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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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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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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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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Tags: havana, drink, cocktails, bars

How to plan the perfect Cuba holiday – the ultimate step-by-step guide

Posted by Susana Corona on 27-08-2019 12:17:53

Planning the perfect Cuba holiday doesn’t need to imply spending an extraordinary amount of time or effort organising your trip, nor suppose any special ordeal or hassle. Not if you follow our simple step-by-step guide on how to plan the perfect holiday to Cuba in 10 steps (or less).

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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

Short on time? - The 6 Best Day Trips from Havana

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 12-07-2019 05:46:52

Beaches, ecotourism and scuba diving – there’s more to experience on a holiday to Cuba than the charming architecture and contagious music of Havana. Taking a break from the city without sacrificing too much time in road trips is possible with day tours from Havana. Here’s a list of the six best day trips from Havana, listed according to how long it takes to get there. All these tours take less than a day and do not require booking for accommodation.

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Tags: havana, travel ideas, things to do in havana, day trips havana

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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Tags: culture, destinations, travel blog, exotic, cuba libre, holidays, cigars, tobacco, costa rica, cuba and beyond, nature, travel ideas

How to travel like a British celebrity in Cuba – the must-do’s

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 24-05-2019 01:39:44

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla visited Cuba in march 2019 as the first members of the royal family to land in Havana after the 1959-revolution. The royal couple visited Old Havana, drove a classic car to the Lennon Park, and prepared their own mojitos at a local restaurant. Before them, Edward of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger also jumped at the opportunity of visiting Cuba.

What were they eager to see and what did they do? Read on to find out.

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Tags: varadero, havana, santiago de cuba, travel ideas, royal tour