With some of the travel restrictions lifted in Cuba, it seems many of us have a trip to Cuba on the mind! And with Havana only 200 miles from Miami, it will likely become an easy destination to travel to. I was able to visit Cuba back in 2004 on a study abroad program, Semester at Sea (a boat that travels around the world in 100 days!), and exploring this country was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
Here is a list of things you MUST see and do to help you get started with trip planning.
Explore Old Havana
This part of town is a photographer’s dream. There are Vintage 1950s American cars and incredible architecture around every corner. Unfortunately many of these buildings have not been properly maintained, but hopefully this will change as time goes on.
Go to the Beach
Beautiful beaches are close enough to reach by taxi from Havana. Both Playa Paraiso and Varadero Beach are incredible, unspoiled beaches that haven’t suffered from over tourism like other Caribbean islands.
Stroll through Old Square
Whether strolling through and grabbing ice cream or stopping for dinner, Old Square (Plaza Vieja) is a pretty spot on your tour of Havana.
Admire the Plaza de la Catedral
When visiting Old Havana (mentioned above) take some time to admire this incredible Cathedral. I hear it is being renovated so you may not be able to go in. Take a rest and have a beer or coffee at a cafe while admiring this handsome facade.
Visit Hemingway’s Haunts
A trip to Cuba isn’t complete without a stop at some of Ernest Hemingway’s watering holes. Check out La Bodequita Del Medio and La Floridita. In La Floridita you’ll see a signed quote from Hemingway that says “My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita.” While you’re at it, get yourself of hand-rolled cigar at the Partagas Cigar Factory in honor of the writer who was know as ‘Papa’ to the Cubans.