Planning a trip to the Caribbean island of Cuba? Why not check out our top 5 music venues and soak up that real Cuban spirit.
Cuba is a Caribbean island on the brink of a new era. It’s a brilliant mix of colonial cities, sultry salsa music, big cigars, vintage Cadillacs and ivory beaches and now is a great time to visit. Salsa dancing with the sexy hip swinging locals at one of the islands many fantastic Casas de la Musica is an opportunity not to be missed! In Cuba music blasts out from every corner and you will regularly see 5 year olds naturally perfecting their moves. Here, in no particular order, are our top 5 recommendations for the best musical places:
1. Casa de la Musica – Havana
Charges high entrance fees but has big name acts in a smart theatre style venue.
2. Casa de la Musica – Trinidad
Dance the night away with locals and tourists alike on the steps of this truly atmospheric location near the main plaza.
3. Casa de la Trova – Baracoa
This tiny venue with little wooden chairs to remind you of your school days has live acoustic musicians every night playing large cellos and bass with drums and fantastic vocalists. In the furthest location from Havana this place sees few tourists so the locals are really keen to teach you how to dance salsa.
4. Café Paris & Cafe Florida – Havana
The musicians who play here are real crowd pleasers and you won’t be able to resist getting up for a bit of dance. Conveniently located on the Obispo linking Centro to Habana Vieja.
5. Calle 69 – Varadero
Not the most likely location but it’s a great place to watch the beautiful people dancing outside the venue on the street with such accuracy and fast form.