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A Guide to Buying Cuban Cigars in Cuba

Cuba is the mecca of cigar production. From planting and picking to rolling, cutting and packaging – it’s all done in Cuba. So going to Cuba and not buying Cuban cigars would be like visiting the moon and not taking a rock. It’s just got to be done. Even if you don’t like cigars, it’s […]

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12 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Travelling to Cuba

Preparing for a trip to Cuba is sort of like preparing for a trip to another planet. Relatively speaking, there is a distinct lack of up-to-date information online and pre-booking anything seems ridiculously complicated. But this is Cuba we’re talking about; a country that hasn’t played by the rules for decades. Wifi has only just […]

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Havana: The Most Photogenic City on Earth?

When was the last time you walked out into the street and felt compelled to take a picture of absolutely every single thing in sight? If you’re a travel photographer and wake up somewhere beautiful and exotic most mornings then perhaps it was as recently as yesterday. Or maybe you’re obsessed with Instagramming every waking […]

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belize snorkeling, caye caulker, raggamuffin tours

Snorkelling in Caye Caulker with Ragamuffin tours

The keys of Belize are sanctuaries for backpackers. San Pedro and Caye Caulker welcome throngs of them every week, all eager to party Caribe-style and enjoy some world-class snorkelling along Belize’s barrier reef – the second longest in the world. When you arrive in Caye Caulker, you immediately pick up the Caribbean/party island vibe as you wander along […]

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Transport in Cuba: What You Need to Know

It doesn’t take long after touching down in Havana’s José Marti International Airport to figure out that transportation in Cuba is neither convenient nor economical for backpackers. There are no direct bus or train links from this Cuba airport – just taxis, which cost 25-30CUC for a ride into town (1CUC = $1). Ouch. Unfortunately, that’s […]

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Casas Particulares in Cuba: What You Need to Know

So your flights are booked and your bags (mentally) packed. What’s next? Ah, yes. Accommodation! One quick search on Hostel World and you realise that, actually, there is no listed accommodation in Cuba. What the..? Newsflash: Cuba doesn’t play by the rules. If you’re intent on travelling on budget in Cuba, you’re going to have […]

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