Published On: Fri, Sep 21st, 2018

Travel: See the island of Cuba with Sunrise Airways

SunriseWILLEMSTAD, HAVANA - I love my island Curaçao but I also love to travel. Just as much as I promote my little island in the Caribbean, I also write about other places I have visited.

During my travels, especially in the Caribbean, I came across an island, as a matter of fact, the biggest one in the Caribbean that took me back to an era a long time ago. It felt like time just froze. What a beautiful island frozen in time. I’m talking about Cuba.

I hopped on an airplane from the popular airline in the Caribbean, Sunrise Airways and traveled to Cuba. We made a one hour stop in Port au Prince, Haiti, which, by the way, deserves its own article but we will get to that. My flight was on time and the service was great.

When I arrived in Cuba I decided to look for the reasons why people should visit this island. Well, here they are.

Cuba is like nowhere else in the Caribbean

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As a Curaçao traveler, I’ve had somewhat a fair share of exploring the Caribbean; Cuba is in a category by itself. During my visit, for the most part, I remember walking around Havana in awe. It is almost like a dream of decades ago. You know, vintage cars, quaint looking buildings from the 1950’s, streets lined with pastel-looking houses? From the moment you touch down in Cuba, you will be transported to a different era.

You Can Travel Like You’re In The 1950’s

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Modern-day travelling is great! I am sure we appreciate the convenience and how easy it is these days. But, you’d like to put a spin on it and change things up a bit, you can travel like you’re in the 1950’s when visiting Cuba. Aside from the 16-century era that it the core part of Cuba, the vintage-style cars aren’t a thing of the past here. You can rent one and make you’re way around the city — vintage style!

Cuba Has Some of the Whitest-Sand Beaches I’m Yet to See

Being not only from the Caribbean but also an avid Caribbean traveler, the beach happens to be my playground, which I love. During my visit in Cuba, I was all over. From Havana to quiet-quaint-towns in the south, to the tobacco hub in the north and of course to the coast to dabble in the ocean and catch the orange-ist of sunsets. One thing for sure though, the Caribbean has this one in common; pristine white sand beaches. However, the Cuban coastline happens to be one of my favourites. Remember, I said ‘one of my favorites’. For me, nothing beats the Kenepa Beach in Curaçao. Now that’s blue water for me.

Life is Simple

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There is beauty in simplicity. I find so much joy whenever I travel and life is so simple, yet beautiful.  During my entire time here, I listened, I observed,  I sat with the locals and have good chats. I wanted to see what life was about. See how they feel about their country. The way of life here is relatively unbothered. It is authentic and beautiful.

They Make The World’s Best Cigar

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The town itself where the Tobacco is grown is absolutely stunning (as pictured below). The Cigar is one of Cuba’s largest production.  It is sold worldwide and often used as a gift option to take back home for friends and family. The Cuban Cigar is one of the finest.

Cuba’s History is Fundamental

The history has craved the country into what it is today. It is powerful, it is thick, it is complex. It is more than just the shiny vintage cars and the colourful houses. Also, an interesting aspect of Cuba’s history is that, it is still being made.

It’s The Home Of Salsa

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Salsa is the rhythm of Cuba. Salsa happens to be one of the most dynamic and important musical phenomena of the 1900’s. It represents a mix of Latin musical genres, though it is the main aspect in the Cuban dance music. It is vibrant and full of energy. During your visit, you can take salsa classes here. Anyone up for the challenge

The World’s Best Rum

Whilst Rum is one of the main productions in the Caribbean, the Havana Club created in Cuba happens to one of the best-selling rum brands worldwide. Since the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Cuba has been supplying countries all over (with the exception of the U.S).

It is the main alcohol used in Cuban Mojitos and Cuba Libres, with Mojito being the nation’s oldest cocktail. I recommend you try a few during your visit.

Cuba Is Still Very Untouched- It’s Authentic!

Cuba is like walking into a photo frame once captured in the 1950’s. It is primarily known for its complex history, Spanish-colonial architecture and its vintage styled cars.

After the U.S imposed an embargo on the country in 1960, nothing has changed since then. The infrastructure, the cars, technology, for example. Today, Cuba is still regarded as the roads-less-traveled.

Enjoy Cuba!

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