View from the roof of the Hotel Parque Central
The process of hailing a cab in Cuba isn’t all that different from anywhere else in the world: Wave an arm at a taxi, hope it stops for you, tell the driver where you want to go and then hop in if he says “vamos” (or anything in the affirmative).
Iglesia de Jesus de Miramar
Most new paladares in Cuba have opened as finely tuned, highly polished culinary performances. Few have been as adventurous as Somos Cuba (translated “we are Cuba”), which stands out for its grungy Old Havana tenement setting and underground, bottom up, do-it-yourself attitude.
You knew about the classic cars, temperate climate, and rollicking music. But did you know these other interesting things about our near neighbor? As our countries resume their old friendship, why not brush up on your knowledge? If you visit, it might come in handy!
Buena Vista Social Club onstage with Barbarito playing behind back © Ebet Roberts
It was 1997 when songs like Chan Chan, Dos Gardenias and Candela put Buena Vista Social Club on the map of music fame.
Walking into 304 O’Reilly from the humid, congested streets of Old Havana is more of an escape than an entrance. Good air-conditioning, early Golden Project played softly over a Bose sound system, and a cocktail menu that goes way beyond daiquiris and mojitos are all reminders that Cuba is quickly developing a diversified social scene.