Welcome to Havana

It's Complicated

No one could have invented Havana. It’s too audacious, too contradictory, and – despite 50 years of withering neglect – too damned beautiful. How it does it is anyone’s guess. Maybe it’s the swashbuckling history still almost perceptible in atmospheric colonial streets; the survivalist spirit of a populace scarred by two independence wars, a revolution and a US trade embargo; or the indefatigable salsa energy that ricochets off walls and emanates most emphatically from the people. Don’t come here with a long list of questions. Just arrive with an open mind and prepare for a long, slow seduction.

A Great Art City

It may not be like Paris' or New York's quite yet, but the art culture in Havana is currently one of the city's biggest surprises. The creativity is nothing new. Cuban artists have been quietly challenging cultural elites ever since native-born José Nicolás de la Escalera started painting black slaves in the 18th century. Today the work of Escalera and others is splendidly displayed in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Meanwhile, a newer, racier crew congregates for electrifying 'happenings' at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, the vortex of Havana's contemporary art scene.

Cool Cafes & Bohemian Bars

Havana is going through an interesting stage at present. Private enterprise is showing the first flowerings of a creative spring, while the big-name brands from that well-known 'frenemy' in the north have yet to gain a foothold. As a result, the city is rife with experimentation. Here a dandy cafe decked out like a bohemian artist's lair, there a trancey lounge bar where earnest travelers sit around comparing Che Guevara T-shirts. Maybe it's something they put in the mojitos, but the face of Cuban cafe culture has never looked so good.

500 Years of History

In Havana the history is piled up like wrecked treasure on a palm-fringed beach. Except these days the colonial squares and buildings are looking noticeably less wrecked, thanks primarily to proactive City Historian Eusebio Leal Spengler, who has been piecing the place back together for over 30 years. Walk the streets of Habana Vieja and you'll quickly feel a genuine connection with the past in the imposing coastal fortifications and intimate, traffic-free plazas. Equally engrossing are the more recent leftovers from Cuba's marriages and divorces with both the USA and the USSR.

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$69 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Little Havana 3.5-Hour Bike and Food Tour with Local Guide

Meet in Miami Beach in the morning to begin your bike and food tour. After hopping on your provided bike, follow your guide on an 8-mile (13-km) ride through Little Havana, a bustling Cuban neighborhood. Stop at several family-run Cuban restaurants to sample the fresh homemade flavors of several dishes. Throughout your tour, your guide will teach you about the local culture and offer interesting historical insight on the area's Cuban heritage. You’ll also visit the El Credito Cigar Factory and the Freedom Tower, Downtown Miami’s most enduring landmark. This tower was modeled after the Giralda, the famous Gothic-Baroque bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville, and is currently used as a memorial to Cuban immigration in the US. Depending on the pace of your group, your tour will take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours. You’ll end your Little Havana bike and food tour back in Miami Beach.

$47.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Little Havana Small Group Walking Tour with Tastings & Mojito

Your Miami tour will begin in the heart of Miami’s Cuban community. We’ll check out some historic architectural beauties, as well as a few unique art collections. Of course, you can’t have a Little Havana tour without a true Cuban coffee in-hand, so we’re taking you for the most delicious dose of caffeine you’ll find this side of the Florida Straits. Cortadito is Cuban espresso, and we’ll pair it with a typical Cuban pastry to give you the boost you need to keep moving on your Miami tour! Next up, another Cuban culture classic: a visit to a classic cigar factory. Witness the art of cigar-rolling from the experts, and take in the one-of-a-kind aroma of the shop. From there, we’re off to visit one of the many locally owned art galleries in the neighborhood. Hear stories from first-generation immigrants from Cuba, and learn about the influence of Cuban art in Miami. We’ll see the important Bay of Pigs monument on route to a favorite local juice bar, where you’ll get to quench your thirst with a dose of sugarcane or mango juice. We’ll continue our stroll down SW 8th Street to experience the Caribbean flavour that fills the air, from the classic Domino Park where locals challenge one another to domino games, to the conga music that’s played live in the streets. Your Little Havana Adventure will end at one of the neighborhood’s favorite watering holes for a taste of a classic mojito.  You never know, the refreshing conclusion to this tour might give you the courage to salsa your way through the rest of your Miami vacation!  

