Cuba is a country full of life in Havana is at center stage. Havana is always buoyant whether there is hardship or prosperity. There are luminous pastel colored buildings that dot the century-old plazas of Old Havana. There are fleets of vintage American cars that cruise the streets and lots of exuberant locals that will offer you a cafe or a dance. You will find Havana spirit contagious and untamable. Diplomatic ties are currently undergoing historic renovations. This country's socialist policies are falling by the wayside and the people are ready to show the world what they're capable of. There are modern Paladares, which are privately owned restaurants that open for cruise ships that dock in the dilapidated landmarks now being cleaned up. Once thought of as a city that was stuck in time, Havana is on its way to a future tomorrow.
Set politics aside and that's the best way to experience the lifestyle of Havana. Do as the Cubans do. Start each morning with the cafe cubano or two. Then dine alfresco in one of old Havana's historic Plaza. Make sure to get your feet wet at El Malecon, and don't forget to dance with the crowds after the sun sets. Make sure to find a mojito and some fun in the sun at Playas de Este. Once you get your fill of the local flavor you can also check out the country's great Museum of Fine Arts. Make sure to say hello to Hemingway's hideaway on your way out.