Cuban Culture In Cuba

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Havana “In Cuba and specifically in Havana there’s a sort of energy that turns every situation into something unexpected” (Fernando Perez). The capital city of Cuba is full of vibrant culture, ancient history, and beautiful landscape. Once a booming tourist destination has now lost some of its attractiveness due to Socialist rule. However, the overall beauty has not dissipated and the culture is just as active as ever. Havana is located on the northern coast, in Havana bay. Its coastal location made it a premier trading port in the early 17th century. So much so that a royal decree was made that said Havana was the “Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies” (Goodsell). Foreigners started to realized Havana’s importance, and “Spanish…show more content…
The depths of its history and the diversity of its people allows for a very special blend of Cuban culture unlike anywhere else on the island. Old Havana is home to numerous institutions that devote themselves to keeping the culture alive. A prime example of this being “the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, with two separate buildings devoted to Cuban and universal art respectively; the Museo de Historia Natural; the Museo de la ciudad; and the Museo del Ron. All these and the rest of the museums are a must if you wish to enhance your knowledge about culture and history of Havana and Cuba” (Culture). The Museum of the City of Havana has many relics of Havana life in the earlier centuries such as pottery and jewelry, and this helps present residents understand their capital’s historic past. Music is very popular in the capital as well. In Old Havana, the Cathedral Square and amphitheater are popular places where concerts are celebrated. The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is a famed concert hall for the Camerata music group, which is one of the most esteemed feminine music groups on the island. Havana culture is nothing without it’s food, and the city has many famed restaurants that help enhance its popularity. The most popular restaurant is Bodeguita del Medio, which was once frequented by Ernest Hemingway, a famous novelist. One of the restaurants, La Flordita, “claims to be the ‘birthplace of the daiquiri’” (Goodsell). Before…show more content…
There are few instances of violent crime, and “about the biggest crime you need to think about when asking is Havana safe is the matter of pickpockets and bag snatchers” (Stretton). The police crack down hard on drugs, and will likely go even harder if a foreigner is caught. Most of the theft that occurs are by scam artists or by those who portray themselves as victims and beg for money. For female travelers, it is safe to travel alone, but one may be exposed to cat calling. Havana overall is very safe as opposed to other Latin American countries like Brazil or Honduras whom make up 41 of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world, not one city in Cuba even makes that list

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