Mar Azul – Havana, Cuba

Written by PresidentELLA

    Havana’s Mar Azul was absolutely perfect. It was about an hour drive from the center of Havana & much needed. During the summer months, this place is crawling with beach lovers, but the middle of October gave us a private beach.

The water was still warm and the sun was still shining bright. My mother, my aunt, my cousins and I made our way to the beach… mostly because I wanted to. I was knee deep in Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man & the See (Click here for more book reviews & recommendations) so my cousins scared me to death talking about Agua Mala, where jellyfish infest the ocean & you’ll get stung.

   Right beside the beach are a few restaurants & hotels. My mom & I had a lobster, shrimp, fish rice & salad plate that was about $12. My aunt & cousins were being humble and only had the fish, but we also learned that fish is a rarity on the island; it’s expensive and hard to find. Most important is that they be full & happy with their meals. They had an amazing limade that was probably $1 a cup, but also sold by the pitcher.  

Afterwards, we bought a bunch of souvenirs from the people down by the beach & I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Being that I was with family, I was told enough to understand that the American dollar goes a long way. So a keychain from a guy on the beach does a lot more for the world than a keychain from the airport. 

I had an amazing time.


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My cousins & IMy cousins & I

My cousins & I


My aunt, cousins & myselfMy aunt, cousins & myself

My aunt, cousins & myself


Shoutout to my dad xoxoShoutout to my dad xoxo

Shoutout to my dad xoxo


My mom, who made this trip magical. My mom, who made this trip magical. 

My mom, who made this trip magical. 


My aunt; my dad's baby sisterMy aunt; my dad's baby sister

My aunt; my dad’s baby sister


My cousin; he has such a great heart. This guy made sure everyone came out to see me xoxooxMy cousin; he has such a great heart. This guy made sure everyone came out to see me xoxoox

My cousin; he has such a great heart. This guy made sure everyone came out to see me xoxoox


My cousin. OMG. There is a girl who looks like me.She's the sweetest.My cousin. OMG. There is a girl who looks like me.She's the sweetest.

My cousin. OMG. There is a girl who looks like me.She’s the sweetest.

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