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May 28, 2020

Things to do in Havana, Cuba




HELLO EVERYONE! Yes, I am screaming at the top of my lungs, as I haven't been in this space this year. First things first, how are you all coping with the pandemic? I hope you and your family are safe. It is a tough time for everyone, and I am hoping this passes away sooner than later.

Now on to today's post. Guys, last August I made it to my dream city, Havana! Cuba was a country that had rated high on my travel list for ages, but due to travel restrictions imposed on U.S. residents, I thought a visit there was impossible. This cannot be further from the truth, and I will explain the travel process in another blog post. 

My time in Cuba was spent in 4 different cities, and I will be starting my Cuba travel series with Havana.Enjoy

1. Ride in a classic car --this is a must do
The classic car rides are a fun way to see the city. We opted for a 2 hour ride, and we got to see China Town, Havana Vedado, Revolutionary Square, and John Lennon Park.


2. Visit Plaza de la Revolución
 Revolutionary square is a political symbol in Cuba. It is the spot where many of Fidel Castro's political rallies took place.

3. Visit one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas, Catedral de la Habana


4. Wander around The Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.
This is a beautiful Cuban baroque architectural style structure in old Havana. It has an amazing courtyard and a few exhibits in the upper rooms.


5. Wander aimlessly around Plaza de Armas 
This is a great spot for people watching and relaxing. You can grab a frozen drink or pop into the little galleries to check out some cool art.

6. Enjoy a stroll along the malecon

It was always such a joy to walk by the malecon and feel the cool breeze from the water


7. Drink a daiquiri or two at Floridita, one of Ernest Hemmingway's favorite bars

I didn't go inside the establishment, but I hear the daiquiris are awesome.

8. Catch the sunrise over the malecon

We stayed across the malecon, and it was always a joy to wake up to the sun rising over the water and watch the locals fish
I made a friend while I strolled along the malecon 

9. Explore Havana Vieja

Although grimy (stray dog poop ), Old Havana, brims over with intriguing architecture. On my last day in Havana,  I wandered about aimlessly, enjoyed conversations with the locals, bought souvenirs. and just generally people watched.


10. Eat, drink, and be merry!

To be honest, I was shocked at how great the food was. Almost every article I came across when planning my trip knocked down the food in Cuba. Boy, was I relieved and pleasantly surprised that my culinary experience was nothing short of amazing. 
Two restaurants I recommend are EL Biky (Central Havana) and Elizade(Old Havana). The former is great for breakfast, while Elizalde has an incredible dinner menu. I had the best ceviche at Elizalde and we even hosted a little bachelorette dinner for my friend here (Pictures in an upcoming post). We ate at each restaurant multiple times, and now I keep in touch with some of the workers, who are now my IG friends.

Avideo to summarize the 4 wonderful nights in Havana
               
The People of Havana

I love Cubans! They are the friendliest people ever! They are genuinely curious about tourists. They are super helpful, and they will insist you take their picture :-)


The Cars of Havana
How beautiful are the cars of Havana! I couldn't get enough of these classic automobiles.

Classic American Cars in Cuba
Classic American Cars in Havana, Cuba
Classic American Cars in Havana Cuba


Random sights of Havana



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Guys, how beautiful is Havana! Have you ever been to Cuba? Did you enjoy your time there, or do these pictures make you want to visit once the pandemic has subsided? Please leave your comment below and let me know what you think.

29 comments:

  1. I LOVE all of the dresses each of you were wearing in the outfit and travel photos above - they all look delightfully feminine and very pretty. It's wonderful how colourful the houses, cars are.
    I have never been there, but Cuba looks like a delightful place to visit.

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  2. I visited Havana a few years back and did most of these things as well. Loved riding in the classic car and visiting the Malecon, the Floridita and the Plaza. Great photos!

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  3. I know, I am so glad things changed and we can travel there more easily now. I would love to get there one day and it is not that far away. Your photos are BRILLIANT! I love everything you captured. And what you are wearing, it is perfect!

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  4. Havana is such a colorful city! Those classic cars are amazing!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. It really is. Those classic cars where such a delight.

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  5. Definitely on my wish list. Love the pictures

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  6. Thanks for sharing all these awesome photos. Havana looks awesome, and you look so happy being there:)

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  7. What a wonderful trip in Cuba!
    I love your style, the colours and your photos! :)

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  8. I would love to visit Cuba one day!!!!
    Sounds so wonderful, fun and interesting!
    Your pics are amazing and you look so pretty: you can really say that you all were enjoying your time there! :D
    XO
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  9. Wouuw .. , truly Havana is colorful 🤩! Very cool series of colorful classic cars, also the road area is also lively.
    You also look cool with eye catching clothing.

    A holiday full of impressions and colors.
    Greetings from Indonesia.

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  10. Beautiful photos and you look Great.
    Greetings.


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  11. Amazing pictures and I see you can do a lot in Havanna!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  12. What an amazing place, so colorful!
    It's been on my list for a long time, and I guess it'll just have to wait a lil more, thanks for sharing!
    S

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  13. You're photos look amazing! So many beautiful colors! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  14. I can't wait to visit Cuba someday. I know I'll love it 100%. hahaha
    Happy you had an amazing time!

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  15. It is very beautiful everything you show, the tourist part and all that. If I did not understand the historical and cultural context that the country is experiencing, I would say "Oh, what beautiful photos and so far". A country with so much poverty, with so much inequality where they are practically isolated.

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    1. The same can be said for any country in the world. There is always the good, bad, and ugly. People visit America all the time, yet there are black people who suffer injustices everyday and have to continually prove their humanity. Tourists are going to visit regardless, and showcase their own experiences.🤷🏿‍♀️

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  16. Amazing photos :) I love the sunsise. Pink clasric cars are so cute :D

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  17. an amazing destination, really! thanks for sharing your useful tips and experience!

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  18. I love this colorful city and I would like to come back there again and again...
    You look fab babe!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  19. These pix are amazing are you kidding me!!!

    XX

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  20. I've never been there but it looks so beautiful and colourful in every pic I see! it looks like you had so much fun there, what a great trip! Thanks for sharing :)

    Hope you are having a lovely week! :)

    Away From Blue

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