Jeremy John

Jeremy John
Jeremy John is a Contributor at Cuba Direct.

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5 Fun Facts about Cuba

Posted by Jeremy John on 23-06-2020 04:01:58

Cuba is a fascinating country. From its history to its nature, it has always been a place of intrigue and beauty. Visitors to the island inevitably leave with stories to tell and happy memories to share. Whilst there are thousands of fun facts one could list about Cuba, here are five to whet your appetite to learn more about this unique part of the world.

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10 Fun Facts about the Grand Theatre of Havana Alicia Alonso (and Tacón Theatre)

Posted by Jeremy John on 25-05-2020 01:55:20

The Grand Theatre of Havana Alicia Alonso - ‘Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso’ in Spanish - stands proud in heart of Havana, and is the country’s most prestigious location for opera, ballet and performing arts. Here are ten fun facts about this must-see location.

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10 reasons why Viñales is worth a visit

Posted by Jeremy John on 19-05-2020 03:01:44

Viñales receives far fewer visitors than Cuba’s stunning beaches and enchanting capital Havana. But if you have the time, it is well worth making the trip to Viñales. Here are ten reasons why:

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10 Cuban Musicians to listen to before your trip to Cuba

Posted by Jeremy John on 11-05-2020 06:59:25

Cuba has always been an island with a rich musical output. Music plays a big role in Cuban culture, and the country has produced countless talented musicians. Whilst a list of Cuban musicians worth listening to could go on for miles and miles, I have limited it to ten to provide a starting point that (in my subjective opinion) give a flavour of different Cuban music.

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10 Fun Facts about Havana Cathedral

Posted by Jeremy John on 05-05-2020 01:08:37

Situated in the heart of the Old Havana and dominating the popular Cathedral Square is one of Havana’s most photographed historic landmarks: Havana Cathedral. Here are ten fun facts to fill you in on this magnificent place. 

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Bringing cigars and rum back from Cuba - what you need to know

Posted by Jeremy John on 27-04-2020 07:28:40

Want to bring cigars and rum back from Cuba? You’re not alone. Visitors to Cuba have been doing it for centuries, and it is still a great way to return home with high quality products at reasonable prices. Rum and cigars make great presents for friends and family, or can be enjoyed all by yourself whenever you want to reminisce about that special holiday you had in Cuba. Here’s what you need to know.

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Havana, Viñales and Varadero: Cuba’s golden triangle of the west

Posted by Jeremy John on 20-04-2020 02:31:04

Want to see some of Cuba’s finest city life, nature and beaches all in the same region? Havana, Viñales and Varadero are the three places to do it. Transport between this ‘golden triangle of the west’ is fast and efficient, and the journey itself provides treats for the eye. Each place has so much to offer. Here is the lowdown.

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José Martí - Following the trail of Cuba’s National Hero in Havana

Posted by Jeremy John on 17-04-2020 02:37:07

If there is one Cuban that every visitor should get to know, it’s José Martí. He dedicated much of his life to liberating Cuba from Spain, dying a martyr for the cause in 1895. José Martí was also a highly esteemed writer, penning a diverse range of essays, a novel and large collections of poetry. Once you arrive in Cuba, you’ll never be far from José Martí. His face can be seen on posters, billboards, statues, mural paintings, book covers and even t-shirts. If you are flying into Havana, you’ll notice that the airport is named after him too.

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Havana’s New ‘5 Star-Plus’ Luxury Hotels

Posted by Jeremy John on 06-04-2020 01:08:36

Havana has recently witnessed the inauguration of three brand new hotels that some commentators have been referring to as ‘5 Star-Plus’, due to their high international standards. These are: Accor Paseo del Prado, Iberostar Grand Packard and Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski. They offer an ambience that aims at being a cut above the rest, especially through original interior designs and layouts.

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Ten curious expressions to listen out for during your visit to Cuba

Posted by Jeremy John on 31-03-2020 01:02:38

Whether you are fluent in Spanish or not, you might notice certain expressions frequently said in Cuba. There are many cultural idiosyncrasies in Cuba, and one of them is the language. To list all the ways in which the Spanish spoken in Cuba is curious would require a lifetime’s work, but to get you started here are ten expressions to listen out for during your visit.

