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Claire Boobbyer

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Claire fell in love with Cuba after her first trip to the island for Christmas in 1998. Since then, she has explored all corners of this fabled isle, and has written articles about the island for national newspapers, magazines, and numerous guidebooks.

Cuba's seductive musical rhythms, its gregarious people, its stunning beaches, glorious Spanish colonial architecture, cool mountain air, lethally good cocktails, and storied home-grown revolution, have continually piqued her interest.

Claire speaks fluent Spanish, dances Cuban salsa, and makes a mean minty mojito!

Claire also loves to explore Central America, and Southeast Asia. She is author of guides to Guatemala, Vietnam and Laos, and regularly writes about these countries for the national press.

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Claire's Been There Done That

  • Fishing for the once-in-a-waning-moon appearance of the 'teti' fish in Baracoa with local fishermen
  • Spending Holy Week with Maya idol Maximon in the town of Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala
  • Searching for treasure off the pirate coast of the Isle of Youth - famous for sheltering plundering buccaneers
  • Motorbiking off the beaten track in Ha Giang province in northern Vietnam
  • Learning to become a cigar roller in Pinar del Rio
  • Slow boating all the way from northern Laos down the Nam Ou river to Luang Prabang

Recent articles by Claire

  • 23 Nov 2017
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Heading to the Cuban farm where Fidel Castro was born

Few travellers have heard about the farm where Cuba's Revolution leaders Fidel and Raul Castro were born. It's a remote plot close to the Sierra Cristal national park in the east of the island, 500 miles from Havana, and doesn't get a huge amount of press. But, to understand the Castro brothers who have ruled Cuba for nearly 60 years, a visit to their birthplace - now a museum - in eastern Cuba offers an up close look at the lives of this secretive family. As the first anniversary of Fidel Castro's death approaches, I went to visit the brothers' birthplace in Biran, bumping along in a sidecar attached to a 1963 Ural motorbike.
  • 21 Oct 2017
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Following in the footsteps of Che Guevara in Cuba

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Che Guevara, we take you back in time through some of his life's most defining moments in Cuba; the island he conquered alongside the now diseased Cuban commander-in-chief Fidel Castro. In fact, you'll see how meeting the Cuban rebel forever changed the course of his life and led him to the Cuban places you'll read all about on this post. Keep scrolling down to follow in Che's Cuban footsteps.
  • 27 Sep 2017
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New Cuban and European luxury in the heart of the Cuban capital

As exquisitely elegant as its polished exterior façade, the interiors of Havana's newest luxury boutique hotel are as impressive as can be expected of the Kempinski brand. The first of its kind not only in Cuba but in all of the Americas; the new Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is the city's most refined lodging option for discerning guests. I got to sample its sophisticated décor and stylish facilities during a recent stay, which confirmed my suspicion that this is Havana's chicest hotel yet.
  • 24 Aug 2017
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Cocktails and cabanas on the beach in Cuba at new seaside resort

As we lolled about in the shallow water looking out on to a horizon of infinite blue, it was hard to get up and go. There was nothing pressing, really, just more sunbathing, drinking cocktails, and unwinding at Cuba's most famous beach spot.
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