The Hemingway Trail – Cuba

A private guided tour of the life and times of Ernest Hemingway the Nobel Prize-winning American writer who lived in Cuba for 20 years. The tour includes visits to Finca Vigia, the Ambos Mundos Hotel, Cojimar fishing village, the El Floridita Bar, and the La Bodeguita del Medio  Bar.

Hemingway became a fixture of Havana, and stayed in the country longer than many Americans chose to after relations between Cuba and the United States began to deteriorate. He fished extensively aboard his boat, Pilar, and enjoyed the island lifestyle, hanging out in Havana, and entertaining guests at the Finca, his home, with many original furnishings, hunting trophies, and personal artifacts can be viewed today.

In 1940 Hemingway, with his new wife Martha, purchased a home outside Havana, Cuba. He would live there for the next twenty years. The Hemingway’s named the site Finca Vigia, or “lookout farm.” They shared their home with dozens of Hemingway’s beloved cats, as well as trophies from many successful hunts and fishing expeditions.

When not fishing or traveling, Hemingway wrote a great deal from his Cuban home. While little of his work from this time was published during his lifetime, many of the projects that Hemingway worked on throughout the 1940s were later edited and published after his death.

Whilst in Cuba during World War II Hemingway dispatched reports on the war and he also hunted German U-Boats in the Caribbean from Pilar, which he had outfitted with radio communications and weaponry should his craft encounter a German submarine.

Hemingway worked for some time on what would become his most famous work, The Old Man and the Sea. Originally published in 1952 in its entirety in a single issue of Life Magazine, sales exceeded all expectations. In addition to wide acclaim and financial success, The Old Man and the Sea also garnered Hemingway a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 as well as the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.


Your specialist private tour guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning and travel with you to visit Finca Vigia.

Later in the morning the tour takes you to Cojimar fishing village where you will have lunch at the restaurant and bar which Hemingway frequented between fishing trips.

Then return to the colonial centre of Old Havana and visit the Ambos Mundos Hotel and the room where Hemingway stayed.

After leaving the hotel the tour continues to the La Bodeguita Bar one of Hemingway’s drinking haunts where the origins of the famous Mojito cocktail can be enjoyed.

The tour ends with visiting the El Floridita bar and restaurant, another of Hemingway’s drinking haunts where he and his friends met and sipped the best Daiquirí cocktails. Here you can see a bronze life size figure of Hemingway sitting at the bar. The restaurant is also renowned for its excellent seafood.

What’s included:

  • Specialist services of a private tour guide.
  • Entrance fee to Finca Vigia.
  • Seafood lunch at La Terraza Restaurant in Cojimar including a beverage.
  • One Mojito cocktail at La Bodeguita del Medio Bar.
  • One Daiquirí cocktail at El Floridita Bar.
  • Transfers from hotel to Finca Vigia, Cojimar and Ambos Mundos Hotel.
  • Return transfer to hotel from El Floridita.