Cuba es Amor! If you don't fall in love with Cuba then I will stop writing

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Lately, travelling has been all about superlatives. The most beautiful island, the highest pass, the biggest fort, the best resort and so and so forth. Amongst all this how do you put forth an island country which is just simple? There is nothing extravagant about this island nation. A transistor comes to life, few islanders start doing salsa on the street, a shoeless boy kicks a ragtag football, an old man sits with the fishing hook in the sea and a cigar in his mouth, colourful timeless cars swirl past and I sit here sipping a daiquiri where once Ernest Hemingway sipped his. Cuba is for the soul searchers, time travellers, alcoholic writers and hopeless romantics. Cuba is for you and me!

La Habana or Havana is a dangerous city. No, not that kind of dangerous. The crime rate is in fact near zero in La Habana. It is dangerous because it will seduce you to the point that you won’t be able to explore the rest of the island. Visit the magnificent Catedral de San Cristobal; people-watch in the grand plazas - Plaza Vieja and Plaza de Armas; feel the heart of Havana by walking through the cobblestone streets of Habana Vieja (Old Havana); learn about the history of Cuba at Museo de la Ciudad; capture the sun setting over Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro; walk down the Malecon to observe the simple pleasures of Cuban life; shop for souvenirs at the Mercado Artesanal, and sip a daiquiri at La Bodeguita del Medio ala Ernest Hemingway.

Fidel Castro loved scuba diving which is why Jardines de la Reina has to be the last underwater world in the Caribbean unharmed by human actions. Here you can swim with three kinds of sharks – silky, reef and . . . .

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