Celebrating the Spring Holidays

Cuba Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)

Cuba Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)



it's only 93 miles from Florida and just 13 from the Bahamas but like the smoke that coils from its legendary cigars the Republic of Cuba exists in the time and space or its own blending the traditions of Spain Africa and its native peoples and lit by heat buyers of independence and revolution the aromas textures and flavors of this Caribbean nation are like no other despite its size Cuba has punched well above its weight for centuries its vast plantations satisfied a global appetite for sure and first for the smoothest rums in 1962 it played center stage in a nuclear standoff which made the planet hold its breath for 13 days and through it all its infectious rhythms taught the world how to move his hips in few cities and stir the imagination like Cuba's capital Havana a city preserved by forts and Citadel's a five mile seawall and an imposed embargo which held back the excesses of the 20th century for over 50 years Havana symbol whose Lockheed Alicia dedicated to the city's first female governor who scanned the horizon each day for her husband's return from the sea 400 years later she continues to wait high above the Castillo de la salle Forza the city's original fort while her husband never returned from his explorations today she watches as millions of travelers come to explore her city the fort overlooks a Plaza de Armas good birthplace and heart of Old Havana step into the cool colonial elegance of the palace of the captain-general once home of governor's today the home of the Museum of the city of Havana browse the vintage books and posters empresa de armas take the short walk to the plaza de la canal where fortunes are told and thousand spills from beneath the arches made from blocks of coral cut from the ocean floor the Cathedral of st. Christopher is a Cuban baroque masterpiece that has been called music set in stone 400 years was also the resting place of Columbus who claimed the fertile lands for Spain in 1492 and another of the old town squares is plaza de san francisco which has changed little since the days when the crews of passing galleons filled their barrels at the fountain of the lions a more recent addition to the square is la conversación a statue that reminds us to keep the need for dialogue in contemporary society juvenile ever need little reminding of the importance of such simple pleasures in a world where our heads are increasingly bowed to the smartphone this is a city where people still walk with their heads held high there's something truly liberating walking these advertisement and franchise free streets where you can be opened to millions of unguarded moments like the curbside battles of which the characters The Melancholy of peeling paint and the promise of a new coat one place that will never see a paintbrush is loboda he does Amedeo enjoying mojito and add your name to the thousands of others which adorn every surface of this iconic barn even around the city is easy simply walk catch a bus or cruise in style cabana is home to thousands of classic autos from a golden age which just like the city only becomes more alluring with each passing year head west and you'll soon see the majestic Dom at capitolio rise over central Havana these streets here are lined with some of Havana's finest architectural treasures such as the great theater of Havana and the National Museum of Fine Arts Oh just a little further to the west discovered in another district a mix of fabulous nineteen fifties modernist buildings and neoclassical mansions patiently awaiting restoration its go to markets then join ice cream loving locals ad copy via Havana's futuristic temples to the multis group the bravado is also home to the University of Havana a hotbed of inquiry and dissent for almost 300 years and the iconic National Hotel where the likes of Winston Churchill Rita Hayworth and Leonardo DiCaprio has spent many a Cuba night while histories of Havana give this city its pulse it's on the malecon where you'll find its soul extending for miles along cabanas northern shores this is where the city comes to meet romance and dream and perhaps catch a little dinner at the molecules eastern end look out across the mouth of the Havana Harbor from Port San Salvador to its Big Brother Morro Castle for centuries these two guardians were linked by a giant chain which could be pulled tight to keep marauding ships at bay while we were near the malecon sister and visit the museum of the revolution housed in the former presidential palace of deposed dictator Batista the museum is a dedication to those who took part in the long march to a free Cuban homeland you'll find tributes to Cuba's political heroes all over Havana but there is none greater than the plateau that I've evolution where more than a million Cubans can gather at a time towering over G square is the memorial to Jose Marti the poet writer and lightning rod for Cuban independence there your respects to Cubans great and small at