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Cuba Vacation Patrol

Cuba Vacation Patrol

Join Ed "The Cuban Guy" as he shares the colorful culture, history and people of his native island. Cuba, here we come!

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  1. Barrio China: Havana’s Chinatown

    Barrio China: Havana’s Chinatown

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    Havana is a city almost 500 years old. There is a lot of history on every street. Every “barrio” or neighborhood has stories to tell, and secrets to be discovered by the curious visitor.

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  2. Castillo de San Carlos

    Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña

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    Although the “Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña” never saw combat, and never fired its guns against an enemy, it is associated with very grim episodes of Cuban history.

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  3. Street

    Cuba - A Different World

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    When you travel to Cuba, you immediately know you´re travelling to a different World.

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  4. Cuba Vacation Patrol

    Cuba Vacation Patrol

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    Join Ed "The Cuban Guy" as he shares the colorful culture, history and people of his native island. Cuba, here we come!

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  5. December in Cuba: The Havana Film Festival

    December in Cuba: The Havana Film Festival

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    It is December. Winter is already upon us. Cold fronts cross the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits, and hit Havana’s Malecon, or sea wall, creating an impressive spectacle of breaking waves, crashing against the Malecon and turning into foam…

     

    December is also the time of year for movie lovers. The Havana Film Festival, or more properly, the International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema starts in the first week of December. This year it will be the 37th edition of the Festival, from December 3rd to the 13th.

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  6. Cathedral

    Havana, Cuba: City of Porches

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    Havana has been called a City of Porches. Located on the northern coast of the Big Island of Cuba, it is geographically on Latitude 23.14 North. This means the sun beats mercilessly upon its streets and squares. Why would any city be known for its’ porches?

     

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  7. Havana Street

    Havana, Frozen in Time

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    Havana is absolutely beautiful. Such a classic and vintage city! As you walked down the street, the colorful vintage cars passed by on the street, more variety of colors in the buildings than ever, bicycles zooming by, and the smell of the ocean fills your nose! All of this “newer” city, taking almost 100 years to build, has been “frozen” since 1959. The city has received no maintenance, hardly even a paint job, for the last 50 years. There is truly a sense of cultural beauty without franchise name ads like McDonald’s, Starbucks, or KFC. Instead the shops and stores are all owned by “Ma and Pop stores”.

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  8. Street scene

    Old Havana

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    It is a warm evening in Old Havana. You maybe had an early dinner, and are walking along the narrow streets of Old Havana, looking for one of the watering holes, to enjoy a refreshing Daiquiri, or Mojito, and listen to some live music played by a guitar trio… Or you are looking for a “paladar”, a private restaurant, for a late dinner, after a long day visiting museums or any other interesting place… 

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  9. Castle of the Three Magi of El Morro

    The Castillos of Havana Harbor: the Rallying Point of the Spanish Treasure Fleet

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    The Castle of San Carlos de la Cabaña was the largest fortress built by Spain in the Americas. It was, however, built too late. It was never attacked, it never had the chance to fire its hundreds of artillery pieces against an attacking enemy, and its ramparts were never tested against siege and assault.

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  10. The Malecon – Sea Wall Drive

    The Malecon – Sea Wall Drive

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    There is a very characteristic thoroughfare in Havana. It extends for five miles along the ocean front, looking out to the Florida Straits and the Great Blue River, also known as The Gulf Stream; between La Punta, where Paseo del Prado starts, and the Torreon de La Chorrera, at the mouth of Almendares River. It is the Malecón or Sea Wall Drive.

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  11. The New Cuba: Casa Particular and Paladar

    The New Cuba: Casa Particular and Paladar

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    After the change in policy towards Cuba started on December 19, 2014, the number of American visitors to Cuba has increased in more than 50 percent. There are two names, specific to things in Cuba, that every visitor is most certainly going to hear and probably try to pronounce. These two names are symbol of the changes in Cuba towards some form of free enterprise: “Casa Particular”, and “Paladar”.

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  12. Tips for Ranging Out Alone in Cuba

    Tips for Ranging Out Alone in Cuba

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    Most probably, you will be traveling to Cuba with a group. Your trip will have been organized by professionals, and transportation and lodging will have been taken care of in advance.

    Depending on the size of the group, you will be picked up by a van or a bus belonging to one of the government run tourist companies. These vans and buses will be staffed with one or two drivers –depending on your immediate destination, whether the City, or a resort further away, that requires longer driving-- and a guide/interpreter who will accompany your group most of the time during your visit.

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