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Cuba The Cookbook

The flavours of the island can now be cooked right in your own home For a country that has seen an explosion...

Heidi Hollinger’s 300 Reasons to Love Havana

Heidi Hollinger, the internationally acclaimed photographer, author and television star, has had a love affair with Cuba since she first visited there... Read more

Habanos Cigar Festival announces upcoming 2018 dates

Last week Habanos S.A. announced the 20th annual Habanos Festival will be held from February 26th to March 2nd 2018 in Havana,... Read more

Beisbol 2017-2018: Play bol!!

Many visitors to Cuba like to catch a baseball game as part of their trip. The 2017-2018 season got under way on... Read more

Five Star Grandeur – Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski

  Oh la la ! The grand opening of Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski did not disappoint.   Havana’s first genuine five-star hotel since... Read more

La Zorra y el Cuervo serves up Havana jazz

I was not a hipster chasing Billie Holiday between Harlem jazz clubs in the 1940s but, if I had been, I am... Read more

Head to Club Habana for some beach time

At least once per trip to Havana I get a hankering for some pool time or a little beach action. After all,... Read more

The Clandestina Guide to Havana

Idania del Rió and Leire Fernández run one of the trendiest boutiques in Havana, called Clandestina. Launched shortly after the Cuban government... Read more

Four Seasons in Havana will transport you back to the city

If you are a diehard Cubaphile like myself you likely have an insatiable appetite for all things Cuban and all people Cubano... Read more

Head to Helad’oro for Delicious Ice Cream

These days Havana is a city that is filled with magical and delicious surprises. Turn down one street and you will stumble... Read more

The best gay friendly places in Havana (2017)

There are no huge gay discos, pubs, saunas, or cruising nightclubs in Cuba. Neither gay magazines, newspaper, of new reports that would... Read more

Cuba has gone gay-friendly – 2017

Right now homosexuality is not illegal in Cuba, but in general, the country has a poor record on gay and lesbian rights Read more

The 2017 Havana Book Fair honours Canada

Since Cuba enjoys the highest literacy rate (99.8 per cent) in the Caribbean it should come as no surprise that one of... Read more

Jaimanitas: a Havana fishing town with a famous chef and a legendary artist

Jaimanitas is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in all of Havana. Over the course of my travels to Havana I have met... Read more

Guerlain Of Paris Returns To Havana

Visitors to Cuba have the impression that consumer goods are not available on the island.  While this was once the case, international... Read more

Andrew Child’s stunning look at Havana

As a long time Cuba enthusiast, I have enjoyed many books about the country. But this new photography work that I recently... Read more

The New Regla Boat Terminal in Havana

The new modern port terminal of the “Lanchita de Regla” (Regla boat), which crosses Havana Bay to the towns of Regla and... Read more

Calle Aguilar – come for a haircut, stay for a whole lot more

Once something of a desolate part of Havana, the northerly end of Calle Aguiar toward the Malecon is suddenly one of the... Read more

Cris-Cris: Havana’s only Lingerie Boutique

Recently Havana has become a dining/shopping city – quite surprising considering the condition of its buildings and economy. Perhaps it’s the exploding... Read more

Cultural Exchange Yacht Chartering in Cuba

The Moorings has announced new crewed cruisingcatamaran charters coming to Cuba in 2017. Read more

Café Bohemia comforts Vegetarians, Vegans and non-believers alike

What? Fresh ingredients locally sourced? Organic vegetables and herbs? Vegan and vegetarian offerings on the menu? Zut alors! Imposible! But it’s all... Read more

Memories of Havana’s Mella Theatre

Because of my age, I wasn’t able to attend the worldwide premiere of the play El Circulo de Tiza Caucasiano (“Der kaukasische... Read more

Stones’ HAVANA MOON IN CINEMAS FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba will be premiered on cinema screens across the globe for one night only Read more

Introducing Dandy’s Cafe at Brasil and Villegas

Inside the Dandy, one of the city's best lattes in the city is being prepared Read more

