Diana Rita Cabrera

Diana Rita Cabrera
Diana is Cuba Direct’s Marketing Specialist. Born and raised in Havana, she is deeply in love with her hometown. Her passion is to share travel tips, photos and insights - just ask her about her Cuban recipes!

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Cuba's Casas Particulares: 5 Reasons Why We Love Them

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 25-Jun-2018 16:48:59

If you’re looking to experience Cuba like a local, enjoying authentic adventures informed by insider knowledge, then you’ll want to book yourself into a casa particular (private homestay) ASAP. Cuba Direct has long been a champion of this kind of accommodation, recognising the many unique and immersive opportunities that they offer travellers as well as the positive impact they have on the ordinary Cuban families who run them. They offer excellent value; in fact 30 out of the Top 50 Best Value Hotels in Cuba are casas particulares according to the popular reviews website TripAdvisor. It comes as no surprise when you consider the casas’ enviable locations, authentic dining options and the wealth of tips and information the local hosts provide.

Here we outline just what a casa particular is and what makes them so special, giving our top 5 reasons why you should consider one for your Cuba holiday.

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Tags: casas particulares, casa particular, off the beaten cuba, where to stay, private homestay, ethical tourism, insider tips

Undiscovered Hotels: 10 of Cuba's Colonial Gems

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 06-Jun-2018 18:03:39

Like echoes of a bygone era, boutique hotels in Cuba are all about provincial warmth and historical charm. Compact and exclusive, each hotel featured on this list boasts less than 30 rooms (even as few as six!). Several are restored mansions from the 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring sunlit courtyards and high ceilings effortlessly combined with modern, top-of-the-line facilities. So take a break from all-inclusive resorts and step back in time with a stay in one of Cuba’s Unesco-listed cities’ historical treasures. Read on to discover our top 10 picks of lesser-known boutique hotels throughout Cuba.

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Tags: camaguey, off the beaten cuba, where to stay, Holguín, cienfuegos, matanzas, santiago de cuba, hotels, vinales, remedios, gibara, boutique hotels

Beyond the Guidebook: 10 Hidden Beaches in Cuba

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 30-May-2018 16:15:59
A bucket list for Cuba almost always includes the famous beaches of Varadero, Cayo Santa María, Cayo Coco, or Guardalavaca. But there’s a handful of other truly unspoilt, off-the-radar sandy paradises, waiting to be discovered all over the island. Absent from most travel guides, and a long way off being ‘conquered’ by tourist busloads, the 10 beaches listed below are recommendations from our Travel Consultant Liam, an avid-traveller who loves to venture off the beaten path. He spent three years sating his wanderlust in Cuba and, on his travels, discovered these gems.
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Tags: Holguín, cienfuegos, travel ideas, santiago de cuba, beach holiday, off the beaten cuba, trinidad, beach, camaguey, vinales

Prince Harry and Meghan to Honeymoon in Cuba: Here’s Why

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 03-May-2018 13:27:54

With just over two weeks to go until the royal wedding, the buzz surrounding the event is reaching an almighty crescendo. While the big day itself will be a spectacular event, it’s just the beginning of the celebration for American actress Meghan Markle and HRH Prince Harry who will no doubt be jetting off to somewhere fabulous in the following days. Namibia, Rwanda, Barbados, Saint Kitts & Nevis and Jamaica have all been floated by the press as potential post-nuptial escapes for the jetsetting couple but our money is firmly on Cuba, the perfect honeymoon getaway. Here’s five reasons why it’s the ideal choice for the royal newlyweds…

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Havana with Kids: 5 Must-Do's

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 03-May-2018 10:34:59

If you’re searching for a transformational family trip, one that encourages your children to immerse themselves into a new world, get creative and make memories, then Havana is your dreamed wonderland. While travelling with children to a country with no Disneyland, no SeaWorld, and no Cirque du Soleil may seem daunting, Cuba more than compensates for its lack of theme parks with immersive cultural, historical, and natural experiences. Cuba’s youngest visitors can admire fleets of vintage cars rolling the streets like a living museum, play on unspoilt beaches, and explore pirate-era forts. Read on for a list of unmissable experiences for travelling to Havana with children.

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Tags: travel ideas, holidays, family, child, children, insider tips, havana

Havana’s Top 10 Museums: From Well-Known Palaces to Quirky Collections

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 04-Apr-2018 13:59:02

When most people think of Cuba they think of classic cars, Che, beaches and maybe even cocktails. Few people think of museums. What they don’t know is that the nation’s capital, Havana, is a haven for culture-vultures, history fanatics and art aficionados.

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Tags: travel ideas, history, afro-cuba, santería, religion, exotic, hemingway, activities, child, where to go, checklist, kids, culture, insider tips

Where to Stay in Cuba: Our Favourite High-End Picks

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 03-Apr-2018 16:46:15

Looking for the five-star treatment on your next trip to Cuba? High-end boutique experiences were rarer than snow on the island during its post-revolution years but times have certainly changed (though we’re still waiting for a white Christmas!). These days, elegant colonial mansions are being transformed into boutique homestays and world-renowned luxury companies, such as Kempinski, are taking over iconic buildings.

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Tags: recommendations, hotels, hotel, all-inclusive, cayo, sea, beach holiday, casa particular, where to stay, twin-centre holiday, trinidad, havana, cuba, varadero, guardalavaca, beach, city, holiday offers, high-end, luxury holidays

Unmissable Drinks & Dishes in Cuba

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 13-Feb-2018 11:11:03

Cuban-style roast pork, congri, yucca with mojo and a refreshing mojito: there's no better way to explore Cuba’s multi-cultural heritage than through its syncretic gastronomy. Tantalise your taste buds and prepare yourself for a journey full of flavour – here’s the lowdown on what dishes and drinks to try on your next trip to this beautiful island, along with some bits of history and advice on wining and dining in Cuba.

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Tags: advice, drinks, cocktails, paladar, restaurants, hemingway, havana, trinidad

Cuba's Biggest Literary Event is Coming: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 12-Feb-2018 13:50:09

With the motto leer es crecer (reading is growing), the 27th edition of Cuba’s International Book Fair opens this February. The Cuban publishing industry’s largest annual event transforms the usually-deserted La Cabaña fortress into a huge book market, selling new and old titles of all genres. Attracting publishing companies, book-lovers and curious tourists alike, the fair also includes book presentations, award ceremonies and musical concerts at night. Havana hosts the event for 10 days before it travels to other cities across the island, ending four months later and almost 500-miles away in Santiago de Cuba.

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Tags: literature, santiago de cuba, havana, culture, events

The Sound of Cuba: Fiesta del Tambor

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 12-Feb-2018 13:47:11

Whether you find yourself in drizzly London, bustling Barcelona or frenetic Hong Kong, you can’t help but sail away to a sunny Caribbean beach when you hear the mellow and rounded beat of bongos. Cuba is the land of percussion: life on the tropical island is soundtracked by the Afro-Cuban rhythms of rumba, Son, Timba, Guaguancó and everything in between. All these percussion-based musical genres meet at Fiesta del Tambor, a Havana festival and competition that showcases the work of both famous and debutant instrumentalists eager to show off their skills on the tambores (drums). If your feet (or at least your heart!) vibrate to the beat of batás, bongos, or drums, this is the event for you!

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Tags: music, havana, events, religion, santería, afro-cuba

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