About Amanda M
Lives in Havana, Cuba
Since Nov 2014
35-49 year old female
Hello! I love to travel and having travelled fairly extensively, I felt inspired to write a little about it. Having worked as a tour leader during the last 10 years, I decided time had come to move from London to the other city I loved most, Havana! My aim was to concentrate on studying the language and culture, when in came the enquiries from people wanting help and advice whilst they holidayed in this truly unique country. Should you like to connect with me, look for me on Tripbod. I am currently the only guide offering accompanied and bespoke concierge services here. I am building the products in the shop, but due to Cuba's internet difficulties, it will take a bit of patience, but take a look.... http://www.tripbod.com/en/shop/our-amanda-in-havana?fromsearch=1
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
Bars & Clubs, Performances
This is a great tour: Even if you have no interest in cigars or smoking, you will gain insight into how cigars are made, the fascination behind them, and value. If you are a cigar aficionado, Havana hosts an annual Cigar Festival in February, which attracts enthusiasts from all over the world.
The Hotel Nacional is the landmark hotel of Cuba, and the hotel of choice for Heads of State, Mafia members, film stars and celebrities alike. The Hotel Nacional first opened in the 1930s and features a mix of Art Deco and Moorish architecture. With its 400 or so rooms and suites, two swimming pools, tennis courts, gymnasium, conference rooms, state rooms, five restaurants and snack bars, Cabaret Parisien, and abundance of bars; there is no shortage of things to do or places to explore here. I certainly recommend it as a place to visit and have a cocktail.
This is just one of the four wonderful old and renovated squares that are must-sees in Old Havana, and a lovely place to grab a quick coffee or simply admire the architecture. Bear in mind that each of the squares is turning into an exhibition area in its own right, so it can get quite busy here.
This cafe has a nice location in Plaza Vieja, and serves great salads and sandwiches. It's a fantastic spot for a quick bite and a rest before you continue your journey around Old Havana.
The Museo de las Bellas Artes is a wonderful gallery, and houses some fantastic paintings and sculptures. It is a lovely place to visit, and a wonderful sanctuary when you're looking for a combination of culture and peace and quiet – or simply somewhere beautiful to escape the sun.
Party with the Cubans and go to a matinee here: Casa de la Musica is a mecca for all music and dance enthusiasts. The best parties start in the afternoon, as it is cheaper for the Cubans to go then rather than to the late night show. Late night concerts tend to be a more corny affair – a dance performance followed by, if you are lucky, traditional Cuban salsa or reggaeton – and the venue is filled with tourists and locals eager 'to meet' new friends from foreign shores.
This is a fantastic place to have dinner. The food is Cuban-Creole and the local menu features great pork, fresh fish and sea-food dishes. This restaurant is not just about the foodie experience however - its kitsch decoration is also one-of-a-kind. Every part of the walls and ceilings seems to have something on or hanging off it, from old signs and mirrors, to plants and 'swinging toucans.'
If you only ever come to Cuba once, then this is a must-do experience. It’s quite a spectacle, filled with music, dance, lights and action, making it a highly engaging show. There are two shows a night and if you pay for the first, you can stay for the second, meaning more of an opportunity to dance and party! There are two venues to choose from – the best one being the open air 'Paradise beneath the Stars' – but should it rain, the indoor venue, 'Salon Arcos de Cristal' is not a bad plan b.