REASONS TO VISIT AND LOVE CUBA
The perfect way to plan your next trip
What is the hype with Cuba anyway? You might wonder. Diplomatic relations were established (more or less) once again with Cuba in 2015 under the government of President Obama, which makes Cuba an immediate discovery opportunity for passionate
travelers and adventure seekers.
All the passionate people around the world about the Caribbean pearl now have an easy chance to discover…
All people around the world who are passionate about the Caribbean pearl now have an easy chance to discover…
- How is daily life in a communist country?
- Is spending a few good moments there worth your time, money, and effort?
- Are a few Cuban cigars, old-fashioned automobiles, and salsa worth updating your vacation destination list for this year?
Let's get honest and straight to the point….
The best motive for traveling to Cuba today: Is because the country is still virgin and unspoiled. Besides that, it is also polemic, peaceful, cheap (if you come from Europe or North America, not so much from South American countries), and most of all enigmatic, unique, and for sure unforgettable.
Here is what we will cover :
- The big thing about Cuba that nobody seems to have noticed yet
- Why its architecture has been selected as world heritage by the UNESCO
- Why you will feel like having a digital detox when stay ing in Cuba
- The reason why Cuba is a good place to drink and rel ax
- The mystery about Cuban cigars.
The big thing about Cuba that nobody seems to have noticed yet
Decades of isolation and unsolved political issues have allowed Cuba to remain, until today, undiscovered, and yet, magic.
It's one of the few places in the world where you will never see a McDonald's stand, a Starbucks, or any big corporation, as well as brand advertising or propaganda.
I know it may seem kind of fluffy. But this, along with the mix of the colorful baroque architecture, and the flavor of music chasing you on every street, even inside the taxis, is something memorable.
Bonus Safety Tip: If you’re unfamiliar with Cuba’s currency system, better prepared for surprises! Cuba has two currencies, the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). The CUC will cover most of your purchases as a tourist in Cuba. The hotels, resorts, restaurants, and tourist attractions usually accept CUC, which is the equivalent of 90 cents of a dollar. You can exchange your currency for CUC at state currency exchange offices (called CADECA), airports, banks, hotels, and resorts.
Why its architecture has been selected as world heritage by the UNESCO
Ages of cultural influences that go from French Neoclassical to Spanish and Moorish art deco and colonial baroque are all mixed in a big omelet that never fails to delight and make visitors go WOW!
That's why UNESCO has declared Havana and Trinidad as part of the world heritage. There are a lot of emblematic and remarkable constructions like the Capitol, which now is a museum and the amazing Cathedral of St. Christopher, that are going to leave you breathless.
I personally prefer the Art museum situated just a few blocks away from the Capitol, surrounded by traditional bars and daily Cuban life.
The mystery about Cuban cigars
What’s So Special About Cuban Cigars anyway, ah...? And most of all...
Why are they so damn expensive? Is there a real reason for that?
Cuban cigars are world-famous, as you probably know. They are known to be the very best cigars in the marketplace since I can probably remember. Cuba has been growing tobacco for hundreds of years since it was a Spanish colony. Manufacturers have been producing cigars in the country since the time of King Phillip II of Spain (1527-1598). Today, Cuba's cigar industry is under direct government regulation, kinda.
The governmental supervision's main goal is to serve as a product quality control, most of all. They want to ensure that every cigar leaving the factory is well made, properly rolled, and does not contain flaws or imperfections because from there, they get their renowned name and fame.
These cigars stand out because they are made from high-quality tobacco leaves from Pinar Del Rio, the most prosper land for the culture of the tobacco plant. A lot of care and attention goes into the making of every single unit inside the manufacturing that, until today, keeps the old-time feeling and traditions. Factory analysis showed that it takes over one hundred steps to produce a single Cuban cigar properly.
Cuba is a beautiful country that enriches the senses. From the moment the visitor arrives, he is greeted with strains of rhythms, such as salsa and rumba, emanating from literally every corner, and a blue, turquoise, aquamarine sea overlaps the white, palm-fringed beaches all around the island just like in the postcards. The sensual and contagious Cuban rhythms in music have influenced musicians all over the world, its cigars are legendary, and the exotic cocktails are to die for.
Make sure you include this country in your next vacation plans.
Alejandro is a Cuban guy who loves two things: Marketing and travelling. He has already visited many countries, and now lives in Brazil with his wife, Amanda Estevez. Alejandro is the Co-founder of Athene’s Bookshelf, where he’s responsible for creating content for the agency’s blog and for customer acquisition strategies.
- Alejandro Morales, a Sao Paulo based traveler
Travel Writer & Cuba Travel Designer for TDO
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BEST TIME TO VISIT CUBA
December to April
July to August
June to August