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The Perfect Cuban Sandwich

The legendary “Cuban sandwich,” glazed ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard, and sliced dill pickles lightly grilled atop Cuban bread, isn’t just a tasty treat. It’s a slice of history.

The “Cubano” likely originated with Cuban factory workers in Tampa and Key West at the turn of the century. Given the ease of back-and-forth travel then between Florida and Cuba, the sandwich soon became a lunchtime favorite in both places. A later version, made from sweeter bread, caught on as a “medianoche” (midnight snack) at late-night clubs.



What is Cuba’s best-kept secret?

We put this question to six insightCuba tour leaders. Here is what they said:

“Baracoa.  It has so much to offer.  More than just the little town.  I see an opportunity to fish with the locals, learn to make cucuruchos, cacao with banana flour; help a local work on one of his carriages, maybe learn horse shoeing or take a cooking lesson at someone’s house. On the way to the Farola, there are many little farms where we can stop and mingle with the locals.  I could go on and on.”



My Cuba Diaries: In Baracoa, to the beat of Kiribá y Nengón

With rhythmic, steady steps, uninterrupted and in continuous circle, the dance initiating the long-lived traditional Fiesta del Kiribá y Nengón, alive since more than a century,  reveals the primary cells of the Cuban son



Explore Street Food in Cuba

If you want to experience a culture’s epicurean essentials, do as the locals do: seek out the best street food. Throughout Cuba, vendors peddle simple snacks and drinks, offering a great way to taste many flavors without dropping much cash. In Cuba, as in other places, street food is best explored by those with ironclad digestive systems and adventurous mindsets.


What to Look For 



Ten Spanish Phrases You Need To Know

In Cuba, you need to know at least the basics of Spanish. Whether you want to travel across the island or order a delicious Caribbean dish, these top phrases will kick-start your conversations.



My Cuba Diaries: Shopping in Cuba

Sunscreen, toothpaste, wet wipes, Advil, female products, insect repellant: forgetting these basic items is not an option when packing for Cuba. The buzz surrounding the island’s open-door policy toward Americans is heartening. But don’t forget, the embargo is still on—which means the most common necessities remain scarce in Cuba’s state-run shops.


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