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Susana Corona

Cuba Expert

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Born and raised in Cuba, I'm passionate about this dazzling and puzzling Caribbean nation and its many facets; from the remnants of a brave revolution, to the crumbling colonial beauty of its historical cities and the untouched beauty of its wild landscapes and pristine beaches.

I've had every kind of experience in Cuba, from hanging out with the locals at spontaneous gatherings, to dancing in street parties, attending carnivals and festivals, playing domino on the streets with old men and discussing baseball in Old Havana's famous "la esquina caliente" (the hot corner), I truly have done it all in Cuba, or at least most of it.

I've lived and breathed Cuba from every angle, from the humble day-to-day living reality of the local community, to the glitz and glamour of the latest tourist properties and beach resorts, to the recently-declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

My adventures and experiences range from the simple lighting of a Cuban cigar, to the drinking of quality aged rum, the pursuit of natural wonders in the island's wilderness areas and protected biosphere reserves to the quirky vintage side – from riding old American cars from the 50s to staying in privately-owned accommodation with authentic Cuban hosts.

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Susana's Been There Done That

  • Watched the sunset and sunrise from the Malecon on the same day
  • Sang along to some tunes from young amateur musicians in Calle G
  • Got lost in a sugar cane field while sampling "guarapo"
  • 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

  • 27 Jan 2017
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Our woman in Havana

Top seven new Cuba hotels opening in 2017 and beyond

For a while it's been known that Cuba plans (and desperately needs) to up its number of hotel rooms nationwide to meet the growing demand that has considerably spiked over the last couple of years. With the number of tourist arrivals having increased by 13 per cent in 2016, and the upward trend expected to continue in the near future, Cuba is working full steam ahead at getting new rooms ready. Read on to find out which new Cuba hotels will open the soonest, over this year and the next.
  • 05 Oct 2016
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Our woman in Havana

15 unmissable attractions to experience the best of Mexico

For the most memorable of Mexican adventures, these top 15 experiences to be had in one of Latin America's largest and most diverse countries, truly encompasses the varied riches of this one-of-a-kind gem, a land that should be fully absorbed with all five senses. Read on to find out how to make the best of this fascinating land and embark on 15 unique Mexican adventures to forever treasure.
  • 07 Dec 2015
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Our woman in Havana

The Holiday Place does it again - back to filming another edition of WTM 2015

Last week the World Travel Market swept London off its feet with another exciting edition of this grand travel fair (the largest of its kind in the world) with its super-sized, eye-catching panels and its ambitious and (sometimes) elaborate or futuristic stands offering a glimpse into the different worldwide destinations on offer. The Holiday Place was the once again there not only to meet up with long-established partners in the industry and do a bit of networking with potential new ones, but also to film the event for yet another year, interview some of our key partners and capture the essence of this larger-than-life, somewhat dramatic and deeply evocative event.
  • 28 Oct 2015
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Our woman in Havana

A Martian landscape at everyone's reach - no spaceship required

Hardly ever a Hollywood blockbuster is able to represent so purely and immaculately an earthly landscapes that truly looks out of this world. Yet this is exactly what The Martian seamlessly achieves when shooting the Mars scenes on the wild vast desert areas of Jordan's Wadi Rum, with no special effects added other than dust to recreate storms and slight changes in the colour of the skies. Read on to find out the most fascinating aspect of The Martian and Jordan's out-of-this-world Wadi Rum...
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