The Pros and Cons of Cuba Travel (+ Concerns and Logistics)

You’ve heard all the stories about an exoctic island in the Caribbean called Cuba. One that is known for hot blooded salsa dancing, revolutionary heroes, and mojitos that can help you write prose like Hemingway. Is Cuba really a destination worth all the hype? I say Yes. And I say it loud with a fiery twist of my hips. I visited Cuba on a group tour with Intrepid tours, and spent a few days dancing it up on my own in Havana! Cuba was a vacation filled with memorable moments and deeper insights into happiness and how I …

Best Things to do in Trinidad, Cuba – Travel Guide

Trinidad, a colourful town located on the south coast of Cuba in the province of Sancti Spíritus is filled to the brimmed with olde-worlde charm and colonial splendor. Located between the lush greens of the majestic Escambray mountain range and the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since…

Best Places to Eat & Drink in Trinidad, Cuba

Before arriving in Cuba I’d read several times over that I shouldn’t expect to fall in love with the cuisine. And…. I didn’t. But I’m hasten to add the home-cooked food I had during most of my homestays was delicious. So oddly, you could say, stay inside for good food. However, part of the fun of eating out is soaking up the famed Cuban atmosphere which is something Ruchi and I were…

Cuba: Essential Travel Advice You Should Know Before Going

Visa/Tourist Card You need a visa/tourist card to enter Cuba. There are a few different ways to apply but since we were short on time, we applied through Cuba Visa and it came two days later by post. It cost £35 and it was a quick and easy process. However, if you’re not in a hurry, you can obtain a visa from the Cuban Consulate in London at half the price. Don’t bring US Dollars I’m used to US Dollar being the safest and preferred mode of currency…

Cuba Travel Guide: Things To Do, Costs, & Travel Tips

Cuba Travel Guide & Budget Travel Tips Cuba Travel Tips Is it possible to travel Cuba on a budget? Learn how much it cost me to backpack through Cuba — along with my favorite travel tips, things to do, and more. Budget Travel Guide: Cuba (2017) The island of Cuba was “discovered” and claimed for Spain by …

Discovering The Magic Of Trinidad: Cuba’s Colorful Colonial City

Exploring Trinidad, Cuba Trinidad, Cuba Trinidad is Cuba’s best preserved colonial city, a unique mix of 1850’s architecture & 1950’s cars that feels frozen in time. Check out some of my favorite things to do in Trinidad. Trinidad was one of the first Cuban towns founded by the Spanish, and it quickly grew wealthy from the production …

My Bucket List

Every other year, I update my bucket list to cross off items that I’ve done and add in new items that have appeared on my travel radar. Some people say travel isn’t about ticking off lists, but I like to see travel as a challenge and a form of self-improvement. Keeping track of places I’ve …

The Long Journey to the Eastern Tip of Cuba

If you’ve followed the instructive posts I’ve recently written about Cuba (or, alternatively, the more immersive ones I wrote during my trip, in July of 2015), you can see that the places I mentioned—Havana, Viñales and Trinidad—are all geographically very close. While this still means several hours on a bus every few days, given Cuba’s still-developing infrastructure, it’s doable and, ultimately, bearable. The same cannot…

A Handy Guide for your First Trip to Cuba

Captivating scenery, enticing local drinks (especially rum, of course) and sultry salsa dancing – it’s fair to say Cuba has a lot to offer its visitors. If you’re heading off to this picturesque Caribbean spot, hopefully you’ll find our guide for first timers in Cuba pretty handy, and you can focus on having the best time ever. Accommodation in Cuba As with any idyllic tourist hot spot, there are countless accommodation types available in Cuba, from your standard (to more luxurious) hotels, to even budget-friendly hostels. However, one option that differs significantly on this island is the Casas …

Arriving at Havana Airport (Arrival & Taxi Information)

Wandering Earl After arriving at Havana Airport, which might involve a bit of a wait until there’s an empty gate for your plane, you’ll take a quick stroll over to the dimly lit immigration area. I waited in line at immigration for a few minutes, handed over my passport and…

Exploring Havana: Pork, Prostitutes & Plastic Bags

Wandering Earl We turned right out of the apartment building and walked a couple of blocks over to the main thoroughfare that runs through Vedado. A few birds flew overhead, one car drove by. It was almost noon but everything was eerily still on this second day of exploring Havana. So eerily…

My Trip to Cuba: Day 1 (Walking 14km in Havana)

Wandering Earl Less than five minutes after we walked onto the streets of Havana for the very first time, my friends and I were strolling along the sidewalk when a man clad in a bright yellow t-shirt, carrying two large canvas bags, called out to us. Before I knew it, I was helping this jolly fellow carry one of …

A Miraculous Story about Love

1Dad1Kid.com A story about love is not uncommon, but few of them are as heartwarming, and even fewer can be called truly miraculous, as that of La Milagrosa in Havana, Cuba. Amelia and José had a forbidden love.  Amelia was from a proper, rich family and José was a poor man. Against her parents’ wishes they were wed. They had a short time of happiness until Amelia died in 1901 during childbirth, and unfortunately their child died as well. To spite her parents, José built a small, poor tomb for her and the child rather than allow her …

Travel to Cuba: Top 5 Things to Know Before Taking a Trip

Colorful Cuban buildings A Cuban trip has always featured quite high on the list of places I would like to visit. This year I realized that if I was going to go, it may as well be now and started planning accordingly. I researched the Caribbean country extensively before I set off, yet was still left…