Cuba Querida ::.. The Pearl of the Caribbean

Caribeean soul

Dear readers, has been a while and i’m sorry about that! But the best way to be back is writing about a new destination, one i visit 2 years ago and i came back recently.

I’m really excited about this post, because i’ve got really in love with this marvelous and unique island which i was before and has change a little bit since last time but always with that so special touch that make her so “querida” (loved).

First of all saying that in Cuba there’s a few things you need to know, the money they use is CUC which isn’t CUP (national one), that one has no actually value at the moment, because everybody uses CUC’s, but i still love to have some national money so i can go out the tourism parts and buy sweets and cuban coffee (by the way, it’s the best in the world for me, but you get it in some paladares, on the street or in some cuban houses which has a lady on the door, it’s soo delicious, doesn’t need sugar at all)  with it, which will cost you less than 1 usd. 1 CUC = 1 usd and 1 CUC = 24 CUP , more or less so you have a clew. The prices changed since the last time, more expensive things. By the way, the dollar has a charge of 10% so if you have like euros much better. Cuba is no more the place you go and buy and eat very cheap, isn’t like an extreme but it got expensive after lately situations. Don’t forget to negotiate always the prices 😉

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Malecon view

There’s a lot of hotels around La Habana and all the popular beaches like Varadero, Cayo coco, etc. But for us the best option was to sleep on people’s house, there are a LOT around the city which has a sign on and you can just walk and call on the door or if you are in the middle of the streets like “Calle Obispo” or Havana street, they will approach you if you want a place to stay. Obviously, if you are searching for an all inclusive thing, just pick an hotel on the beach Varadero, Cayo Coco or any Cayo will be wonderful and you will have what you searched for, also on Havana center you have some near the “malecon” (which you cannot lose a  walk forward of a sunset, just beautiful).

Cayo Santa Maria – Melia Buenavista

There’s actually a paradise we found called Cayo Santa Maria (which has nothing just beach) in case you want to disconnect for a few days or pass a special occasion, as there are some only adults hotels 😉 It’s just perfect to have some couple time or a celebration as they can prepare you private dinner on the beach 😉 The hotel we found it’s: Melia Buenavista Cayo Santa Maria. The all inclusive food isn’t the best at lunch and breakfast but the place, the peace and that paradise is all worth it! And at dinner they have restaurant a la carte.

A part of that situation and the enormous tourism that has lately, it’s one of my favorites places that i visited, Cuba querida, i mean.

streets of old Havana

The people is very nice, helpful and kind with you, the colorful streets and the unique cars that are around the city gets you in love with it so quickly that you wish you could stay for months!

Cuba it’s a place where you fall in love with, actually i don’t know a person that hadn’t love it, because a a lot of things. The normal things that people does in Havana as tourist is have a Mojito at the typical  but amazing Bodeguita del Medio  when isn’t busy but the mojito, ambient and the music is always a good plan! Also, taste the daiquiri at Floridita. Walk on the havana streets, go to the Plaza de la Revolución, rent an original american old car and make a tour around the city which is always an experience. So as i went twice to Cuba, this time i made different plan and went to less well known places, walked around All havana, and not only the old part. There is a thing i always do also when i’m going to Miami (as there are lots of cuban) search for the home made coffee, on the people’s house or paladares, or even on the streets — > best coffee in the world ! and obviously, see in live some Buena Vista Social Club artist singing which is always a thing that get to your soul and body 🙂

I truly recommend you to visit the Revolution Museum, it’s a place that represents all the records of their so well known and admired “Revolución Cubana”, also if you are really into the history, you definitely should visit Santa Clara that has the Che Guevara’s Grave and others “guerrilleros”, and some of their belongings. A part of that place, Santa Clara was one of the cities we mostly liked, because isn’t very touristic (of the monument) and more cuban, you feel part of the them a little bit, going to their places. It’s a really nice feeling!

Santa Clara - Che Guevara tumbaAlso a place very charming, not so cheap as Santa Clara because it got more touristic but stills worth to visit and stay 1 or 2 nights, this lovely place is called “Trinidad”, lots of colors of the tinny village and the people are so kind as funny! Also, if you can, eat on one of the Paladares (typical place to eat in Cuba, it’s a regular home of them and they put some tables and cook for the visitor that want to have lunch or dinner), on the village i saw the most unique ones! It’s a lovely place to visit and to enjoy the people, the streets and also the hospitality they have with you, priceless!

Well better than explain i’ll attach some photos so you can have an idea and maybe feel like you were walking on the streets with us.

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Hope you have  enjoyed and don’t forget to follow the sunshine* . Leaving you with some unique sound of Buena Vista social club.

Cuarto de Tula ❤

Author: Kika Lopes Vieira

Travelling every time i can scape from the routine and put myself on a flight. Trying to discover the world and learn from every culture i know. Build my soul with every minuto i pass with locals from the countries we travel. Everyday foodie, always searching for the food culture from each place and also dig in the spirit.

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