Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. Celebrating my birthday in Cuba was one of the best birthdays ever: the warm temperatures of the sea, the salsa, the vintage cars, the food, the mojitos… take me back!! When you arrive to Jose Martin International Airport you feel it straight away… the streets, the people… everything is vibrant! One of the reasons I decided to visit Cuba was mostly because of the secretism of its culture ruled under the communist regime.
Havana is so beautiful and rich in history! It was colonized by the Spanish and has maintained their influence in the architecture and the colonial style it’s still very visible.
Plaza de la Revolución
This Square is most famous to be the place where many political speeches take place to the Cubans.
Palacio de los Capitanes Generales
La Bodeguita del Medio claims to be the birthplace of the Mojito cocktail, prepared in the bar since 1942.
Floridita: famous for the daiquiris!
One of the many must do’s is a ride in the popular Yank Tanks, the American Vintage cars that are all around Cuba. This cars were imported from the United States before the revolution and have been preserved by the Cubans as they explained to us ‘to buy a new car or import is way too expensive…’
When in Havana, don’t miss out! Go and see the Show in Tropicana Club.
In Cuba I decided to stay in Varadero in the Royal Hicacos Resort and Spa as I wanted to rest and have a good time. If you are looking for white sandy beaches and clear blue waters this is the place!!
A Quarter of a century!
One of the reasons for this travel was to celebrate in style my 25th birthday! And that was done with success!! Felt like a princess ❤️
Nightlife in Varadero
The best way to go out in Cuba it’s…mix with the locals! ✔️ The first night out was on my birthday and I went to a street club Calle 69. Salsa Cubana is the country’s most popular dance, and the passion of the Cubans with dancing it’s just impressive!!
Near the resort was this phenomenal and unique bar called Cueva del Pirata and as the name indicates it’s inside of a massive cave and all the staff are dressed as a pirate.
Also tried Casa de la Musica, a great place to dance all night!
On a less crazy night out, I went to see the Show from Buena Vista Social Club and you really feel the Cuban vibe ❤️
The nights in the resort were also very good to relax! There were shows every night and unlimited drinks…
Exploring outside Varadero
Smaller than Havana, you can see there a less touristic way of living for the people of Cuba. Matanzas is called the City of Bridges because of the seventeen bridges that cross the three rivers Yumuri, San Juan, and Canimar.
Viñales is an area of agriculture, with fruit plantations, vegetables, coffee and tobacco. It’s worth the visit as the scenario is amazing and it’s also an Unesco World Heritage site.
…or Paradise on earth as I like to call it! Here you have white-sandy beaches, coral reefs and lots of water sports waiting for you…