of Havana, we’d like to recommend a few nice places where you can have lunch or dinner: Paladar El Rincón de Eleggua Here you will find many chicken, pork or fish-based dishes. It is a very well located restaurant, which might make the dishes more expensive than at other places but the difference is worth it. The decoration at El Rincón de Eleggua is simple and the service is very good. It is located at Aguacate 257 between Obispo and Obrapia, and opens from 12 noon…

In February you’ll find reggae everywhere in Jamaica

February is the top month for Reggae in Jamaica. It is one of the most expected events, which pays tribute to the musical idols of a musical genre that is always linked to the island of Jamaica and, of course, to the foremost representative of the reggae movement: Bob Marley. Every Wednesday during the month of February meetings are organized, supervised by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA), under the generic title Reggae Nights, with the purpose of portraying the best of this musical genre. Besides celebrating a great number of musical and cultural activities centered on reggae, in February…