Cuba has been described as one of the most singular destinations on the planet and once you are there it is not hard to see why.
Walking down the old colonial streets of downtown Havana, the smell of cigars waft through the air, salsa music blares from the local cantina, and car horns blare as a 1950s Cadillac flies by followed a 57’ Chevrolet taxi.
Of course, this 1950s feel is part of Havana’s charm. This sensation melds perfectly when thinking about the rich culture and history. This feeling of being transported back in time is so attractive that for me this is plenty of reason to visit.
Havana is an enchanting and captivating city, with the twists and turns of its compelling history and rich culture laid bare in the surprising diversity of its architecture and kaleidoscope of citizens. – RoughGuides
These are just some of the things you can’t miss during your next TravelSmart VIP getaway to Cuba:
Take a Taxi ride
Take a moment and enjoy the cars. In today’s modern society these cars are hard to come by without paying an arm and a leg. Due to the pricing of newer cars and an age-old ban on car importation (that has since been lifted) it is very normal to see several of these works of art gliding down the street. In fact, many car enthusiasts would tell you just that these cars are for many, dream cars. Take the opportunity to enjoy them and hop in a taxi, you won’t be disappointed. While traveling around the city you can enjoy these shiny vintage moving sculptures and take in the city through the eyes of a local. One thing to note it is very common for taxi drivers to pick up several different fares at the same time so don’t be surprised. Locals are very friendly and love to chat so take the opportunity to speak and get some tips on things to see.
You may have heard about the mythical Cuban cigar on television or from someone you know. Only in Cuba can you get the real thing so even if you don’t smoke they are worth checking out. Go ahead and visit any local cigar shop! Honestly, it is not even necessary to smoke them, the rich smell alone is really satisfying.
Hemingway in Havana
Ernest Hemingway had an obsession with Cuba and spent a lot of time in Havana. Besides visiting some of his favorite local hangouts you can enjoy visiting the birthplaces of the daiquiri and the mojito! Although they tend to be incredibly touristy, they are definitely worth a visit. I recommend two places, La Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita. Even Hemingway said, “My mojito in the Bodeguita del Media and my daiquiri in the Floridita”. La Bodeguita boasts the original mojito and Hemingway even referred to La Floridita as “the cradle of the daiquiri”.
Just these few things really add to the rich culture you can experience in Havana, Cuba. Of course, you have to visit some of the main attractions while in the city but use these couple of suggestions to pepper in throughout your adventure. I promise it will make it all the richer.