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    Valle de Vinales, Pinar del Rio

    by gwened Written Nov 19, 2014

    This is an area of my youth used to come here often, and recently as 2012 was by there. It is either by the modern road from Havana or the old Carretera Central, more local and closer to the people ,and a car or tour bus is needed. I always came by car.

    Valle de Vinales (cant put the N in spanish on this keyboard) has many wooden houses colorfully painted and call bohíos or huts. Everywhere you see tobacco houses where the leaves are dry, sugar plantations and workers doing their toll on the fields. It is reputed for its small square top mountains call mogotes, and its beautiful caves. All this park is the heart of the wonderful Sierra de los Organos.

    At 4 km from Vinales, on the face of the Mogote Dos Hermanas (two sisters),you will see all painted on the wall of the Prehistory. This fresco is 180 meters long and 120 meters high showing how dinosaurs etc roams the area.

    Here you can take advantage of the Cueva del Indio,Cave of the indian, as the local indians were call from the Guanahatabey branch. You can take a small ride on a boat under the caves! and to the borders of an underground cave system. The exit of the cave is wonderful in sight.Open 9h to 17h30 to the north of Vinales.

    The whole is a UNESCO world heritage site.
    http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/840/

    I would put this photo here as only ate there when a small boy, it is a historical part of the whole Vinales area, the Finca San Vicente.more on the area on Cuban sites
    http://www.ecured.cu/index.php/San_Vicente_(Vi1ales)
    http://cu.geoview.info/restaurante_finca_san_vicente,1551370587n

    arriving at wall of prehistory Vinales typical bohio hut house and country folks the entrance to Cueva del Indio stop and hut at Vinales restaurant Finca San Vicente
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    Road Trip

    by elgar22 Updated Sep 14, 2014

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    It's really easy to hire a car and explore Cuba outside of Havana. Try Varadero for beaches or go South East to Trinidad and Cienfuego both stunning scenery and you will see more real Cuba. Roads were in fairly decent condition and not busy so it was easy to navigate from one end of the island to the other.

    Welcome to Trinidad Varadero beach On the way out of Havana Cienfuegos More Cienfuegos
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    Playa Giron, Guama

    by gwened Written Mar 20, 2014

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    visit the guama tourist center with cocodriles farm, treasure lagoon, boat rides, small hut houses reminicents of the old Cuban indians Tainos, and fishing, plus all beautiful natural habitat. Good for all the senses

    It is located in the interior of the Peninsula de Zapata or swampy area in the Province of Matanzas (same as varadero), You come here from Boca in boat about 20 minutes three per day. this is a tiny inner Island, More than 200 kms from Havana and Varadero 100, Guama is however very close to the Bay of pigs or Playa Giron.

    Playa larga, 10 kms to the South of Guama:
    At the bottom of the Bay of pigs. You can bathe, of course but also to learn: as remind them the * 85 monuments along the Bay, it was here that took place the second battle of the botched landing of anticastristes, in 1961, 40 kms from the historic site of "Playa Girón".
    Taino village behind hotel Villa Guama:
    Reconstruction of a village of the ancient inhabitants of Cuba, ferociously murdered by the conquistadors. A few statues, erected by Rita Longa. The name of Guamá comes from a Taino Chief.
    Crocodile breeding Center (the second in the world), Boca de Guama:
    this breeding to contemplate these ferocious creatures, quietly installed in watchtowers. The site is also a restaurant, after which you can proudly tell you ate the "cocodrilo"...
    Tesoro Laguna around Guama:
    This dirty Lake of a spectral blue would be a paradise for swimming. Problem: lizard colonies just walking freely. Perform a swim is particularly unwelcome summer, after the laying of the small new Crocs...!!
    The 50 thatched cabañas (cabins) with bath and TV are on piles over the shallow waters.

    The six small islands bearing the units are connected by wooden footbridges to other islands with a bar, cafetería, overpriced restaurant and a swimming pool containing chlorinated lake water. Rowboats are available for rent, and the bird-watching at sunrise is reputedly fantastic. You'll need insect repellent if you decide to stay.

    A beautiful paradise. Cuba tourism office in Canada
    http://gocuba.ca/client/home/index.php?locale=en

    Guama wooden bridges amongst islands boating wildlife at its natural best hut or cabins like the old Taino indians houses art , statues all over the Guama complex boating in the cocodrile farm
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    the beach at Varadero

    by gwened Updated Feb 8, 2014

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    It was told in the 1950's to be the best beach in the world by many leading magazines such as Esquire. It is still a fine white sand beach, very popular with today's tourists in a secluded peninsula de Hicacos about 140 kms from Havana.