O’Reilly 304 and El Del Frente: Two new Old Havana Hot Spots

both are on the same street, O'Reilly, in Old Havana Read more

Enjoy Cuba’s beautiful vintage cars – book in advance

You’ll enjoy knowing your travel details are all in place by booking on a Europe/U.S. -based website - www.oldcarshavana.com. Read more

Fun with the “Cuban Polaroid”

or Alberto Will Take your Picture Now A number of years ago, way back when Havana’s Capitolio building was not under extensive... Read more

Lamparilla 361: A foodie’s beacon of light

One of Havana’s newest and brightest stars on its exploding culinary scene is the suitably named Lamparilla 361, which directly translated means... Read more

Trendy shopping at Clandestina

Up to now, Havana has not exactly been a shopaholic’s dream. Sure you can head to Plaza Veija and pick up last season’s... Read more

first U.S. cruise ship sails to Havana

Hundreds of tourists and a handful of emotional Cuban-Americans arrived on the first U.S. cruise ship to sail to Havana in decades... Read more

Innovative Music Event in Santiago de Cuba on May 4-6

Cuban folk music and international electronics meet in Santiago de Cuba for a three-day event at the Teatro Heredia on May 4-6.... Read more

New WHAT’s ON for May 2016

See the entire May edition of What’s On including articles, schedule and more. Just click on the this guitar to go directly to the... Read more

WALKING THE FIDEL TRAIL

I was excited to finally find myself standing at the bottom of the trail that would lead up to the actual encampment... Read more

A.J. ’s Essential Havana 2016 Watering Hole List

It is really difficult to quench one’s thirst in Havana. After all, there is one great spot after another and, what the... Read more

A.J.’s Essential Where-to-Eat in Havana List 2016

As an intrepid foodie, here is my list of favorites which are sure to please even the most discerning palate. Read more

Rays Announce Roster for Game vs. Cuba

The Tampa Bay Rays announced their roster of 34 players traveling to Cuba of which 28 will face the Cuban national team... Read more

Crusing to and around Cuba in 2016

With the surging popularity of Havana as a must-see travel destination, more and more prospective visitors are seeking out hotel room alternatives... Read more

Head to Havana for the world’s best cigar festival

One of life’s great pleasures is nestling oneself in a huge rattan chair on the Hotel Nacional’s terrace and lighting up one... Read more

Farmacia La Reunión

Founded in 1853, La Reunion grew to become the largest pharmaceutical business in the Americas at the time.   The old pharmacy... Read more

How to go to a baseball game in Cuba – the inside secrets!

For Cubans, access to see their teams play borders on “a national right” Read more

Five unforgettable things to do in Holguin

Why should Havana get all of the limelight? If you’re planning a trip to Cuba, consider visiting Holguin at the east of... Read more

Havana’s Top Juice Bar – He Rikera

A photo essay   In the heat of the Havana day I immediately head for my favorite, lowest cost refreshment, He Rikera... Read more

Sarao’s – Havana’s super hot new bar

Katy Perry’s been there and many of Havana’s beautiful people have been there and now so have we. Sarao’s Bar on Calle... Read more

Walk La Rampa – Havana’s other downtown

Most visitors to Havana very quickly find their way to Parque Centrale and the surrounding area, traditionally the downtown of this bustling... Read more

Cuba Welcomes U.S. Boaters and Cruisers

American cruisers, sailors, and boaters wanting to visit Cuba can now travel in confidence using new and updated chart sets for the... Read more

New Arts and Culture Guide for October 2015

You’ll love our now easy to use calendar with u more up-to date information on Music, Art, Theatre, Dance and Special events.... Read more

From the Source: Cuban Cigars

While restored diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba have brought a wave of travel interest to the destination known for producing world class cigars, don’t get too excited. The trade embargo is technically still in place. Read more

Habanarte 2015: the whole art at once

For the second time, art fair Habanarte will take place in Havana, between September 3rd and 13th. Read more

Inside cycling club CanBiCuba

CanBiCuba is dedicated to creating exceptional holiday memories and giving back to the Cuban community.  Fitness, culture and good works define the organization; Cuban... Read more

Be there this July as Santiago de Cuba turns 500

Feel like attending a 500th birthday party this this summer? If so, then book yourself a plane ticket to Santiago de Cuba,... Read more

