So you’ve decided to travel Cuba and you’re considering going to Vinales, GREAT. Here’s a little guide to help you get the most out of your stay there.
A lot of people will do day trips to Vinales and then cram all the touristy stuff you could possibly imagine into that day. They’ll visit the tobacco farms, do a taxi tour and hang out in the valley. Although I guess it is possible to stuff all this into one (long) day there is so much to enjoy in Vinales and part of it’s charm is its laid back vibes. Continue reading “Quick Guide to Vinales, Cuba”
We chose to fly into Varadero because most low cost airlines will fly here to cater to those heading to resorts so you could get cheap flights into here. Even if you aren’t staying in Varadero, flying here still leaves the rest of the country accessible by bus or taxi. Our first stop was Havana so we had two options to get there: we could wait to catch the Viazul bus at 6 PM which only cost 10 CUC + 10 CUC for taxi from bus station in Havana to our airbnb or “casa particular” as they say in Cuba, or we could get a taxi from the airport which is typically anywhere between 80 CUC to 100 CUC. Depending on how many people you’re travelling with, and how much time you want to spend waiting for the bus, you might end up deciding a taxi would be best. Continue reading “Backpacking Cuba”
Learn some Spanish
don’t drink the water
Stay away from uncooked foods, ice cream, and cheese
Try to organize collective taxis to save money (or take the bus – but then your schedule will be limited)
Stay at casa’s – you can book them through airbnb or just find them when you get there. Everyone knows everyone so just ask someone or look for the signs on the doors.
Wifi is elusive and hard to come by, when you do find it – it isn’t very good
You need to buy wifi cards for the wifi zones – 1 hour = 1 CUC. You can buy them from Telephone stores or banks ( I thiiiink haha) or you can find someone selling them on the street. Usually the cell them for 2 CUC for 1 hour on the streets and at the airport.
You can also buy wifi at fancy hotels in Havana and then use it in their lobby. I did this while I was there, it was perfect because it was so clean and they had great AC so it was a nice break when I went to check my emails and book things.
Want a break from the heat? You can pay to use one of the pools at some of the hotels. Hotel Nacional is 25 CUC with 20 CUC giving you a credit at the pool restaurant/bar.
download maps.me to have a map of havana before you go… or you will get lost again and again and again
Off to Cuba for one week!! We’ll be flying into Varadero and then spending time in Havana and Vinales. Here’s my packing list: Continue reading “Packing List: Cuba”