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So close yet so far. For countless years, Americans weren’t allowed to travel into Cuba and the island remained lost in time. Far from the tourist havens of Mexico and Florida, Cuba became a place like no other. And then it finally opened up travel from the US (or rather, it’s somewhat open, the situation is complicated).
Of course, I jumped at the first chance to see this magical island and it did not disappoint. My best friend and I spent a short 48 hours in Havana, so to make the most of our time, we decided to rent a pink convertible (of course!) and cruised through the colorful streets of Havana.
It was a common sight to see vintage cars passing by the pastel houses that line every street in Cuba’s capital city. The 16th-century city center, Old Havana, is filled with beautiful Spanish architecture and there are photo ops around every corner.
Just south of Miami and north of Cancun, the weather here is gorgeous pretty much year-round so it’s easy to just show up with a pair of flip flops and an open mind. There is an incredible amount of history to take in at museums all over the city that will open your eyes to the unique culture of Cuba.
Like most Caribbean islands, of course, Havana is the perfect place to just chill out. There are picture perfect beaches to waste endlessly sunny afternoons.
When it comes to beach hopping, my faves are the tourist haven, Varadero, and the local fave, Guanabo.
Once you’ve gotten your fill of sun, it’s all about the nightlife. You never have to look far to find salsa music and, when you’re ready for a drink, it’s time for mojitos at La Bodeguita and daiquiri at El Floridita.
Of course, you can’t leave without getting your hands on at least one Cuban sandwich and doing some souvenir shopping. Rum and cigars are the must-buy items here.
Whether you’re a connoisseur or totally clueless, Cuba has the best rum and cigars on the planet so you’ve got to check them out, or at least grab them as gifts!