Havana Journals

Hemingway In Cuba

A November 2000 trip to Havana by Candace

Quote: We saw where Hemingway lived, loved, wrote, and drank. You can also see where he fished and meet people who knew him. This trip also was a chance to visit Cuba legally. Lots of Americans are going to Cuba on their own by entering from Mexico (or Canada).

Hemingway In Cuba

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Overview

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Visit the bars where Hemingway drank like the Bodeguita del Medio and Floridita in Old Havana. Look for the pictures of Hem in the back dining room of Bodeguita. Floridita charges double for drinks and is more of a tourist trap. Hotel Ambos Mundos just down the street from Floridita on Obispo, corner of Mercederes. Visit Hem's room (511) and see lots of photos of him on the lobby wall. Try to connect with some of the Hem scholars at the International Institute of Journalism. They could be very helpful in getting you to places and to people. The Finca Vigia, where Hemingway lived, still looks very authentic. Check to see if it is open now, as it has been closed for renovations. Here is where Hem wrote ...Read More

Nacional

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Hotel

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This is supposed to be the grandest hotel in Havana. The rooms were nice. The hot water takes about 5 minutes to reach your room after you turn it on. Get a room overlooking the Malecon, the ocean and boardwalk that run through Havana. The bar along the terrace in back of the hotel is open 24 hrs a day. You can get food here, including relatively inexpensive sandwiches. The hotel has not been updated in some ways. You''ll see the old mail slot for messages. The main lobby has wonderful chandeliers, comfy chairs, and old clocks. The swimming pool is a delight. Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan) all swam in the pool.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2001

Nacional
Calle O and 21, Vedado
Havana, Cuba
333636

Walks in Havana

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Attraction | "Walking in Havana"

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Walk the Malecon...a boardwalk that runs all the way through Havana. Start in Old Havana, downtown, and follow the sea to the Hotel Nacional. You'll pass the Revolution Square where organized demonstrations (always supporting the government, of course) are held and you will experience the major past time of Cubanos who linger along the sea wall talking, kissing, visiting. The path is flat. The sea comes crashing in along the wall. On a strong day you could get wet. When you see the Hotel Nacional, a huge yellow structure on top of the hill, visit for refreshments on the patio bar. You can order food, observe the peacocks strolling on the grounds, or people-watch. Lots of business is conducted here....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2001

Walks in Havana
Havana
Havana, Cuba

Hemingway in Cuba

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Story/Tip

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Visit the fishing village of Cojimar, 6 miles east of Havana. It's a very small place. La Terazza bar & restaurant is the only place in town. Hemingway's favorite table was the one in the left corner by the window. At Terazza you can meet the famous Cuban photographer Raul Corrales who took pictures of Hemingway on his boat, Pilar. A poet has set up a typewriter under a portrait of Hem and pounds out a poem about you depending on how you inspire him. Ask to meet the town historian, a 70 year old gentleman named Oscar who is very knowledgeable about the place. Look for the bust of Hemingway made from scraps of bronze poor fishermen took from the boats so there could be honor paid to Hemingwa...Read More

About the Writer

Candace

Candace
Chicago, Illinois