Cuba Off The Beaten Path

  • Our host brews us fresh Cuban coffee
    Our host brews us fresh Cuban coffee
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  • Entrance to local home
    Entrance to local home
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  • Almost private beach
    Almost private beach
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Cuba Off The Beaten Path

  • Moped Rental

    Holguín Off The Beaten Path

    We rented mopeds and drove to many villages nearby and met the local cubans. Had a tour of their homes and learned a bit about their culture and everyday life. With us we brought many gifts for young and old. Knowing a little spanish really helps. Visited a Cuban School and handed out about 200 lollipops to all the local children!!

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  • Nature

    Santiago de Cuba Off The Beaten Path

    La Gran Piedra up in the Sierra Maestra is a splendit tropical rain forrest. From La Gran Piedra you can see all of Santiago de Cuba and on a clear day you can see as far out as Jamaica...

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  • Nature

    Trinidad Off The Beaten Path

    Valle de los Ingenios, unesco world heritage site, also known as Valle de San Luis, on the road to Sancti Spiritus, east of Trinidad. We passed in this valley during our trip to Santa Clara, there is a mirador on the road where you can stop and get a view of the valley untill the beach, the view is spectacular and definitly is worth a ten minutes...

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  • Nature/Eco tourism

    Cienfuegos Off The Beaten Path

    About 85 kms west of Cienfuegos is the town of Australia on the main highway. Turning south at that point takes you into the ZAPATA PENNISULA, three quarters of which is a swamp with lagoons and canals. Home of all kinds of wildlife, the government opened up a national park here, and have endevoured to create access points. One of these is known as...

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  • Nature

    Holguín Off The Beaten Path

    Many Cuban houses and farms off the road resemble this one. Some of them do not have doors or windows as it is too hot. Around the house you will most likely see chicken, cats and dogs... feel free to chat with the locals if you see them outside.

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  • Beaches

    Santiago de Cuba Off The Beaten Path

    Take the road from Santiago, east to Siboney Beach. On the way, you will pass twenty-six white monuments in memory of the heroes who died during the attack on the Moncada Barracks with Castro. At the "farm", where the attack was planned, you will see a museum display of the plan of attack, including the weapons. Then on to the beach - Playa Siboney...

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  • About Cigars

    Trinidad Off The Beaten Path

    Go and visit one of the tabacco farms. The local farmer will offer you a cup of coffee and .... a cigar - special and unique production. The skill of these craftsmen is remarkable. Smokers think that cigars are expensive, with all this skill it is no wonder

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  • Beaches

    Cienfuegos Off The Beaten Path

    Before we reached Cienfuegos, we went for a nice relaxing swim. The water was beautiful and warm, the sand on the beach had a nice white colour. There was hardly anyone on the beach thus our tour group had it all to ourselves! On the way there, I managed to take a photo of one of the many political propaganda billboards on the side of the road. I...

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  • Religion in Cuba

    Santiago de Cuba Off The Beaten Path

    You will find some religious monuments in Santiago dated from the spanish period - like in the house of the former conqueror of this island - Diego Velasquez. But the actual religious situation is not very clear to me since the visit of the pope ! (Pic by J@C)

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  • Local Arts

    Trinidad Off The Beaten Path

    A typical scenary in Trinidad - near the famous tower - making and selling handicrafts !! There is often a local market selling their products. To visit the tower itself - you have to pay a little fee - but the condition of the stairs is not inviting.The view on the nature from the highest point must be unique

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  • Malecon

    Cienfuegos Off The Beaten Path

    Next to the club another pearl of renovation and architecture in Cienfuegos Walking from the Hotel Jagua till the historical center of Cienfuegos will take about 45 minutes.But during day time you will be pleased by some panoramic views and beautiful houses.

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  • Local People

    Trinidad Off The Beaten Path

    As usual in most of the cities - a "Casa de la Trova" to be visited - this time in Trinidad My second trip to this beautiful country was highlighted by visiting the local people - just a great experience - a must !

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  • Castillo de Jagua

    Cienfuegos Off The Beaten Path

    One can take a ferry from Cienfuegos across the Bahia de Cienfuegos to the Castillo de Jagua opposite. The ferry point is near Av 46, between Calle 25 and Calle 27. The first ferry of the day departs at 11am. The 8am and another one in the afternoon have been cancelled. Check out the time beforehand from the wall. As the ferry is for locals, the...

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  • Parque Lenin

    I was able to visited many years back and the train was not working so we did the attraction park and the horse rides with my boys, fun to do so, in another era.Founded in 22 April 1972 is regarded as the largest green lung of the capital with its 745 hectares and located on the outskirts of Havana where the Majaguas, the yagrumas, mahogany,...

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  • Sometimes you'll see a dirty road with...

