Do you dream about drinking Mojitos all day? Or maybe cruising the Havana streets in a vintage convertible car? Better yet, what about dancing the night away at a salsa club? If these thoughts cloud your mind then maybe it’s time to plan your trip to Cuba. I recently visited Havana, Cuba to celebrate my birthday and the experience was amazingly authentic. It was so refreshing to wake up and people watch on the balcony, salsa dance in the street and be disconnected from everything for a while. Cuba is not like anywhere that I’ve visited before and I am grateful for the experience. Before we dive into my ultimate guide, have you read my 5 Things to Know Before Visiting Cuba as yet? If not, you should definitely read it first.
Havana, Ooh na na! For my 25th birthday, I was craving an authentic travel experience. I wanted to visit somewhere new. Even though I visited Halifax and Montego Bay a few years ago and South Coast and Negril a little over a month ago, the thoughts of Canada and Jamaica still danced in my head. It was just something about Cuba that kept calling me and I’m so happy I answered the call. With access being a little easier now than a few years ago, this destination is becoming more and more popular and I definitely can see why. There are some things to consider or at least be aware of before visiting, just to manage your expectations though. Here are my top 5 things to know before visiting Cuba, Havana in particular:
Picture this, it’s 6 am, the ticket agent is calling last call for your 7 am flight, and you’re the only one of four at the airport. This was me. It was my first girls trip and I’m wondering where are my friends?! Thoughts of us missing the flight, the possibility of travelling alone and not knowing what to do or where to go crossed my mind. At this point I was just hoping they would all arrive soon. By 6:30, three out of four of us had arrived and after seven (yes s e v e n) unsuccessful phone calls, lucky number four was awake and on her way. After, prayers, hopes, almost tears and jokes, we were all boarded and headed to Exuma. Within twenty minutes of flight, the water started to do this really, like really blue thing, like clear blue, sky blue, just beauti-blu-ful! Yes, I know that was super corny, but you get it right?