“You went to Cuba? I’m so jealous!”

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Almost every American I’ve spoken to since our visit to Cuba has responded in the same way: with envy. Soon, though, it’s going to be much easier for US citizens to visit this Caribbean nation, with the lifting of the decades-old embargo.

We visited late last year with a couple of friends, and explored Havana and the eastern half of the island. We stayed in casas particulares and travelled in huge old American cars. We ate at hole-in-the-wall locals’ food stalls, drank rum and smoked cigars.

It was an experience like no other in a country that’s like no other: stopped in time in some respects, inching into the future in others. We found it frustrating, invigorating, interesting and welcoming, and we’re sure you’ll have a great time there when you travel to Cuba.

In the meantime, enjoy these Cuba Instagram photos. While you check them out, take a listen to our Cuba podcast: hit play below or find episode 312 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:


Classic cars are an important part of Havana. Internet is not, hence my recent silence here!

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Wooooo! Loving Cuba so far.

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There are some awesome building in Havana, like the Partagas tobacco factory.

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I love the lack of symmetry of Havana's cathedral.

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Havana, looking stormy.

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I'm dreaming of beaches tonight! This is Cayo Jutías in Cuba.

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We made sure to get some beach time while in Cuba — it's important!

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Cienfuegos was our favourite city that we visited in Cuba.

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During our wander around Cienfuegos, we found this small lagoon full of boats — so pretty.

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Another photo of my favourite Cuban city, Cienfuegos.

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Another boat in the lagoon at Cienfuegos, Cuba.

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The Arch of Triumph in the main plaza of Cienfuegos is dedicated to Cuban independence.

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Your thoughts on "Cuba in 16 Instagram photos"

  • Oh my word, Cuba looks incredible - the architecture, beaches, old cars - its like stepping back in time! I hope I am able to visit before it changes too much with the influx of tourists following the lifting of the embargo. Great photo's of what looks like an amazing holiday! Thank you for sharing! -Vicki www.maketimetoseetheworld.com

    on February 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm Reply
    • Thanks for your comment, Vicki! You have time -- I think Cuba will change, it's changing already, but it's a slow process. We had a digital copy of a ten-year-old guidebook and most of the information was still correct!

      on February 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm Reply
  • Great photos! Cienfuegos was one of my favourite cities too! Did you go to Cementerio la Reina? It was beautiful and the resident historian, Carmen, was a gem of a lady!

    on February 16, 2016 at 1:30 am Reply
    • Hi Jenny! No, we didn't make it there unfortunately. Sounds like a good excuse to go back.

      on February 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm Reply
  • I love your photos! They really made me miss Cuba; I'll have to go back if only to visit Cienfuegos! Also sounds like we had a similar time in Viñales. Love it!

    on June 2, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Thanks Anna! I want to head back too, there's always something more to see. :)

      on June 2, 2017 at 7:21 pm Reply
  • lt looks amazing, I'm loving the pictures! I would love to go to Cuba one day :)

    on June 14, 2017 at 10:07 pm Reply

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