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  • My Mojito in El Chanchullero, My Daiquirí in El Dandy

    There’s a famous quote from the rum-loving Ernest Hemingway that goes something like “My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquirí in El Floridita.” Well, those two places still exist, but due to Hemingway’s affection for them, they’ve now become overpriced, crowded and generally unpleasant state-run bars, where you’ll mostly find a tourists who just got […]

  • Support the Cuban People: Community and Cultural Orgs on the Island

    If you’re going to Cuba, your fancy USD Dollars that you spend while you’re there are sure to be put to good use by casa hosts, taxi drivers, shop owners and other people who’s services you use. But you can also support Cuba by donating to or getting involved in one of these terrific organizations […]

  • Foolproof Planning for the Cuba Bound Traveler

    First, it’s important to be clear that independent travel to Cuba is still legal. The regulations changed somewhat under the Trump Administration, but 11 of the 12 travel categories remain open to independent travel, without sponsorship from a U.S. tour company or full-time guide. Whereas before Trump, people traveling independently declared “Educational People-to-People” travel, the […]

  • Latest Travel Regulations (Updated November 9, 2017)

    The good news about the change to Cuba travel policy announced recently by the Trump Administration is that there are still plenty of ways to travel to Cuba, even if you don’t want to go with a big tour group. The bad news is that the new rules continue to be extremely vague and have […]

  • 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 […]

  • Legal Travel: 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. Your […]

  • All Your Cuba Cell Phone Questions Answered

    One of the biggest differences between Cuba and the rest of the Americas and Europe is cell phone service. Cuba continues to be a society where people aren’t able to connect to the internet through their phones as easily, and so aren’t as tied to using them to check email, news and social media. That’s […]