Location: Havana, Cuba
Havana is a vibrant city truly meant to be explored. Whether you are a blogger or not, there are a plethora of beautiful sights to see and photograph. Walking through the neighbourhoods of Old and New Havana, you experience the culture of the city and get to meet various locals along the way.
5 reasons you should visit Havana!
1. The History
Walking through the streets of Havana, you can not only see but feel the history around you. The Hotel Nacional, where we stayed during our time in Havana, was the beginning of our first history lesson. Now a hotel, it once was the headquarters for various illicit activity, involvement with gambling, the mafia and an important site during the revolution. Located in Vedado, Havana, it has the most beautiful view overlooking the Havana Harbor and the Malecón.
TIP: Take a tour. You won’t regret it.
2. The Culture
Vintage Cars and vintage feel – Staying a few days in Havana really takes you back in time to the sweet rides of the 1950s. These vintage cars are passed down from generation to generation, many now turned into taxi services. There’s so much authenticity in Havana, it’s truly an unreal experience.
TIP: Get picked up in a convertible and ride alongside the retro buildings – Feels so surreal and very cool.
3. The Ambiance
Street corner, restaurant, bar, hotel, you name it! There will be live music all around and around the clock. By the end of your trip, I’d be surprised if you didn’t know the lyrics to Guantanamera!!
TIP: A cabaret show is a must! I went to see Tropicana in Cuba and it was fantastic. What got me wow-ed was not the elaborate costumes, or the beautiful music, or the true authenticity of being greeted at the door with a rose, or the rum and coke during the show, but that all combined, it was performed outdoors under the beautiful stars.
4. The Heat
I just can’t get enough of sunlight. The hotter the better I always say. And Cuba is no shortage of it!
TIP: Download the Cuba App on your phone prior to travel. – It’s a great offline app that gives you your location, suggestions to various restaurants and bars and tourist attractions with a light history reading of popular sites to visit. With limited data, this offline map comes in handy.
5. The Views
As gorgeous as they say – Some of the streets of Havana are pretty run down yet it is important to gain perspective and understanding.
TIP: If you’re a morning bird, enjoy that time to walk the Malecón, an 8 km stretch along the coast of Havana. – Not a morning person? The sunset is just as beautiful and a sight to see.
Currently Wearing: Zara Floral top with full sleeves (exact one here), and Zara Bermuda Shorts.
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