Cuba: Rum and Romance
A vacation to Cuba is the perfect opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and smells of everything this Latino-Caribbean island has to offer. That includes the local food, the world renowned Cuban rum, as well as those unforgettable salsa rhythms. Meld all these things together and you have the makings of an ultimate romantic getaway you’ll never forget.
Rich Cuban Cuisine
One of the top reasons people enjoy a vacation in another country is the chance to sample the local fare. Cuba has a rich history filled with a variety of popular food dishes sure to please your taste buds. Black beans and rice is a staple in Cuba, but the dish is absolutely loaded with flavor and spices. Other popular foods include green banana meat pie, chicken with rice, gumbo, okra, plantains and citrus fruits. Pork and beef are served often in Cuban cuisine, but its proximity to the ocean also makes seafood an abundant choice. Custard and tropical fruit sorbets are common desserts in Cuba.
Vibrant Cuban Music
Cuba holidays are a great chance to immerse yourself in the local music scene in Havana and other Cuban hotspots. Whether you’re listening in an ocean side bar or are tuning in on your hotel sound system, the music on the island is a great way to enhance your romantic getaway. Mambo and salsa music are both plentiful across the island and are perfect choices if you want to dance the night away. Drums, tambourines, maracas, claves and marimbulas are traditional instruments that make up musical scores of many types of Cuban music and you will often find impromptu gigs spring up on the streets of the capital and all over the island: perfect for watching with your partner as the sun goes down.
Numerous Dance Styles
Along with common types of music found in Cuba, there are dances that go along with them. For example, rumba and salsa have matching styles of dancing that are popular all over the world, but seeing and experiencing the steps in Cuba is another thing entirely. Take some classes before you leave or join the locals to learn how to execute the moves while you’re on your Cuban vacation. You will also find merengue, cha cha and samba going down in the clubs here, so there really is no excuse not to kick off your shoes and join in!
The Famous Cuban Rum
Rum is as plentiful in Cuba as cigars are. Check with customs before trying to carry any back across the border, but be sure to sample every rum the island has to offer while you’re there: Havana Club Seven Years Old, Ron Santiago 45 Aniversario and Bacardi are top choices. Check out rum distilleries or simply make your way from bar to bar, tasting all the local offerings.
There’s no doubt about it: Cuba offers a rhythmic, romantic trip that will be unlike any other. So sit back with a cold Cuba Libre in your hand and let the waves of Cuban salsa wash over you, you might just find this Caribbean island is worth a second visit.
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.