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How to do off-resort Cuba with the kids

"I told them that Cuba is hot, that we’d have great adventures, and that we’d stay in hotels with pools."

Call me sneaky, call me clever. I celebrated a milestone birthday in Cuba and didn’t tell my kids that resorts exist. Hazel is nine and Charlie is five. I told them that Cuba is hot, that we’d have great adventures, and that we’d stay in hotels with pools. “Deal,” said the kids and my easy-going husband Rick, so I got to turn 50 in a country that I adore.

Cuba has the lock on the all-inclusive resort crowd, but adventurous travellers seeking cultural exploration over relaxation are now being enticed to the incredibly safe and friendly country. Plus, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise—the food is delicious. Here’s how to enjoy urban and rural Cuba without the resorts.

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