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There is secure parking in Remedios - not on the main square but down by a gas station on the road out of town towards Caibarien.
Here you can park off-street in an enclosure for 2 CUC/night.
Written Sep 23, 2005
About fifteen kms west of Remedios is a road that heads northerly to follow the coast line. After about another 15 kms, turn right to El Santo, the unexpected town that exists because of an old broken down sugar factory that they try to keep running. You will have travelled through miles of sugar cane to get there, and will be shocked at the lively place it is, in the middle of nowhere.
To feel less conspicuous, pick up a hitch-hiker, who will be very appreciative of the offer, and who will guide you through town. Travelling past the sugar factory and still heading north, you will eventually reach Playa Nazabal, a Cuban summer spot and a fishing village. In October it was as dead as a doorknocker, but still a find if you like to bumble in weird places.
You will probably notice an armed guard in a tower, overlooking the ocean. When I inquired as to who they would expect to land here, I discovered the soldier is watching for Cubans thinking of leaving.
Updated Oct 15, 2004
Favorite thing: When you arrive in the main square, you will be asked to park in front of the cathedral. This is a space put aside for tourists, where your car will be watched. Be sure to tip "Signor Parking". You are part of the planned benefits of tourists and the dollar recovery economy. Thanks to the new resorts on Cayo Santa Maria, Remedios and Caibarien will start to benefit.
Fondest memory: A night in Remedios is like a night in Old Spain, especially after a bottle of wine and a fish ball!
Written Oct 13, 2004