Melanie Lieberman

Cuba’s capital city is booming, thanks to loosened travel restrictions between the island nation and its northern neighbor, the United States.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Havana, you’ll want to make time to grab a drink at El Floridita and the bar at Hotel Ambos Mundos—two of Hemingway’s favorite spots in Havana for a cocktail. His signature daiquiri (splash of grapefruit juice, no sugar) was created at El Floridita in the 1930’s. Any drink with Cuban rum is guaranteed to be good, though. Think Cuba libres, with Castro-approved tuKola, or Hemingway’s favorite mojito from Bodeguita del Medio.

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The best art in Cuba can be seen on the streets, like Santeria-inspired sculptures and murals at Callejón de Hamel, or Fusterlandia: an entire neighborhood covered in José Fuster’s glittering mosaics. No trip to Cuba would be complete without listening to live music (the outdoor Tropicana cabaret is a must) or driving around in one of the iconic vintage cars, like a 1959 Buick Special.

For the local take, chat with people sitting on the Malecón, or waterfront esplanade, at sunset: or the men arguing politics and baseball at Esquina Caliente—the Hot Corner. For more on what to do in Havana—and how to get to this amazing, tropical destination now, look here.

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