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  • Nick and Dariece | July 4, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    15 Photos That Will Have You Dreaming About Cuba

    15 Photos That Will Have You Dreaming About Cuba

    Photos by Goats on the Road

    Cuba is a hot topic in the travel world, and in the entertainment world as well. The Rolling Stones, President Obama and Rihanna have all visited Cuba within the past year...will you be next?! Restrictions are easing for American visitors and exciting changes are on the horizon for the Cuban people.

    We visited Cuba in April, 2015 and couldn't believe that as Canadians, we hadn't traveled there sooner. Many Europeans and Canadians opt to stay at resorts when visiting the island, but we highly recommend traveling to Cuba independently because the people you meet, the casas you sleep in, and the experiences you have, will be far more authentic and memorable than if you stayed in a resort. Cuba is one of the most photogenic countries we've ever been to. Here are 15 of our favorite photos that are sure to have you dreaming about a trip to the largest island in the Caribbean.

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    cayo jutias in cuba

    The stunning Cayo Jutias is a gorgeous cay (key) located about an hour drive from the town of Vinales in the west of Cuba. The water is calm, shallow and great for swimming and remnants of mangroves can be found, dried up from the sun.

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    Vinales is surrounded by gorgeous round hills called magotes, which are made from limestone, marble or dolomite. Walking through the farmland surrounded by these formations is a must.

    fairlane car in cuba travel to cuba

    Classic cars from the 1950s or earlier are a common sight in Cuba! This is something that we just don't see every day in Canada or the USA. Seeing beautiful Ford Fairlanes parked in the middle of a plaza is incredible.

    where to eat in havana cuba

    Don't listen to people if they tell you that the food in Cuba is bland and boring. Those people obviously haven't had any home cooked meals at a casa particular! The locals know how to make delicious meals, like this stewed chicken with potatoes, beans, rice, salad, homemade potato chips and fresh guava jelly with cheese.

    travelling to trinidad cuba

    The colors of Cuba are vibrant. In the city of Trinidad, buildings are painted green, yellow, blue, pink, purple, red or orange! This three-wheeler is called a cycle rickshaw and is a popular mode of transportation for tourists and locals.

    playas este beach havana

    Did you know that there is a beautiful beach located just 20 minutes from Havana? This is Playas del Estes and it's where the locals go, and so should you. The Atlantic Sea is warm, clear and safe for swimming.

    musicians havana
    Music is a big part of Cuban culture. You'll hear it blaring out of people's homes, in bars and restaurants, and on the streets. These guys were playing some amazing tunes on the Malecon in Havana.

    flamenco dancing cienfuegos

    In the city of Cienfuegos, there is a casa particular owner who spent a lot of time in Spain. He and his wife have a passion for Flamenco and all things Spanish! On Sundays, you can find a cultural performance at their casa, El Patio Andalu, with traditional music, poetry, food and dance.

    Camagüey cathedral cuba

    The Camaguey Cathedral towers over the city. Designed in a gothic style, this cathedral is different from any of the others we saw during our entire three-and-a-half week trip to Cuba.

    sunset in vinales cuba

    The sunsets in Vinales are incredible! If you can, rent a bicycle, motorbike, or just walk to a secluded cliff surrounding the town and enjoy the golden views.

    tobacco vinales cuba

    Cigars are a popular pastime for the locals in Cuba. In Vinales, you can visit tobacco farms and depending on which time of the year you visit, you'll see various stages of the cultivating, drying and rolling process. We were there during the drying stage, and the ceilings of the barns were filled with this aromatic plant.

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    The seafood in Cuba is plentiful and fresh. During sunset you'll often find the locals with their rods fishing right off of the rocks.

    the people of cuba

    This farmer in the countryside of Vinales was so kind. He invited us over for some fresh juice and some fruit as well. He didn't speak any English, but between our broken Spanish and sign language, we were able to have a chat, and smoke a cigar, of course.

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    cuban paintings cuba

    Bright and colorful, that is Cuba! Paintings and other forms of art are available at many shops in the cities.

    travel to havana cuba

    This famous establishment is located in the old part of Havana and is known for its daiquiris and for being a favorite hangout spot of Ernest Hemingway.

    Have you been to Cuba before, or do you have plans to visit soon? Tell us in the comments!

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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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