Cuba - In Transition

Cuba is transitioning fast from the era of Fidel Castro into a connected and curious society under brother Raoul that is increasingly welcoming tourists, entrepreneurs and, surprisingly, the pursuit of profit. Many traditions continue to thrive in the rural areas, however, with noisy family gatherings, pulsating Afro-Cuban jazz venues, and hot, lively dance halls in towns like Cienfuego, Trinidad and Santa Clara. Homestays offer a unique and intimate way to meet local families - cooking, eating and talking with them about the issues of the day. Back in Havana, the Malecon remains the go-to gathering place for evenings and weekends, and the Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio bars still welcome pilgrims seeking to recapture the magic of Hemingway’s favourite watering holes.



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