DURATION: 3 DAYS
Cuba has been in the limelight of late and vibrant Havana provides a great introduction to Cuban Culture. The crumbling buildings, classic cars and colorful locals are even better in person, more than any brochure could depict. The city is awash with history surrounded by the continuation of everyday life, which is just as fascinating. Havana is a city where we just sat back and took it all in.
There are many hotels around Havana, however a much more authentic experience is to stay in one of the cities many Casa Particulares. Casa La Concordia coming highly recommended, a charming apartment decorated with antique furniture and a delightful host in Centro Habana. Having the first nights accommodation arranged and asking your host to arrange a taxi from the airport will provide your starting point to follow the Casa trail.
While Cuba is not renowned for its cuisine, there are a number of awesome private restaurants popping up around Havana over the past few years. A must is La Guardia, frequented by Jay Z & Beyonce when in town. Located in a stunning early 1900’s marble paladar, the food and drinks are second to none. Be sure to visit to the rooftop terrace for an after dinner cocktail. Others worthy of a mention are nearby Swedish Inspired Casa Miglis. All Casa Particulares come with a standard breakfast, fruit, coffee and cuban style heuvos.
Take an open top Classic American Car tour of the city, ask your driver to turn up the music, sit back and enjoy one of the coolest car rides on this planet.
Three days was not enough to sample all Havana has to offer but the here are a few highlights from our trip:
Getting around can be a little tricky at first, public transport is reserved for non-tourist so its best to head to your nearest hotel to arrange a taxi. Haggling is part of everyday life so bear that in mind. Avail of Hotels for currency exchange, internet and arranging tours.
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