I recently took a trip with CityRepublik to Havana Cuba! Here are five things that made me fall is love with the city…!
5 Reasons to visit Havana Cuba
Havana is a very culture heavy city. Everyone was so welcoming. To be amongst Afro-Carribean people with skin tones as deep as mine, speaking Spanish was such a beautiful sight to see. It made me want to download Duolingo and brush up on my Spanish!
I grew a greater appreciation for architecture during my trip to Havana. The small details on each building is what had the greatest impact on me. From the gorgeous churches to the former government buildings I was in awe most of the trip.
III. The Offline Experience
Due to the very limited Wi-Fi access, Cuba is a great place to put the phone away and actually enjoy the beauty surrounding you.
IV. The Art
From the architecture to the old school American cars. Cuba is filled with color and charisma. Riding around in a pink classic Chevy was one of my favorite parts of the trip. It felt like I was in a scene straight out of a movie.
V. The Food
The most memorable places we ate were…Los Nardos – the food at this place was delicious! I ordered the chicken with mushrooms, rice, and fried plantains (plantain chips). The portions were large and VERY affordable. The only con was that most of the sides on the menu the restaurant did not have at the moment but what they DID have to offer was still very tasty.
Habana 61 – This was the best meal we had in Cuba! The service was amazing and the food was even better. I ordered a seafood dish with rice that I unfortunately cannot remember the name of BUT we were a group of 6 who all ordered something different and we all left beyond satisfied with our meals.
IMPORTANT TIP: Make sure to exchange your money back from CUC to USD (or any other currency) a day before leaving Cuba. We struggled trying to exchange money at the Cuban airport when coming back to the US. We ended up being unable to exchange the money in Cuba and there is no currency exchange in the United States that will accept Cuban money.