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Old Havana City Guide
Although time traveling is not possible this point in time, a trip to Cuba will sure get you close enough to the best of the golden years. Listening to the Rumba beats, watching the 1950´s vintage American cars cruise the malecon, admiring the art deco architecture and feeling the breeze of the Caribbean sea while sipping a limey daiquiri, will quickly make you realize why Havana was Hemingway´s and Neruda´s favorite spot.
3:00pm Check-in to The Hotel Nacional. A historic landmark located in the heart of Havana.
5:00pm Cozy up in the hotel’s terrace. Order a delicious mojito and watch the waves crash into the malecon while listening to the salsa beats in the background.
8:00pm Dinner at Tropicana. While having dinner, a typical Cuban burlesque show will entertain you until the wee hours so get ready for your jaw to drop. Keep in mind that it is considered a touristy spot, but trust me, you do not want to miss it.
10:00am After having a traditional breakfast: tostada y café con leche, hop on a cab and go to Plaza de la Revolucion, this visit will definitely make you feel like you have arrived to a communist country.
11:30am Hail a coco-taxi and head over to the Cigar factory. Cuba produces the best tobacco in the world, but sadly most of the Cuban cigars sold around the world are now imitations. During the tour, slip a $10 dollar bill under the table and get freshly made cigars.
1:00pm Lunch La Bodeguita del Medio. This is the birthplace of El Mojito, so kick back and enjoy every sip of it.
4:00pm Explore the old Havana by foot. Don´t forget to walk around the tiny alleys to get a real feel of the cuban lifestyle. After a long day, go to Coppelia ice cream parlor for a well deserved treat.
8:00pm Dinner at La Guarida. The fluke ceviche and the papaya lasagna are out of this world.
10:00pm If you still have some energy saved up, walk over to El Gato Tuerto, a salsa bar where you can practice your Cuban moves.
La Bodeguita del Medio
9:00am Breakfast at the Hotel
10:00am Walk to the Museo de la Revolucion, where you will be able to see vivid exhibits of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
11:00am Visit El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for a glimpse of the Cuban talent. If art is not your thing, visit El Morro, a Spanish fortress built in 1589.
1:00pm Lunch at Heminway´s favorite bar, El Floridita. Don’t forget to order their world famous daiquiri.
2:00pm Go rum tasting at my favorite rum house, Havana Club.
3:00pm If you can still articulate after the infinite cocktails, ask a taxi to drive you around Miramar, the neighborhood where the wealthy Cubans and ambassadors lived prior to the revolution. If you appreciate architecture, this will be a ride of a lifetime.
5:00pm For Hemingway´s fans, visit Finca Vigía, the famous authors home during his years in Havana.
8:00pm Dinner at Los Nardos for a local cuisine experience. If you have had enough Cuban food for the day, try Decameron, the best Italian restaurant in the city.
10:00pm Drinks at Casa de la Musica.
9:00am Breakfast at the Habana Libre Hotel.
10:00am Visit the Plaza de la Catedral. Sit at one of the picturesque restaurants and order a piña colada (they are to die for) while you relax and people watch.
11:00am Beach time! Hop on a taxi and ask to be driven to Varadero Beach. The ride is approximately 2 hours, but it us well worth it. Upon arrival, make yourself confortable in a palapa for a relaxing afternoon.
2:00pm Walk to the Dupont Mansion for lunch, which was built in the 1930´s by the American millionaire Irénée Dupont. Sit in the relaxing terrace and enjoy a delicious ceviche and tostones.
6:00pm Realize you want to live in the Dupont mansion forever, but your flight leaves in 3 hours.