LGBT Establishments in Havana Booming

  The Cuban government’s economic restructuring policies have in part afforded the population opportunities to secure licenses for businesses aimed at a... Read more

Unseen Cuba: Photographing Cuba from the sky

In theory, it seemed an easy enough idea to execute for Lithuanian aerial photographer, Marius Jovaisa: go to Cuba (in 2010) and... Read more

Havana French Movie Festival 2015

This is not a regular show of French movies. Havana French Movie Festival is France’s top festival on non-French soil, and for Cubans... Read more

Havana Biennial 2015: Art beyond the gallery

Once again, Havana will be nothing less than a grand stage for Art. A cultural journey like no other is about to... Read more

Hostal Marqués de Liz – Casas particulares extraordinaire

Salvador Marquez dreamt of opening a casa particulare. A mechanical engineer by training (he owns three 1960 Volkswagens that he maintains himself... Read more

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the International Day of Poetry – Havana celebrates all over

Poetry can be a natural condition in Cuba, an island with a rich cultural life and a profound literature. That’s why the... Read more

Visit Cuba Culture and Entertainment Venue Directory

Havana's arts, culture and entertainment venues are listed here Read more

Discovering Enrique Rottenberg and the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

  Cuba has long been an incubator for extraordinary and unique fine art. It can be a collector’s dream for spotting emerging... Read more

Riding Havana’s ‘Hop on, Hop off’ Double-decker Bus

I recently discovered the city’s ‘Hop on, Hop Off’, bright red, double -decker bus that runs continuously every day of the week, from morning to dusk. Read more

International Woman’s Day: March VisitCuba What’s ON is now available!

For International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, who better to put on the cover than Omara Portuondo- just click on the cover Read more

Habanos Week – Stars and Cigars in Havana

Cuba is synonymous with fine cigars so it’s no surprise the annual Habanos International Cigar Festival is one of the biggest tourist... Read more

Today’s Secret bar: Art Pub on Brasil

Tucked quite away from the heavy traffic tourist areas the Art Pub is an authentic reflection of the new restaurant scene in Havana Read more

La Marca – brave new Havana Ink

Brand new to Havana is a one-of-a-kind tattoo art workshop, La Marca. Some of Cuba’s busiest, most creative graphic artists have taken... Read more

Buddy Bears frolic in Havana

The United Buddy Bears are presented on the square Plaza San Francisco de Asis in the centre of Havana from until March... Read more

Top 5 Things To Do When Visiting Cuba

Cuba is a beautiful tropical resort that offers many things to do. Whether your goal is to find somewhere serene and relax... Read more

Breaking News! US Citizens can cruise Cuba

Cuba Cruise lowers its gangplank to American Tourists For one of the first times in over 50 years, the average American citizen... Read more

Havana’s Top 7 Streets

Obispo runs right through Old Havana from the harbour to Parque Centrale and is traditional main shopping and bar street. Read more

AJ Twist aboard Cuba Cruise: Day 6

Day 6: Port of call: Cienfuegos I made a rookie mistake. In every port there are a variety of tempting options that... Read more

AJ Twist aboard Cuba Cruise: Day 5

Day 5; Port of Call Montego Bay, Jamaica When I was reviewing the Cuba Cruise itinerary and noticed the Montego Bay stop... Read more

AJ Twist aboard Cuba Cruise: Day 4

Day 4: Port of call: Santiago de Cuba Sailing into Santiago de Cuba we get a thrilling sense of bustling industrial metropolis.... Read more

AJ Twist aboard Cuba Cruise: Day 3

Day 3: Port of call: Antilla/ Holguin After our day at sea, we were anxious to begin our Cuban land excursions. As... Read more

AJ Twist aboard Cuba Cruise: Day 2

Day 2: Day at sea Today’s sail was entirely at sea. This gives cruisers a good chance to check out the ship... Read more

A.J. Twist takes the Cuba Cruise – Day 1

All week, AJ Twist will be posting reports from the Cuba Cruise. Live vicariously through AJ as he explores Cuba’s many ports of call Read more

