Step back in time and experience true authentic heritage and an ambience of the 1950’s like no other in the colourful country of Cuba. Immerse yourself in everything Cuban from its lively cities Havana to Trinidad, street food to salsa dancing, famous bars, iconic cocktails, and the people of Cuba who keep the culture rich and bursting at the seams with flavour and vibrancy.
5 Must-Do’s in Cuba
1. Discover the city in a classic vintage car
Havana is renowned for 1950’s American cars lining its streets in various styles and pops of colour adding to the city’s vibrant culture and unique heritage. So of course on the top of our Cuba to-do list is exploring this lively city and all of its best kept secrets in a classic vintage car – true Cuban style!
2. Visit Cuba’s beautiful white sand beach in Varadero
Relax and enjoy the calm turquoise waters and stretch of soft white sand in the Caribbean paradise that is Varadero Beach. The Cuban culture still lingers in this area of the country with numerous art galleries, museums, cabarets, quaint bars, live music, cigar & rum shops to keep you thoroughly immersed in all that is Cuba.
3. Drink mojitos & listen to live Cuban music at some of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bars
La Bodeguita Del Medio – Cuba invented the Mojito so what better place to drink one than here!? La Bodeguita host regular cocktail making workshops so you can learn all the insider tips and tricks of their secret cocktail craft.
El Floridita – One of Famous Novelist Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bars to hangout in and his number one go-to for a daiquiri. El Floridita remains popular today for tourists and locals alike with their plush upscale interiors, legendary heritage, and signature daiquiri cocktail.
TAC tip: Afterwards head to Disco Ayala- an underground club cave in Trinidad – one of the coolest things to do in Cuba!
4. Entice your tastebuds with authentic Cuban street foods
Wandering the streets of Cuba you will find somewhere to eat just about anywhere, be it a local cafeteria or a street cart. Get your tastebuds ready to eat like a local with some of these traditional Cuban dishes.
Fritas – Cuban pork hamburger. A ground pork patty with lettuce & tomato in a soft roll. Add a pineapple ring or cream cheese and strawberry jam with a side of watermelon juice like the locals do.
Pie de Coco – Coconut pie. An ultra-sweet shredded coconut baked into a pie crust. Eat it this sweet snack with a 50-50 coffee (50% coffee, 50% sugar). Pie de Coco can be bought from vendors cycling the streets.
Elites – Corn on the cob. Served grilled, rolled in cheese, sprinkled with chilli powder and spritzed with lime juice – mouth watering!
Tostones – Flattened pieces of banana fried, served with a dipping sauce.
Churros – Deep fried dough sticks covered in sugar served with a chocolate dipping sauce… the perfect treat after a Cuban sandwich!
Hawaiian Pizza – Classic pizza base topped with tomato sauce, a mix of mozzarella & cheddar cheese and of course- pineapple. The pizza is cooked in an open oven and served in a piece of folded paper. Do it like the locals do and eat it like a taco!
5. Dance the salsa
Head to any of these bars to see live salsa dance performances and maybe even join in yourself! Cuba’s rich upbeat music scene makes it impossible not to give the Cuban Salsa a try whether it be in a club with a mojito in hand or on the street.
Best Hotel in Cuba
The luxury boutique Paseo 206 Hotel is located in the middle of Old Havana. Paseo 206 is inspired by a classic 1930’s Cuban mansion house, featuring only eight suites the boutique hotel will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to your very own mid-century residence. Each room offers exceptional comfort, modern amenities, and a Cuban experience with contemporary international influence. Enjoy the upscale in-house restaurant and bar for a delicious Italian inspired menu with Caribbean flair.
TAC tip: Enjoy an aperitif from the Paseo 206 vintage drinks cart on the private rooftop terrace with unspoiled views of the stunning city surroundings.
- Rooms start from approx. US$399 per night at Paseo 206.
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