A Hemingway Booze Cruise Though Old School Havana

As an American not permitted to legally visit Cuba until 2016, I envisioned Cuba to be as it is portrayed in the movies and advertisements (i.e.prior to the embargo).  Lots of fancy parties, great bands, and fabulous cocktails!  While I am sure Havana was once the premier party destination of the the world (or at least North America!), much of that has unfortunately been lost in the last 50 years. Buildings are run down, fancy ingredients are almost impossible to obtain, and many visitors have been forced to stay away for a long time.  Despite this, you can still chase Havana’s former glory and visit Hemingway’s old haunts in Havana (just remember that it will not be nearly as glamorous!).  A few tour companies offer “Hemingway Tours,” which stop at his favorite spots, but you can visit his favorite bars and taste his favorite drinks on your own by following my itinerary, with a few bonus stops!

STOP 1.  EL FLORIDITA.

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I loved this pink wall as much as I loved the bar.

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The Ins and Outs of Traveling to Cuba from the US!

CUBA.  The mysterious Caribbean nation that Americans have been forbidden to visit for over half a century.  Cuba has long been on my travel bucket list and when President Obama eased travel restrictions on US citizens and direct flights resumed, I immediately booked a long weekend in Havana!  And, it was nothing short of magical!  Havana is truly stuck in the past.  My visit was interesting, thought provoking, and filled with meeting some of the nicest people that I have ever encountered abroad, but that will be the subject of another post.  This post is all about how to get you to and back from Cuba legally from the US right now!

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Beautiful Cuba!

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