VIDEO: Going Local in Havana, Cuba, Part 1: Local Life in Cuba


This is the first post in video contributor Kelley Ferro’s two-part video series on Cuba. The second part is here.

I’ve been intrigued by Cuba ever since I could remember, mostly because my dad was always playing Cuban records around the house. And as I grew up to be a travel journalist, my fascination with this musical, vibrant island nation only increased. Finally, I was given my chance to see Cuba for myself. We based ourselves in Havana for a whirlwind 48-hour tour of the city.

The best part was that all of our experiences were drawn from recommendations from locals. Cuba Travel Services facilitated these interaction so we could meet several locals each day, ask questions and get to know Havana through their eyes.

The video above should give you a little more insight than a guidebook could, as we went off the beaten path. We met local children in an after-school program, where they practice and perform circus acts. We cruised the Malécon in vintage American cars at sunset. We also danced, drank and ate throughout our days and nights in this exuberant city.

In part 2: Artsy Havana.


For more on guided travel in Cuba, visit USTOA.com. For more on the specific itineraries and guides from Kelley’s video, check out cubatravelservices.com.

Kelley Ferro

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Kelley Ferro

Kelley is an award-winning TV personality, experienced travel journalist & social media influencer. Obsessed with world travel (and Indiana Jones) since childhood, she parlayed that passion into her career, starting at 19 as a National Geographic intern. She went on to be the Director of Tripfilms.com, and now she is the producer & host of several web series, which feature hotels, tours and destinations across the globe. Her shows focus on the local experience, the world’s best hotels and the best in every destination. Join her on her jetsetting adventures via Kelley Ferro’s YouTube channel, or her Instagram.

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