You could probably look in a hundred other places and find lists about the best things to do on Cuba, but since you’re here looking at mine, allow me to share a few things with you. I probably wouldn’t even have made a list like this, but my best friend Chris came to visit me here on the island while on a holiday from his job, and I showed him around the place where I live, so many of the exciting places and fun things to do are still fresh in my mind. That’s fortunate, all right. So, let me get to it then.
Our National Theater, or Teatro Nacional, is a place where many great Cuban performers gather to put on various types of shows. There are actually several different venues situated around Linea Avenue, but the Theater is one of the largest stages available in this country, and the place to visit if you want to see the best dancers, singers and similar stage performers available in Cuba. There is a ballet festival in Havana that comes around once a year, but the timing just wasn’t right for us to make it. Instead we saw some troupe I’ve never heard of before, and the show was decent.
As a photographer, I’m always looking for interesting pictures and photo opportunities. That constant searching has led me to find some of the most beautiful bays and idyllic environments all over Cuba. Varadero is probably the hottest tourist spot on the island, but it’s the beaches nearby that make the area stick out in my mind. There are literally thousands of miles of coastline to explore, and even during the busiest tourist season of the year, there are still many quiet, near-abandoned stretches ofbeach outside Varadero. The picture opportunities are almost endless.
Sometimes, the things you see here in Cuba end up going back home with you, as Chris learned when we hit up one of the many street vendors selling food all over the country. It wasn’t the coconut pie, though we do have some great coconut pie here in Cuba. No, Chris was actually a huge fan of the Yuca, which is a cassava root. They make it many different ways here, but deep fried is delicious, and it was so good that Chris decided to start growing some of his own in his homemade indoor LED grow lights farm. He’s quite the gardener.
Besides food and scenery, Cuba also has some amazing architecture if you’re one of those people who like looking at the unique shapes of buildings. Vedado comes to mind because it contains some of the oldest mansions on the island, as well as more modern fare, and everything in between. Habana Vieja looks like something right out of the Colonial days too, and you can just see the history etched into some of the buildings there. The weather here is perfect for walks or bike rides, and there are many interesting things to see.
Speaking of interesting sights, Interactivo is one of the most popular jazz groups here in Cuba, and they regularly show out shows. They can really fill seats, which is kind of ironic since the music they play makes you want to get up and wiggle around. They are another major attraction in Vedado, where you can usually see them performing at least once a week, though they do other shows in other locations sometimes. Call and check with the Berto Brecht theater to see the next time Interactivo is going to show up if you want to make seeing them a part of your trip to Cuba.