Oh Havana, could you be any more magical? Inspirational? Out of this world beautiful?
If you don’t read the rest of this post and just take away one thing… GO. Now. Not next month, year, decade. Now. Havana, Cuba is one of those rare places on earth that is still left so raw and pure. Even though it’s filled with tourists most times of the year that hasn’t changed the cultural richness of the country. When you visit Havana you really visit Havana and all of its history and beauty.
When stepping foot on Cuban soil you really see the influence that the Soviet Union and the embargo has had on the country and its people. Because most industries are owned and ran by the Cuban government there isn’t much freedom when it comes to your career and financial growth. It’s incredibly eye-opening how my career and what I do would be almost impossible to exist there. The internet is heavily regulated, WiFi is only available in certain areas, and most high-level professions, like doctors and lawyers, barely make enough to buy food and cover basic necessities and bills.
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First stop: we swim with locals in the clean, cascading waters that fall into a series of pools at the Baños del San Juan.
Then we visited the Museo de la Revolucion where we got the chance to learn about the history of the Cuban people and the story of Cuba from a political perspective.
After, we visited one of the longest surviving coffee plantations in Cuba in Las Terrazas, which is the pioneering ecovillage that is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is just one of the many amazing and colorful buildings you can see in Old Havana. Give yourself ample time to explore, and have a mojito or two, because there’s just so much to see! And take photos of.
Tips/What To Bring:
- Depending on how long your visiting for I highly recommend only bringing a carry-on as checked bags often get lost or delayed.
- Lightweight and comfortable clothing. I love wearing a linen pieces when traveling to warm and often humid places.
- Small umbrella because like any tropical places it can start pouring rain at any point and within 10 minutes it’s hot and sunny again.
- Sunscreen (3 oz. or less).
- Hat… love a good wide-brim straw hat.
- Sunglasses. I love these as they’re trendy, high-quality, and affordable so you’re not worried if they brake or get lost.
- Standard toiletries like soap, shampoo etc. (3 oz. or less). There aren’t many stores with skincare or basic toiletry options around Havana so I find it easier to just bring some with you.
- Toilet paper or tissues for public toilets.
- Cash for exchange. Most U.S. credit and debit cards are not accepted, however, most “touristy” spots in Havana take USD.
- Passport and a copy of your passport just in case.
- Travel Visa.
Stopped for an iced Cuban coffee in between shopping and exploring in Old Havana. For our last night we cruised in authentic 1950s American convertibles during sunset down the Malecón before ending up at the Christ statue that overlooks all of Havana! And I definitely made some amazing friendships along the way.
A big thank you to IVY for giving me the opportunity to go on this unforgettable trip! If you guys aren’t familiar with IVY I would strongly recommend doing some research on why it’s worth joining if you’re an entrepreneur, business owner, leader in your community, or anyone in-between.
All photos taken by me on my iPhone except photo 8 was taken by a good friend on the trip, Will Ruiz!