Even those convinced that they've outgrown their thirst for Hemingway will feel a flutter of youthful romanticism on a visit to Finca Vigía (Lookout Farm), the American Nobel Prize–winner's home from 1939 to 1961. The excellent guides will show you his weight charts—faithfully kept on the bathroom wall and never varying much from 242.5 pounds—a first edition of Kenneth Tynan's Bull Fever by the toilet; the lizard preserved in formaldehyde and honored for
having "died well" in a battle with one of Hemingway's five dozen cats; the pool where Ava Gardner swam naked; Hemingway's favorite chair (ask about what happened to people who dared sit in it); his sleek powerboat, El Pilar; and much, much more.
San Francisco de Paula, Cuba
Apr 8, 2004
Even if you're not a Hemingway fan, it's worth your effort to see this enchanting place--about 40 min outside of Havana. I recommend hiring a willing cabbie and having him take you by Cojimar on the way back to Havana. I think it cost about $30-$40.