Visit the rural areas, let animals visit you
We stayed in and explored mostly rural neighbourhoods, like La Vigia, 9 de Abril and Guernica. Most of the houses, especially as you approach the outskirts of the city are clearly farming operations, and there are animals like roosters and donkeys walking right beside you. It's a much different feel than the more urban areas; small houses in big yards, colourful fruit trees, and makeshift farming vehicles buzzing around on dirt roads. We also saw birds and reptiles everywhere: roosters, anoles, tree frogs, snakes and other small animals were constantly visible around us, more than other places we went in Cuba.
If you're wanting to stay near these areas, try Andres House.
Transit station - Rancho Toa
Transit station upon the way to Cienfuegos
A nice little place with a private bar - offering local cocktails of fresh fruit - mixed with rum if you want.
Price : average a dollar - as usual in Cuba
Look at the trees - just marvelous and representing for some Cubans the power of God. (Royal Palm tree)
Visiting a foreign country is visiting the local markets to know more about the way of living.
I did it in Camagüey - in Habana and this was so impressive to see that there are two kinds of market places on the same spot.
A gouvernment market where the choice is limited and payable by pesos.Next to it the non gouvernment market - more choice but payable in US dollars
And at last - the "Bodegas" - places where the locals can get basic food by exchanging their "coupons"
Getting out of Camguey and at...
Getting out of Camguey and at about 80 km from Santa Lucia Beach U will find a little town that used to be a big Industrialiced City:Nuevitas
With a very nice tiny colonial villa and a big Domino buildings Russian constructions.
The tiny nice beaches there ,are very busy during the summer.
Check it out!!