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Our Girl in Havana: A local’s guide to music in Cuba

This entire country seems to move to a Cuban rhythm, as if its beating heart were percussive and its stories told in song. But there isn’t just one type of Cuban music: salsa, rumba, baroque, jazz, son cubano and many others can be heard on any single day in Havana. Many of these are unique to Cuba, where West African and European influences have merged in this steamy cultural hot pot.



Insight Paladares: Café Ajiaco, a paladar in Cojimar

If you have ever heard of Cojimar, a small fishing town on the outskirts of East Havana, it is probably because of Ernest Hemingway.  “Papa´s” passion for fishing, and drinking, has left an indelible mark on this piece of bucolic Caribbean seaside. 



Baracoa: land of chocolate and cucuruchos

Whether you enjoy history, natural beauty, tropical weather or chocolate (or all of these!) you’ll find Baracoa enchanting. Hundreds of years ago, Baracoa, at Cuba’s easternmost tip, was the country’s capital.



Insight Paladares: Heart of Old Havana

Nestled in the heart of Old Havana, Paladar Doña Eutimia has become a culinary and cultural landmark in the city´s thriving arts district amongst tourists and artists alike.

Doña Eutimia opened its doors in early 2012, however, like everything in Old Havana, its story begins much earlier.



Insight Paladares: Doctor Café, Havana

Doctor Café is perhaps Havana´s most non-descript fine dining experience.  The name inspires images of sandwich nibbling and coffee sipping on a Parisian sidewalk.  The setting, a back patio in the residential neighborhood of Miramar, feels more homely than haute cuisine is accustomed. 

The first hint that you might be about to indulge in some serious culinary skill is when the waiter recites the menu.  From that point on, it’s all about the food. 



Our Girl in Havana: The who, where and why of Cuba

Who: For nature explorers

Where: Viñales Valley, an official national park and the most visited location in the Pinar del Río province