Yes, we know, it’s not a good time for travel. We should stay at home, safe and sound. But dreaming is not forbidden, right? And we are all aware that this will pass, too and our lives will eventually get back to normal and we will get back to worrying about what to pack for our next trip to Cuba, what friends to call over on Friday night, or if you still feel like dancing, just like in your 20s, where to go out to have fun. Patience is key, a few more blinks and this pandemic will be over. In the meantime, we put together a list of must-have experiences in Cuba, for your soul and for your local friends’ inspiration.
Once in Cuba, don’t miss out on…
Smoking a Cuban cigar
If you can imagine, the internet is filled with tutorials about how to smoke a Cuban cigar. Cubans just know, it’s genetic, right? But for foreigners, this is a memorable experience, because Cuban cigars hold a reputation as the world’s most opulent tobacco product. What makes them unique? In an interview for Business Insider, Richey Morin Rico, cigar maker, explains: “Four factors make it unique. It is the soil where it is grown, the climate of the region where it is grown, the manual labor, and the variety of black tobacco used. I know that they have tried to take the strain many times, have tried to take the seed, and have tried to take the workmanship. Still, in all the places where they have put it with similar conditions, it has not been achieved in the same way.
Having a drink Hemingway style
American author Ernest Hemingway has all kinds of links to different places in Havana—where he lived for a good part of his life—including his preference for two bars in Old Havana. As a framed handwritten text reads at the famous La Bodeguita del Medio, Hemingway loved the Mojitos at that bar-restaurant and the daiquiris at El Floridita, another nearby bar-restaurant. As a tribute to those links, and as a strategy to attract more customers, both places offer these drinks “the way Hemingway liked them.”
Riding a classic car
For classic car buffs, but not only, Cuba is just about the greatest place on the planet. It’s like one big car show, where autos from the 1940s and 1950s motor along the streets and highways. Travelers can take driving tours in classic cars, especially in more touristy areas like Havana Vieja and Veradero. In these places, there are usually rows of beautiful cars lined up for visitors to choose from. Many of the cars are convertibles, which are perfect for cruising slowly and taking pictures.
Jumping in a cenote
Jump in a cenote in Cuba and go for a swim to cool down on a hot day in Cuba. Swimming in cenotes is a unique thing to do in Cuba, as there are only a few places in the world that have cenotes.