Discover Cuba (Culture, food, things to do)Posted on 03/20/2017
Last year, the restrictions on travel to Cuba were lifted, which allowed visitors to take people to people educational trips. There’s a lot to enjoy and savor, from the culture to the food. The arts are an important part of the Cuban scene too, so be sure to check out the art exhibits they have going on.
Here are a few other items you shouldn’t miss:
History lesson: Tour the city center of Old Havana, where you can walk its cobble stone streets, tour the cathedral, shop in the stores and enjoy the restaurants. Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales is the former official residence of the governors of Havana, Cuba. Finally, you can also tour the Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Cuban government for 40 years, which now houses the Museum of the Revolution. Try to catch a performance of the Cuban National Ballet at the Great Theatre of Havana, which was built in 1838. The Morro Castle is a don’t miss.
Tour Ernest Hemingway’s home: He wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Farewell to Arms and, in Cuba, you can tour Ernest Hemingway's home, known as Finca Vigia. Hemingway purchased it in 1940 for $12,500. If you feel what it was like to be the noted author, stop by the world famous ¨El Floridita¨ bar where it has been said that he used to drink his daiquiris.
Dance at the Tropicana: If you’ve watched I Love Lucy for years and heard enough about Ricky Ricardo’s Tropicana night club, you’ll get a kick out of being able to visit it when you arrive in Cuba. It’s a historic place in the country where famous entertainers have once performed. If you don’t stop by you’ll have some ‘splainin to do.’ Music and art are a huge part of Cuban culture, so be sure to find some great clubs, such as La Zorra y El Cuervo and listen to some great Latin music.
Taste Cuban dishes: When in Cuba, eat like the Cubans do and that means dining on such popular dishes as tostones, ropa vieja, and beans and rice. Tostones are twice-fried plantain slices. Ropa vieja is pure comfort food and consists of stewed beef with vegetables. Beans and rice are a staple of Cuban cuisine, so dig in.
Enjoy a cigar: After a good meal, there’s nothing like a good cigar. If you love the taste of a stogie, then celebrate your love for them at Cuba’s popular La Casa del Habano.