Cubans are known for injecting their contagious, fiery passion in all they do. Despite centuries of political turmoil, the history of Cuban people and culture showcases a multitude of influences, including European, African, Indigenous, and Asian nations.
These diverse influences can be seen in the architecture, such as that of Havana, where the buildings are a beautiful blend of neoclassical columns, Art Deco terracotta terraces, and modern maintenance efforts in the ongoing drive to preserve the unique and seductive milieu of the city.
The multicultural influences spread island-wide and can be heard in the melodies of traditional Cuban music. African bongos and Batá combine with the Spanish guitar to share the stories of slavery and revolution. As diverse as its inhabitants, Cuban music has contributed significantly to numerous genres of music—Rumba, Trova, Clava, opera, and jazz—truly too many to mention here, each matching music and dance to the dramatic impassioned spirit of the Cuban people.
Sand & Sea
Cuban beaches are some of the best in the world. Pillowy white sands and aquamarine shores tantalize tourists who easily spend entire holiday trips traipsing between the sand and sea. Whether you prefer to play in the waves of the crystalline water or chill-out soaking in the sun, Cuba’s weather makes for the perfect vacation getaway.
Nothing pairs better with a book and a beach chair than a tart Daiquiri spiked with a shot or two of delicious locally distilled Cuban rum. Made from sugarcane molasses, the high quality of Cuban rum is due in part to the abundant and robust crops of sugarcane, which grow exceptionally well under the Caribbean sun. Cuban rum is Spanish style and has been romanticized since it’s rise to popularity during American prohibition.
Known for its clean, smooth flavour – desired by tourists and locals alike – it’s easy to see why prolific American writer Ernest Hemingway is often remembered by his time spent living in Cuba, with a Mojito in one hand, and a cigar in the other. In fact, some swear that a quality Cuban rum should pair only with a genuine Cuban cigar.
Sought After Cigars
Known for their superb quality and taste, Cuban cigars are renowned worldwide, in spite of their embargoed status restriction to the United States—or perhaps because of it. Scarcity and reputation make indulging in a “Cuban” a sought after affair for both visiting tourists and tobacco aficionados abroad.
The Cuban soil paired with the humid island climate create ideal growing conditions for tobacco crops, which have been thriving on the island since at least the seventeenth century. Delicately hand-rolled, the meticulous attention to detail has solidified the Cuban cigar’s reputation as being a most superior product for those who partake in smoking culture.
The United States may claim baseball as a quintessential American pastime but it’s truly Cuba where nationalism is seen in this unbelievably popular sport. Tourists arriving at their respective destinations on the island are encouraged by locals to take in a game when seeking to discover what genuinely fuels Cuban passion—and they are not exaggerating—most towns have nearby stadiums but visitors are also likely to pass a pickup game taking place in open fields and on well-used diamonds.