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Havana ooh na na

My heart is in Havana It was so great to be back in Havana, we only had 1 night and 1/2 a day here upon arriving and now that we have slipped into the relaxed, easy-going Cuban ways, I can’t wait to explore Havana properly. It’s vibrant, bustling, exotic and raw.  And yes, they do actually […]

Santa Clara

Fifty years ago, Che Guevara won the final battle of the Cuban revolution in Santa Clara. Today, the town is a shrine to the world’s most iconic rebel. The university town of Santa Clara is most famous as the site of an historic battle, the last of the Cuban revolution, and the one that clinched […]

Trinidad: Colour, Music, Cobblestones & Slavery

Trinidad is Cuba’s best-preserved colonial town, with the old part of Trinidad being a UNESCO heritage site since 1988. Trinidad, like most colonial towns, is gorgeous with brightly colored buildings and cobblestone streets. It is one of a kind, a perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement where the clocks stopped in 1850 and – apart from a […]

Cienfeuegos

Arranged around the country’s most spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is a nautical city founded in 1819 by French émigrés, whose homogeneous grid of elegant classical architecture earned it a Unesco World Heritage Site listing in 2005. Geographically, the city is split into two distinct parts: the colonnaded central zone with its stately Paseo del Prado […]

Bay of Pigs

No, The Bay of Pigs in Cuba is not where you will find the Swimming Pigs of the Caribbean, you can read about that trip we did a few years ago here: The Exumas, Bahamas. The Bay of Pigs is famed for the failed CIA invasion in 1961. On January 1, 1959, Fidel Castro (1926-) drove […]

Viñales: Home of Cuban Cigars

Viñales is the perfect combination of natural beauty and traditional Cuban culture. It is best known for its tobacco farms, languid lifestyle and the distinctive limestone hills of Valle de Viñales.  A place in Western Cuba that, despite being popular with tourists, remains stubbornly raw and authentic. If you’re into cigars, nature, and culture… Viñales is […]

8 Day Tour of Cuba

I decided to book us on to a tour of Cuba to try and get the most out of the short time we had in Cuba.  After a few relaxing days in Varadero, we took a private taxi back to Havana and checked into our first Casa before starting an 8-Day tour. I’ve blogged about […]

Doing Nothing in Varadero….Bliss

Varadero is on the Hicacos Peninsula, an uninterrupted 20km stretch of white sand that is undoubtedly one of the Caribbean’s best. But, while this large, tourist-friendly mega-resort may be essential to the Cuban economy, it offers little in the way of unique Cuban experiences. We flew in to Havana and took a 1950’s american taxi […]

The Swimming Pigs, The Bahamas

It is fair to say the sole reason I chose the Bahamas for our recent holiday was because of the Swimming Pigs! The calm, turquoise waters and soft, powdery white sand are frequently advertised in the Caribbean but it was those adorable snouts and cute trotters that had me sold.  Upon arriving at Sandals Emerald Bay we […]

Sandals Emerald Bay, The Bahamas

We booked a 12 night all-inclusive trip through Virgin Holidays to stay at Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, The Bahamas. Deep within the idyllic waters of the Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay seemed like the perfect choice for us as we were adamant about staying as close as possible to The Swimming Pigs tours. This luxury […]