Visiting Havana and Varadero, Cuba

When you visit Cuba, you can experience the cultural richness and historic magnificence of Havana, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its vibrant neighbourhoods, colonial architecture and iconic landmarks, Havana invites you to explore and discover its captivating charm. 

 

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 want to immerse yourself in Cuba’s fascinating history, indulge in the local cuisine, or 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 feel transported back to the 1950s. Cuba has a complicated yet fascinating history. 

 

The trade embargo kept US citizens from visiting the Caribbean Islands for years. However, in 2016, the restrictions were lifted. Even though the rules changed again in 2019, visiting the mysterious island is still possible. Before you plan a trip to Havana, check the regulations and restrictions in place, as they are subject to change.

 

Havana and Varadero, two beautiful places to visit

Havana

The history of Havana is genuinely fascinating; you can find interesting museums, impressive restoration projects, and magnificent artistic and cultural heritage. Paintings, murals, Cuban music, rumbas, the wonderful feeling in the fun Havana streets, and the colourful 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 worldwide.

Behind every corner, you will discover all 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, a living relic of the past, is the oldest fortress preserved in the Americas. Its construction, between 1558 and 1577, was a direct response to the destruction of a fort by French pirates in 1555, marking a significant event in the history of Havana.

 

Imagine yourself walking along the Castle’s battlements, feeling the weight of history as you see the cannons that once protected the city. This is the experience that awaits you at one of Havana’s most iconic landmarks, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza Castle. 

 

The Castillo de la Real Fuerza castle beckons, a must-visit for those captivated by Cuban history and culture. Don’t delay, plan your visit today and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Havana’s history and architecture.

Only 48 hours to spend in Havana!! here are some places you should definitely visit!!

  1. Castillo de la Real Fuerza Castle 
  1. Old Havana is located in the city’s eastern part, facing the bay. It is the historic center of the town and a fantastic place to stay and learn about Havana’s rich traditions. The area is 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. 
  1. The Havana Club Rum Museum is located right opposite Havana harbor. The museum offers a fascinating 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 manufacturing 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

Varadero is a stunning beach town on the beautiful island of Cuba. It is a popular tourist destination known for its picturesque beaches, crystal-clear waters, and warm tropical climate. Visitors can indulge in various outdoor activities, including swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, and sunbathing. 

 

The town is also rich in culture and history, with numerous landmarks, museums, and galleries. Visitors can sample the delicious local cuisine, enjoy the vibrant nightlife, and shop for unique souvenirs at the many markets and shops throughout the town. Whether travelling solo, with your family, or with friends, Varadero will offer an unforgettable vacation experience filled with relaxation, adventure, and cultural enrichment.

Good To Know

*Safety

If you’re concerned about safety, it’s worth noting that Cuba is generally safer than many other countries, and I 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. 

*Be Careful

You should also be aware that people on the beach may try to sell you various items, such as jewelry, clothes, or oil. They can be quite persistent, so be careful.

*Tipping

Tipping is 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, travelling to Cuba is relatively easy, but if you’re from the USA, you’ll need to research what you need to know before you go.

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