Visiting Havana and Varadero, Cuba
When you visit Cuba, you have an opportunity to experience the cultural richness and historic magnificence of Havana, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its vibrant neighborhoods, colonial architecture and iconic landmarks, Havana invites you to explore and discover its captivating charm.
And just a few hours away lies the stunning resort town of Varadero, known for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Picture yourself lounging under a palm tree, sipping a refreshing tropical drink and feeling the warm sun on your skin.
Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in Cuba’s fascinating history, indulge in the local cuisine, or simply relax and soak up the Caribbean vibes, a trip to Havana and Varadero is the perfect getaway for an unforgettable holiday experience.
It takes less than four hours to reach Cuba from Canada, and as soon as you arrive, you get the feeling of being transported back to the 1950s. Cuba has a complicated, yet fascinating history.
The trade embargo kept US citizens from visiting the Caribbean Island for years. However, in 2016, everything changed when the restrictions were lifted. Even though the rules changed again in 2019, it’s still possible to visit the mysterious island. Before you plan a trip to Havana, make sure to check the regulations and restrictions in place, as they are subject to change.
Havana and Varadero, two beautiful places to visit
The history of Havana is truly fascinating, and in it, you can find interesting museums, impressive restoration projects, and a magnificent artistic and cultural heritage. Paintings, murals, Cuban music rumbas, the wonderful feeling in the fun Havana streets, and the colorful murals will delight your senses.
With classic convertibles lining the streets, crumbling Spanish facades, and live street music on every corner, it’s no wonder it has become so popular with tourists from all over the world.
You will discover, behind every corner, all that this wonderful city can offer: from the street.
One of the more attractive aspects of Havana is to see how everyday life pans out in the city: happy children playing baseball in the street, street troubadours, a group of people doing maintenance on a Plymouth from 1955 in the middle of the street…and above all, enjoying life.
Castillo de la Real Fuerza Castle
The Castillo de la Real Fuerza Castle is an exemplary model of military architecture from Spain’s colonial period in the Caribbean. It is situated in the Plaza de Armas Square in Old Havana, facing the sea. The Castle, as well as the other fortifications in the old city, have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Castillo de la Real Fuerza Castle is the oldest fortress that has been preserved in all of the Americas. It was constructed between 1558 and 1577 at the same location where a fort was destroyed by French pirates in 1555.
Visitors can explore the castle’s battlements, see the cannons used to protect the city, and experience the history behind one of the most significant landmarks in Havana.
The Castillo de la Real Fuerza castle is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in Cuban history and culture. So, plan your visit today and immerse yourself in the rich history and architecture of Havana.
Only 48 hours to spend in Havana, here are some places you should definitely visit!!
- Castillo de la Real Fuerza Castle
- Old Havana is located in the eastern part of the city, facing the bay. It is the historic center of the city and a fantastic place to stay to learn about Havana’s rich tradition. The area is very safe and quiet, surrounded by picturesque sites such as monuments, museums, and churches. During your stay here, you can immerse yourself in the magnificent colonial heritage that makes Havana a museum city.
- The Havana Club Rum Museum is located right in front of Havana harbor. The museum offers an interesting guided tour that exhibits the complex rum-making process using old machines. The tour is available in Spanish, English, French, German, and Italian. It explains the entire process, from the manufacturing of white oak barrels to the rum’s fermentation and aging process. You can also see a scale-model copy of a sugar mill here
Varadero is a stunning beach town located on the beautiful island of Cuba. It is a popular tourist destination known for its picturesque beaches, crystal-clear waters, and warm tropical climate. In Varadero, visitors can indulge in a range of outdoor activities including swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, and sunbathing.
The town is also rich in culture and history, with numerous landmarks, museums, and galleries to explore. Visitors can sample the delicious local cuisine, enjoy the vibrant nightlife, and shop for unique souvenirs at the many markets and shops found throughout the town. Whether you are traveling solo, with your family, or with friends, Varadero is sure to offer an unforgettable vacation experience filled with relaxation, adventure, and cultural enrichment..
Good To Know
If you’re concerned about safety, it’s worth noting that Cuba is generally safer than many other countries, and I personally never felt unsafe there. However, petty theft can be a problem, particularly on the beach or in hotel rooms, so it’s best to take small preventative measures to avoid any trouble.
You should also be aware that people on the beach may try to sell you various items, such as jewelry, clothes, or oil, and they can be quite persistent, so be careful.
When it comes to tipping, it’s not necessary, but a peso for the bartender is a courteous gesture. It’s also worth noting that drinking is free in Cuba.
If you’re Canadian, traveling to Cuba is relatively easy, but if you’re from the USA, you’ll need to do some research to find out what you need to know before you go.