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Phrases I heard from locals in Havana, Cuba

In politics there’s always going to be two sides of the story, that’s something we all know. During my visit to Havana, I made sure to write down every phrase I heard from locals regarding the revolution and the current government. (DISCLAIMER: To all my Cuban-Americans friends, this is not a political post and has nothing to do with my personal opinion regarding the revolution and its history. This post just narrates what I heard from locals and translated it to the English language) The quotes below might shock you… Here’s what I heard: “Our government lets us cubans live in peace every day knowing that next month my daughter is going to have food in her stomach no matter how much I work or I don’t work that month” – Taxi driver in Varadero. “Cuba has a 98% literacy! The highest in the world. Everyone has a free education, but when it’s time to go to college and pick up a career it’s when everything gets complicated. There are a limited spots for each …

Where to Stay, Eat and Party in Havana, Cuba

Where to Stay? Rent via Airbnb.com a house in Synoney or Miramar, Havana’s best neighborhoods. Iberostar Hotel Havana, a five-star hotel located in the heart of Havana. 1 2 3 4 Where to Eat? El Cocinero – Hands down the best restaurant in Havana. La Juliana – for a quick grab and go meal! Buena Vista Social Club – Food, drinks and salsa music all at once. Here’s where the real party is at. Where To Party? La Fabrica de Chocolate – is it a bar or is it a gallery? It’s both. Great ambience to look at some art while drinking delicious cocktails. La Bodeguita Del Medio – a famous bar best known because Ernest Hemingway used to spend his afternoons in this bar. La Floridita – If you are a Daiquiri lover, then this bar is for you. Buenavista Social Club – By far the best spot in Cuba to enjoy a delicious dinner and cocktails while listening to great cuban live music. This show is great and lots of fun! Let’s just …

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Traveling To Cuba

You need travel insurance! Immigration officers will ask you for a document verification of your insurance through the length of your stay. There are two currencies in Cuba: The CUC and the CUP. Both of them are complete opposite, so make sure you choose one and stick to it. (Yes, both of them are cuban currencies and No I have no idea why. #ItDoestMakeSense) A Cuban Visa is required to enter the country. A $20 piece of paper that can be acquired in most major airports (Except in the US). If you are traveling from the US, make sure you request this document prior to your trip. Cash is the answer. Forget about debit and credit cards, especially if they are from a USA bank. Havana is very expensive in comparison to other islands in the Caribbean so make sure to bring just the right amount. No Wi-fi. Yes, you heard right! Only high-end hotels offer Wi-Fi service for guests at an additional charge. Expect the slowest connection you’ve ever experience in your lifetime haha …

No Filter Needed for Varadero, Cuba

The ocean is so blue that it looks like the entire beach is photoshopped into real life. In other words: paradise found. Varadero is a tourist destination. Countless luxurious five-stars beachfront hotels to choose from! Most of them offer an all-inclusive package for guests not to worry about anything during their vacation time. Choosing the right hotel is key to enhance your experience during your stay! When a hotel greets you with a glass of champagne, you know your experience is going to be a great one. I stayed in the Melia Varadero Hotel, a five-star hotel with beautiful amenities and various entertainment activities throughout the day. (For example, the night I stayed there was a Cuba Night show in the pool area and a cuban pig roast in the afternoon.) Tips: Plan ahead and book a transfer from Havana to Varadero prior to your visit to Cuba. Also, make sure you confirm with the driver the pick-up time and location the day before and the day of the trip. Bring plenty of sunscreen! Try …

From Little Havana to Havana, Cuba

(DISCLAIMER: To all my Cuban-Americans friends, this is not a political post and has nothing to do with my personal opinion regarding the revolution and its history. This post just narrates what I saw, did and listened from locals during my short-visit to Cuba) Introduction Over the past six years, I’ve heard multiple stories of Cuba from my Cuban-Americans friends living in Miami. Each story, whether positive or negative, is what triggered my curiosity. I always wanted to see with my own eyes how locals live in the present. I once heard: “Cuba was the Paris of the Caribbean”, and from my experience I 100% agree with this statement. Havana is as beautiful as any major city in Europe! The revolution indeed changed a lot and it’s sad to see how locals live with some sort of “limitation” in life. In Cuba, you can dream big but your dreams will most likely be shattered. To make a difference in this world, you must find a way to get yourself out the island. If not, you …