The colors of Cuba are what I remember most about my 7-day journey through this vibrant Caribbean country. Here are some photos to show you the stunning colorful country of Cuba.

The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba

There will always be a place in the world to fit your mood. Maybe you’re looking to relax on a sandy beach in Hawaii. Or perhaps a more sophisticated getaway like Paris, where you can sip wine and gaze at the world’s finest art.

So, what is the “mood” or the personality of Cuba? Well, Cuba is LOUD and in your face. Frankly, that is the vibe, and you learn to love it as the vibrant walls call out to you as you dance through the streets of Havana. It’s a fun place, and it totally transforms you into a step back in time.

Here are some photos to show you around the Colorful Country of Cuba.

HAVANA

The colorful country of cuba

Havana’s eclectic mix of architectural influences.

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

The Colorful Country of Cuba

If these walls could talk.. what would they say?

Cuba has undoubtedly had a long history fighting battles both outside and inside the country. Some Cubans really struggle to make ends meet as the average monthly wage for a state worker is $20 – $30 ($USD). Although this is the average wage, some Cubans work in the tourist industry working for tips or for private companies and may receive higher under-the-table pay.

The Colorful Country 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 tourist 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.

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

The Famous Restaurant in Havana – La Guarida!

I LOVED getting to experience dining at La Guarida. This is a major tourist restaurant, but one of the most famous in all of Cuba. 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.

For more information on the Tropicana Cabaret Show or to book tickets, click here.

The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba

– 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, learned how to make Cuban cigars, and enjoyed delicious Cuban cuisine overlooking with a view.

Click here to book the amazing Airbnb experience!

VINALES

The Colorful Country of Cuba

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. This rule doesn’t just apply to Cuba, it’s just like shopping local. 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, we were completely exhausted when returning back to Havana. Luckily, our next destination in Cuba was a relaxing ocean front town called Cojimar!

Cojimar

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Cojimar is a sleepy ocean-front town located just about 15 minutes (driving) from old town Havana. 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 modern than any of the bnb’s located in the city center of Havana!

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Honestly, there is not much to do in Cojimar. 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!

Other attractions near Cojimar is Ernest Hemingway’s house. Unfortunately, we didn’t know it was closed on Sundays and missed out touring the home. If you run out of things to do in Cojimar, you can always organize a taxi into Havana city center.

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Cuba is so unique because it has such a defined culture unlike any other. If these photos didn’t prove to you just how Colorful the Country of Cuba is, here are just a few more to convince you ๐Ÿ™‚

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

*this balcony view was our Airbnb in Old Havana, that you can find here

Thanks for reading! I hope in your future travels, you will consider taking a trip of a lifetime to the colorful country of Cuba.

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