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5 Cuban dishes you have to try

Posted by Jeremy John on 23-03-2020 01:10:23

Cuba’s culinary offerings have never been valued in the same esteem as, say, Italian and Thai cuisine. Nonetheless, to avoid Cuban food is to miss out on some lovely gastronomical experiences.

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‘A-Traccion’ - a fun new way to go off the beaten path in Viñales

Posted by Jeremy John on 09-03-2020 01:27:45

Visitors to Viñales now have a new way to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Viñales Valley. Known as ‘A-Traccion’, you can buy a ticket to board an all-terrain 4x4 Jeep that is able to go to some of the lesser-known places of the region. Driven by expert local guides, this new fleet of vehicles promises to be both an enlightening and enchanting way to experience Viñales, a part of Cuba that tends to leave a lasting impression on all who go there, from the beauty of the nature to the friendliness of the locals. 

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Havana is getting a new zip-line experience!

Posted by Jeremy John on 05-03-2020 02:46:59

A brand new canopy zip-line experience is scheduled to open to visitors in March 2020 at the National Botanical Garden (‘Jardín Botánico Nacional’), located in the suburbs of Havana. 

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3 gourmet Cuban products to bring home (besides cigars and rum)

Posted by Jeremy John on 03-03-2020 02:39:36

Whilst Cuban cigars and rum are known globally for their high quality, Cuba also produces other specialities that are well worth taking back in your luggage. Here’s the lowdown on three exquisite Cuban products: coffee, honey and chocolate. 

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5 Unmissable Museums in Havana

Posted by Jeremy John on 26-02-2020 04:34:48

When it comes to museums, one is spoilt for choice in Havana. One of the joys of going to museums in Havana is that, unlike in large European cities, there are rarely huge crowds of people swarming around the galleries.  The list below is not definitive, but should you be in the city, then a visit to any of these museums should provide plenty of food for your mind.

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Viñales - Foodie Heaven for both Vegans AND Meat Lovers!

Posted by Jeremy John on 24-02-2020 02:31:40

When it comes to eating great food in Cuba, Viñales has to be a contender for being the country’s most delicious location. Viñales has whole streets of good restaurants and cafes competing to get your service. Also, it is full of different vegan and non-vegan culinary options. Here are some of them to give you a taste. 

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5 useful items to pack for your trip to Cuba

Posted by Jeremy John on 19-02-2020 02:38:38

After having booked their trip to Cuba, the main thing that many people start getting prepared for is to have a good time. It is also wise, though, to prepare what you need to pack in your luggage. First and foremost, you should never forget to get hold of and take with you a ‘tourist card’ (Cuban visa) as it is mandatory to enter Cuba. Then comes the decision as to what to pack in your suitcase. Hear are five items that are highly recommended.

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5 reasons why you should get married in Cuba

Posted by Jeremy John on 12-02-2020 02:44:11

Cuba Direct are currently putting together some amazing packages for people that are looking to tie the knot in Cuba. In the meantime, it’s worth reflecting on what makes Cuba a great choice of country to have your wedding.

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Travelling solo in Cuba - some tips

Posted by Jeremy John on 10-02-2020 02:56:33

Cuba is a popular destination for families, friends and couples to get some Caribbean sun, sea, sand, history and culture. But it is also a great place for solo travellers to go and immerse themselves in a unique and intriguing country. As one of Latin America’s safest countries, there are many perks to visiting Cuba alone. Here are some top tips for travelling solo in Cuba.

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Scuba diving in Cuba - Discover the best preserved coral reef in the world

Posted by Jeremy John on 06-02-2020 04:42:14

With well preserved coral reefs and an abundance of marine life, Cuba has a lot to offer for scuba diving. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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10 Fun Facts about Havana's famous ‘Malecon’

Posted by Jeremy John on 03-02-2020 04:06:05

Havana’s Malecón is the most famous seafront promenade in Cuba and one of the capital’s places where most people from different parts of the world gather. Here are 10 fun facts to put you in the picture.

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How new direct UK-Cuba flights with Cubana could benefit UK visitors

Posted by Jeremy John on 29-01-2020 06:52:20

On January 23rd I posted the exciting news that Cuba Direct and Cubana have been meeting to initiate more directs flights between the UK and Cuba. The news has been well received and widely shared online, and should mark an interesting new phase in visitors coming from the UK to Cuba to enjoy what the country has to offer. 

