With travel to Cuba in the horizon, many Americans are already looking forward to paying their neighbor a visit. If you are thinking of a possible visit to Cuba in the future, do you already have ideas as to what to see and do there? Here are some tips to get you started in your planning.
If there are two figures most attached to Cuba (aside from Fidel Castro), they are Che and Hemingway. Do as they did! Go to the Castillo de Farnes and have a beer or two, just as Che and Castro drank to the success of the revolution. You can also visit La Bodeguita del Medio, which was Hemingway’s old haunt.
Of course, you cannot miss out on a cigar experience when in Cuba. Visit various cigar factories and try your hand at authentic cigar rolling. Perhaps the most famous of these factories is Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás in Havana. You can also visit other factories in Pinar del Rio and Trinidad.
If you want to get a taste of the local life, you might want to take a walk along the Malecon. This is actually an old sea wall that connects Old Havana and Vedado. Locals – couples, fishermen, and families – like spending some leisurely time there.
Mountain lovers should go on a trek up the Sierra Maestra. Of the mountains in these ranges, the highest is Pico Turquino. Alternatively, you can explore the Zapata Peninsula, which is rich with wildlife.
The museum at Playa Giron is definitely a must, especially for Americans. This museum is located on the site where the Bay of Pigs invasion happened in 1961. Be prepared to get all emotional during your visit, though.