The art and culture of Cuba

The art and culture of Cuba

For a long time, Cuba has been a controversial country, with revolutions and embargoes dotting its history, but with roots that went much deeper, into Spanish colonial history, slave trade and an industry based on sugar production and force labor. And yet out of these miserable experiences a culture unlike any other emerged, and today Cuba is one of the most fascinating cultures in the Caribbean, and perhaps the world. The official language of Cuba is Spanish, but like other Caribbean countr... [ read more ]

Top 5 restaurants in Santiago de Cuba

Top 5 restaurants in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba might not be as large as Havana, but it is just as full of culture, history and bustle like the capital. As the second largest city in Cuba, Santiago de Cuba is among the destinations that should not miss from your bucket list when visiting the country. There are dozens of attractions to see in this pleasant city, from museums to monuments and historic buildings. The environs of Santiago de Cuba allow for various holiday activities, and there is always some interesting walki... [ read more ]

Rum tours in Cuba

Rum tours in Cuba

Whether or not you like the taste of rum (even as a flavoring, not necessarily as a beverage), you simply can't visit Cuba without considering the fact that rum production was and still is an important part of Cuban culture and industry. The easiest way to become acquainted with this national beverage is to try the various sorts of local rums at small bars and cafes, but if you're more interested in the history of rum rather than the taste of the drink, there is a lot you can do to learn abo... [ read more ]

The best local dishes in Cuba

The best local dishes in Cuba

All Caribbean cuisines are a mix and match of various influences, come either from the indigenous population, the conquering colonists, or slaves from different parts of Africa. While not all of the history of the Caribbean is a pleasant story thanks to this mix of cultures, the cuisine definitely got the better of it. Cuban cuisine is a mingle of Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisine, with even some Chinese touches thrown into the mix in the area around Havana. Cuban cuisine is unique, fla... [ read more ]

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cuba: The historic center of Camagüey

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cuba: The historic center of Camagüey

Camagüey is the third largest city in Cuba, and yet it is not one of the most popular stops for foreign tourists. However, those who ignore Camagüey  in favor of more touristy destinations like Varadero for example miss out on one of the most interesting historical attractions in Cuba, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site to boot. Camagüey fits very well the trope of 'city of contrasts', because there is a world of difference between the modern part of the city with its concrete apartment b... [ read more ]

Kid-friendly attractions in Havana

Kid-friendly attractions in Havana

Although anyone who has ever visited Havana knows that it's great fun to be there when traveling solo or with friends, what with all the attractions and sights that appeal to grown-ups (salsa, drinking rum in local bars, hanging out with the crowd on the Malecon), but what about families who are traveling with children? Cuba in general, and its beautiful capital in particular are great family travel destinations, because the appeal of Cuban destinations is no way limited to rum, salsa, and c... [ read more ]

The best tours in Cuba

The best tours in Cuba

Cuba is the kind of country where there's something to see in every corner of the horizon, so if you're one of those kinds of tourists who like to see as much as possible of their holiday destination to get a taste of the overall atmosphere and culture, then you will have your work cut out for you. However, if you'd rather not be a jack of all trades and master of none and you want to know all there is to know about one facet of Cuba, the best thing you can do is go on a tour. Whether you wa... [ read more ]

The most interesting sights in Vinales

The most interesting sights in Vinales

The small town of Vinales was founded in 1875, and in some respects it seems like it hasn't changed at all since then. The town is still peaceful and quite, with beautiful front porches and people who go about their business without hurries and seemingly without worries either. Cuba is known to be a friendly country with inhabitants who are happy to tell you about their homes and their lives, but Vinales is probably the friendliest place in the country, and for this reason alone your stay in... [ read more ]