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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