The Genesis of the Cuba Cruise

Many cruise ships were investigated as potential candidates before they settled on the Louis Cristal, originally a Finnish vessel that had been spending recent summers running cruises throughout the Greek isles. Read more

Big battles, tiny soldiers

Tucked away in a tiny shop on a side street near Old Havana’s Plaza Vieja a small team of women are meticulously... Read more

Vamos Cocodrilos – Baseball in Matanzas

its hallowed Estadio Victoria de Giron throbs with every game in a city where baseball is both a national sport and obsession Read more

Havana Jazz Plaza Holds 30th Festival

For five days, from December 17-21, Havana’s street noises will mingle with the melodies of a number of foreign and local artists. Read more

Taking the Hershey Train

the rail line was constructed in 1921 by US chocolate baron, Milton S. Hershey Read more

Believe the propaganda. Nazdarovie! is great!

one of today’s hottest new restaurants in Havana serves up Russian cuisine. Located right on the Malecon Read more

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Cojimar: Hemingway lunched here

Hemingway certainly is claimed by a very large number of the establishments in Cuba. Read more

The Celia Sanchez Tribute Ride

  There is something magical and freeing about taking a bicycle vacation. The Celia Sanchez tribute ride is a fully supported 14-day... Read more

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Things to Do in Bayamo

All the people I told I would be visiting Bayamo, Granma agreed I would like the city. Located on General Garcia street,... Read more

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The best gay friendly places in Havana

Humboldt 52 Opened in May 2013, the hot staff, comfortable setting, and welcoming vibe at this, Havana’s first full-time, openly-gay bar, make... Read more

One of Havana’s oldest paladares – La Casa

Opened as one of the first private restaurants in the country, La Casa has been serving since August 3rd, 1995. Read more

3 Days in Havana – a partial film review

Film critics have been slow to warm to the recently released 3 Days in Havana. However, this reception should not discourage Cubaphiles... Read more

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A quick guide to my Havana

I had been to Cuba several times but always to get away from winter and enjoy the beautiful sands of the beaches.You'll love walking in Havana, Cuba's capital and the biggest city in the Caribbean Read more

Los Domadores de Cuba in the World Boxing Series

The entry of Cuban boxers into the World Boxing Series represents a significant change in sporting policy in Cuba and has had... Read more

Life in the slow lane – dining at Opera

At a new paladar in Havana called Opera, diners get to return to a slower time and enjoy meals that capture the slow life/slow food movement. The atmosphere, the food and the ambience combine to create a very gracious experience. Read more

Hemingway in Cojímar

Early in autumn of this year, I returned to the legendary fishing village of Cojímar, just a few kilometres east of Havana.... Read more

The 53rd Cuban Baseball Series – lets play ball

This led to official stipulations that came into effect this season allowing Cuban baseball players to try their luck in stadiums abroad as members of other teams, mainly in the Mexican League. This is a necessary change that seeks to bring Cuba up to date in this modern age of baseball. Read more

Cuban Revelations – new book with great insight into Cuba

Cuban Revelations is published in the USA by University Press of Florida. The book or e-book is available through amazon.com, amazon.ca, barnesandnoble.com and via many retail bookstores. Read more

Cienfuegos: eclectic buildings meet passionate beisbol

While most visitors to Cuba flock to the beaches of the north coast or the historic cities of Havana, Trinidad and Santiago... Read more

Hitting the beach in Havana – right downtown!

When it comes to beach blanket time, Havana doesn’t supply the beautiful sands of Verader or Holguin. In fact, within the city... Read more

Eating out in Varadero – 8 excellent dining spots

If you get tired of eating at the buffet in your all inclusive and want to experience something different, something possibly a... Read more

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba’s beautiful Compás

Founded in 1959, Cuba’s leading contemporary dance company Read more

Peggy Blair writes mysteries set in Havana

You’re a former Canadian Crown prosecutor who has now turned her hand to writing crime fiction. What inspired you to do your first novel set in Havana? Read more

Veradero: Al Capone was here – or was he?

