Havana & Varadero – a Holiday Itinerary to the Best of Cuba

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 21-Jun-2019 15:00:00

If a mix of city sightseeing followed by the Caribbean’s best beach relaxation sounds like your kind of holiday, then a trip to Havana and Varadero is the next thing to check off your dream holiday bucket list. About two hours (83 miles) from each other, Havana and Varadero offer a unique opportunity to experience two holidays in one.

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Enjoying Art in Havana – A Guide to the Best Places and Events

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 06-Jun-2019 14:43:12

Whenever I’m asked to do a go-to guide on the best ways to enjoy Havana’s cultural scene, my first thought is: “I can’t choose – just go out there and explore!”. My initial, helpless advice boils down to the fact that Havana is ideal for travelers in search for lesser known, off-the-beaten-track places. In Cuba’s capital, there are no hidden clubs or elite-styled galleries. Art lies in plain sight here, especially in houses turned galleries in quirky neighborhoods.

But, if you’re looking for a hint, a preview, a quick glimpse into this 500-year-old city and its cultural expressions, read on for the must-go places and our list of Havana’s quirkiest cultural hot spots.
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How to travel like a British celebrity in Cuba – the must-do’s

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 24-May-2019 13:39:44

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla visited Cuba in march 2019 as the first members of the royal family to land in Havana after the 1959-revolution. The royal couple visited Old Havana, drove a classic car to the Lennon Park, and prepared their own mojitos at a local restaurant. Before them, Edward of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger also jumped at the opportunity of visiting Cuba.

What were they eager to see and what did they do? Read on to find out.

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Tags: varadero, havana, santiago de cuba, travel ideas, royal tour

The Best Selfie Spots In Havana: Our Top 10!

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 17-May-2019 15:03:10

Attention selfie fans! We’ve searched all over Havana to make this quick guide for all our snap-happy travellers out there. Here you’ll find the top ten spots our dedicated team of local representatives recommend for those unforgettable holiday pictures.

Have you ever heard  “a picture is worth a thousand words”? Some would even argue that in this day and age if you didn’t take a picture of a place you’ve visited or a meal you’ve loved then it wasn’t really that remarkable. Well, we at Cuba Direct TM believe that a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a city like Havana needs to be commemorated.

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Tags: havana, cuba holiday offers, travel ideas, selfies

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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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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Carnival in Cuba: Join the Nation's Biggest Party

Posted by Rosanna Young on 16-Feb-2018 15:28:48

Carnival season may be coming to a close across much of the world, but in Cuba the party hasn’t even begun.

In most Roman Catholic countries, Carnival is a pre-Lenten festival; a time of excess before 40 days of austerity. But in typical Cuban style, things on the island are a little different, with celebrations taking place throughout the summer in various towns and cities. Lucky for you, that leaves plenty of time to organise your Carnival trip.

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Tags: havana, culture, events, santiago de cuba, music, afro-cuba, matanzas, history, carnival

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

5 Genius Travel Hacks for A Smoother Trip to Cuba

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 13-Feb-2018 10:50:45

Read on for the ultimate guide for your travel to Cuba. Five genius travel hacks for a smoother trip to Cuba, with exclusive insider tips from our team of Cuban travel experts.

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Cuba's Biggest Literary Event: 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), Cuba’s International Book Fair takes place every 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.

Here we answer all your questions about one of the book-loving island's biggest cultural events.

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

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