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HAVANA, CUBA -- Centro Havana isn’t on most tourists' must-see lists when they visit Cuba.
Located adjacent to the tourist-friendly Old Havana, the Centro District shows a bit more of the raw side to the country’s capital city. Stray cats and dogs roam the streets. Most of the street lights are broken. There are few attractions to bring in tourists. The Centro District is where the Cubans working in Old Havana's tourist traps live.
It was dirty, it was loud and I absolutely loved it.
HAVANA, CUBA -- You can never be ready for everything you encounter when traveling. That’s half the fun.
But before you head to Havana, Cuba you should be made aware of some things most travel blogs will leave out. And I’m not talking about how there’s no internet or that you shouldn’t drink the water. I’m talking about giant, massive, important aspects that get completely glossed over by Instagram couples traveling the world on sponsorships.
HAVANA, CUBA -- Old Havana is the most well-known area of Cuba’s capital city.
The country’s beautiful architecture, vibrant music and delicious food are on display in Old Havana -- known as La Habana Vieja. It‘s streets are crowded with tourists from around the world, shop keepers, souvenir sellers, street food vendors, scammers, police and everyone in between.
HAVANA, CUBA -- It’s not hard to live on $15 a day while exploring Havana, Cuba. Inexpensive food, cheap drinks and an abundance of local places to stay make Havana one of the most affordable destinations.
HAVANA, CUBA -- We were returning home from Cuba when it all started to go wrong. What was supposed to be a quick flight from Fort Lauderdale to Baltimore turned into a 48-hour ordeal that involved food poisoning, vomiting, a road trip with strangers and sleeping in an airport lobby.
My wife and I really wanted to be prepared for our trip to Cuba. That meant that on top of planning day trips, finding good restaurants and bars and everything else that goes into planning a good trip, we would also have to learn -- or relearn -- some Spanish.
While many travelers choose the comforts of staying in Old Havana during their Cuba trips, more and more vacationers are looking for a more “authentic” experience by staying in the lesser-celebrated Central Hanava -- or Centro Habana.
But with that “authentic” experiences, comes some difficulties that all travelers will have to overcome.
For decades, Cuba was out of reach for American tourists. And then suddenly, it wasn’t.
Vacationing in Cuba may be one of the most affordable trips many experience in their lives.
Food, drinks, accommodations and flights are cheap. It’s very easy to vacation comfortably on $50 a day in Cuba, but that doesn’t mean you should pass up free activities.
Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 best free activities in Havana, Cuba:
While there is a staggeringly low crime rate in Cuba, that doesn’t mean there aren’t scam artists trying to take advantage of tourists.
There are a number of scams the locals use to siphon money from visitors. Like with any country, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and aware of potential scammers in Cuba.
Here’s the scams I most often saw while exploring Cuba:
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