Cuba 16 days
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 11, 2012 4:32 AM Last Post By: CaptainKidd
Oct 10, 2012 2:49 AM
Cuba 16 daysIll be arriving in Cuba on the 12th of November in to Havana, and was really hoping people could give me some ideas on where I could visit, Ill have to be back in Havana 16 days later.
I heard Trinidad is worth a visit and Veradero just to see the beaches for a day or two.
Would really appreciate any recommendations for places to visit, restaurants bars etc
Oct 10, 2012 12:19 PM
1Day 1. Havana
Day 2. Havana
Day 3. Havana
Day 4 Vinales
Day 5 Vinales
Day 6 Cienfuegus
Day 7 Trinidad
Day 8 Trinidad
Day 9 Trinidad
Day 10. Camagüay
Day 11. Camagüay
Day 12. Santiago de Cuba
Day 13. Santiago de Cuba
Day 14. Holguin
Day 15. Santa Clara
Day 16. Havana
Sorry no swimming if you would like to see the whole Cuba! I believe it would be a shame to miss western Cuba.
Oct 10, 2012 12:50 PM
2I recommend concentrating on fewer places - not spending half your time travelling. Don't try to see all of the island.
Varadero is fine if you like beaches and all-inclusive hotels.
Trinidad is good for colonial era buildings. (When my family visited, my dad stayed in the car and dozed - old buildings don't interest him.)
Some people love Havana - I know visitors happy to spend their whole two weeks there.
I suggest that you visit Viñales - unless you really don't like hill country.
Oct 10, 2012 1:46 PM
3I think for someone going to Cuba for the first time, and really does not know what to do there are two options: 1. if you are timid - go to an all included beach hotel, or 2 if you are on the brave side go to Havana and move around the country from there.
Option 1. Beach hotels offer nice beaches, and quality according to grades, and plenty of people who speak your own language, and the staff speaks English. From there one may venture by taxi alone or with friends into the area surrounding the hotel or into the nearest town. There one may get a thorough impression of Cuba and Cubans as good as any other place, including shopping, music, dance, nightlife and fun, or cultural observations, or disappointments.
Option 2. My advice is go to Havana, read Lonely Planet on the plane, and decide when you are there. Any forward planning more than booking a hotel in Havana for the first two nights is really not necessary. (The most brave ones ask the taxi driver at the airport to find a guest house). Anywhere in Cuba is worth seeing, and offers everyting Cuban as well as other places, definitely everything. Don't hurry around looking for everything or everything bargain. If you get short of time, and you live long enough, you may go back next year, and next year, and next year.
Cubans will, like Cuba, not reveal everything at once, it and they will surprise you and surprise you and surprise you. Cuba is not made for 16 days' discoveries. Lentamente coño.
Some say that Vinales is better than Cienfuegos, Matanzas or Santiago. It is all a matter of opinion.
Oct 10, 2012 5:09 PM
4Vinales-Havana-Trinidad and places in between - that gives you taste of culture/beaches/nature/architecture/histort etc. within a manageable travel schedule. Play it by ear rather than having a locked in schedule.
Oct 11, 2012 4:32 AM
5Thanks everybody, I really appreciate the tips, would any of you recommend a particularly nice casa to stay in in Havana?