Havana in quarantine, as captured by Cuban photographer Gabriel Guerra Bianchini

Seeing Havana’s most photogenic, typically tourist-filled streets completely empty during quarantine is quite a sight to behold. One Cuban photographer has captured compelling images of various centric spots in Havana, from squares to previously buzzing streets and boulevards, the eerie…

LABOR DAY IN CUBA: A CELEBRATION ON PANDEMIC TIME

By Mayté Solano Gómez Due to the presence of the coronavirus all around the world, the traditional parades of Labor Day in Cuba have been canceled. It is evident that the measures internationally taken to combat this terrible disease lead…

How Cuba’s private sector is helping those in need in times of coronavirus – from casa particular to paladar owners

by Susana Corona Cruz Cubans are solidary by nature. Cuba’s legendary solidarity is not just a political gimmick or government propaganda, yes, the state is at the core of it but helping out, being neighbourly, assisting the needy are all…

Cuba in times of coronavirus – how island doctors fight the pandemic around the world

By Susana Corona Cruz Italy, France, Jamaica, South Africa, and Argentina have all called on Cuba to send their doctors and help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in their worst-affected cities. Once again, the Cuban nation lets its medical solidarity shine…

Cuba closes its borders and bans large cultural and sporting events amid rise in coronavirus cases

By Susana Corona Cruz Only last week we were echoing Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism efforts to encourage travellers to continue with their Cuba holiday plans amid global coronavirus fears and increasing death tolls, citing their robust healthcare system and preventative…

Cuba in times of coronavirus – what to do if you’re there on holiday now (or plan to be there soon)

by Susana Corona Cruz – Coronavirus in Cuba – if you’re wondering about COVID-19 in Cuba, whether new cases are being reported recently and whether you should abandon, postpone or continue with plans to travel to the island over the…

Havana’s annual Salsa Festival dates announced for next week

Salsa enthusiasts have a place to be next week as the dates for Cuba’s annual Salsa Festival in Havana have been finally announced and it all happens in a few days! Now is the time to find a Havana casa…

The Cuba conundrum – JetBlue cut backs and American Airlines jumps at the opportunity to add more Cuba flights

By Susana Corona Cruz Casas particulares in Cuba have taken a bad hit with the announcement of further travel restrictions in place for American citizens and residents. But not all U.S. travel companies are scaling back their business activity in…

Cuba’s holiday industry faces further drop in U.S. visitors after Trump’s new travel restrictions

It’s not great news for casa particular owners. Trump continues on his ruthless quest to curtail travel to Cuba for U.S. visitors and the latest move has been to cancel charter flights to nine Cuban airports (not including Havana), adding…

Cuba’s Jazz Plaza Festival 2019 in full swing – two more days of jamming action left!

Jazz Plaza 2019 is in full swing now and with two more days of outstanding performances lined up, time is of the essence if you want to add a jazzy dimension to your casa particular stay in Havana or Santiago….