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6 Incredible Things to Do in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Snorkeling, surfing, shrimp tacos and more! All the best things to do, see and eat while in Nuevo Vallarta.

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JoyceNovember 15, 2016 - 1:13 pm

This place looks so colorful & gorgeous! I really love that photo of you with the surf mural!

CandiceNovember 15, 2016 - 8:54 pm

Absolutely loving this post! Love how colorful and detailed it is! Def makes me want to travel here! Well done girl!

XOX,
Candice

Camila FariaNovember 21, 2016 - 10:33 am

WOW, so pretty! Sounds like the perfect vacation to me. The food looks incredible!

SherNovember 21, 2016 - 10:41 am

Hey Camila – omg YES the food was a huge highlight of the stay!

SherNovember 21, 2016 - 10:41 am

Thanks Candice – glad you liked the photos :)

SherNovember 21, 2016 - 10:42 am

Thanks girl! I’m a total convert to surf now :)

LeahNovember 22, 2016 - 10:33 pm

Wow, your pictures are so colorful! Looks like the perfect next destination for me :)

SherNovember 22, 2016 - 10:48 pm

Thanks for stopping by Leah :)

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Christina GalbatoApril 2, 2017 - 11:39 am

I’m headed here tomorrow and am so glad I stumbled upon this guide!! Great read and love all of your photos :) xo

SherApril 2, 2017 - 11:40 am

Ah have fun! I LOVED sayulita! So hippie, so many cute boutiques and amazing water sports. I didnt bring enough pesos for souvenirs, kicking myself for that still ;)

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The 20 Best Things to Do in Cuba Involving Cars, Cigars and Color!

Here are all the best things to do in Havana and greater Cuba.

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NataliaFebruary 13, 2018 - 9:34 pm

I love how varied this list is! Cuba is so high on my list of places to visit. It looks incredibly beautiful.

SherFebruary 14, 2018 - 1:27 pm

Thanks Natalia! Highly recommend Cuba if you want to see an atypical Caribbean island :)

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25 Things I Learned About Life in Cuba (after 53 Years of Fidel Castro rule)

Interesting tidbits of life in Cuba under Fidel Castro.

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JoyceDecember 8, 2016 - 10:01 am

Love, love, love this post! I’m super fascinated by Cuba and read every single word, loved hearing your thoughts on Cuba politics, economy, life, etc. Based on your first hard experience there! Can’t wait to visit for myself

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SherDecember 8, 2016 - 5:46 pm

Ah thank you!! I thought it was so fascinating i literally got home and typed it all the next day because i didnt want to forget anything! So glad you enjoyed

KaylaDecember 13, 2016 - 9:39 am

Great post! Loved reading this as I was also in Cuba during the mourning! I arrived in Cuba the day Fidel passed and was staying there until the end of the mourning. We stayed at a casa particular and our casa host was the one who told us about Fidel’s passing. Cuba was so interesting! Glad you had a great experience like we did.

SherDecember 13, 2016 - 9:48 am

Oh that’s so funny we were there at the same time! Such a cool point in time to be there right?!

EmilyDecember 16, 2016 - 6:29 pm

This was such an informative post about Cuba! Thanks for sharing your personal insights and facts you’ve learned along the way. Not to mention the photos — I certainly would love to visit!

Angie Briggs (FeetDoTravel)December 17, 2016 - 10:38 am

This is a brilliant post and most fascinating. You have filled it with useful facts and I love the story you have told as well. Thank you for taking the time to write such an information account of your trip to Cuba, I many more people read and take note of your tips. Pinned for the future when I visit.

SherDecember 19, 2016 - 9:42 pm

Thanks Emily! I’m so glad you learned some new tidbits :)

SherDecember 19, 2016 - 9:42 pm

Thanks for the kind words Angie – I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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JoelJanuary 4, 2017 - 6:16 am

This place is magical and it is a must see

Sue RayburnJanuary 7, 2017 - 2:55 pm

I love your post and I am thrilled that you had such a positive experience during such a difficult time in Cuba. I have recently read several negative articles from travelers who decided to just jump on a plane and go. Cuba is amazing country, I visit frequently and feel that I will never tire of it. Thank you for a beautifully written encounter.

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KarmenJune 18, 2017 - 7:51 pm

Nice post, but very inaccurate For one, the rich or supporters of Batista were not the only ones who left Cuba. If you really want to know the true facts, get the other side of the story as to why many Cubans left the country under Fidel’s regime.

SherJune 19, 2017 - 2:08 pm

Hi Karmen, thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

I understand that others fled Cuba but from the sources I spoke to & read, it’s my understanding that a large portion of those who fled to Miami were better of socioeconomically and tended to be supporters of Batista.

Of course, I understand that the situation is complicated! I know that depending on who you talk to, there can be different sides to the same story and perhaps the picture I understood from Cubans in Miami on my people to people experience was one sided. I would love to get a better picture of the island’s history – are there any books you recommend in particular? Thanks!

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HoweyrollAugust 11, 2017 - 3:42 pm

If I had only read this article, I might be tempted to believe Cuba is a magical place. The people here are dirty poor and live in crumbling rotting infrastructure. It might be nice to visit, but certainly not to live!

Bill CourtJanuary 28, 2018 - 11:30 pm

Please stay longer next time you visit Cuba so that you can discover the real picture. Your article contains mistruths about Cuba. Most Cubans tell you a mild version of reality as they cannot tell you the horrible truth about their country. The Revolution has destroyed their lives which are nowhere near as positive as you have mentioned!