    I have come here since childhood, and most recently in 2012. the airport is Juan Gualberto Gomez second only to that in Jose Marti Havana in number of passengers. There is a currency exchange booth only in the departures hall and one past security in the waiting hall.
    Taxi from airport to the town (about 10km) costs about 25-30CUC. It may be possible to bargain the fare to about 20CUC, but not much less. Alternately you can walk out to the airport parking lot and tip (5-10CUC) one of the tour bus drivers to hitch a ride to your hotel/resort - this always works out cheaper than taxi if you travel solo.

    Viazul Buses arrive from Havana and Matanzas three times daily. These buses also stop at the Varadero airport. They run a daily overnight service from Santiago de Cuba, stopping at Sancti Spiritus, Camagüey, and Santa Clara in the middle of the night. There is also a morning bus to Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad, returning in the afternoon/early evening.
    Hiring a car is also possible in the Varadero Airport or through various hotels. It may also be possible to get to Havana on a hotel transfer bus for about 10CUC by negotiating with the driver.

    The beach is sublime still, and many hôtels ,restaurants dotting the coastline makes this one of the best spot in the Caribbean and the best of Cuba.
    http://www.varaderotourism.com/content/how-to-get-there.html

    the beach at Varadero early am on Varadero beach
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    beaches of the west of Havana, El Salado

    by gwened Written Jan 1, 2014

    you will do better to rent a colectivo taxi, driver with her, or drive you own ,but if you want to see the real Cuba then come away from tourist conclaves and seek out the places local families go.

    This one has been a local family hangout for générations, call playa Salado, on the way to Pinar del Rio on the northern coast. I have come here many times with a car. and then took my sons here too. The place my mother used to take me when very Young.

    here is a guide that tells a bit more of what I am saying
    http://www.stay.com/havana/attractions/47305/playa-el-salado/
    and here is another on beaches
    http://www.cuban-beaches.com/type/beach?page=4

    El Salado beach tree shaded el Salado for changing!
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  • visit Che in santa clara. This...

    by jeroen_serre Updated Jul 12, 2012

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    Visit Che in Santa Clara.

    This iconic man, freedom fighter, doctor and intellectual is Cuba's true (propaganda) hero.
    Very nice museum and mausoleum with a silence room and an eternal flame (the only continuous gas-supply in Cuba..)

    You'll be surrounded by kids on a 'visit-Che-schooltrip' for sure.

    Although Santa Clara carries much history the place itself is hot, dusty and doesn't offer much more then the museum

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    Camera obscura

    by kat-m Updated May 7, 2012

    This camera is at the top of a building on the corner of plaza vieja, a fantastic view of the city and the guide will go to anywhere you want to view, actually another way of finding places you might have missed.

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    Plaza de revolution

    by kat-m Written May 7, 2012

    This square is in the Vedado district of Havana so I would recommend the hop on bus tour to take you there. As far as sights are concerned it was a bit plain and we did not get off the bus. I imagine that when there is political activity going on that this would be where all the action is. The square is said to be the 31st largest in the world.

    Jose Marti monument fidel
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    Havana Vieja (old Havana)

    by kat-m Written May 7, 2012

    Havana vieja is a beautiful old city, yes its crumbling and tired but the restoration they have been getting on with has been a great success. There is a lot of scaffolding and much work to be done but spend some time here and you will soon get the feel of the real havana. We spent 4 days in old Havana and it was wonderful. The main shopping street of Obispo is a buzz of music and has a carnival atmosphere every day. Go up to a rooftop bar to see views of the city and at night visit the many bars and hotels with live bands. Sit in the old square, (plaza Vieja), and have a beer and watch the people, 10/10 Havana!

    roof top view of the city tower of the cathedral Old cars
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    Varadero

    by idram Updated May 25, 2011

    We at this forum could give you a multitude of things to see, but to chose will be part of the fun. Just explore and find some things that you can post back to us.

    Josone Park is nice to walk in the evening. There are some nice restaurants and good places to take pictures, row boats and a small train.

    I have a favorite bunch of beach side reataurants and grills to go to. Baracuda Restaurant and Dive Center is my favourite for sunsets and la Compana in Josone Park for Ropa Vieja.

    Lots of photo opps on the main drag (Ave 1ra) The statues at Antiguedades (chef) and Casa del Ron (Devilish guy). The buildings Santa Elvira Church, Ceramica Galleria and Josone Park.

    Night clubs in the town; Havana Club, la Comparsita, Casa de la Musica, Mediterraneo FM 17 and Calle 62. Calle 62 is interesting because it is right on the strip, an outdoor club and you can dance out on the street with the locals and listen/watch the music.

