Sipping Coconut Water in Havana

Date: July 10, 2016

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 Cuban thirst quenching drink. Stroll down the pedestrian only street in Havana, Obispo, and you will find tons of street vendors selling coconut water (agua de coco). Each vendor has a brightly painted cart, marked with graffiti or designs. The carts are stacked with young, green coconuts waiting to be cracked open. Cubanos and tourist alike stroll around Havana Vieja, sipping the refreshing drink. On an especially hot day, some vendors pack the shell with ice cream. It’s the perfect treat to beat the heat!