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  • 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 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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!

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]