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  • Finding Havana’s Newest Secret Bar

    What makes a secret bar secret? How does one know the number of secret bars in Havana or which one of them is newest? The answers to these questions are unknowable — the only thing I can say is that about 2 years ago I struck up an acquaintance with the owner-manager of Bar Roma, […]

  • Cienfuegos: Quiet Costal Hideout

    Yes, Havana is exciting, Havana is bustling, Havana has it all — but sometimes you want a beautiful place to just relax. Cienfuegos is that place.       Despite it’s size (pop. 160,000) and status as the (eponymous) provincial capital, and despite it’s sugar-rich history, Cienfuegos feels like a quaint coastal town. It was […]

  • 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. […]

  • The Inimitable Viñales Valley

    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 […]

  • A Rundown of Hemingway’s Cuba Hideouts

    Ernest Hemingway was all over Cuba — exploring the countryside, living in its hotels, fishing and patrolling its waters, and drinking in it’s bars. Eventually he bought a house there and spent winters living on the island for several decades, and he was there when it was announced that he had won the Nobel Prize […]

  • A Ferry, A Train, a Town called Hershey

    About 50 miles outside of Havana is a town that was once entirely owned and run by the Hershey corporation under its founder and namesake, the legendary industrialist Milton S. Hershey. Built from scratch and completed in 1918, it functioned for decades as a privatized company town, and as one of the key elements in the Hershey’s chocolate production […]

  • Paladares of Havana: Our Favorites

    Havana, as the internet has noted, is exploding with food options. This wasn’t always the case — the Cuban government legalized privately owned paladares (restaurants in homes) in the mid 90s along with casas particulares (guest houses for foreigners) as it pivoted toward tourism to stave off economic disaster.  Today, with the a new tourist boom and the continued […]

  • The Best Places to See Havana from Above

    Havana is a city best explored on foot, but this means a lot of looking up at the cityscape — sometimes it’s nice to to get a bird’s eye view and look down over the most picturesque city in the Caribbean. Here are the places that offer the best views of the surrounding city: La […]