Cuba is not known for its shopping, but for the discerning shopper there are a few specialties that Cuba is known for. In Havana, have an educational shopping experience for cigars or rum; both are available straight from the producers where they are made, and you can learn about how they got to the shelf. Havana is also known for its artists - and you can visit a studio or market and pick up unique paintings and sculptures.
Traditional Cuban cuisine is a melody of the different ethnic groups that have settled in the region - Indian, Spanish and Afro-Carribbean. Despite it being a plentiful natural resource, fish and seafood are not a common ingredient - as most are exported. Local dishes rely on four main ingredients - beans, rice, chicken and pork. Popular meals are 'Moors and Christians' - black beans and rice, soup with chicken, or baked or fried plantains. On the drinks side, you can't visit Cuba without imbibing in their local specialty - rum cocktails. Cuban coffee is also wonderful, and very strong!
The best variety of night-life in Cuba centres around Havana. Bars of all shapes and sizes are plentiful, and you are spoilt with the excellent local music played in many places. One of the most popular 'after dark' activities for locals in Cuba is to indulge their passion for salsa dancing - which is fascinating to watch and entertaining to try! Varadero is lively, featuring vibrant restaurants and bars that open late into the night, with most entertainment being hotel based.