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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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Updated Travel Regulations: 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 […]

  • The Paseo: Modern Cuban + Rooftop

    The Paseo (@the.paseo) is not just another penthouse rental vying for your attention, nor is it a “penthouse” in the way they are often imagined — 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 that I’ve […]

  • 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 […]

  • Playlist: Songs 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!

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]