    Sometimes you'll see a road, where normal cars shouldn't go. Take that road with your Japanese rental car and find yourself f.i 30 miles further down the road at an old Russian sugar factory.I engaged with the locals and took some pictures. This guy came up to me and said; "You must be from Russia aren't you?" For me an off the beaten path, means a...

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  • The Authentic Cuba Travel Way~!

    The island of Cuba has long been hailed as one of the most remarkable historic travel destinations in the world. With so many UNESCO Heritage Sites, the opportunity for educational study on the island is certainly vast. Until recently, however, travel sanctions in Cuba prevented travelers from the United States from visiting the island. With new...

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  • Cuba Education Tours Take You Well...

    A large percentage of Cuba Education Tours are centered on exploring UNESCO Heritage Sites and other destinations in and near Havana. While the city certainly offers much to see and do, there is so much more to Cuba than just Havana. A few tour companies also offer the chance to see Vinales, but finding a comprehensive Cuba tour can be difficult....

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  • Incredible Access with Havana Jazz...

    The 28th International Havana Jazz Festival, or Jazz Plaza 2012, is sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Music and has been organized by world-renowned, 7-time Grammy winning musician Chucho Valdes. This year’s festival will run from the 20th to the 23rd of December and will take place at a number of locations in the historic Cuban capital. The tour...

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  • go to bay of pigs or playa giron

    thats a popular place still, i was there long ago, will be in Havana next week.http://www.cubaweb.cu/en/excursions?start=3you can ask herehttp://www.netssa.com/bay_of_pigs_cuba.htmland herehttp://www.cuba-junky.com/cuba/pigs-bay.htmlif there is a tour ,these people will knowhope it helps

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  • Take a tour

    I spent two of my three weeks in Cuba on a 'Meet the People' tour which is co-ordinated by Traidcraft, the UK based Fairtrade company, in conjunction with Multicolour Tours in Cuba. This is one of a series of worldwide tours aimed at allowing people to meet the producers of the various fairtrade products that Traidcraft markets. In Cuba these...

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  • Havana: the public library

    This may not be your usual tourist sight, but as a librarian I was curious to see inside one of Havana’s libraries. I had heard quite a bit about the Cuban library system, both positive and negative. The Communist regime sets great store by education (every child in the country receives a free place at school) and the libraries contribute to that,...

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  • hire a car and really explore Cuba

    Hiring a car in Cuba is expensive but worth paying for if you want to really explore the island. The motorways are virtually free of traffic so covering long distances is easy. You can pick up a car in one part of the country and drop it off in another, allowing you to fly back to your original pick up point. The main tourist area roads are good...

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  • Hidden caves are an awesome find

    While i was stationed in GTM Bay at the Naval Base we frequented the beaches. One of the beaches "Cable beach" was a bit secluded and surrounded by about 5 miles of rocky corral terrain. After some exploring of the area we found a great cliff about 70 ft up and we instantly began jumping off. We found several caves there that are partially...

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  • Old Cubans

    If you talk Spanish, talk to the old Cuban people, they are wise and can tell you alot of the history of Cuba ... Meet old people outside the touristical areas, just sit down on a bench at a square and have a chat ...One of the best things to do off the beaten path in Cuba!

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  • general tips: driving around Cuba

    Driving around Cuba is an interesting, if not unique experience.On criminality end, Cuba is probably the most sicure destination in the whole of central and south America, and I would consider normal to travel anywere in safety, even for unaccompanied ladies. Simply do not leave objects in cars, or cars in dark side roads to avoid having to buy a...

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  • Best Pina Coladas in Cuba

    As we drove from Varadero to the airport in Havana, our coach pulled into a roadside pit stop so that we could use the bathroom. As we dismounted the bus the guide said "Here is where you will get the best pina coladas in Cuba, because they make them fresh."Of course, at the mere mention of Pina Colada our tongues were already hanging out and...

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  • Gay friendly Las Tunas

    Hello my name is Gerard and I’m a single open minded man. I work as an English teacher for the university and live in the best part of Cuba, the city of Las Tunas. If you ever want to see the real Cuba and not just the tourist resorts I can help you. I can also accompany you as a guide/translator. Gay travellers looking for freedom and discretion...

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  • VARADERO - VACATION RESORT

    Varadero began to be developed as a vacation Resort in the 1940"s, but in the last ten years, its network of hotels and facilities have diversified and grown. Its main attraction has always been its marvelous beaches and has exceptionally good conditions for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports.VARADERO is part of a...

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  • Hand-silkscreened film posters from...

    if you're a film buff, there's (at least) two poster shops in vedado selling film posters from both cuban movies, as well as a number of foreign movies that have made it into cuba. the ICAIC (stand for, "Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos") has produced beautiful hand-silkscreened posters to advertize these films, and you can...

