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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 […]

  • Vedado’s Fucina Des Artistas: Up and Coming Artists In Action

    There are lots of galleries sprinkled throughout the city, but at Fucina des Artistas (@fucinadesartistas) visitors get a chance to peruse finished works in a gallery style setting and meet and watch young Cuban artists in their studios. The space is located in Vedado near the bustling intersection of 23 and 12, in a second […]

  • Exploring Havana on Wheels with Ruta Bikes

    On my most recent visit to Havana, I was dealing with a conundrum. I was going to be taking photos at a long list of locations and needed to get around the city easily without having to pay for lots of cabs. So, I went over to the snazzy Ruta Bikes website and shot them […]

  • 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 […]

  • Playlist: Dancing at Clandestina

    At Clandestina, it really is good times had by all. Check out their latest playlist on Spotify! To hire a local to plan all of your travel logistics for your trip to Cuba, and ensure that it fits the legal travel rules, check out ViaHero!

  • Design in Havana Starts at Clandestina

    Havana has always had lots going on around art and design, but over past few years it’s become much easier for visitors to to access all of the great things that are happening. And thanks (or no thanks) to the internet, you know longer have to wait until you arrive to find out about things. […]

  • Cero Habana: 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Cienfuegos: Quiet Costal Hideout

    Yes, Havana is exciting, Havana is bustling, Havana has it all — but sometimes Havana is overwhelming, and you just want a beautiful place to relax. Cienfuegos is that place. Despite it’s size (pop. 160,000) and status as a provincial capital, and despite it’s sugar-rich history, Cienfuegos feels like a humdrum coastal town where nothing […]