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When is the best time of year to visit Cuba?

Posted by Jeremy John on 27-01-2020 02:16:51

One question that is often asked by potential visitors to Cuba is “when is the best time of year to visit?” Cuba is Cuba, whatever time of year you decide to visit. That all said, there are variations throughout the year. The two I will focus on here are the weather and the festivals.

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Great news for UK visitors to Cuba - more direct flights are coming!

Posted by Jeremy John on 23-01-2020 07:23:51

Conversations at FITUR in Madrid today, on the idea to initiate direct flight to Havana and Holguin from the UK. CubaDirect will be the main partner driving forward these flights. This is really exciting!!

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Buena Vista Social Club - What are these songs about?

Posted by Jeremy John on 23-01-2020 03:58:15

In March 1996 the London-based record label World Circuit arranged a recording trip to Havana, Cuba. In just over two weeks three albums were recorded*. All three were released to great critical and public acclaim. The third album, ‘Buena Vista Social Club™’ was released in June 1997 and has since come to be regarded as a classic. Here is a concise breakdown of the lyrics to the songs.

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Havana and Varadero: Culture and Relaxation

Posted by Jeremy John on 20-01-2020 02:22:33

Embrace Cuba's cultural richness before relaxing on the white sandy beach. Combine the bright and brilliant city of Havana with a dreamy beach destination such as Varadero. Still not sure? Here is some more detailed information to put you in the picture.

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10 great salsa bars and clubs in Havana

Posted by Jeremy John on 15-01-2020 02:56:36

Salsa has a deep rooted history in Cuba. Listening to live salsa music, watching the dancing or joining in yourself, is a mesmerising experience. Here are 10 great places to go to experience salsa. Note, that whilst salsa is very popular, there are so many different music genres in Cuba to celebrate that each of these places will also have a variety of other performances taking place. 

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New 2020 direct flights from London Heathrow to Havana

Posted by Jeremy John on 15-01-2020 02:22:20

It’s 2020 and a great year to fly from the UK to Cuba. From June 9th 2020 Virgin Atlantic will be operating direct flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Havana (HAV). These will be on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer season. 

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El Capitolio: 10 fun facts about Havana’s most photographed building

Posted by Jeremy John on 13-01-2020 02:59:54

El Capitolio has dominated Havana’s cityscape since the 1920s, and is still one of the most important landmarks of the city. A visit to Havana is incomplete without walking or driving past it, and since the invention of the ‘selfie’ it has become one of the Havana spots to take a selfie too. But it is more than just a photogenic building. Here are 10 fun facts about El Capitolio building.

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10 fun facts about Cristo de La Habana

Posted by Jeremy John on 08-01-2020 02:57:52

Almost everyone has probably heard of the Christ the Redeemer, and it is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most visited tourist attractions. But Havana’s own version, ‘Cristo de La Habana’ (literally: ‘Christ of Havana’), is not to be missed. Here are 10 fun facts about Cristo de La Habana.

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Colon Cemetery: Havana’s famous necropolis

Posted by Jeremy John on 03-01-2020 08:49:07

Havana is home to one of the world’s largest and most captivating cemeteries, a must-see for the curious minded. It’s not just enormous in size but also grandiose and eccentric in style, and filled with innumerable characters from Cuba’s absorbing history. 

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Destinations Show

Posted by Jeremy John on 23-12-2019 02:59:31

Cuba Direct will be appearing at the upcoming Destinations Show, taking place from Thursday 30th January til Sunday 2nd February 2020 at London Olympia. Destinations Shows is the largest public travel show in the UK, with industry experts and famous guests convening to share their wisdom. 

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Ten superb bars in Havana to sip cocktails and socialise not visited by Hemingway

Posted by Jeremy John on 17-12-2019 09:05:50

When it comes to going out, Havana has it all. A unique place to dance and drink the night away, Havana’s bars give so may reasons to celebrate being alive. No wonder the bestselling writer and renowned drinker Ernest Hemingway made this city his home. But there is far more to Havana than Hemingway’s footprint.

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