Susana Corona

The islands' go-between

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Born and raised in Cuba for half of my life, I feel strongly passionate about the nation that saw me come into the world and nourished my childhood and early teen years. With a father that had a job in the travel industry which required him and my family to travel abroad from early on, Cuba was always my returning point, my home, my roots and what I missed and longed for.

I live in the UK now and have done so since I turned 16 (although I first arrived here when I was 14) but I've never stopped travelling back and forth to see family in Cuba and keep strong ties with my homeland. I feel that now as Cuban-born British citizen who's had most of her late teenage schooling and university education in the UK; I have equally grown in both cultures and have been equally educated by both societies.

So, when it comes to writing about Cuba, I do so from a unique vantage point, as a Briton that understands what British travellers feel, what they seek or struggle to understand, what their interests are when it comes to visiting or learning about Cuba and what they are interested in getting to know about the island. I write about it all from a British perspective but with a Cuban soul or sometimes the other way around – like having a double identity with a firm background in both islands.

I’m the eternal go-between that never tires of going back and forth.

Susana Corona

Susana's Been There Done That

  • Got lost in a sugar cane field while sampling "guarapo"
  • Watched the sunset and sunrise from the Malecon on the same day
  • Sang along to some tunes from young amateur musicians in Calle G
  • Climbed "Pico Turquino" while attempting to salsa-dance my way up
  • Danced the night away in honour of the Orishas at a "santeria" house party

Recent articles by Susana

  • 05 Apr 2018
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Connecting Two Islands

10 things you probably didn’t know about Cuba

These days Cuba isn’t as much of a mystery for travellers as it was perhaps one to two decades ago, especially for U.S. tourists who have only just started to unravel its many enigmas after travel rules were relaxed. Still, not everyone who has been to Cuba (not even a repeat visitor) will know of a few odd, fun or otherwise interesting facts about the island, and it may prove enlightening to learn them. To that end, we’ve produced this list of things you probably didn’t know about Cuba.
  • 14 Mar 2018
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Connecting Two Islands

Isabela de Sagua - the ruins of a Cuban Venice that slowly rises from the ashes

Introducing Isabela de Sagua, a sleepy coastal town with admirable resilience and a moving, other-worldly, decayed and rustic beauty. It withstands the test of time despite having been repeatedly battered down by several hurricanes (the most brutal of which recently left the most devastating trail of destruction in the town's history). But now, it is to massively benefit from new investment plans that aim to put it firmly on the tourist trail once and for all.
  • 28 Feb 2018
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Connecting two islands

How Cuba is to become the Caribbean's number one golf destination

The current development of various golf resorts in Cuba means that the island will go from having just one 18-hole championship golf course in Varadero to offer at least 11 scattered around the island's north-western coast. Of these golf projects one has been underway since 2014 and is expected to open soon, the other two are much larger and will take several years to develop. Here we explore the ways in which Cuba's new golf resorts will forever change the island's luxury tourism market.
  • 21 Feb 2018
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Connecting Two Islands

Hotel Nacional de Cuba - a blast from the past with swinging mafia history and unique celebrity status

Today's modern and hip celebrities may not frequent the Hotel Nacional like their counterparts in the 30s, 40s and 50s used to, but Hotel Nacional de Cuba still needs little introduction. It witnessed the height of the mafia power in Havana, served as the backdrop to some of their most important reunions and its luxury was as legendary as the mobsters who had stakes in its nightclub and casino. Here we revisit this grand hotel's interiors and retell some of the many stories surrounding it.
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