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  • Cienfuegos: Quiet 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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) This NPR […]

  • 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. […]

  • El Paseo Penthouse: Modern Cuban + Rooftop

    El Paseo Penthouse (@elpaseopenthouse) is not just another generic vacation rental vying for your attention, nor is it a “penthouse” in the way they are often conceived — opulent for the sake of being opulent, a trophy for wealthy show offs. Au contraire, this two room home is one of the most stylish and understated […]

  • Playlist: Acclaimed Cuban Films (and 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Casa Jesús y Gloria: Restored From Tiles to Techo

    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 […]

  • 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 […]