It’s getting easier and easier for Americans to travel to Cuba all the time and I can’t wait to go myself. I’ve done a lot of work this year writing about Cuba from the notes of people who have already been there. From that work and those notes I’ve compiled a huge list of things I’d like to do on my first trip to Cuba. These are the things at the top of the list.
Listening to Live Music in a Laid Back Cuban Bar
A mojito or a cup of coffee at a tiny table while listening to rumba, son, danzon…any local music on a warm night sounds so dreamy. Casa de la Trova in Holguin is a classic and sounds like it is always fun. They book some of the most popular traditional bands in Cuba.
Visit Parque Natural Majayara
This park is super chill and beautiful. Sometimes it costs $2 to get in, sometimes not, it depends whether there’s a guard on duty. There are beaches and hiking trails to enjoy throughout the park. What excites me is the option to stop at the Fuentes family finca for fresh coffee and fruit and perhaps even a tour of the finca. After that, just a little ways beyond the finca, I’d like to jump into the glittering swimming hole hidden in the caves.
Long Walks In Historic Trinidad
Trinidad is one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial cities in the Americas and one of my favorite things in the world to do is wander around historic old towns. Strolling, taking photographs, stopping for coffee, enjoying a long lunch, grabbing a mojito then taking golden hour photos. Now that’s the perfect day.
Festivals and Nightclubs In Santa Clara
Santa Clara is Cuba’s edgiest town. It’s home to Cuba’s only official drag show that takes place every Saturday night at Club Mejunje. It has long been a spirited region. Che Guevara is entombed here and there are numerous sites to learn about the history of his life and death. There’s plenty to study during the day before partying at night – that’s my ideal day, to be honest.
Visit Hemingway’s House
Ernest Hemingway’s house is now a museum dedicated to his life in Cuba. I’ve found him fascinating since I was a teenager and read A Moveable Feast. To be in his house would be to walk in the footsteps of one of my literary heroes.
Would you like to travel to Cuba? Why? What do you want to see there? Let me know in the comments!