41 Colorful Photos of Cuba To Give You a Virtual Tour of the Country

41 Colorful Photos of Cuba To Give You a Virtual Tour of the Country

This post is all about photos of Cuba.

Cuba’s vibrant colors are what I remember most about my 7-day journey through this stunning country.

From vintage cars that defy the test of time to the rhythmic moves of salsa dancers, we’ve captured so much in this Cuba photo diary.

By the end of this post about photos of Cuba, I can assure you, that you’ll be planning your Cuban vacation!

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Cuba Travel Essentials

41 Photos of Cuba

HAVANA

Havana is bursting with color.

Buildings here are like a crayon box on steroids, with every shade imaginable. From pastel pinks to sun-bleached yellows and bold blues. It’s like someone turned the entire city into a work of art.

Havana is a gigantic melting pot of colors and architectural influences from around the world. The styles of buildings that largely make up this city are Colonial, Spanish Baroque, Neoclassicism, and Art Deco.

Some of the architecture in Havana was oh-so colorful and symmetrical, it reminded me of something that would be seen in a Wes Anderson film.

photos of cuba
photos of cuba

Everyday Struggles for Cubans

Havana’s colors are bright but perhaps it is a distraction for tourists from the everyday struggles of Cubans.

Cuba has undoubtedly had a long history of fighting battles both outside and inside the country.

Most Cubans really struggle to make ends meet as the average monthly wage for a state worker is $20 – $30 ($USD). Many Cubans work constantly, pulling second jobs in the tourist industry working for tips or for private companies.

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photos of cuba

Old Havana or Vevado?

Havana is divided into two parts; Old Havana and Vevado.

Old Havana is likely what you envision Havana to be – bright colors, cobblestone streets, and those dreamy classic cars. However, with that being said, it’s definitely where all the tourists are. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

Vevado is the business district and more urban neighborhood of Havana. Likely, where more authentic Cubans live and spend more of their time. Click here for a more in-depth breakdown by a Cuban of the Havana neighborhoods if you are stuck choosing between the two!

We stayed near Old Havana and I am pretty happy with our decision. Vevado is rather far and spread out and I don’t think we would have gotten the experience we envisioned Havana to be.

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photos of cuba
photos of cuba

The Famous Restaurant in Havana – La Guarida!

I LOVED getting to experience dining at La Guarida.

La Guarida is one of the most famous restaurants in all of Havana. It is known for a filming location in a classic film, Strawberry and Chocolate.

Making reservations weeks in advance is highly recommended. You can check out my full restaurant review of La Guarida, here.

La Guardia in Havana

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Spend an evening watching the incredible Tropicana show

Tropicana is a classic Cuban MUST! The Tropicana is a world-famous cabaret show dating back to the late 30s.

Some of the tricks performed are jaw-dropping, and it’s an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to dress up! The recommended dress code is “casual elegance,” meaning women shouldn’t wear shorts and men should wear long pants and a collared shirt.

Tropicana show in Havana
tropicana show havana

– Our highlights of Havana were Tropicana and our Free Walking Tour

After you’ve spent some time exploring the city, consider booking an Airbnb experience to go beyond Havana.

We booked an Airbnb experience that took us on a day trip to stunning Viรฑales.

The tour was so lovely; we enjoyed the few hour’s journeys in a classic car, horseback riding in the valley, and learned how to make Cuban cigars.

VINALES

Vinales is a slice of paradise tucked away in the Cuban countryside.

Immerse yourself in the land of horses, lush greenery, and tobacco farms.

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Why you should book an Airbnb experience

Your money will go to supporting the Cuban people directly, rather than to a hotel or tourist agency (that are often run by the communist government!)

This rule doesn’t just apply to Cuba, it’s just like shopping locally.

Your money goes directly to the people, rather than larger corporations. Also, it is way more of an authentic experience.

The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba

This tour was so much fun, that we were completely exhausted when we returned to Havana. Luckily, our next destination in Cuba was a relaxing oceanfront town called Cojimar.

