Travel Diaries – Tuesday

Cuba – Secluded Vacationers

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Timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified, fun yet maddeningly frustrating – Cuba is a country of indefinable magic.

Meticulously preserved, Cuba’s colonial cities haven’t changed much since musket-toting pirates stalked the Caribbean. The atmosphere and architecture is particularly stirring in the Unesco-listed cities – Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Camagüey – where grandiose squares and cobbled streets tell erstwhile tales of opulence and intrigue. Elsewhere many buildings lie ruined and tattered like aging dowagers waiting for a facelift. With more funds, these heirlooms may yet emulate the colonial treasures in Havana and Trinidad, further proof that the safeguarding of Cuba’s historical legacy has been one of the revolution’s greatest achievements.

 This is a  top pick for those looking to really get off the grid. There aren’t many places left on Earth where you can say you won’t have access to email, and actually mean it — but Cuba is one of them. It’s often described as being frozen in time, with its vintage cars, traditional Caribbean buildings, and lack of high-tech amenities. But those qualities only add to its charm. See it now, before everyone else gets there.

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