Travel to Cuba: The Best Recommendations

My recent trip to Cuba proved to be a beautiful mix of cultural immersion, breath taking sites, salsa and rum. If you’re planning a trip to this beautiful island soon, let me share my top recommendations with you. You can find general tips on money, internet, Visa info, and more HERE.

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There is more to see than the big city of Havana.

Here is the itinerary of my two week adventure in Cuba.

  1. Varadero (2 nights) – where we landed.
  2. Trinidad  (2 nights)
  3. Havana (5 nights)
  4. Viñales (day trip, ~ 12 hours)
  5. Varadero (4 nights) – where we flew out of.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Varadero –

TO DO:

  • Enjoy the beautiful beach!
  • Can rent beach chairs for 2CUC a day
  • Walk around the streets and check out souvenir shops and larger markets 
  • Take a romantic stroll around Parque Josone
  • Try the Hop-on Hop-Off bus for $5CUC a day
  • Enjoy free rum tastings at the House of Rum 

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TO EAT:

  • La Vicaria $
  • La Casona del Arte $$
  • El Amanecer $
  • Waco’s $$$

NIGHTLIFE:

  • Calle 62
  • The Pirates Cave
  • Havana Club
  • La casa de la Musica

WHERE WE STAYED:

  • Casa Magda y Gilbert
  • Norma’s B&B

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Trinidad –

TO DO:

  • Take a trip to the sugar cane plantations with a private driver or organize bus tour
  • Spend the morning at Playa Ancon
  • Get lost wandering the streets of this quaint town 

TO EAT:

  • Guitarra Mia $$
  • Restaurante San Jose $$

NIGHTLIFE:

  • Plaza Mayor has live music and dancing starting at 10pm 
  • Casa de la Musica  
  • Disco Ayala (Cave)  

WHERE WE STAYED:

  • Hostal Las Margaritas

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Havana –

TO DO:

  • Visit museums: Museo de La Revolution and Museo De Las Bellas Artes (Fine Arts)
  • Take a walking tour
  • Walk along el malecon 
  • Shope at the Almacenes San Jose Artisans Market
  • Walk down Obispo St. 
  • Go dancing

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TO EAT:

  • San Cristobal (where the Obamas, Kardashians, and Beyonce have eaten)
  • El Cocinero (rooftop restaurants attached to Fabrica de Arte)
  • Los Nardos (across from el Capitolio)
  • La Guarida 
  • Paladar los amigos (Anthony Bourdain ate here)

NIGHTLIFE:

  • Fabrica de Arte
  • 1830
  • Hotel Florida  

WHERE WE STAYED:

  • Casa Yadilis y Joel

 

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Viñales – 

We were only here for the day so I can’t recommend anything regarding night life, where to stay, or places to eat.

TO DO:

  • Visit coffee plantations
  • Walk through caves and take a boat ride through
  • Visit a tobacco farm
  • Stop at El Mirador for a breathtaking view of the landscape 

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I can’t wait for my next trip to Cuba. There is still more places I would love to explore there. If you have enough time, I highly recommend exploring the areas outside of Havana to really fall in love with Cuba.

 

 

Viva Cuba! 

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