SherJanuary 28, 2018 - 11:36 pm

I didn’t think the article was a positive picture of life by any means!

If there are any factual inaccuracies, please do let me know.

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Peggy HansonMay 19, 2018 - 10:56 am

Just arrived home from a cruise to Cuba and wish I had read your blog before I left home. So many interesting facts! Do you mind if I quote you on some of your information on our blog, of course giving you credit. I’ll be sure to tell people planning a trip to Cuba to be sure to find you first! We loved our evening at the Tropicana and will have lots of pictures. Thanks again for the great info!

SherMay 19, 2018 - 11:06 am

Hi Peggy – yes of course, that’s fine!

GeorgieAugust 28, 2018 - 10:12 am

Interesting article about an interesting and complex country. I think you covered it as best as a visitor, such as yourself, could. But always be open minded and relay that what we are experiencing as a brief visitor, is very different from the reality. Being a visitor is just that, visiting. Many locals in Cuba feel quite differently about Cuba than what you wrote, but that is your perspective. You are not an expert, but a traveler whom is sharing her opinion. And hopefully everyone will keep that in mind when reading your article. That being said, nicely written piece. It’s challenging to understand the complexities of another culture as a visitor.

SherAugust 28, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Hi Georgie – thanks for taking the time to comment. Did you get a chance to speak to locals on your trip to Cuba? I would love any insight you can share about your conversations with them!

LisiJanuary 5, 2019 - 12:47 am

Hi Sher,

Unfortunately, you experienced Cuba as a tourist and just that. The horrible things you hear come from those who cannot benefit from tourism. The “mourning” in Cuba was mandatory and schools forced kids to do those things but I can tell you it was out of fear and not sincere mourning. The country provides “free” food, but there is such a shortage that they need to resort to the black market to MAYBE find what they need at a MUCH higher price. Off of $12 a month, you would never be able to survive in Cuba, not even as a tourist staying there for free at somebody’s house.

My grandmother got back from Santa Clara yesterday and there was not only power outages but water outages as well. The roads are not fit to travel by. They are so bad people off road instead. No water means no showers, no cleaning, no flushing. There is no food, or toilet paper or soap or any basic necessity available for purchase. Even with the American dollar it is extremely difficult to find these things. I have an aunt that contracted an infection because the “free healthcare” facilities used an old IV on her since they had no more new ones.

I understand you visited a tourist area where they may fluff things a bit but I would hate for somebody to read this article and think”it’s not that bad” when I’m fact it is inhumane.

I hope you do not take my comment as offensive. I am here for any questions you may have.

40 Magnificent Photos That Will Transport You to Havana, Cuba

Cuba is a photographer’s dream.

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Cherene SaradarDecember 24, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Your photography is STUNNING! I live in Miami so I need to get my ass to Cuba soon. 90 miles away!

EllaDecember 24, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Wow, I had no idea that Havana was so gorgeous! The city looks so beautiful and it really looks like the whole city is just one big art display! Your photos are stunning too, I would easily buy a print to hang up on my wall. Or maybe 5 because it would be hard to pick haha. They’re really beautiful photos :)

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EppieJanuary 25, 2017 - 12:14 pm

I just discovered your blog and I love it! Such fantastic photography, so glad to find someone who has a similar style :)

SherJanuary 25, 2017 - 12:57 pm

Hey Eppie – Photography is definitely my focus so thanks so much for the kind words.

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PaulFebruary 9, 2017 - 11:25 am

Havana is an enchanting and captivating city. Thank you for sharing these stunning photos!

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Louis AlarconJune 29, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Excellent edition and selection of photographs to convey the atmosphere of Cuba, mainly Havana, is an authentic photo tour online in the city. I know Cuba well and I know that it is not easy to get all these photographs, so once again I congratulate the photographer for his work.
Cuba is undoubtedly a paradise for photography, mainly architecture, portrait and street photography.
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YES, Americans Can Travel to Cuba… Here’s How!

Just follow these simple rules…

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BlakeSeptember 19, 2018 - 7:53 am

Every other travel article on Cuba is reporting the opposite of your claims. Granted there are additional hurdles, but Americans can travel to Cuba as “tourists” under the “Support for the Cuban People” category (which you excluded from your list of examples). A tour operator is not required, and neither is an entry from another country (there are flights directly from the US).

I don’t mean to be rude, but it appears the purpose of this article is to mislead people into booking with a tour operator (Fathom).

SherSeptember 19, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Hi Blake! As I mentioned in the article, there are 12 official categories under which Americans can officially travel to Cuba. You are right that ‘support for the Cuban people’ is one of them! But, “tourist travel to Cuba is still prohibited”, as stated by the US Govt site, so I don’t know that being a “normal” tourist under “support for the Cuban people” would really qualify if anyone were to vet it. My brief list of 3 examples isn’t all 12, but you can find the complete list on the US Gov site here

I did travel with Fathom, but they no longer even offer cruises to Cuba so my article isn’t pushing anyone to book with any specific operator! I do still believe that the safest official way is to travel with a tour operator that holds one of those 12 category designations, but of course, you can travel on our own if you wish. I mentioned that several friends have done that :)

As I mentioned in #5, many airlines offer direct flights to Cuba.