Trips

Join us and Escape Brooklyn this February!

It’s finally happening! In partnership with our friends at Escape Brooklyn, we’ll be leading two trips down to Cuba in the dead of winter. Our first trip will be February 3 to 9 and will have more of an emphasis on nature — we’ll be getting out into the hills, valleys, mountains and rivers of […]

Stays

La Llave del Golfo: Past and Future in Santos Suárez

La Llave del Golfo is the version of casa particular that feels much more toward the boutique hotel end, and it’s location in the dense geographic center of Havana, in the neighborhood of Santo Suárez, and makes staying there feel like the a secret discovery completely off the tourist radar. The property, which has remained […]

Going+Doing

The Road to Cayo Jutías

West of Havana, the island bends southward into Pinar del Río province, spreading across a mountainous and sparsely developed area about the size of Jamaica or Puerto Rico. Lush forests cover mountain ranges full of porous rock and rare geological formations called “mogotes” which create dramatic natural skylines and picturesque palm flecked hills and valleys. […]

Playlists

Playlist: Podcasts That Will Teach You Something About Cuba

If you’re looking for Cuba podcasts, there are several that deal specifically with Cuba and then some single episodes of other podcasts that feature Cuba in some way or another. All these are worth a listen because they give some insight into life on the island. (Some are in Spanish)   Radio Ambulante (Spanish)   […]

Going & Doing
  • The Road to Cayo Jutías

    West of Havana, the island bends southward into Pinar del Río province, spreading across a mountainous and sparsely developed area about the size of Jamaica or Puerto Rico. Lush forests cover mountain ranges full of porous rock and rare geological formations called “mogotes” which create dramatic natural skylines and picturesque palm flecked hills and valleys. […]

  • Viñales is (Still) Dangerously 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 with Style and 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
  • La Llave del Golfo: Past and Future in Santos Suárez

    La Llave del Golfo is the version of casa particular that feels much more toward the boutique hotel end, and it’s location in the dense geographic center of Havana, in the neighborhood of Santo Suárez, and makes staying there feel like the a secret discovery completely off the tourist radar. The property, which has remained […]

  • El Paseo Penthouse: Modern Cuban + Rooftop

    El Paseo Penthouse is not just an immaculate mid-century style rental located along the lush tree lined boulevard of Paseo in Vedado, nor is it a “penthouse” in the way they are often conceived — thoughtlessly opulent for opulent’s sake, a trophy for the wealthy to show off. This two room home is one of […]

  • Casa Jesús y Gloria: Restored From Tiles to Ceiling

    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 […]

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Playlists
  • Playlist: Podcasts That Will Teach You Something About Cuba

    If you’re looking for Cuba podcasts, there are several that deal specifically with Cuba and then some single episodes of other podcasts that feature Cuba in some way or another. All these are worth a listen because they give some insight into life on the island. (Some are in Spanish)   Radio Ambulante (Spanish)   […]

  • 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!

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