‘Caribbean’

The pleasure of riding through Havana on an old Chevrolet

  When you set foot in Havana you are immediately taken to the past, not a very distant past but it’s the past nevertheless. The fact is that Havana possesses a huge cultural and historical heritage that comes second to none. We mean this literally, as far as its cars are concerned, which inevitably take us back to the 1950s and early 1960s. The wants and needs of the island prevented the renewal of most of the cars on the roads of Cuba after the downfall of the Batista regime. The old Fords, Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Chryslers have been handed…

The undisputed beauty of Havana

Here is a time lapse of the city of Havana, where you can admire the beauty and elegance of the capital of Cuba. In Havana, the aesthetics of destruction is as widespread as street music, big convertibles and the smiles on people’s faces. Those who dwell in these houses, which are seemingly either about to topple over or in a state of perpetual refurbishing, are the main characters of this city that beats outwards, with so much to see and live that you are always left wanting for more. Enjoy it!   https://vimeo.com/136493863     “The Hotel IBEROSTAR Parque Central,…

Jamaica. A perpetual party

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Jamaica, one of the Caribbean destinations par excellence, offers visitors unprecedented evasive possibilities. Subtle and wild, the island of reggae and home of the rastafaris stands out for its vibrant culture, its extraordinary beaches and surroundings of exuberant nature. For those who thrive on partying and never-ending nights, Jamaica has many establishments where you can seep in the rhythm of the best music. Powerful live gigs featuring reggae, ska and calypso with suggestive cocktails. Jamaica’s nightlife is among the best you can find in the Caribbean thanks to the quality and the quantity of the proposals to choose from. There…

The unquestionable charm of Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo, the capital of the beautiful Dominican Republic, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1502, but then over the centuries this Spanish colony erected large public, private and religious buildings, being as it was the administrative center of the New World and one of the great cities of the Americas. In 1990 its Colonial Zone was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. · Baluarte del Conde: a collection of defensive buildings with many historical items: the park known as Parque de la Independencia, the Puerta de la Misericordia and Puerta del Conde gates, the Fort of La Concepción…

Tulum, the Mayan seaside city

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Tulum, an old Mayan port, is one of the most visited and beautiful Mayan cities in Mexico; part of its charm lies in the fact that it was built facing the sea. Tulum was a Mayan fortress which experienced moments of glory at the end of the Classical period (around the year 1000 AD). The most iconic of its structures, called “El Castillo” (The Castle), is located at the edge of a cliff from which the turquoise-colored waters of the sea can be appreciated. This is, without doubt, the most photographed corner of the area and you must not miss…

Trinidad, Cuba’s most colonial city

Some 300 km from Havana in Cuba, you will find Trinidad, a town which is a genuine open-air museum. It has the most beautiful and best-preserved colonial archaeological collection in all of Latin America. It has not been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988 for no reason. And if that were not enough, its geographical location on the island, between the sea and the mountains, only serves to multiply its extraordinary charms. The natural beauty that dominates in the nearby San Luis Valley infects Trinidad. In its period of greatest splendor, this valley became the largest producer of sugar…

Jamaica in February: reggae

If Robert Nesta Marley, better known as Bob Marley, had not died of cancer on May 11, 1981, in Miami, on February 6, 2015, he would have turned 70. His music, his lifestyle, his pacifist and apolitical struggle and his defense of the Rastafari religion, of which he was a staunch member, made him an idol beyond his own borders and a character who, still today, carries on his legacy and philosophy of life through foundations and organizations all over the world. In fact, there are many cities that organize activities and concerts in his memory, mainly during the days…

The majestic El Vedado district of Havana

Considered today as the heart of the Cuban capital, the El Vedado district takes its name from the prohibitions in force in the 16th century to open paths in that impenetrable region, covered in forest which blocked any hostile access towards the village of St. Christopher of Havana. Large hotels with casinos, restaurants, bars and cabaret clubs were already built in this district in the Batista era, when the American dollars of tourists flowed all around, buying everything. Nowadays, it is a very commercial and central district, a meeting place for tourists and Cubans, and better preserved than some of…

Beaches, cliffs, mountains, rivers… Jamaica for travelers

Jamaica is one of the most fascinating Caribbean islands, one of those places where nature offers its best version of itself and allows the visitor to discover and fall hopelessly in love with almost all of its corners. From the beaches to the mountains, passing through rivers, cascades, cliffs and islands, everything seems to be waiting for you to discover and enjoy it. Bob Marley´s island beaches, just like the vast majority in the Caribbean; they are literally breathtaking and allow you to relax your body and dream, rocked by the gentle sea breeze. The list is endless, but some…

Three cities which explore the life and works of Gabriel García Márquez

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The recently deceased writer Gabriel García Márquez is globally renowned, and not just for his excellent works but also because he gave birth to the concept of magical realism, which exists thanks to the narrative and experiences of this Colombian writer who resided in Mexico had throughout his life. To learn more about him and his work, there are three cities which you absolutely must visit, three cities which, without doubt, maintain the spirit of the magical realism so characteristic of the work of the author of the excellent One Hundred Years of Solitude. The city that has marked a…