I believe that having the privilege of visiting other places and experiencing other cultures unites and enlightens humanity. I have traveled to over 60 countries, and lived outside my native country (USA) for years at a time. I have experienced being a native, a tourist, a traveler, and an immigrant, and try to bring the best qualities of each of those categories to my life, and to my work as a destination specialist for Cuba.
Together my wife Mayret and I run Havana VIP. Mayret is a Cuban Art Historian from the University of Havana. That's us dancing in our house in Havana in my profile photo.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Havana VIP is a leading high-end concierge-style English language tour operator to Cuba. We have been featured in Vogue, ELLE, NY Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and many others. We curate unique unforgettable voyages using our own exclusive portfolio of immersive experiences.
No big escorted tour groups, all of our trips are private VIP voyages specifically customized to suit our client’s interests. There are no groups or strangers, just our clients’ own traveling party. We host couples, friends, families and groups. We have offices in Philadelphia USA, and a full team in Havana Cuba, and all across the island. Havana VIP has created trips for English-speaking clients from all over the world. Of course, for U.S. Persons, all of our tours are 100% compliant with all U.S. regulations governing travel to Cuba. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"I ended-up as a travel specialist dedicated to Cuba accidentally. I discovered Cuba myself about 20 years ago. I began giving friends hints and tips for visiting Cuba. Soon those friends sent their friends whom I didn't know personally, so I started charging for my services. Now here I am... "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I hung-out with some Masai teenagers (Moraani) when our safari group had an emergency and they had to leave me behind for a few hours. Despite the vast differences in culture and environment they were just regular teenage boys, talking about sports (hunting and soccer) and asking about girls."
Featured trips & expertise
Havana is Cuba's capital city and the island's largest and most diverse metropolis. Here it's easy to find little-visited colonial quarters and fascinating points of interest, many well off the tourist path. Havana's cultural scene is vibrant, and new dining and nightlife venues continue to pop up—due in no small measure to the communist government's liberal reforms. The following 10 places are well worth seeking out to escape the masses.