Daniela Corona

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Ever since I could remember, travel became a key part of my life. Being born in Cuba, I lived abroad during my childhood due to my father's job. My family and I spent three years in Barcelona and five years in London. These cities, which I still hold dear to my heart, were my home for a long time and shaped me in many ways; although, I must confess my essence always remained fundamentally Cuban.

In all that time living abroad, we always travelled back to Cuba during the school summer holidays and it was always fun for me to explore my homeland and keep in touch with my roots. The rest of my teenage years and adult life, I've lived in this culturally-rich, diverse and enchanting island, which I have developed a passion for.

From its colonial cities and upbeat nightclubs to the untouched natural beauty of its countryside, the amazing beaches and the warmth of its people, Cuba captivates everyone who cares to unveil its wonders. As I write about my exotic trips, fun-packed nights and enriching journeys, you can see Cuba from an insider's viewpoint.

Riding "almendrones" (50's cars), shaking my hips to salsa music, sipping refreshing mojitos and enduring the heat of the Caribbean are part of my day-to-day life. As a native of Cuba's buzzing capital, Havana, I can tell you about the latest events taking place in the island, recommend unique off-the-beaten track routes to discover and suggest the best dining venues and chill-out spots from my perspective.

Daniela Corona

Daniela's Been There Done That

  • Swam with dolphins in Guardalavaca at the protected natural park in Bahia de Naranjo
  • Toured Raul and Fidel Castro's birthplace in their former Finca of Biran (Biran Estate), Holguin
  • Music lover and serial attender of the Havana Jazz Festival and Cuerda Viva Festival (Cuban alternative scene)
  • Danced in a "rueda de casino" of over 20 people, after several mojitos - without getting dizzy (or missing the beat!)
  • Explored the islands' most beautiful colonial cities, including Cienfuegos and its Thomas Terry theatre were Enrico Caruso once performed

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  • 10 Oct 2018
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Three gems in Havana's culinary scene - Cafe Presidente, Habana Blues and Habana Mia 7

Although a decade ago Cuba was not a destination renowned for its amazing dining experiences, the culinary scene has since blossomed thanks to small private businesses getting more freedom to operate. Today, the island's capital, Havana, is filled with hundreds of fine gastronomic options to choose from. In this post, I describe my experience at three restaurants that stood out for their wonderful ambience, delicious dishes and excellent service.
  • 25 Sep 2018
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Bailando with infectious rhythms - a background story of Cuban reggaeton and its growing success

The worldwide summer hit from 2014, "Bailando" was perhaps the first track to put Cuban reggaeton on the map. Since then, the Cuban form of this upbeat genre has been gaining millions of fans from all around the globe. In this blog, you will learn more about the history of reggaeton music in the island, its continuing success, its most renowned artists and which venues to visit for a night of live Cuban reggaeton.
  • 04 Sep 2018
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A tour of Cuban and international artworks - Havana's National Fine Arts Museum

Your own art attack awaits you in Havana's National Fine Arts Museum. Spread across two majestic buildings (which are mesmerising sculptures themselves), the establishment is home to the Caribbean's largest art collection. Culture vultures will find in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes the ideal spot to deepen their knowledge on Cuba's artistic evolution and its finest artworks, as well as observe other amazing pieces from the rest of the world.
  • 14 Aug 2018
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Battling the summer heat in Havana - where to find the best ice cream

As the summer steams on, Havana's heat may get hard to handle. As one of the best thirst-quenchers and most delicious snacks around the world, ice cream can help you cool down and get into that cheery holiday mood. If you are spending time in the Cuban capital during the scorching months of this season, these are three of the best spots to enjoy a sweet and refreshing treat.
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