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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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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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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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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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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Tags: havana, drink, cocktails, bars

Beyond the Beaches, What’s There to See in Cuba?

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 09-08-2019 05:45:45

Close your eyes for a second, I want you to focus on one word: Cuba… What were the first images that came to mind? A tropical destination? White sands and crystal blue seas, perhaps? You might even have travelled slightly further down the list of Cuba trigger words and landed at ‘cigars’ and ‘mojitos’. But in all honesty, was there much to separate Cuba from any other sunny destination? Or, if you fancy the Caribbean, is there really much difference between each island?

Well, we’re here to tell you that yes, there is! Read on to find out the top 5 reasons why Cuba is so much more than just your average sun and beach destination.

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Tags: cuba travel tips, travel ideas

Escape the All-Inclusive! – The 5 Best Day Trips from Varadero

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 31-07-2019 03:15:08

All-inclusive beach resorts seem like the perfect plan for a holiday. Varadero, the most coveted beach destination in Cuba, ticks all the boxes: amazing beach, white-powdery sand, and perfect weather all year long. But, trust us, after four to five days of an all-inclusive buffet, after seeing the same people lying under the umbrellas at the beach, and after saying “Hi” to the same folks in the hotel lift, you’ll be screaming for a day break like… now!

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Tags: varadero, things to do in cuba, travel ideas, day trips

Carlotta's Guide - Top Things To Do in Trinidad

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 19-07-2019 02:00:00

There is no denying that here at Cuba DirectTM we're all Cuba enthusiasts, and we're lucky to have members on our team from all over the island who can tell us about their favourite cities, towns and excursions. Carlotta, our London-born but now Havana-based representative, made it to Trinidad last month and is keen on sharing some of her top places to visit and things to do in Trinidad. If you have any interest in visiting the beautiful island of Cuba or perhaps have been before and are eager to return and try something new, keep reading to find Carlotta's top picks for excursions, food and nightlife.

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Tags: trinidad, travel ideas, things to do in Cuba

Cuba & Costa Rica: The Perfect Combination of Culture and Nature

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 01-07-2019 06:11:45

If you’re thinking of finally taking the plunge and booking that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba, then you may want to consider penciling Costa Rica into your plans. In recent years, twin-country holidays have been trending amongst globetrotters, as travelers seek to get the most out of the time and money they’ve invested in journeying halfway across the world. Those looking to be seduced by the rich colours and history of revolutionary Cuba will find that Costa Rica’s verdant jungles and volcanic hot springs can offer the perfect contrast, throwing the Caribbean’s largest island into new and exciting contexts. A bio-diverse Central American treasure and a communist Caribbean time-capsule, Costa Rica and Cuba complement each other through their cultural and geographical diversity. And they’re conveniently close too – lying just across the stretch of the glittering Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is only 2h20 mins away from Cuba’s vibrant capital!

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