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Q+ A | Emily Miller from Trends on Trends

This week Emily Miller, the creator of Trends on Trends, took over our social feed to show travelers how to experience Havana like a local with Cuba Travel Network. We caught up with Emily after her trip to learn more about her experience.   Q: You recently travelled to Cuba on a tour with us. If you could describe your experience with three words, what would they be and why? Verdant – The people, the colors, the vibes, all are full of life. Malecón – The main freeway along the coastline is a constant reference point not only for directions, but for a local place to hang, sit on the wall overlooking the water while drinking bodega beers. Wanderlust – Cuba is a place where food, experiences, and friends are waiting to be discovered. With an open mind and empty stomach, the real Havana will reveal itself. Q: Was your experience dining at a Cuban paladar what you expected? Down an alley, through a front yard, in between buildings, up a metal staircase, every preposition …

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The Best Rooftop Bars with a View in Havana

Havana is a city with hundreds of beautiful views, many of which can be found at the city’s wide range of rooftop bars. From upscale spaces where you can eat world-class food and listen to local jazz musicians to the famed hangout of Ernest Hemingway, there are rooftop drinking options for everyone in Cuba’s capital. Here are five great rooftop bars and restaurants with a view in Havana. La Divina Pastora With one of the most scenic views of Old Havana harbour, La Divina Pastora is a must-visit during your next trip. La Divina Pastora offers a full food menu, but it’s their excellent drinks and perfect location that bring visitors back again and again. Make sure to plan your visit for near sunset as La Divina Pastora is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful view, along with a mojito or two.  Hotel Sevilla Rooftop Bar The Hotel Sevilla Rooftop bar is located near the elegant Prado promenade and is in the center of many theaters, restaurants and cafes. However, the historic hotel’s rooftop …

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Top 3 Overnight Excursions from Havana

While Havana is undoubtedly Cuba’s national epicenter, there’s plenty more to see on the island within a few hours of the capital. From charming beach-side towns to beautiful mountains, here are the top three overnight excursions from Havana. Private Jeep Tour to Trinidad, Cienfuegos & Santa Clara Travel in style through many of Cuba’s most historic cities via this Jeep-led excursion. Tour Cienfuegos, a city of beautiful architecture and one of the few Cuban cities founded by the French. Next you’ll head to Trinidad, located tranquilly between the Sierra Escambray mountain range and the stunning Caribbean Sea. After visiting the Valle de los Ingenios the next day, you’ll venture to Santa Clara, a modern university city forever linked to the triumph of the revolution and home to Che Guevara´s Memorial. Exclusive hotel accommodation can be booked for Castillo en las Nubes in Soroa, Mesón del Regidor in Trinidad and Palacio Azul in Cienfuegos. Each of these experiences is exclusive to the Cuba Travel Network and can be booked through one of our helpful assistants. Let …

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Gisele Bündchen Goes to Cuba

Havana is fast becoming one of the world’s top destinations for celebrity sightings. The past few years have seen Rihanna, Solange Knowles, Benicio del Toro, Beyoncé and Jay Z. And this week, supermodel Gisele Bündchen joins the growing numbers of A-Listers to visit. On the island in preparation for Chanel’s Cruise 2017 collection, Bündchen has shared her trip on Instagram, giving her followers a glimpse into what she visited. Here’s Gisele Bündchen’s Cuba vacation, as seen on her Instagram.  

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Embracing the New Havana

By Conner Gory Conner Gorry, a native New Yorker, moved to Cuba in the 1990s and has been writing about her time there ever since. Here, she shares insights into the changes occurring in Havana as regulations and restrictions loosen up. For more of Gorry’s stories, visit her website. I’m going through a sort of second honeymoon phase with my adopted city, whereby my enchantment is being rejuvenated. It’s clear to me that I need to embrace Cuba’s changing socioeconomic landscape in a positive, proactive way. Those of us who don’t are doomed to angst, bitterness, depression, anxiety, addiction and denial. The long and short of it? I’m trying to love the new Havana even as foreigners move here in droves, rush hour traffic worsens, and the unfortunate combination of wealth and bad taste conspire to give the city a flavor that’s starting to feel Cuban-American rather than Cuban. So I don’t get swept away by the black cloud called Progress, I dedicate this post to the great things about our economic renewal. Ice cream, …

Classic cars in Havana. Photo by Bill Sheldon.

Discovering Havana & Varadero

Bill Sheldon, a marketing consulting who lives in San Diego, visited Cuba with two friends in February. Here, he shares his experiences on the island. We made a few good decisions going in—the best was bringing only carry-on luggage, which made the airport experience so much easier.. When we arrived, going through baggage claim was taking people an hour or two. We were going to bring our inflatable paddle boards, but I knew that whatever we’d brought, we’d have to lug around. We never felt in danger in Havana. A friend of mine who had been to Cuba warned us to be careful of men who were being aggressive, saying “I can show you this,” or “I can take you to that.” But we had no problems being harassed. Even when we were lost and trying to find our way to the hotel at one in the morning, I had a sense that we didn’t have to worry about anything. (Despite the fact that we were gringos who approached five different people for directions.) I …