A special Cuban playlist curated by Saraï Fiszel

 

EL GAO, Regla

I consistently find myself drawn to El Gao, an Artist Residency tucked away in Regla, Havana. Nestled off the beaten path of bohemian allure, this haven never fails to immerse me in the authentic Cuban essence of artistic discovery, wrapped in its charming ambiance. Moreover, it boasts stunning aesthetics and culinary delights, showcasing organic, homemade fare crafted with love and the finest locally-sourced ingredients from nearby farms.

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SARAÏ FISZEL 

At El Gao, you'll meet its visionary founder Saraï Fiszel – your lively guide and knowledgeable host to Cuba's vibrant creative scene. With a commitment to nurturing a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, she ensures you feel right at home. Her invaluable assistance will elevate your Cuban journey, crafting an unforgettable itinerary. Trust me, connecting with her is essential for any traveler to Cuba. Bringing expertise to Havana, she curates an enriching experience that empowers you not only as an artist but also as a soul embracing the abundant treasures of this captivating island.

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SANTY PESCADOR 

Whenever I'm in Havana, a visit to Santy Pescador for the best fresh ceviche and a cocktail! Tucked away in the charming neighborhood of Jaimanitas, this seafood haven is a local treasure. Renowned for its fresh fish and seafood, Santy’s stands out as the only place offering such a diverse selection of marine delicacies. The secret to their  unparalleled quality? Their own fishing boats, ensuring that every dish is crafted from the freshest catch of the day.

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AMA STORE

For a unique Cuban souvenir I love Ama, a locally produced, 100% handmade jewelry and clothes store, beautifully encapsulating the vibrant energy and bright colors of Havana. Each item at Ama Store is a testament to Cuban craftsmanship, reflecting the rich cultural heritage and artistic flair of the island. The store radiates the joyful and energetic essence of Cuban culture, making it the perfect place to find a special memento from your travels.

The charm of Ama Store is enhanced by its wonderful owners, Mariacarla and Anabella. These hardworking women pour their hearts into every piece they create and sell. Their passion for their craft is evident in the meticulous attention to detail and the vibrant energy of their store. When you visit, be sure to say hi to Maria and Ana—they'll warmly welcome you and share the stories behind their beautiful creations.

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FABRICA DE ARTE CUBANO

When in Havana, a visit to Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) is an absolute must for any art and music enthusiast. This dynamic cultural hub, housed in a repurposed oil factory, seamlessly blends visual arts, music, dance, and performance into a single vibrant venue. FAC stands as a testament to Cuba's thriving contemporary art scene, inviting you to explore and engage with the works of both emerging and established Cuban artists.

Beyond its art offerings, FAC is renowned for its lively music and dance performances. From live bands and DJ sets to contemporary dance and theatrical productions, the venue pulses with energy well into the night. The eclectic programming ensures there's always something new and exciting to experience, making every visit to FAC a dancing adventure.

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LINOS POTTERY 

For handcrafted art, Linos Pottery studio is a wonderful experience. Linos’s journey into pottery began at the tender age of 13, under the guidance of his family, who are well-versed in the art of ceramics. This early start allowed him to develop a deep understanding and appreciation for the craft, honing his skills over the years to create unique and beautiful pottery. His creations reflect a blend of traditional techniques and personal innovation, making each piece a true work of art.

What truly sets Linos Pottery apart is the immersive experience it offers through ceramics classes. Linos is not only a gifted artist but also a passionate teacher, eager to share his knowledge and skills with others. In his self-made studio, equipped with a hand-built brick oven, he offers classes that cater to various interests and skill levels, including sculpture making, tableware, and musical instruments. 

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TRINIDAD 

Trinidad, Cuba, is a gem that captures the essence of colonial charm and vibrant culture. Walking through its cobblestone streets, I always feel transported to another era, surrounded by colorful buildings and the rhythm of local life. The town is rich in history and artistry, offering countless opportunities for exploration and inspiration. From its bustling markets to serene plazas, Trinidad never fails to fill me with a sense of wonder and creativity.

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CASA AMISTAD, TRINIDAD 

Staying at Casa Amistad in Trinidad is like coming home. This welcoming guesthouse is known for its warm hospitality and cozy atmosphere. The hosts are incredibly kind and attentive, ensuring that every guest feels like part of the family. Casa Amistad's beautifully decorated rooms and inviting communal spaces create a perfect blend of comfort and charm. The delicious homemade meals, prepared with fresh, local ingredients, are a highlight that adds to the homely feel of this delightful residence.

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CATAMARAN TO IGUANA ISLAND, TRINIDAD  

A visit to Iguana Island is a must for any traveler seeking a unique Cuban experience. This secluded paradise offers pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, perfect for a day of relaxation and adventure. Whether you're snorkeling in the vibrant coral reefs or simply lounging on the sand, Iguana Island's natural beauty is captivating. The island's namesake iguanas add a touch of wild charm, making every visit feel like an exclusive escape into nature.

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HORSEBACK RIDING, TRINIDAD

Exploring the Cuban countryside on horseback is an unforgettable adventure. The rolling hills and lush landscapes around Trinidad provide a stunning backdrop for a leisurely ride. As you traverse the scenic trails, you'll encounter local farms, hidden waterfalls, and breathtaking vistas. Horseback riding offers a unique perspective on Cuba's natural beauty and allows for a deeper connection with the land. It's an experience that combines the thrill of exploration with the tranquility of nature.

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