Latina's Travel Guide to Havana and Viñales, Cuba

Everything you need to see and do on the beautiful island of Cuba.

1. Cuba travel guide: where to stay

Where to stay:

Casas Particulares, or Airbnbs. With over 3,000 options in Cuba, there’s no shortage of options (at affordable rates averaging $50-60+ a night) or friendly hosts for that matter. The best part is most offer homemade breakfast for a small added cost.

2. Cuba travel guide: where to go

Where to go:

Spend an afternoon DIY'ing your own fragrance at Habana 1791, a "Museo del Perfume" that features 12 different scents rescued from Colonial Cuba, or venture over to Plaza de Armas and scour the countless stands of rare books and other unique treasures. No trip to Cuba is complete without a visit to Finca Vigía (Hemingway's House). The most famous American ex-pat to live in Cuba left behind a casa so unique you won't be able to stop Instagramming its beauty.

3. Cuba travel guide: where to eat

Where to eat:

Some of the best kept culinary gems in Havana reside behind the walls of Paladares (private restaurants) like Atelier and El Del Frente. Order the ropa vieja at Atelier, the fresh lobster risotto at El Del Frente (no really it's just that good), and if you want an authentic Cuban sandwich (ham, cheese, pork, and pickles) head to local-approved spot, La Bien Paga. It may look like it's worth bypassing, but the extensive menu and authentic options are well worth it.

4. Cuba travel guide: where to drink

Where to drink:

Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC). This old oil factory-turned-art gallery bar consists of several floors featuring local painters, photographers, and sculptors, plus a handful of outdoor drinking nooks and an electric crowd of Cuban millennials. It’s basically the it place to be on any given night in Havana.

5. Cuba travel guide: what not to miss

What not to miss:

A trip to Viñales. Located about 2 hours outside of Havana, this colorful town tucked in the middle of the dome-like mogote hills is a completely different experience than the bustling city of Havana. Have lunch at Finca Paraiso Agroecologica (an organic farm-to-table restaurant surrounded by rows of manicured vegetable beds), then tour a cigar factory or take a horseback ride through the mountains.