‘Havana’

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…

Cuba

Locked in time, Cuba is much more than simply a place for a quick getaway. It has so many appealing features that you’ll have to plan out the purpose of your trip to this fascinating country. Cuba is blessed with the most beautiful and exuberant natural gifts, vibrating, colorful landscapes, protected natural areas and paradisiac beaches. It is a country of contrasts, where past and present, freedom and restriction cohabitate. Its people are generous, intellectual, cultivated, dreaming, cheerful and passionate. They are the backbone of a musical nation, with deep-rooted culture and perfectly preserved history. The decadent architecture is beautiful…

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…

10 tips for travelling to Cuba

Cuba is the place to go—for so many reasons! The latest political events add to the appeal of travelling to this great island, so here go a few tips that will help everything go right on your trip to Cuba. · Electric sockets: In Cuba electric sockets are designed for flat pronged American style plugs. Some of the larger hotel chains have sockets for round, European style prongs, but your best bet if you don’t want to be frustrated is to take a universal plug with you. · Include a first aid kit in your luggage: If you plan to…

Ticket to Cuba

If you love the Caribbean, there’s an island you just have to visit, and the sooner you do it the better! Have you got your tickets to fly you to this island in the Caribbean Sea? If so, there are a few things you absolutely have to do when visiting Cuba: · Rest on a hammock on a paradisiac beach and let your mind drift: the nicest beaches are in Varadero and the Cayos (Keys). Feel free to choose: Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Ensenachos, Cayo Largo del Sur… · Visit Santiago de Cuba: the second most important city in…

9 reasons for a vacation in Cuba

· Miles upon miles of incredibly beautiful beaches. You can choose from over 300 beaches from the northern Atlantic coast to the Caribbean on the southern side of the island. · Large and small cities. Enjoy the charm of smaller cities besides Havana and Santiago. How about a visit to Trinidad or Baracoa? You’ll be surprised! · Surprising architecture. There is a special festive spirit in Cuban architectural designs that you will find anywhere you go on the island. Such heterogeneous buildings and structures will leave you in awe. · A welcoming, genuine, charismatic community. The fondest memories you’ll take…

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…

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,…

Carnival in Santiago de Cuba in the month of July

Would you like to be able to celebrate the Carnival some time other than on the mandatory dates in February or March? If so, don’t miss one of the liveliest traditional festivals of Cuba and the Caribbean. From the 3rd to the 9th of July every year, in Santiago de Cuba, they celebrate the Fiesta del Fuego or Fire Festival. The Fire Festival, also known as the Festival of the Caribbean, brings together the various cultures of the Caribbean through dance, music and plain fun. Every year a Caribbean country appears as the special guest: dancers and musicians from that…