Written by PresidentELLA
Havana's Mar Azul was absolutely perfect. It was about an hour drive from the center of Havana & much needed. During the summer months, this place is crawling with beach lovers, but the middle of October gave us a private beach.
The water was still warm and the sun was still shining bright. My mother, my aunt, my cousins and I made our way to the beach... mostly because I wanted to. I was knee deep in Ernest Hemingway's Old Man & the See (Click here for more book reviews & recommendations) so my cousins scared me to death talking about Agua Mala, where jellyfish infest the ocean & you'll get stung.
Right beside the beach are a few restaurants & hotels. My mom & I had a lobster, shrimp, fish rice & salad plate that was about $12. My aunt & cousins were being humble and only had the fish, but we also learned that fish is a rarity on the island; it's expensive and hard to find. Most important is that they be full & happy with their meals. They had an amazing limade that was probably $1 a cup, but also sold by the pitcher.
Afterwards, we bought a bunch of souvenirs from the people down by the beach & I wouldn't have done it any other way. Being that I was with family, I was told enough to understand that the American dollar goes a long way. So a keychain from a guy on the beach does a lot more for the world than a keychain from the airport.
I had an amazing time.