MUST EXPERIENCE Havana's 65-year-old cabaret extravaganza, the Tropicana Show, in an open-air ballroom.

MUST SEE Old Havana, then delve deeper into Cuban history in the 490- year-old colonial town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

MUST IMBIBE a¿ejorum-infused mojitos at Old Havana's La Bodeguita del Medio, Hemingway's favorite local bar.

MUST STAY at Hotel Florida in Old Havana, with checkerboard marble floors, open courtyards, and iron balconies above hopping Calle Obispo.


  • CUBA TOURIST BOARD (IN CANADA), 416-362-0700
  • HOTEL FLORIDA, FROM $90, 011-53-7-862-4127; LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO, 011-53-7-867-1374;
  • TROPICANA, 011-53-7-267-0110.