In October last year, I came across a photo on instagram that a fellow blogger, Hayet Rida, had posted saying that she wanted to go to Cuba. In my random Dinah way, I commented on the photo and said that I wanted to go too! Within minutes, we were DM’ing each other planning to go to Cuba at the beginning of 2017. Before long, we had convinced two other friend’s to join us on this trip and spent a good part of the holiday planning for it. As fate would have it, Hayet would not join me on this trip for circumstances beyond her control. For a split second I considered not going but the flights and airbnb were booked. This turned out to be one of my best trips ever! It was lit on epic levels. I definitely found the best travel buddies in Chinny (enmaandi.com) and Chante ( everythingcurvyandchic.com)
It hasn’t been two days since I got back from my trip to Cuba and I already want to go back! What an awesome experience! Havana, Cuba is basically a blogger’s paradise with its vibrant colors, colorful culture and beautiful people. I am in the middle of writing an extensive travel guide to Cuba because the questions I have received following my trip have been many. But in the meantime, I did want to offer up a blog post with the most photogenic spots to take photos in Cuba.
Streets of Old Havana
What’s not to love about the vintage Spanish architecture in this city?
12km of options to choose from on this wall lining the city of Havana. You are bound to catch a vintage car or two. And if you are especially lucky, you might get serenaded by a Cuban band.
Playa de Santa Maria
Blue water, sunshine and a breeze to make those Instagram photos pop! Bonus is that it’s only a 25 minute taxi ride from central Havana.
Beautiful architecture and countless vintage car options to choose from outside the hotel.
La Guarida – Make Sure You Go To The Rooftop!
This was a lucky accident. We had had lunch here (not great food BTW) , when someone told us to walk upstairs. Quite the hike up 5 flights of stairs but totally worth it! Oh, and hold on to your hats. It is super windy.
Streets of Central Havana
The buildings are more run down here but totally gives that authentic Havana vibe to your photos. Just rent a vintage car for 160 CUC and you are set.
Plaza de la Revolución
So much history here! You have to get a shot here. Plus side is lots of vintage car tours stop here so you get to shoot several vintage cars at once.
Vinales Tobacco Farm
My favorite travel experience ever was learning how Cuban cigars are made … and smoking one.
Probably best to go during the week so you dont have to wait forever in line. But how cute is this ox?! And the cave itself is beautiful inside
This wasnt planned but everything was cheap and this photo op, duh?!
Mercado de Artesania
Situated in a big portside warehouse, you don’t want to miss this indoor market. It’s a beautiful place to wander around, admire the art and maybe buy something. It’s so colorful! One of the artists chased me down and took my picture for his art. He told me to come back and buy it. So if you happen to come across a lifesize photo of me, do me a solid and get it for me will ya? If you want cheap art, make sure to stop here.Just remember to ask for the tax papers if you plan to take the art out of the country. Dont be like us and get caught at the airport with no cash and owing 5CUC in taxes 😐
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For the longest time, Americans weren’t allowed to visit Cuba so it is truly a hidden gem that several Americans have not been privy to. It is still a guarded jewel that does require some research to visit if you have an American passport. Despite the obvious difficulties like language barrier, the fact that you cannot use bank cards there or the fact that you feel like you entered a time warp, it is TOTALLY worth it to visit. If this post hasn’t wet your appetite yet, read this post where I break down everything you need to know to get your butt to Cuba. I’m still sad that Hayet and I didn’t get to go to Cuba together. But do stay tuned, we have a “make up” trip next month that promises to be awesome. More on that later.
For now its adiós ( from my shamefully limited Spanish vocabulary)
Photos of me by the talented Chinny from the blog duo Enmaandi