News & Events

Hurricane Irma: How to Help

Although the worst of Hurricane Irma missed Cuba, the northern coast of the island still experienced tremendous damage and flooding from the storm. In the central and eastern provinces of Villa Clara, Sancti Espíritus, Camagüey, and Holguín many towns were flattened and tourist hotels along the coast experienced extensive damage. In Havana, at least 10 […]

Playlists

Playlist: Music Inspired By Havana

The city has it’s reputation, and over the years it has inspired all sorts of musical numbers…by Cuban singers and even some unexpected U.S. artists (Jimmy Buffet, The Ramones). Here’s our list of the best so far!

Tips

Things To Know Before Going to Cuba

Whether you’re on a solo trip or headed to Cuba with a group of friends, there are lots of extra details that you need to know about before you go. Here’s a breakdown of the rules, regulations, and special considerations that you should know about when planning a trip to the ol’ Pearl of the Antilles.   […]

Playlists

Playlist: (Some of) Cuba’s Acclaimed Movies

Cubans have been avid filmgoers since the artform’s inception, and in the 1950s, Havana had more movie theaters than most other cities, including New York and Paris. Around that time, and with immense support from the Revolutionary government, Cuban filmmaking entered a “Golden Age” in which a number of Cuban directors gained prominence in Latin […]

Stays

Casa Jesús y Gloria: Restored From the Inside Out

Gloria and Jesús Castro (no relation to Fidel), are the owners of a second floor apartment on Calle Compostela in Old Havana with 5 bedrooms, high cielings, balconies, and antique Italian tiles. Jesús still works his day job at a state hardware store, but the couple spend much of their time dedicated to the business […]

Going & Doing
  • Old Havana: Enjoying the Moment At Bar Roma

    Every night, in the dark entryway of what was once a hotel on the corner of O’Reilly and Aguacate in Old Havana, a small crew of surly looking Cuban men stand guard, regulating the entry of a steady stream of Cubans and foreigners arriving throughout the evening until the wee hours. With varying explanations, some […]

  • Viñales is Still Gorgeous

    If you’re staying in Havana for a few days and wondering if it’s worth it to make the trip to Viñales, the answer is probably yes. This tiny rural town has long been a popular destination for visitors and has recieved fawning reviews all over the internet, which might lead one to doubt it’s idilic […]

  • Matanzas: Exploring History From the Margins

    There’s a saying that Matanzas is the Athens of Cuba, with its many generations of great literary and cultural minds. There is another saying that the city is the Venice of Cuba, because of it’s many rivers and subsequent bridges. So why does it get passed over so often by visitors to the island for […]

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Tips
  • Havana’s Best Swimming Pool Options

    If you’re not one of the lucky travelers who booked a casa with a pool (look at rentals in Santos Suárez, Miramar and Nuevo Vedado), you might find that the midday heat of Havana has you searching for a convenient swimming option. There’s always the Malecón, where local kids show off their diving skills, but […]

  • 8 Ways to Save Money on Your Cuba Trip

    As has been discussed previously on the blog, money in Cuba is a complicated topic. It’s easy to spend a lot more money than you want, but it’s also possible to spend very little (ask any Cuban on a government salary). As a foreigner, how much money you spend has a lot to do with […]

  • Getting Around Cuba in Style (and with Efficiency)

    There are lots of transportation options in Havana and throughout the island. Taxis will always be more efficient than buses and other transportation variations, but missing out on some of the more unusual and unique forms of travel would be missing out on an essential piece of Cuba. Plus, you can save lots of money […]

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Stays
  • Casa Jesús y Gloria: Restored From the Inside Out

    Gloria and Jesús Castro (no relation to Fidel), are the owners of a second floor apartment on Calle Compostela in Old Havana with 5 bedrooms, high cielings, balconies, and antique Italian tiles. Jesús still works his day job at a state hardware store, but the couple spend much of their time dedicated to the business […]

  • The Story of Casa Julita

    Casa Julita, which bears the name of its current owner Julia Castañeda, sits on a quiet residential block in Vedado. In between telenovelas and phone conversations with relatives in Camagüey, Julia attends to her guests who hail from all over the world, communicating with simple phrases and hand signs, unless they have the ability to […]

  • Inside 4 Havana Casas Particulares

    Havana’s hotel accommodations are expensive and have a mixed reputation, to put it mildly. The city’s casas particulares on the other hand — private rooms or full apartments rented by Cuban owner/hosts a la Airbnb — are reasonably priced, professionally managed, and come in all sorts of varieties of size, location and price.   Staying in a casa […]

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Playlists
  • Playlist: (Some of) Cuba’s Acclaimed Movies

    Cubans have been avid filmgoers since the artform’s inception, and in the 1950s, Havana had more movie theaters than most other cities, including New York and Paris. Around that time, and with immense support from the Revolutionary government, Cuban filmmaking entered a “Golden Age” in which a number of Cuban directors gained prominence in Latin […]

  • Playlist: Music Inspired By Havana

    The city has it’s reputation, and over the years it has inspired all sorts of musical numbers…by Cuban singers and even some unexpected U.S. artists (Jimmy Buffet, The Ramones). Here’s our list of the best so far!

  • Playlist: A Little Bit of Beny

    Beny Moré was a force of nature in Cuban music in the 40s and 50s. He was a self taught virtuoso singer and performer, a prolific drinker, and one of Cuba’s most beloved musicians. Here are some of our favorite selections from this native of Cienfuegos…  

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