Our Hemingway Tour
Enjoy educational tours of Finca Vigía, La Terraza de Cojímar, Hotel Ambos Mundos and bars La Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita, all favorites of the concise writing, plain talking Ernest Hemingway. Come see the Ernest Hemingway ‘finca’ (farm) and Museum, preserved since the famed author left Cuba in 1960.
The tour highlight, Finca Vigía, is a twenty-minute jaunt south of Havana in San Francisco de Paula. Hemingway named it Finca Vigía, which means 'Lookout Farm', although it is actually a plantation. Preserved by the Cuban Government the elegant limestone villa features lush flora plus acres of banana trees. Hemingway spent most of twenty years there, writing ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ among other important stories of human drama. You will see the pool where he swam, his writing quarters and the tower where he sometimes worked or pondered at the view of distant Havana.
Hotel Ambos Mundos room 511 was where Mr. Hemingway lived before Finca Vigia. It is also preserved in excellent condition for you to observe and then ponder as well from the gorgeous south view of the rooftop restaurant. La Terraza de Cojimar, another of his ‘casas’, has become somewhat of a shrine to the famous writer and sits on the seaside in Cojímar. Nearby is a quaint fisherman's village where Hemmingway's boat 'Pilar' was launched daily.
Duration: 3 hours
Departures: Monday – Saturday 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM