Chen Lizra

My Seductive Cuba is a unique travelers' guide with deep insights into Cuban arts and culture, and authentic Cuba. Imagine Eat, Pray, Love meets Lonely Planet.

I've seen many people travel to Cuba and miss the best parts of this captivating culture. It's not easy to enter a system that is so different than your own. Yet Cuba offers something that no other country even comes close to.

I've decided to write this book to help travelers get a smoother traveling experience as if your local best friend met you and showed you around. I want to intrigue those who spend time in resorts to venture out, and to help those who cannot travel get to know Cuba intimately, from the comfort of their own seat.




The book is deeply personal with my own experiences in this fun-loving culture, sharing stories of possessed people, seduction scams and much more. And yet it is a practical travel guide. The book fuses history and politics with real-life experiences among the people of this often visited but little-understood island — Cuba on the verge of historic change.

I've always felt the need to make a difference in the world, and this is my way of doing it. What I want you to walk away with is reflecting on what is important in life. I will be truly happy if by the end of reading this book your heart will be moved. I love Cuba like home. I hope that this book will make you fall in love with it as I did.

I invite you to read my book excerpts



follow me on

Chen Lizra
Chen Lizra grew up in Israel and later moved to Vancouver Canada to study and work in computer animation. Shifting gears, in 2005 she opened her own dance studio, became a Brand Ambassador for lululemon athletica, and enrolled at Capilano University, to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Her focus in marketing and international business helped this dancer-adventurer, turn her passion, Cuban dance and music, into a successful business and media lifestyle-channel - now managed through Latidos Productions®. In 2008, Chen was awarded Student Entrepreneur Champion for British Columbia in recognition of her business plan at the ACE competition, sponsored by CIBC.
Chen Lizra’s flirtations with Cuba began in 2005 when she ventured there to train and live with the island's best professional dancers. Since then, her frequent forays back to Cuba, intimate friendships with locals, and cultural submersion, have given this artist-entrepreneur an insider’s perspective into a country most people not only misunderstand, but have never been allowed to experience. 
In 2009 & 2012 Chen was nominated as one of the “Women of Distinction in Vancouver” by YWCA. In addition, the Australian government has honoured Chen with a Distinguished Talent permanent visa, for her international achievements in the arts. In 2011 Chen completed and self published the bestselling book, My Seductive Cuba, a unique insiders travel guide on where-to-go/what-to-do in Cuba, meshed with her personal stories, adventures, and amigos Cubanos... in one of the world's most elusive and seductive destinations. And in 2012 her book won a bronze IPPY Book Awards medal and was a finalist in the International Book Awards, both in the travel guide category.
follow me on
If you'd like to invite Chen to teach, speak, or work with you on some other exciting project, please send her a message.
Jose Carrion and Chen Lizra dancing rumba.
Salsa with Alberto in Havana, Cuba.
Reggaeton performance in Vancouver, Canada.
Cuban Son in Bellingham, USA.
Afro-Cuban Rumba class in Havana, Cuba.
Salsa in Karabali in Havana, Cuba.
Cha Cha Cha class in Havana, Cuba.
Salsa with Curi in Havana, Cuba.
Yambu performance in San Francisco, USA.
Salsa in Trindad, Cuba.