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How to Pack For Your Trip to Cuba

The time has come, and you couldn't be more excited: You’re about to embark on a once-in-a- lifetime trip to Cuba!

Now, the most difficult task lies ahead: What will you pack?


Here are the top 11 items to pack for Cuba: 



Exploring Camagüey

Camagüey, the largest province in Cuba, is also one of its richest. Home to a large community of artists and a World Heritage Site, the seemingly endless maze of winding streets comprising the colonial Historical Center, draped throughout with pops of color and its emblematic tinajones  – large jars made out of clay, once collecting rainwater – is the perfect destination for the culturally hungry.



Traditional Cuban Desserts

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll appreciate Cuban desserts. On an island where sugar cane is the most vital crop, Cubans approach sweet seriously. In addition to showcasing sugar, many desserts are creamy concoctions that provide a perfect complement to the country’s delicately spiced main dishes. Guava, another local ingredient, is also a dominating flavor in deserts. Spanish influence runs throughout Cuban cuisine—and the country’s confections are no exception. These five represent a taste of the island’s delicious after-dinner fare.


Flan Cubano



Filmed in Cuba

Few American movies have been filmed in Cuba since its revolution, but the island’s warm, sunny climate, low cost of living, and 1950s ambiance make it attractive to outside filmmakers. The country has hosted nearly 20 “foreign” film shoots, from the expected (The Buena Vista Social Club; Our Man in Havana) to the unusual: Cuban Rebel Girls and Hello Hemingway among them.

Here’s a look at some of the best-known English-language films made in, or connected to, Cuba:



Havana’s Parque John Lennon

Fifty years ago, Beatles music, considered a decadent symbol of capitalism, was banned in Cuba. But much has changed.



My Cuba Diaries: Cuban crafts

I vividly remember running back to an artist’s studio, in the stifling mid-afternoon heat, to buy a second naïve art painting by Cuban artist Ileana Sánchez before closing time. Frolicking in Camagüey, the UNESCO World Heritage Site traditionally associated with the arts, this was Cuban art ecstasy at its best. Equally so, I diligently added to my souvenir collection snippets of Cuban crafts: seashell earrings, colorful dolls, and several leather wallets; from a treasure trove in a beach-friendly, secluded Caibarién, a recycled paper notebook.