Christopher Columbus described Cuba as the most beautiful land ever seen by human eyes. If you are looking for an unforgettable experience then you must visit this destination. Situated on a tropical island, surrounded by pearly sandy beaches, the entire island features Spanish colonial architecture and fantastic landscapes. The rhythm of Cuban music will accompany you wherever you go, especially in colorful cafes in the capital Havana.

Spent some time there in April. One of the most uniquely beautiful cities I’ve been to. Some recommendations: Check out Fabrica de Arte on a Saturday night. Its a big old warehouse renovated into a contemporary art gallery / concert venue / bar. Go early though because the lines get extremely long. Also beware that they pour their drinks STRONG. Nearly blacked out there.

El Dandy for a place to grab breakfast (Cuban coffee and their bacon were really good) or an afternoon snack (pork tacos) and drink. It’s a prime people watching spot as well as it’s located in Parque Cristo.

Right near there is a restaurant called El Chanchullero that I also highly recommend for a dinner spot. Another fun bar we went to was Submarino Amarillo in the Vedado neighborhood. It’s a Beatles themed bar and a local hangout. They were playing old rock music videos and mainstream music like Bruno Mars on a projector with everyone singing along, drinking, dancing. It was a ridiculously fun night and I believe they have cover bands that perform there too on certain nights.

Most of the highlights of my trip though were just walking around the different neighborhoods (Central Havana was my favorite, followed by Vedado, then Habana Vieja or Old Havana) taking in the atmosphere, crumbling but beautiful architecture, old cars, sounds and interacting with the locals.

 

My girlfriend and I grabbed beers, peso pizza (the best street food in Havana imo) and were invited to watch Real Madrid - Barcelona on a small TV with a ton of local fans. Never felt unsafe the entire trip and the local people were very friendly and social (no one is glued to their cellphone there). Also take a cab and spend an afternoon at Santa Maria beach one day (30 min outside of Havana).

If you’re into music and don’t know where to start, La Zora y El Cuervo is seriously worth it. Went on a random night and it was mind blowing. Makes a good night out since it is in a nightlife district as well.

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Cancun

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Mexico City

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Los Angeles

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Tijuana

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Dallas

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San Francisco

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Providence

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Las Vegas

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Boston

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San Juan

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Atlanta

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Santo Domingo

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Windsor Locks

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León

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Torreon

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Guayaquil

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Panama City

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Cartagena

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Quito

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Milan

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Santa Marta

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Turin

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San Salvador

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San Diego

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Florence

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Venice

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Paris

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Lima

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London

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Istanbul

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Victoria

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Warsaw

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Saint Petersburg

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Madrid

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Rome

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Minneapolis

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Moscow

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Geneva

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New Orleans

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Minsk

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Barcelona

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Munich

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Lisbon

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Philipsburg

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Almaty

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Frankfurt

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Amsterdam

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Calgary

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Lille

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Hamburg

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Dusseldorf

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Berlin

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Verona

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Brussels

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Bilbao

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Riga

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Port Au Prince

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Vilnius

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Santiago

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Kiev

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Helsinki

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Krakow

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Belgrade

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Rostov

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St. John's

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Brindisi

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Caracas

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Overall, It’s a fascinating and inviting city if you avoid the tourist traps.

Video & impressions are a courtesy of Pat, our fellow traveller and adventurist. You can see more of his adventures at his YouTube channel.