CUBA MAKING HEADLINES

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Summers are usually relatively quiet in Cuba. Sweltering heat settles in over the Caribbean island, and Cubans abandon their city dwellings for the turquoise waters of local beaches. But, following a trend of changing times in Cuba, it seems that this summer has been anything but quiet.   Birthday Madness For starters, the Castro brothers, who have presided over Cuba…

MY CUBA DIARIES: RESTAURANTE MUSEO 1514

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In the small Trinidad, located in central Cuba, pretty museums are the norm. Known as Cuba’s Museum City, colonial architecture looms on every cobblestone street. Lucky me, I realized, as I first set my eyes on the antiques of Trinidad. A well-preserved living testament of the sugar trade opulence of two centuries ago, Trinidad is laden with heirlooms like no…

EXPLORE LA ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD: COLORFUL WILDLIFE, COLORFUL HISTORY

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This cookie-shaped island-off-an-island, 60 miles from Cuba’s mainland, is the country’s largest in land mass (934 square miles; 31 in diameter), but smallest in population (fewer than 100,000). Its slow pace belies its tumultuous past. This special municipality knows little tourism, but serves as a popular summertime getaway for mainland Cubans and underwater explorers. Lush coral reefs, exotic fish species, and…

EXPERIENCE THE MARACUBA

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My father has always been a marathon and triathlon enthusiast. As he continues to race, he has developed bucket-list places to visit. In August of 2014, he signed us up for Cuba’s annual Marabana marathon. This would be my first race. It’s not yet legal for Americans to visit Cuba for tourism purposes, but we were able to participate in…