Cuba

MAD About Cuba

MAD About Cuba

I was told not to go to Cuba alone as a “girl” so I did the next best thing…took my cousin along even though she was another “girl.” It didn’t take us long to realise we were probably in one of the safest countries in the world, communist and all. Our plan was to spend(…)

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Highlights of Santiago de Cuba

Highlights of Santiago de Cuba

I really had no idea what to expect of Santiago de Cuba, afterall the next biggest city in Cuba is always overshadowed by Havana. So Santiago was going to surprise us – it could only leave a good or a bad impression right? We showed up in Santiago with no plan except a booked casa particular and(…)

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Things to do in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Things to do in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos is on the southern coast and is unique because it is the only city in Cuba that was founded by the French. As a result it has a different feel to the other Cuban cities. From the historic centre in Pueble Nuevo out to the older 1950s style homes on the peninsular Punta Gorda, it(…)

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Photo Diary: Day Tour of Pinar del Rio Region

Photo Diary: Day Tour of Pinar del Rio Region

There are many day trips to choose from Havana, but we wanted to see the tobacco plantations Cuba is so famous for. That was our draw towards the Pinar del Rio region where most are found. Added to that, the ViƱales Valley with its unique round mountains and caves, has been declared a National Monument and Cultural scenery protected(…)

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Enchanting Havana

Enchanting Havana

  We spent five days in Havana and it felt like it just wasn’t enough time. Each day drew us into wanting to explore more and more of this magical city. Cuba is known as stepping back into time therefore it is best described in photos. It’s one country you can never tire of taking(…)

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Casa Living in Cuba – My Favourites!

Casa Living in Cuba – My Favourites!

I was a luxury chain hotel addict who always wanted the comfort of my Hyatts, Hiltons and Marriotts (a definite side effect of being a serial business traveller in my past corporate life). Cuba changed all that. I had the option to book luxury hotels including the famous Hotel Nacional and Parque Central in Havana,(…)

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Ask a Local: Feature – Trinidad de Cuba

Ask a Local: Feature – Trinidad de Cuba

Cuba is a curious and exotic destination for many. Trinidad de Cuba, a six hour drive from the capital Havana in Cuba, is a walking museum in itself. It has maintained its historic core and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Irisenidy Rosa Suarez Albalat, manager of the casa particular Hostal El(…)

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How Cuba inspired me to write

How Cuba inspired me to write

When I first told people I was going to Cuba for a whole month I got mixed reactions: From my friends who knew my hot foot well “Oh wow, awesome, take lots of pics!” From my American friends “So jealous, wish we could travel there freely!” From some others “Are you mad? It’s unsafe! What(…)

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