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A taste of Cuban culture, music, history, and events before you explore the island

It’s hot outside, and you are looking for something to quench your thirst. Coconut water has become the healthy alternative to sports drinks here in the United States. Two large brands rival for your dollars, Zico and Vita Coco. Ever stop to think where Coconut water comes from? Want to taste coconut water fresh from the source?Coconut water was a popular drink in Cuba long before Zico and Vita Coco battled over territory in Manhattan yoga studios. “Agua de coco” is the most popular...

The mixture of African roots with European influences in the western hemisphere has created many great musical forms, such as blues, jazz and rock. In Cuba, the fusion of cultures produced the son and rumba, a mixture of music and dancing that would go on to have a gigantic influences around the world. Universally known dance music styles such as mambo, cha-cha-cha and salsa can be traced directly back to the island.In the late 19th century, after former black slaves were liberated, they...

One of the most beautiful and striking buildings in the Havana skyline, El Capitolio, was completed in 1929. While it was clearly inspired by the United States Capitol building, Cubans boast that it is three feet longer, three feet wider and three feet taller. Underneath its magnificent dome, El Capitolio also hosts the world’s third tallest indoor statue.Just a few years after it was built, the Great Depression motivated large crowds to demonstrate against the government of Gerardo...

When traveling to the island, it is always beneficial understand a bit of Spanish. Of course, the TRY CUBA bi-lingual staff will be there to assist you, but communicating with locals in their native language will help immerse you into the Cuban experience.1. Me llamo _________. ¿Cómo te llamas? My name is _________. What’s your name?2. ¿ Qué bolá? What’s up?3. ¿Dónde está el baño? Where is the bathroom?4. ¿Cuánto cuesta? How much does it cost?5. La cuenta, por...

On May 3rd, Havana hosted a Chanel fashion show on its famous Paseo del Prado. The tree-lined promenade forms the boundary between Habana Vieja and Centro Habana. Generally a popular hangout spot to take in the sun was transformed into a runway with lights when Karl Lagerfeld, House of Chanel’s top designer, presented its prêt-à-porter line for its Cruise 2016-2017 Collection. Though Chanel is known for its provocative shows, this event was a first in many ways; Chanel’s first show in...