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Five cities

Here are five beautiful Spanish-speaking cities you can visit:

1. Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona – Plaça Reial. / Josep Renalias (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0

Modernist and cosmopolitan, Catalonia’s capital has a lot to offer: fancy shopping, fantastic dining, incredible architecture, and a vibrant nightlife. It’s currently the 10th most visited city in the world, and there’s a reason for that! (In case you were wondering, NYC is #5; Bangkok is #1.)

2. Mexico City, Mexico

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Plaza de la Constitucion Ciudad de Mexico City. / Flickr user schlaeger, CC BY-SA 2.0

Located in the Valle de México, the country’s most populous city is a popular destination for New Yorkers (it only takes 5 hours and 10 minutes to get there from NYC). A beautiful combination of Spanish colonial and contemporary architecture makes it one of the most picturesque cities in North America.

3. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

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Calle de San agustin. Public Domain.

Its beautiful, colorful old town buildings, along with its cobblestone streets, its tropical climate and its idyllic beaches make this city a very popular destination in the country. Cartagena offers lots of accommodation options, from high end hotels by the beach to charming Airbnb downtown apartments.

4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires Subte station Peru. Public Domain.

Although the Queen of El Plata is a little far from the States (10 hours and 40 minutes from NYC), it’s totally worth a visit. Steak, chimichurri, malbec, tango, fashion and soccer are only some of the reasons to choose Argentina’s capital as your next destination.

5. Havana, Cuba

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Malecon. / Antonio Milena, CC BY 3.0

Cuba’s capital, and one of Hemingway’s favorite places, La Habana has it all: the beautiful Malecón, the Son Cubano (and the Timba), the fantastic Cuban cuisine, those 50s American cars, the charming Habaneros and Habaneras… And you can just take a JetBlue flight that will have you there in 4 hours! (Make sure you check the requirements before, though: Americans can only travel to Cuba if the trip is “educational,” so you may want to look into an organized trip with a full schedule of activities, lectures, community projects, etc. Also, you’ll need to obtain a tourist card in order to enter the country.)

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