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FINCA VIGÍA, Havana

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Peer into the home of celebrated novelist Ernest Hemingway at FINCA VIGÍA, where the artist created "The Old Man and the Sea" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Take a guided tour to make sense of the writer's life and see his collection of books, trophies, and other memorabilia. Outside you'll be able to visit the gardens and see Hemingway's boat docked at the pier. Using our international travel planner, Havana attractions like FINCA VIGÍA can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The home is not "open", but all of the open windows and doors give a good view of the interior, which contains all of the furnishings and books - even his typewriter and magazines left on the tables l...  more »
  • Definitely a must see, very interesting. 5 CUC to enter 50 CUC classic car cab ride there and back from hotel national in Havana Great cab driver took us to his house for Cuban coffee and to meet his ...  more »
  • To start is rather complicated to get a taxi that takes you up to there, so we explained on the farm there are no taxis that take you back, then the same taxi that takes you you have to bring back. The taxi costs from 15 cuc 25 cuc (15-25USD approx) depending on the taxi driver. It is noteworthy that the estate is quite far from Havana, and must pass through rather ugly areas both of ida as of return. From that you enter, they charge you more or less 5USD per person. There are two gift shops and a snack bar where you can buy ice cream, cookies, water, beer etc. The House is rather impressive, unfortunately not seen much of the interior, because it can not be entered and the only way to see the House is through the doors that are open and the rest of the farm, tennis court, and the cemetery of dogs from one another dirty window are well maintained.
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  • Excellent historical house where Ernest Hemingway lived for many years! See his boat, bedroom, living room, tower equipped with spyglass to watch Eva Gardner while she swam naked in the pool... see it all, and hear the stories of his life in Cuba.
  • Beautifully maintained piece of history. You cannot go inside, but you are able to see most of the restored areas from the windows. Make sure you go up the tower if you're able.
  • Really enjoyed seeing the villa Hemingway had just outside La Habana. Bring enough time to soak in the atmosphere! Even though you can only see through the windows (or exactly because of that?), you get a good sense of what it might have been like for Hemingway and his visitors.
  • This is a must visit for Hemingway fans. The house is pretty much as he left it and there is plenty to see even though access into the house is not permitted. The guided tour is worth taking.
  • Well preserved home where Hemingway lived while in Cuba. They did a nice job curating the home. Well appointed grounds with great views.

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