CUBA

 A farmer gathers tobacco leaves during the winter harvest

A farmer gathers tobacco leaves during the winter harvest

 Cayo Jutia beach in Vinales

Cayo Jutia beach in Vinales

 Possibly the happiest car in Cuba!

Possibly the happiest car in Cuba!

 Sunset outside the Hotel Nacional in Havana

Sunset outside the Hotel Nacional in Havana

Everyone is scrambling to visit Cuba, a diverse island paradise seemingly stuck in the 60s. From classic car tours through Old Havana and bike tours through Vinales' tobacco country to scuba diving in the Bay of Pigs, flamingo watching in Cienfuegos and waterfall jumping and art walk tours in Trinidad - Cuba has something for everyone. The Eastern part of the island, which is visited far less frequently, offers some of the richest history and stunning natural landscapes, is the birthplace of salsa music, and is home to incredible architecture, spectacular national parks, wildlife reserves, and white sand beaches.

See my previous blog posts to help you plan your upcoming trip to Cuba and to get a feel for the day-to-day life that few tourists encounter.

What to Know Before Booking an AirBnB in Cuba

How to Pack for Cuba

Is it Still Legal to Visit Cuba?

Camping in Guantanamo

Cuba's Zero-Waste Recycling Like You've Never Seen it Before

Spaghetti with Mustard: Not What You Expected from Cuban Food

How to Be Vegan in Cuba

Join me to explore Cuban culture, history, food, music, and to get to know the kind, generous, and endlessly optimistic Cuban people. Travel to Cuba with me during my December 2018 group trip to Cuba or contact me to learn what are the best places to visit in Cuba or to arrange your own travel to Cuba.

 
 

Testimonials

EscapingNY organized a fantastic itinerary for our family of 5 that included excellent lodgings, meals, and activities. We had so much fun in Cuba! Having a knowledgeable, engaged, organizer handling all the details and checking in with us and our hosts and drivers throughout the trip allowed for a more relaxed trip and gave us piece of mind as parents.
— Eric F, Rhineback, NY - May, 2018
EscapingNY helped me plan my own solo trip to Cuba, providing great tips for staying within my budget, and narrowing down the worthwhile places to visit based on my interests. As a result, I felt a lot more confident traveling alone and had a successful trip because of it. I recommend EscapingNY to anyone needing a trustworthy guide outside of a travel book.
— Marisa Stern, Detroit, MI -October, 2016
I joined one of EscapingNY’s 10-day group tours and had an absolutely amazing time and I can’t say enough good things about the trip. I so much enjoyed meeting a variety of Cubans from different walks of life to learn about their daily life and culture.
— Susan V., Los Angeles, CA - February, 2017
EscapingNY customized a special travel plan for me focusing on an in-depth, authentic Havana experience. During my short stay, I made many interesting local friends, biked off-off-beaten paths, and learned about Cuban culture. I’d highly recommend EscapingNY to anyone interested in really getting to know a country. Thanks again!
— Wei C., New York City - July, 2017
EscapingNY provided an extremely useful, very personalized service, matching us with a documentary film maker who served as an air traffic controller with an opinion. Cassandra is very knowledgeable about every place she travels to, so even when she isn’t accompanying you, she can guide you to see and do just what you want you do. She made this a very interesting travel experience and her recommendations for accommodations found us in very nice places with people she personally had vetted. You can’t go wrong with EscapingNY!
— Meryl M, Tuckahoe, NY - December, 2017
 Classic car tour through Central Havana

Classic car tour through Central Havana

 Observing an artist in Cienfuegos at work

Observing an artist in Cienfuegos at work

 Bike tour stop at Revolution Plaza

Bike tour stop at Revolution Plaza

Sample Activities

- Explore tobacco plantations, secret swimming holes, and caves with nature guides!

- Explore religious, political, and cultural history with Cuban journalists

- Visit the hottest night clubs, art galleries, and theaters

- Bike through the streets of Old Havana

- Explore Cuban street food with local chefs and foodies

- Schedule a professional photo shoot with a Cuban photographer

- Stay at the homes of local families

- Scuba dive and snorkel in the infamous Bay of Pigs

- Go horseback riding to hidden waterfalls in the forest in Vinales or Trinidad

- Visit Hemmingway's Villa in a classic American convertible

- Attend guided educational tours focusing architecture, mob life, or Santeria/Afro-Cuban religion

 Santa Clara

Santa Clara

 Old Havana

Old Havana

 Havana's busy Malecon

Havana's busy Malecon