Rum is much more than a popular Cuban spirit; it is part of the nation’s cultural identity and runs through the veins of Cuba’s history and economy. Cuban rum is made from molasses derived from sugar cane, a lifeblood of the Cuban economy since its introduction to the island by the Spanish.
The classic cigars come from a stretch of land in Cuba’s westernmost province of Pinar del Rio called Vuelta Abajo. Great atmospheric conditions in Vuelta Abajo made for excellent cigars – believed to be the best in the world.
3. Classic American Cars
Due to the break in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. in the early 1960s, there have been no new car imports into Cuba from the U.S. The American cars you see in the streets of Cuba are re-engineered and repaired many times over.
1. Ropa vieja
Ropa vieja is known today as one of the national dishes of Cuba, but originated in Spain and is popular in other parts of Latin America as well as the Philippines. Ropa Vieja in Cuba is often served with congri rice and fried plantains.
The original Frita is a Cuban dish with a seasoned ground beef and pork patty on Cuban bread topped with shoestring potatoes. Variations also include lettuce, onions, and a spiced ketchup sauce. A similar dish on Cuban bread is called pan con bistec topped with the shoestring potatoes.
Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines. It is made with ground meat (most commonly beef), tomatoes, and also raisins, olives, and other ingredients that vary by region.
Havana is today one of the most popular tourist spots in the Caribbean since it reopened its doors to tourism in the 1990s. African and Caribbean influences can be felt throughout. Havana is a great place to find some winter sunshine. In December visitors can expect an average 8 hours of bright sunlight.
2. Santiago de Cuba
The second largest city in the country (after Havana), Santiago de Cuba is rich with history and pride. Santiago de Cuba has the distinction of being the only province in Cuba that has three of the ten properties recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage to date.
Varadero, also referred to as Playa Azul, is a resort town in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, and one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean. Varadero Beach was rated one of the world's best beaches in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards of 2019, ranking at number two.
Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, because of its historical importance as a center of the sugar trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Trinidad is one of the best-preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region.
Vinales is a town and municipality in the north-central Pinar del Río Province of Cuba. The town consists mostly of one-story wooden houses with porches. The municipality is dominated by low mountain ranges of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico such as Sierra de los Órganos