I was recently in Varadero for a little down time. Wishing for peace, quiet, and a little taste of the old Varadero,... Read more

Jazz at La Zorra y El Cuervo

Many of the jazz world’s biggest names have played there since it became a jazz destination in the late 1990s. Read more

Everything You Need To Know About Selecting Cuban Cigars

Cuban Cigar sizes are presented in inches for the length followed by a number which is the ring number. Read more

Sex in the City in Havana

The lines outside Galería La Acacia were more reminiscent of the mad scramble to get concert tickets for the latest reggaeton act,... Read more

Loving the Ballet Nacional de Cuba

As director and leading dancer of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Alicia Alonso has been an inspiration and guide to the new generations of Cuban dancers. Read more

G.O.L.F. – Varadero golfing

At the start of the New Year, my sweetie and I were looking for a warm destination to compensate for the ugliest... Read more

Take this special tour – horseback riding from Trinidad

Before we know it, we are singing the Guantanamera along with a local farmer. Read more

Hotel Raquel – historic, glamorous, unique and serving Jewish food!

this historic hotel continues to capture the Jewish cuisine and tone that it had over the years Read more

Visit Cueto – Guinness Book of Records cigar champ

the world’s longest cigar was made by Jose (Cueto) Castelar at the La Triada shop at Parque Morro-Cabaña in Havana, Cuba Read more

Vagón Mambí: once the elegant presidential train

At the end of Calle Brasil, east of Plaza Vieja in Old Havana, close to the edge of the harbour is an... Read more

Havana’s Chinatown – Barrio Chino de La Habana

In the bustling heart of of Centro Habana, just west of Galiano not far from Central Parque, you encounter what seems completely... Read more

Papito – come for a haircut, stay for a bright new Havana!

Everything about the Artecorte Salon in Habana Vieja is not what you might expect. Not only is the salon a super-stylish haircutting place plus... Read more

Enjoy the Havana bars that Hemingway loved

The Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio are two bars in Old Havana where Hemingway whiled away the days and evenings during... Read more

Take me out to the ball game, Habana style
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Pilgrimage to San Lazaro in Rincón

In mid-December, come rain or shine or cold weather, the largest religious pilgrimage in Cuba takes place in celebration of the Catholic feast of St. Lazarus. Read more

Bicycle Cuba - they’ll love you for it

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Theatre Under the Street

The show was truly incredible - powerful, creative, and real. The actors worked extremely hard. It was the intense and superb acting combined with great story telling, and extreme creativity of inventing sets with simple wooden crates Read more

Churros in Old Havana

Old Havana is a series of narrow streets that are the focus of urban tourism in the capital for tourists and Cubans... Read more

Top 10 dive spots in Cuba

1. Avalon — Jardines de la Reina Doce Leguas area Tortuga floating hotel is the only (and best) place to stay Jardines de... Read more

Holy Smoke, Heavenly Habanos

The unique contemplative pleasure of smoking a Havana cigar should never be taken lightly. Gently, one tests it between one’s fingers and catches the first whiff of that splendid scent, before tenderly decapitating it and setting it smoldering on its aromatic way with a satisfying punch of flavour while a pale blue, gently undulating swirl of smoke rises from it when in repose. Read more

Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, patron saint of Cuba

If there is one single symbol capable of uniting Cubans, it is the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, patron saint of... Read more

Las Terrazas – An ideal day trip from Havana

Only an hour out of Havana, it feels a million miles away from the city. It’s a UNESCO biosphere, so great care is taken sensitively to develop the area and a reasonably steep entry fee is charged, to prevent the place becoming too overrun with day trippers. Read more

“Let’s Look For Love” — Living Gay, Proud and Out loud in Cuba

“Five years ago (Cubans) didn’t know anything about homophobia. Now, they know it’s not a good thing and does not form positive human values.” Read more

International Dog Show in Havana

It’s 10:00 am, Thursday, November 10, 2011. There’s a lively atmosphere at the Eduardo Saborit Sports Complex (former Dog-Track of Havana). Owners... Read more

Viva Cuba Beisbol

Despite conflicting ideologies and fifty years of efforts to isolate Cubans from Americans, cultures converge when it comes to baseball, Cuba’s national... Read more