    You can go bowling, play pool, sing with the video jukebox and hang with locals at the amusement park called Todo en Uno (all in one) at Calle 54 and the autopista sur (south highway). There is another pool hall and bowling on Playa Ave near Hotel Herradura.

    Other restaurants I like la Fondue, Mallorca, Barbacoa, el Rancho are all near Palma Real.

    All the Discos up the penincula are a short cab ride away. la Rumba, Internacional, Pirates Cave and Mambo Club.

    Like I said before, just explore and find your own favorites.
    If you are really adventurous try going to the towns of Santa Marta, Cardenas or Matanzas.

    There is a tourist bus to Matanzas City for $10 CUC all day.
    Cheers
    Mardi"

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    Santiago to Havana

    by cochinjew Written May 21, 2011

    ATMs are not that common. The one near where I stay never helps me with my UK issued CC. But i go to the Cambio or CAdeca and there you can either change euros (the best cash to bring to Cuba) or get money with your visa card, not all cambios/cadeca can offer this but it is worthwhile looking around. dont be out of cash while traveling in Cuba, the alternatives are not plenty. Most people know that tourists have money on them, so be careful with your cash stash when staying at casa particulares and other public places. In general Cuba is very safe but dont forget it is a poor country.
    when you are in Santiago you must visit Baracoa and then move on to Holguin, may wish to go to the coast from holguin and then go on to camaguey, sancti spiritus and cienfuegos before getting back to Havana. all cities and surroundings have something of interest
    enjoy cuba

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    Buy and make friends.

    by SteC74 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Where ever you are on holiday in Cuba you have to attempt a visit to the flea market at 'old' Havana!!The paintings there are 'top drawer'!!I mean surly to God if you had the talent some of these 'artist' have in city centre Manchester your' paintings would be reaching at least one hundred pounds!!So I say ,if you leave Cuba/Havana without a painting you have sold yourself short!!!!

    Old Havana

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    Jungle Tour - Cayo Guillermo

    by Fillie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Great fun, whizzing through the mangro swamps in a speed boat you drive yourself. Moor up and go snorkelling to see snappers, parrot fish and a whole host of others. It rained all the time, but still fun even though we couldnt see where we were going!

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    Cayo Blanco

    by toonsarah Written Mar 27, 2011

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    The catamaran trip to Cayo Blanco is apparently one of the most popular activities for visitors to Varadero, and it’s easy to see why. The sea here is a beautiful blue and very calm, so a boat ride seems a must. The destination is beautiful too – an uninhabited tropical island with white beaches backed by shady trees. You get several hours here to sunbathe, swim or explore.

    On our way to the island the catamaran had stopped beside a local fisherman’s boat to buy some of his catch (see photo 4), and the lobsters were cooked immediately in the small onboard galley and shared out among us. While at anchor we also had an opportunity to snorkel. The coral reef off the coast here is apparently home to a large number of fish, but I found the water a little too cloudy, possibly because we’d had rain the previous evening. The rest of the fish and prawns bought from the fisherman were later cooked on the beach for our lunch, followed by fresh papaya.

    On our return to the mainland, a visit to the local dolphin show was also included in this excursion. I have my reservations about performing animals and although these looked well-cared for, and their antics were both fun to watch and impressive (photo 5), I would rather have given it a miss and spent longer on the island or at sea.

    Cayo Blanco Cayo Blanco On the way to Cayo Blanco Buying lunch Dolphin show
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    Varadero

    by toonsarah Updated Mar 27, 2011

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    Varadero is a beach resort on the north coast of Cuba. We came here for the last few days of our holiday to wind down and enjoy the sunshine before returning to London’s chilly early spring weather. It isn’t really a good place for enjoying Cuba’s history and culture, but if you want sun, sea and sand you’ve come to the right place!

    We stayed at the all-inclusive Sandals Resort. It’s the only one of the chain that we’ve been to so I had nothing to compare it with, but I would say that it didn’t quite live up to the marketing. It was nice enough, but didn’t have the air of exclusivity that the adverts I’ve seen would suggest. But as a base for a few days relaxation it was fine, and although normally I prefer to get out and about and explore local restaurants rather than have full-board, I was happy enough for the few days we were here.

    As well as relaxing, you can do a few excursions in the area. We had a lovely trip by catamaran to the small island of Cayo Blanco (see separate tip) but mostly spent our time enjoying the hotel’s pool and the surprisingly uncrowded beach. In the evening there were shows on the outdoor stage – again, not my usual thing, but fun to see just the once and the dancing was very good – or maybe the excellent margaritas coloured my judgement?!

    Beach in Varadero On the beach, Varadero In the bar, Sandals Varadero
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