$80 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Dixie Dining Corridor Food Tour

Spend a few hours exploring the Dixie Dining Corridor just south of Downtown West Palm Beach. We'll get you off the beaten path as we meander through charming historic neighborhoods eating our way through this trendy part of town.   Begin your day exploring the Grandview Public Market where you'll discover and taste new food trends.  Then we'll grab a tropical smoothie for our short 5-minute walk to a Spanish-style inn filled with history and interesting architectural features.  Let's hop aboard an air-conditioned van to visit our remaining restaurants.   Next stop?  Grato for a behind-the-scenes tour and 2 of their most-popular small plates.    It's not everyday that you get a Food Network champion serving tacos to your table, but that's what you can expect at Cholo Soy Cocina.  And yes, they are the best tacos in town! Ready to discover authentic Cuban food?  Havana has a Cuban sampler plate and refreshing sangria waiting for us. We'll finish our day with a delicious dessert!     Along the way, expect plenty of history, architecture and culture to round-out your delicious day in West Palm Beach, Florida! Highlights 3 hour driving tour (air-conditioned van)  offered Wednesdays, 2:45 - 5:45 14 tastings  6 restaurants 1 sangria optional cocktail package available fully guided tour including food, history, architecture and culture free parking available at the tour meeting point tour concludes at the meeting point this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to our van not being equipped with a lift. please advise of any dietary restrictions and any birthday/anniversary celebrations in the Special Requirements field at the time of booking.

$99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Miami Design District Food & Art Experience

Explore magnificent public art installations while stopping for delicious cuisine along the way.The once-overlooked area of the Design District is now a vibrant destination with magnificent modern architecture and breathtaking art installations on public areas. Savor your way through the neighborhoods while we tour tapas-style.ITINERARY:THIS WILL BE YUR NEW SPOT IN THE DESIGN DISTRICTA contemporary, multi-chef driven food hall. This stylish destination is where you’ll find some of the most amazing talent in the Miami food industry, chefs will delight our palette each one with their best creations. STAR-POWERED DESTINATIONStar-powered dinning destination for upscale Cuban cuisine in Havana-style surroundings. Veterans of some of the best kitchens in town, fall into the warm embrace of our favorite dish with the perfect pairing wine.CLEANSE THE PALETTE Soraya Kilgore has finally launched her pink-hued palace in the Design District. She builds relationships with local farmers to protect and develop the skills to produce the finest products.A “HAUTE” VENTANITA STOP Located inside the Jade Alley, this place is the best kept secret in Miami. Combining their 16 years of restaurant experience, most at Michelin starred restaurants in NYC, top chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer bring tacos to a whole new level.KEY LIME PIE MARTINI ANYONE?They are committed to expanding the enjoyment of wine and spirits beyond their liquid state. Their line is the result of years of exploration, refining and commitment to a novelty that has no match.

$60 Day Trips & Excursions

Photography Tour in Casco Viejo Panama

Time: 1 hour Start: At your choice with reservation 24 hours advance. Meeting point: Plaza Herrera.Chat about the photography.Main photograpy topics: Composition, framing, choice of subject, boomerang (dynamic photo), against light, focus, night.Walk around CascoLearn about the history of Casco Plazas, Churches, Paints, and more..Return to your home full with great souvenirs taken by yourself.Review about Ricardo: The Work of Ricardo Sánchez. He has deep ecological and environmental concerns in a broad sense. Nature is considered in its works as an ideal space capable of maintaining spiritual and psychic stability in the individual, as well as an essential source of life. Space that is nevertheless seriously threatened by the attacks of the same subject whom it favors. This is a direction that moves.  The artist uses a rigorous pictorial technique, He has special skills in the treatment of the chromatic range, of a lot of versatility (warm and cold, intense and neutral, primary, secondary, tertiary); the use of perspective resources (linear and atmospheric), textures, the degradation of values, light and the springs of transparencies; The design of the structural lines and the internal composition of the painting. With the aim of prevailing the general plans, the panoramic views that recreate the landscape in all its extension and splendor, with a more revealing visual poetry. It is curious that the human being never appears in images; It would come to play the role of the spectator, of that receptor that is synonymous with the need for distance and critical awareness for ecological references. Company of an incalculable ethical dimension, human in the massive meaning of the term, and that is greatly appreciated in the uncertain and overwhelming times that run. Piter Ortega Nunez (Havana, 1982) Curator and art critic Bachelor of Art History from the University of Havana

$809.10 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Cuban Rhythms

For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. That’s crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise — get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors, then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself. Boring? Impossible!