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

Recent articles by Daniela

  • 05 Jun 2018
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Two magical alleys in the heart of Havana - Callejon de Hamel and Callejon de los Barberos

From the boisterous joy of rumba music to a pretty corner depicting the history of the hairdressing trade, Havana possesses two singular and truly authentic alleys that all visitors should get to know. With its colourful decor, Callejon de Hamel is the place of worship for Afro-Cuban music and dance whilst Callejon de los Barberos is the setting of a thriving social project to promote support of small private businesses.
  • 22 May 2018
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How to get online in Havana - public Wi-Fi hotspots and internet access in hotels

Several years ago getting online during holidays in Cuba seemed like an extremely difficult task. Today, although Internet access is still limited, the island counts with more options for locals and tourists to visit the web. With over 25 public Wi-Fi hotspots and a number of hotels that offer the service, Havana has become more Internet-friendly. Read on for guidance on how, when and where to get online in the capital.
  • 25 Apr 2018
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Stepping on the beat of Cuba's sauciest dance - where to learn salsa in Havana

Many travellers believe the beautiful choreographies and special flavour of Cuba's passionate salsa dance to be, perhaps, the country's greatest attraction. The beautiful "casino" dance style digs deep into the essence of the island's music and its people's vibrant, upbeat personalities. Those who are eager to learn how to gracefully move their feet and shake their shoulders to the beats of saucy salsa, will find useful information on the dance and where to learn it whilst enjoying holidays.
  • 12 Apr 2018
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Top ten nature parks in Cuba - exploring the depths of the island's exuberant wildlife

With everything from tall mountains and riveting rivers to deep caves, lush plains and the finest beaches; Cuba is a playground for nature lovers. Boasting breath-taking settings that have been carefully preserved and are filled with exuberant greenery, the island is also home to incredible fauna including fierce native crocodiles and the world's smallest bird. In this article, those with a passion for exploring rural areas will find a guide to Cuba's top ten nature parks.
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