A sunny day at Christiansted Harbor on St. Croix island.

Itinerary: 7 Days in Authentic St. Croix

St. Croix is the largest and least-traveled of the Virgin Islands. It also offers the greatest variety to its visitors, including outstanding historical sites and untouched natural areas. But you may enjoy the St. Croix sensibility—which prizes authenticity—most of all.

A street in Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba, leads to the Capitol building, which is undergoing a facelift.

Restoring Old Havana

Old Havana has been called the “finest urban ensemble in the Americas” and is a UNESCO World Heritage. Learn about the preservation and restoration efforts underway for the more than 900 Habana Vieja structures of historical importance.

One of Havana's public taxis stopping in front of a row of colorful buildings on the Paseo de Martí.

Sights Along Havana’s Paseo de Martí

Havana’s Paseo de Martí, colloquially known as the Prado, is a kilometer-long tree-lined boulevard full of interesting history, events, and unique architectural sights. Get to know the area by following this walk-along tour.


Havana Neighborhood Highlights

Each neighborhood in Havana has its own unique flavor, especially when it comes to their sights and histories. To make your explorations easier, here’s a quick roundup of the highlights of each.

Fábrica El Laguito cigar factory in Havana, Cuba.

Touring Havana’s Cigar Factories

You’ll forever remember the pungent aroma of a Havana cigar factory, a visit to which is de rigueur. The factories, housed in colonial buildings, remain much as they were in the mid-19th century. Here are the factories currently open to tours.

Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands of the Carribean.

Planning a Trip to the Virgin Islands

When planning a trip to the Virgin Islands, there’s a lot to take into account: your budget, when to go, how you’ll get there, and what necessities to pack. Fortunately–and unlike the question of what to do once you get there, considering all the excellent activities and opportunities to relax–those questions are easily answered with this travel advice.

A Guided Walk Along Calle Obispo in Havana

Pedestrians-only Calle Obispo links Plaza de Armas with Parque Central and is Habana Vieja’s busiest shopping street. Beginning in Plaza Albear, this walking tour takes you to all the architectural sights and museums along the way to Plaza de Armas.

The Fuente de Neptuno statue watches over Havana's harbor entrance.

Sights at Havana’s Harbor Channel

From a 1780 nobleman’s home built in Moorish-style to the great Fuente de Neptuno (Neptune Fountain) erected in 1838 to a massive seminary built in 1721 now open to the public, fans of history, art, and architecture won’t want to miss the sights at Havana’s Harbor Channel.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza in old Havana, Cuba.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza in Havana

Built in medieval fashion, Castillo de la Real Fuerza is the oldest of the four forts that guarded the New World’s most precious harbor. Strategically useless in its placement, the governors of Cuba nonetheless lived here until 1762. Plan a visit to tour its halls, learn about its history and residents of note, and browse its naval museum.