Cologne cemetery a city within a city containing over 500 muscle items from generals to just champions to the poor I walk through these 57 hectares is a walk through Cuban history another city within the city is first ilandia where for more than 30 years the wild imagination of artists Jose Foster has exploded from the confines of the studio and into the neighborhood streets walls and rooftops of high money dust Havana has long been a magnet for creativeminds on Havana's outskirts high on the shady hilltop since the former qeh residence of Ernest Hemingway peer into the rooms were the noble Orion lived for 20 years writing classics such as the Old Man and the sea the home was a gift to the people of Cuba and remains much as it was the day Hemingway left his beloved Island forever in 1960 when the Sun gets low and the city takes on its beckoning glow why not hit back downtown and order a daiquiri at El Floridita just as el Papa did after a long day at the typewriter then let have Ana's magical rhythms carry you into the night Havana's lured can be hard to resist but Cuba offers so much more beyond the seductive lights of its capital in Cuba a long sandy beach and a cool breeze is never far away just 12 miles from Havana downtown the eastern beaches unrolled towards the town of Matanzas the birthplace of the rumba and Cardenas where in 1850 the Cuban flag flew for the very first time from here follow the scent of fresh lime rum and Sun Tan Lotion north to one of Latin America's premier resorts Varadero this long sandy peninsula is famed for its natural attractions as well as its resorts be sure to take a walk in the Evalia caucus ecological reserve and experience the subterranean world of the Cueva the ambrosio then could often be pure crystal waters of nearby Cueva a dogma after exploring the northern coastline turned south towards Cuba's heartland Santa Clara is Cuba's most revolutionary city here in 1958 Che Guevara and 18 pelo rebels took on an armored government train with a bulldozer and Molotov cocktails and won the battle of Santa Clara brought an end to the revolution and cleared the way for a new president Fidel Castro who would steer Cuba's course for the next 50 years but this city will always belong to Che he is everywhere watching over the city from his mausoleum from the streets from the very walls extolling us to remember that liberators do not exist the people deliberate themselves from a city forged by revolution to one built on sugar welcome to Trinidad in the early 1800s this was the sugar capital of the world here plantation owners or vast fortunes into plazas churches and Spanish colonial mansions filled with the best furnishings money could buy just a few miles from Trinidad climb Manaka is not a tower for views across the via dolorosa he knows here for as far as the eye can see thousands of workers once cut sugarcane while more than 50 mils squeezed out its Frida liquid gold Trinidad is surrounded by other riches to relax on Southern Cuba's finest stretch of sand Playa angkong then follow the rural back roads that lead to the cool height of the Sierra they Escambray in Cienfuegos the new changes from spanish to something a little more Parisien this is the only Cuban city founded by the French and it shows there is an unmistakable elegance here in these spacious avenues around Jose Marti Park to the theater where Caruso once brought opera lovers to tears you'll find it amid the lavish dining room and rooftop terrace of the Palacio de vache and in the seaside homes of Punta Gorda now when it's time to experience dangerous elegance you'll find plenty nearby in the bird life of Laguna Juana Roca and in the afternoon light of Rancho Luna Beach after exploring Cienfuegos why not just keep going because there's so much more to discover in this country which opens to the world more each day sometimes it's hard to know whether Cuba is awakening to the world or if the world is awakening to Cuba whatever your politics it's easy to admire this island nation that has proudly gone it's always Cuba may still have one foot firmly in the past but as the world tumbles forward into tomorrow we can be thankful for the many things it has not let go wah-wah-wah


Reader Comments

  1. i love cuba
    one of the most independent country in the world
    the classic cars, OMG i love it
    Although under the longest economic embargo in the world, Cuba has amazing social development achievements
    Cuba keep fighting the imperialist empire of United States
    however Cuba has impressive solidarity power and the imperialist empire cannot destroy it

    "Patria o Muerte"

  2. I don’t care if I’m American and it’s Cub we’re talking about. Cuba is a breathtaking place with amazing cuisine, sights, people and nature. I have several friends from Cuba, and both they and their families were some of the most open and nicest people of all. I’m a traveler and Cuba has been on my bucket list for some time now, but I hope I’ll have some time to spare within the year so I can visit this paradise.

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