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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.


Susana's Been There Done That

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

  • 18 Dec 2018
  • Travel Advice
Our woman in Havana

The many ways travel makes you better at work and also healthier, and smarter

During a recent interview with Travel + Leisure, Maggie Gylenhall sang the praises of travelling and how it made her better at work, and while not all of us are Hollywood actors who need to travel to absorb a film's setting and reflect that familiarisation on screen, most of us would benefit from travelling in more ways than the obvious ones. Beyond helping us relax and recharge, a holiday abroad can expand our mind, improve our self-awareness, communication skills and so much more besides.
  • 27 Jun 2018
  • Travel Advice
Our woman in Havana

Mauritius - 50 reasons to celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence

Conjuring up images of idyllic beach perfection with soft white sands so fine and compact they look like a carpet and waters so calm, shallow and crystalline they look unreal, Mauritius is indeed holiday perfection in every way imaginable. This year it celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence and to mark this special milestone we want to celebrate this beautiful island, its history and heritage with 50 reasons that make it unique in the world and worthy of a visit.
  • 31 Mar 2017
  • Travel Advice
Our woman in Havana

10 reasons why Bali has been declared the world's number one destination

As Bali was crowned the absolute winner of TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards 2017 last 24th March, when it was picked the best destination on earth by travel reviewers, we look at some of the aspects that make it such a fascinatingly unique place to visit. Just what is it that has enchanted travellers the world over to vote Bali well above every other worldly destination? To find the answer let's look at 10 of the reasons why Bali is a master at the art of seducing visitors.
  • 27 Jan 2017
  • Travel Advice
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.
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