COJIMAR

Cojimar is a small fishing village on the Cuban coast. Filled with colorful boats bobbing in the harbor and salty sea breezes that instantly put you at ease, Cojimar is the perfect place to relax.

If this hidden gem sounds familiar, it’s because it is where Hemingway once lived and was inspired to write, Old Man and the Sea.

cojimar

This sleepy ocean-front town is located just a 15-minute drive from Havana’s old town.

It’s a total change of pace from bustling Havana, and we were ready for somewhere a bit more low-key.

We stayed in an incredible Airbnb that was right on the water. It was way cheaper and more modern than any of the BNBs located in the city center of Havana.

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Honestly, there is not much to do in Cojimar aside from visiting Hemngway’s house.

Unless you are setting it as your home base for your Havana trip, I would only spend two days here max. We filled our time by taking a taxi to Santa Maria Beach, which I highly recommend!

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A few more photos of Havana.

It’s too beautiful of a city not to capture every corner of it.

The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba

Thanks for reading! I hope these 41 photos of Cuba will convince you to plan a trip of a lifetime.

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Ah, La Guarida! Just saying the name makes me think of swift jazz music and caviar. La Guarida is one of, if not the, nicest restaurant in all of Havana.

La Guarida in Havana Cuba

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About La Guarida Restaurant

La Guarida Restaurant in Havana, Cuba, is an iconic culinary gem that has earned its place as one of the city’s most renowned and cherished dining establishments. Located in a beautifully weathered colonial building, this restaurant exudes an air of faded grandeur and nostalgia, making it the ideal unique dining experience to have in Havana.

This enchanting restaurant is so gorgeous that the classic Cuban film “Strawberry and Chocolate” was filmed here and is recognized by film buffs around the world.

La Guarida Restaurant Havana

What to Wear at La Guarida Restaurant in Havana

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Getting there

The actual location of the restaurant is likely quite away from where you are staying, so be sure to leave early. It isn’t located in any part of Havana where tourists would be booking a hotel or Airbnb.

La Guarida Restaurant Address: 418 Concordia, La Habana, Cuba

La Guarida in Havana Cuba
La Guarida in Havana Cuba

How to Score Reservations at La Guardia

It is essential that you make reservations to dine at La Guarida weeks in advance.

Reservations can be made on their website (which can be a bit slow so be patient). When you make your reservations online, be sure to include in the notes that you’d like a table outdoors if they are able to accommodate it!

After your online reservation, you should receive an email confirmation.

The Cuisine

Now let’s get to the most important part of any dining experience… the food!

It’s important to know that although it may state they have something on their menu, Cuba can oftentimes experience severe food shortages. When I was visiting, chicken was impossible to order anywhere. This is quite common, so go with an open mind.

We started off the dining experience with Piรฑa coladas, bread, and pesto ravioli. The pesto ravioli (Ravioli de Queso) was my favorite dish of the evening as it was light and full of flavor. It’s the perfect appetizer to begin your meal with.

La Guarida Restaurant in Havana Cuba
La Guarida Restaurant in Havana Cuba

For our entrees, I ordered a Pork dish (Solomillo de cerdo) with mango salsa and added a side of rice. It was absolutely delicious! My friend ordered lobster, and while she said it was very good, it was just a tad below her lobster expectations.

We ended the meal with Chocolate Tres Leches cake and Sopa de Coco (coconut “soup”) dessert, which were both very tasty.

La Guarida in Havana Cuba

How Much it Costs to Eat at La Guarida Restaurant

Our ticket came in the most charming little box. Our bill ended up totaling around $50 each. However, we really went all out ordering mixed drinks, bread, appetizers, extra sides, and dessert.

You could definitely eat here if you were on a tighter budget. We knew this would be our most special meal, so we really took advantage of all the delicious options presented to us.

La Guarida in Havana Cuba

We left La Guarida full and satisfied. Dining here was a magical experience that I recommend everyone experiences when in Havana.

Be sure to stop by the restrooms on your way out, which are almost as impressive as the restaurant!

La Guarida Restaurant in Havana Cuba
La Guarida Restaurant in Havana Cuba

Planning your trip to Havana? Check out my Cuba photo diary here.

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