Photo Essay: Images from Cuba

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When I think about my trip to Cuba, one of the lasting memories I have is the image of bands playing in restaurants and bars. They were everywhere, in all the towns I visited, adding to the ambience and experience.

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Another interesting thing I noticed in Cuba was a handful of barbershops on people’s front porches. In a country where the temperature is always sweltering, being outside in the shade is often cooler than being indoors. So it makes perfect sense that all the barbershops are on porches.

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These were just two of the fascinating images from my week on the island. Scroll down for a few dozen more in this closer look into the lives and the landscapes of Cuba.

Cuba Photo Essay

The city wall in Havana was built in the late 1600s to protect against pirate attacks. It utilized moats and gates. Today, a small fragment still remains in Old Havana:

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The beaches in Cuba were some of the most beautiful I have ever visited. Especially the warm waters of Cayo Jutias, the starfish beach.

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Tourists wander through a street market in Viñales:

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Buy some stereotypical Cuban items at the market!

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Another outdoor art market in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana:

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A produce market in Centro Habana sold the biggest avocados I’ve ever seen.

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Here’s one thing Cuba does better than the U.S. Their stoplights have countdowns that let drivers know how many seconds until the light turns green!

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Another shot of scenic Viñales Valley:

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The view from the front seat of one of Havana’s many taxis.

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For a cuter way to get around town, take a ride in a cucu taxi!

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A couple of aerial shots of Cuba from the airplane leaving the country:

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Enjoy the rest of the photo essay!

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2 Comments

  1. These are great photos, thanks for sharing such a up close and personal look at the local culture of Cuba. We’d love to go! Can I ask how you traveled to Cuba? Did you go with a sanctioned tour group?

    1. Thanks Patti! I went with a friend flying through Mexico. It’s easy enough to visit now just like any other place. I’m working on a FAQ article answering questions about buses/taxis, money exchange, and other logistical concerns for traveling to Cuba.

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