Going to Cuba For a Local Authentic Travel Experience

By | December 27, 2010

This January I have decided to spend one week in Cuba to create a local travel experience embracing it’s culture and people while learning SALSA dancing!!!!!!! I am not going to the most typical idea of going to Cuba which is an all inclusive resort with a beach and plenty of cocktails. Instead I want to really feeeeeeeeeeel Cuba with all five senses of taste, touch, feel, listen and see! That’s actually my favourite way to travel!

For those who don’t know, I have always felt a connection to Spanish speaking countries. More specifically Latin American speaking countries. When I was 16 years old I went to Monterrey, Mexico for a cultural exchange program and from then on I have always wanted to be immersed as if I was a local in the country. I think it’s the best way to see a country!

I decided since I am going and want to embrace the country, why don’t I take salsa dance classes. I love Latin dancing. When I am dancing to Latin music I feel as though I lose track of time and am completely in the Vortex! I love everything from Salsa, Meringue, Bachata, Mexican Cumbias and rancheras!! :)

The first thing I planned was my ticket! I am flying to Varadero with Sunwing Vacation ( plenty of cheap flights going down). I paid with taxes with Flight Centre $315 cdn taxes included. I will be spending a night in Varadero and the following day I will be going to Havana which is where I will spend majority of my trip. I found a  place to stay on www.couchsurfing.org which is an amazing site I found when I spent three months in Spain. I will be renting a room from a Spanish ( From Madrid!) Families home which is close to the centre for not too much money. She actually is a theatre and dance teachers. ( LAW OF ATTRACTION!) And around the corner of her house is a gentleman who teaches Latin dance classes ( LOA!)

I am really excited! Keep posted for my experiences coming!!!

Lots of Love,
Elaine Sarantakos
Fabulous Living Coach

Fabulous Living Coach is a Toronto based Life Coach! 


Vanessa on September 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm.

Hi! I am going to be living abroad in Latin America for one year! I too am following my dream. I want to spend lots of time in Cuba salsa dancing. would love to talk with you!!

oh actually I just found your other blogs about Cuba. I will read. :)

Gracias! Ciao!


Elaine on September 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm.

Hi Vanessa! How amazing! What will you be doing for one year? I do have many posts on Cuba, as well as you tube videos. Join my Fan Book fan page for my updates. :) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabulous-Living-Coach/192483241984 I loved it! I was also in Colombia this March in Cartagena. I will be uploading my Greek travel journey now! Enjoy!


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