Travel Guide: CUBA 2017

Buenas,

How many epic images of the iconic colorful American car did you see before you said to yourself, I need to visit Cuba! You’re in luck because I have some ūüôā As you might have read from a previous post, I visited Cuba last Summer. I had an amazing time and wanted to come back. ¬†This Summer I traveled with my family. ¬†We had an excellent time visiting¬†Varadero, Vi√Īales, Boca, and Old & New Havana. We stayed a total of six days in Cuba, a short and relaxing trip.

Accommodation

We used Airbnb for both stays in Cuba. We had excellent water-front views and great hospitality. Casa Alicia was located about 30mins from Havana. It was a nice place to drive back home because we would pass the Malecon and see the beautiful night life. A taxi cost about 20 pesos. The first stay was in Boca, it is about a 2-3 hour drive from Havana and about 2hrs from the airports.

Transportation 

Our Airbnb host was amazing and she gave us a car service to use (see the car below). A taxi cost about 20 pesos to go 30 mins or so outside of Havana.

Restaurants 

Breakfast and a few dinners were served by our Airbnb hosts, so there wasn’t much of a need to go to Restaurants, but nevertheless, we did go to a few.

El Templete – Brunch/Lunch/Dinner

—> My favorite is the fresh snapper!

La Bodeguita Del Medio – Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner/Happy Hour

—-> Don’t forget to sign your name or get creative on their walls!

Havana Club – Happy Hour or just want to stop in for a quick refreshing drink to cool off

—> Try the morning mojito (no alcohol, but it was divine )

 

IMG_7988 #Selfie with the La Bodeguita del Medio wall. I went here after going to Varadero Beach. (it was so windy that the sand went in my hair and made a hairline that lasted the entire day!!) IMG_8212.JPG

Oceanfront View from Airbnb in Havana. We had breakfast out here every morning. This is just the side view! I loved this place because every afternoon kids would go into the ocean and surf or play water tag. We also saw a lot of people snorkeling.

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Oceanfront view from Airbnb in BocaIMG_8136.JPG Our car while in Cuba

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Street view from the Airbnb in Boca

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View from “El Templete” Restaurant. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Havana. The service is wonderful and the place is always clean. Last Summer, they were in the midst of renovating and when I came back this Summer I was in awe with what they did with the place. There were two levels, bigger bar, and inside was more open. I love the great view it has and I enjoy the locals coming up to play music or to sing.

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We walked all around the square and into different streets and came across these hidden buildings.

IMG_8069We tried one of the horse tours while in Havana! It was awesome and we were able to see part of the town that would have been double the price just to get there. It was about 20 pesos per person, but since it was about four of us and we were their last customers we got a discount.

 

This list will continue to grow with each visit, but if you’re a Cuban native and have any recommendations for restaurants, bars, clubs, spa’s, salons, or attractions, shoot me an email (taylor@talkthatcurl.com) or leave a comment below and I will look into your suggestions! Thanks, friends!!

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