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  • City Camagüey

    3rd biggest city in Cuba and one of seven original settlements of D.Velazquez (1514). It was razed by pirats in 1668. and then rebulit with a street plan that seems designed to help ambush future invaders. Historic center is/has:- one of the largest in country (area of 330 ha), - house urban area- largest urban park in country (Casino Campestre...

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  • Topes de Collantes

    Topes de Collantes is a nature park in the Escambray Sierra, one of the four biggest mountain ridges in Cuba. This region is characterized by steep peaks and deep in-between valleys, lavish vegetation, endemic flora and wildlife, waterfalls, natural ponds, caves and natural trails.The Topes de Collantes information Center is located near the...

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  • Soroa

    Soroa lies half way between Havana and Pinar del Rio in western Cuba. Here you can hike to a waterfall and a moutain top mirador (lookout) with a wide view over the Sierra de Rosario.The waterfall has a parking area (1 CUC) and restaurant. Entrance to the waterfall is 3 CUC, which includes a drink in the restaurant afterwards. The trail to the...

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  • Cienaga de Zapata

    Zapata peninsula is a large wetland in the south of the Matanzas province. There is a national park, crocodile farm, and boats that will take you along the lagoons and canals.At the park information center in Playa Larga you can ask for a guide (park rancher). Entrance to the park is 12 CUC per person and 5 CUC for the guide.The park rancher showed...

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  • In the middle of nowhere

    Baracoa - eastern part of Cuba - non touristic area - pure nature - private beaches.Hotel Porto Santo - nice people - i don't need more ! I don't need less.Ingrid, strolling around the beaches of Baracoa, our favourite place in Cuba - eastern partand not easy to reach by road - better take a plane - it is faster and relativaly cheaper.Once there -...

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  • Isla de Pinos...biggest island in Cuba...

    Yes, it's the Island of Youth or The Treasure Island, very well known because Robert Louis Stevenson took this small island as the place where his famous novel with Long John Silver and Cpt Flint treasure took place.The special municipality named Isle of Youth, the largest of the more than 600 isles forming the southern Archipelago of Los...

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  • Pinar del Rio province- Las Terrazas

    Only 68km from Havana, just some minutes after crossing the division between Pinar dle Rio and Habana province U'll find this beatiful place. There are 2 rivers nearby, San Juan and Bayate, with termal water fontains where to take a therapeutical bath or just enjoy the warmess of the waters. There is a small hotel "La Moka" where U can enjoy a...

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  • Matanzas province- Visit Cienaga de...

    Cienaga de Zapata is located to the south of Matanzas province. Opposite to Varadero this is a huge swamp full with typical and endemic flora and fauna. If U're really an nature lover, like to spend hours seeing many different types of birds this is your place.Here also U'll find a small recreation of a typical aborigen settlement fill with real...

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  • Santa Maria del Mar

    You have to hire a cab to drive about 30 minutes to the beach. Most driveres witll take you round trip for about $20-40. I think a LEGAL taxi will do it for $40. If you can hire a "friend with a car" he's likely to do it for $20 round trip. What I prefer about this beach as opposed to Veradero is that CUBANS can actually go there visit THEIR...

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  • Paradise ........................

    Visit Playa Pilar ........... I found paradise when I walked up over the highest sand dunes - that's what it's famous for! White sand and sea the colour of 'paradise', the water? like a warm bath mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  • see how cubans live.

    take a walk away from the tourist spots..look at the old buildings and see how the cubans live..they appear a very positive and close knit community..I found them very friendly and felt at ease whilst walking alone.

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  • BLONDES WON"T HAVE MORE FUN!!!

    It is NOT recommended that a person ventures off the beaten path in Cuba unless you have Cuban FRIENDS that will escort you. The level of crime has increased. Burglary,, breaking and entering, rape, assault and particularly, petty theft and pdick-pocketing are on the rise, especially in areas frequented by tourists.Careful attention should be...

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  • Interesting.

    It is worth to go to the cementery of CristobalColon .Amazing shapes of graves exp.pyramids, greeks temples .Beautifull architecture.

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  • PRISON LIFE

    Traveling through *** I thought this would be a good picture for some strange reason was told by our guide that the prison was empty except for a few people that stole some bikes, as our guide lived in *** Ihave no reason to disbelive her !!!!! nice to know the % of crime is so small.***** is the name of the town I see its been censored for some...

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  • Cayo Santa Maria

    Another Cayo, but that one might be the future Cancun :-( However it is still very under develloped... even if spanish groups are building hotels for the american (preparing the end of Castro period)If you push way up the road which is still being constructed you will find an amazing beach, it seems to be the end of the world and an uncovered...

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  • Tourist facilities for Cubans

    Barbecue for Cuban tourist in a special Camp in Baracoa.Whenever they can get the meat - it is fiesta !The politics about getting a well deserved holiday is special in Cuba - they are not that free like we are ! But no politics on this page !

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