Prediction: Havana Is the New Tulum—Here's Why


Courtesy of Pam Hetlinger for The Girl From Panama

It took one post on Facebook to flood my inbox. I was traveling in Havana, Cuba, and quickly posted a vacation photo when I finally found Wi-Fi connection in a hotel. When I checked my phone two days later, I returned to a torrent of messages from friends, co-workers, and people I hadn't heard from in years asking me for recommendations about the Cuban capital. 

I was shocked by the overwhelming response, but I shouldn't have been. Ever since the U.S. eased travel restrictions to the Caribbean island, it's topped almost every list of trending destinations to visit. Despite its growing popularity, I struggled to find reliable and recent tips about what to actually do in Havana. You can book a flight, navigate visa restrictions, and touch down in Cuba with ease—but then what?

Now that I've returned from the five-day vacation, three of which were spent in Havana, I've put together the guide I wish someone gave me before my trip. From the best bars we stumbled upon to restaurants we learned about through word of mouth to attractions that evade crowds, these hot spots actually live up to the hype. 

Ditch your guidebook. This is exactly what you should do on a three-day trip to Havana.