Following Hemingway?s Footsteps

Posted by Caribbean Casas on June 11th, 2018

Visitors to Cuba may notice that there is a lot of talk about Ernest Hemingway. That's because this world-famous writer made the country his home for 22 years, and for that reason has become quite a Cuban idol! 

With a passion for love and adventure, Hemingway certainly left his mark on the world, having lived through 2 world wars, a civil war, 4 marriages and extensive travel, it is no wonder he had a lot of knowledge and character. 

He first visited the island in 1928, and since then returned a number of times for various reasons, claiming that to him, the country felt like home. In fact, he wrote the most novels in Cuba than anywhere else in the world, as he felt this is where he had the most luck.

 Following Hemingway’s Footsteps

If you want to follow Hemingway's footsteps while you are renting a villa in Cuba, then there are several ways that this can be achieved. Many tour companies offer organised Hemingway Tour excursions, or if you have a hire car or are okay with using public transport, it is possible to arrange a tour yourself.


This is a small fishing village where many people believe that the writer got his inspiration for the novel 'The Old Man at Sea'. There is a monument built to him at the village, and you can also visit La Terraza restaurant, which was one of his favourites.

Hotel Ambos Mundos

This is another must see for those that are following in the footsteps of Hemingway. He stayed here in the 1930s and began writing 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' staying in room 511. The room has now been transported into an exhibit for Hemingway.


Hemingway had a few favourite bars while he was in Cuba, and it is worth paying a few of these a visit. La Bodeguita del Medio or El Floridita were both regular haunts, and both are well known for their fantastic cocktails, so make sure you know how to get back to your Cuba accommodation before you sample a few!

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