The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center is taking a very unique trip to Cuba in May 2017. This Friends of the Pfeiffers trip will follow Hemingway’s footsteps from his novel Islands in the Stream. This small, guided trip is open to the public and will visit the beautiful and virgin cayos (keys) along pristine central coast, along with sites associated with Hemingway’s time in Cuba and other traditional sites in Havana.
Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for 21 years. He wrote The Old Man and the Sea (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize) at the home he called Finca Vigía or “lookout farm,” which is located nine miles outside of Havana.
This 8-day/7-night trip will have two exciting parts. First, we will travel to Havana to enjoy the art, music, dance and architecture of the city. Travelers will enjoy a private reception with the Curator of Finca Vigía, explore Old Havana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and see the amazing architecture in Central Havana. We will stop at many of Hemingway’s favorite places: Hotel Ambos Mundos, La Bodeguita del Medio, El Floridita, and Sloppy Joe’s. In addition to sites specifically associated with Hemingway, travelers will also get to enjoy some of the Cuban classics: a visit to the Rum Museum, a ride in a classic American car, and a visit to a cigar factory. Part two will be an amazing exploration of the keys off the central coast, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, which provided the backdrop for Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream. Guests will have an opportunity to interact with the locals for optional activities including fishing, diving, snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, or just exchanging ideas with other Hemingway lovers.
This is the museum’s second trip to Cuba. Thirty-four travelers from ten states joined the museum for a trip in 2014. To register for the trip, or to get pricing or other information, contact the museum.