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Cuba Libre: Travel observations and tips

Cuba Libre: Travel observations and tips Cuba is one of the most distinct places in the world. I can say this with complete certainty having traveled to nearly 50 countries on this globe and never encountered anything like it. During the brief two weeks I was there, I was able to enjoy the hospitality of a most...

Talking Travel (and Cuba) with award-winning travel journalist Christopher P. Baker

Talking Travel (and Cuba) with award-winning travel journalist Christopher P. Baker Christopher Baker is the 2008 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and has visited Cuba more than 30 times. He's personally met with Fidel Castro, as well as leading members of the Cuban government and is personally acquainted with key figures within Cuba as well as...

Cuba Libre: Baracoa

Baracoa was the site of devastating Hurricane Ike just 7 months ago. To even imagine the degree of damage to Baracoa's coastline, you might take a look at this video from the Associated Press: If you are paying a visit to this gorgeous little fishing village on the...

Cuba Libre: Santiago de Cuba

Cuba Libre: Santiago de Cuba Since it is almost on the other side of the island from Cuba's most popular destination, Havana, few tourists make the long journey to Santiago de Cuba. The few who do, however, are treated to a unique cultural experience, as Santiago de Cuba has a strong Afro-Cuban history...

Photo of the Day (4.18.09)

Photo of the Day (4.18.09) My Cuba Libre posts will be ending in a few days, but until they do, I feel it's only appropriate to continue with my Cuba-themed posts! Our photo of the day comes to us from JKEvgen, who snapped this gem five years ago in Havana. This photo really captures how timeless...

Cuba Libre: Trinidad

Cuba Libre: Trinidad From Havana to Trinidad The 8 hour bus ride to Trinidad was pretty uneventful, as the road is pretty flat and straight. We passed a lot of farm land and occasionally parts of the southern coast. There were just two notable sites along the way: Playa Giron (a.k.a. the Bay...

Cuba Libre: Havana - Part 2

Cuba Libre: Havana - Part 2 Having spent only two days in Havana and entirely in the old part of the city and only having two more days before hitting the road to Trinidad to meet up with the boys, I still had a lot of ground to cover. The beach Havana is full of great seaside and beach. If the...

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of April 11--April 17

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of April 11--April 17 How wonderful to be in the middle of April when the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining. By now, you've noticed Gadling has a brand new look. Kudos to the design team! We're pleased as punch. With wider photos, Karen can show off her photography expertise all that much...

Cuba Libre: Being sick and discovering "Cash Cab" in Cuba

Cuba Libre: Being sick and discovering [Though this might look like the U.S. Capitol, it is actually Havana's Capitolio. The strange resemblance makes even stranger sense when you get to the "Cash Cab" comparison at the end of this post.] Peter and Frank planned to leave for Trinidad on Monday, leaving Lora and...

Cuba Libre: Havana - Part One

Cuba Libre: Havana - Part One The old part of Havana (Habana Vieja, they call it) reminded me a great deal of Cartagena with its fairly well-preserved colonial and often brightly colored buildings. In just our first two days in Havana, however, I was most astounded by the Cuban people. Lora's guidebook...

Cuba Libre: High-end hotels and money in Havana

Cuba Libre: High-end hotels and money in Havana So the Melia Habana Resort. We were not aware such luxurious resorts were available for just $50 a night! Had I not come with Lora there would be no chance to stay in such a place. Regardless, we pretty much decided to stay in Havana for the entire week. We arrived at 1...

Cuba Libre: First impressions of Cuba

Cuba Libre: First impressions of Cuba I am usually so unprepared when it comes to my travels, and this trip was no different. I assumed Varadero was a municipality of Habana. Instead, it's a city in a whole other region of Cuba and a 2 hour drive from the city of Habana. Luckily, our package through the travel...

Cuba Libre: Preparing for a trip to Cuba

Cuba Libre: Preparing for a trip to Cuba The biggest step when planning any trip is buying the ticket there. When it came to Cuba, the purchase was intensified by all of the concerns I mentioned in my post yesterday. The timing couldn't have been better, though, as Lora is currently living and working in Toronto,...

Travel guide to Cuba

Travel guide to Cuba Cuba is a timeless place in more ways than one. Time has basically stood still for fifty years, and there is little anyone can do about it except Castro - and I'm not talking about Fidel, I'm talking about his brother Raúl. Since Fidel took the reigns fifty years...

Cuba Libre: The U.S.-Cuba trade embargo

Cuba Libre: The U.S.-Cuba trade embargo It was five years ago exactly that Cuba became for me a possible travel destination. My colleague Lora suggested we spend our spring break there and I thought it was a pretty novel idea. I had been to Vietnam the year before during spring break, and learned far more by...

Cuba Libre: Is travel to Cuba easing for some or all Americans?

Cuba Libre: Is travel to Cuba easing for some or all Americans? [This slogan, the first one I spotted in central Havana, reads, "Revolution is: not to lie -- ever -- or violate ethical principles." Is there room for compromise between the U.S. and Cuba? Only time will tell.] On the heels of my own journey to Cuba, news has hit the fan...

Photo of the Day (3.15.09)

Photo of the Day (3.15.09) I've never been to Cuba but this picture by Un rosarino en Vietnam is exactly how I picture it in my mind. Crumbling facades and vintage cars, all colored by a faded palette of soft blues and gentle greens. You just don't find a scene like this one in many places in...

Cuba door cracks slightly

Cuba door cracks slightly President Barack Obama has announced that restrictions on travel to Cuba are about to become looser. But, it's not time for cigar smokers across the United States begin to rejoice yet. So far, the measure will only allow Cuban-Americans with family on the island to visit,...

The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act

The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act Alas, a quiet bill was introduced by the House of Representatives earlier this week and could finally bring an end to a near 50-year U.S.-Cuba standstill. While everyone else in Washington has been deliberating on the stimulus package, Democratic Representative from...

Obama's closure of Guantanamo already in sight

Obama's closure of Guantanamo already in sight The Castro brothers in Cuba extended a warm welcome to Obama into the political limelight. This message was relayed through Argentina's President, Cristina Kirchner, who recently returned to Buenos Aires after a brief visit to Havana. Within 24 hours, Obama has already...

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