By Joanna Allen at Allen Batista Travel, Inc.
Havana Cuba, a once forbidden destination for American travelers, is now accessible thanks to the “Support for Cuban” people visa. Travelers will feel like they have stepped back as they meander along remarkable architecture, see the vintage cars, and meet the local people.
Allen Batista Travel Inc provides savvy travelers with a Havana Cuba sightseeing tour offering the perfect blend of cultural immersion and historical exploration in the captivating city.
Top Things To Do In Havana Cuba Sightseeing Trips
Classic Car Ride
A classic car ride ranks among the top attractions in Havana. The allure of cruising in one of these stylish classic cars with open tops is universally cherished by tourists. With wind in your face and hair, and a chauffeur navigating the charming streets—there’s no reason to skip trying a vintage car tour, whilst here. Whether it's a Cadillac or a Buick, the options are plentiful for a nostalgic ride through this enchanting city!
Explore Old Havana Cuba
Old Havana undoubtedly serves as the muse for the quintessential Cuban imagery that likely graces your thoughts: vibrant early 20th-century buildings, iconic American cars, and winding cobblestone streets. Delving into the charm of this picturesque neighborhood reveals not only these iconic elements but also an array of captivating surprises, making it undoubtedly an important must-do experience in Havana.
The most popular place to start exploring is in the Plaza Central, from which you can go to the lively path of Calle Obispo as it weaves through the heart of Old Havana. Don't miss the opportunity to wander along Paseo del Prado towards the Malecón sea wall, particularly in the evening, to relish the sunset casting its warm hues over the ocean.
What sets Old Havana apart is its living, breathing community! Amidst the sections converted into museums and rental spaces for visitors, you will see Cubans living their day-to-day lives. Witness Cubans engaged in their everyday routines—children playing on the streets, bustling fruit and vegetable markets filled with locals, and a myriad of other scenes that encapsulate the vibrant essence of this historic neighborhood.
Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba Escape
The world renowned author, Ernest Hemingway spent a considerable amount of time on the island. Travelers can visit Hotel Ambios Mundo and visit the actual room, now turned museum, where this writer spent most of his time in Cuba.
Watch The Cabaret
Booking for a cabaret performance would be one of the most luxurious experiences you may indulge in while in Havana. A traveler will witness a beautiful night of music, colors, drinking and splendor. Undoubtedly, this is one of the finest activities to do in Havana at night.
For travelers with time to explore another city, Trinidad, Cuba stands as a testament to its popularity, captivating visitors with its rich history and pristine colonial charm. With its streets echoing tales of the past, this city is a captivating fusion of history, beauty, and vibrant culture, promising travelers an unforgettable journey through time.
The irresistible charm of Trinidad's history seamlessly combines with the awe-inspiring natural wonders and nearby historic sites, continually elevating its status as a favorite destination. Many travelers regret not planning an extended stay to spend more time in Trinidad.
Discover the rich flavors and enthralling legacy behind the essence of Cuban rum. This emblematic beverage has conquered the most sophisticated tastes and is revered as a symbol of Cuban heritage.
The evolution of rum production marks a journey through time. With meticulous refinement and mastery, each distillation is perfected with patience and expertise, progressing from rudimentary sugar mills to the grandeur of refined sugar estates and state-of-the-art distilleries. Embraced by Cubans, rum ascended to become their cherished libation, and its fame extended far beyond the shores of the Caribbean Island.
Unleash the magic of the Mojito on your trip! White rum, the unsung hero of the Caribbean! It's like a tropical vacation in a bottle. "Relax, you're in Mojito paradise.”
Yes, in the vibrant streets of Cuba, where the sun kisses the shores and time seems to slow, the Mojito was born – a timeless elixir that weaves the tales of Havana's spirited history. Crafted with the island's finest white rum, a generous pour of history, a pinch of tradition in the form of sugar cane, a splash of zesty lime juice, effervescent soda water, and the aromatic dance of fresh mint leaves, the Mojito emerges as one of Cuba's oldest and most cherished concoctions.
Roll And Smoke A Cuban Cigar
While in Cuba, it's imperative to partake in the timeless tradition of enjoying a beautifully hand-rolled Cuban cigar. Purchasing these cigars directly from the Vinales factory proves to be an economical option, other than the ones you find in luxury Havana hotels. While in Vinales, you will even get a comprehensive tutorial on rolling and enjoying a cigar.
We read about Cuban cigars, but did you know the country is famous for its coffee? Cuban coffee has a long and rich history dating back to the 1800s. It is a type of espresso that is made with dark-roasted Cuban-style ground coffee. Traditional Cuban coffee is strong and bitter due to its preparation and the dark roast beans that are used to produce the coffee.
Cuba is a vibrant nation with the powerful influences of music and dances. It has become an integral part of Cuban existence and the fabric of its cultural identity. It is a cultural blend of poetic legacies, infused with the touch of Spanish melodies and the spirited rhythms of African drumming.
A tapestry of musical traditions, the most popular music genres in Cuba are son, salsa, rumba, danzon, Nueva Trova, and timba. Among these, salsa, a genre renowned worldwide, harmoniously intertwines with celebrated Cuban styles such as son, mambo, bolero, and even echoes American jazz.
Six Must-Have Foods That Capture The Heart Of Cuban Cuisine
Ropa Vieja- Considered a culinary gem in Cuba, ropa vieja known for its shredded meat, is a delectable fusion of onions and bell peppers bathed in a rich tomato sauce.
Picadillo- It is a must-try stew that weaves together sweet and savory flavors seamlessly. This enticing dish consists of slow-cooked ground beef, tomatoes, potatoes, a hint of wine, and an array of local seasonings.
Yuca Con Mojo- This Cuban delicacy is simply cassava topped with a sauce that has ingredients like bitter orange for a pop of flavor.
Tamales- This corn-based Cuban dish is made from meat mixed with dough. Tamales are one of the most popular dishes all over Cuba, making it a must-try dish!
Boliche- Boliche is another mouth-watering dish including tender eye round beef roast stuffed with chorizo.
Platanos Maduros Fritos- A delightful surprise awaits as you relish these sliced, sweet, and succulent plantains, fried to perfection in sizzling oil.
It is a mandatory requirement for all visitors to have travel insurance that covers potential medical expenses while in Cuba. When traveling to Havana, travel insurance is mandatory for all travelers from every country. It's important to take the time to explore Cuba-specific insurance plans to ensure comprehensive coverage during your travels.
Also note that due to surging inflation and significant disparities between official and unofficial exchange rates, opting for cash when converting currency in Cuba to acquire Cuban pesos proves advantageous. You'll find that each dollar or Euro exchanged yields a considerable return.
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