Blogs from Cienfuegos, Cuba, Central America Caribbean


Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos November 27th 2018

On Saturday morning we awoke to find that we were sailing into Santiago de Cuba harbour. We watched from our balcony as the morning sun glistened on the water and the green hills drifted past. The sight was interrupted though by a large power station spewing out brown smoke from it’s chimney covering the distant mountains with a smoggy haze. The harbour is very large with a narrow entrance and it is easy to see why the Spaniards chose this place to build the colony as it is well protected, especially by the 16thcentury fort overlooking the entrance. We docked about 10am and again we could watch all this process from our balcony on the port side of the ship. Our tour was not leaving until 11-45 so we had plenty of time for breakfast and ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos August 21st 2018

I always wanted to visit Cuba and thought spring 2016 might be a good time to do so, as the country was looking at quite a few changes due to talks with the US. I managed to get fairly cheap fights from London via Boston and the Bahamas and back via Rome in Italy. I spent a week in total in the country starting off in Havana. The plane I took from Nassau was very tiny, but the flight was less than an hour long. The Island looked rather beautiful from above and when we landed it was very hot and humid. I was travelling by myself and like many other trips I did not plan anything ahead but flights and accommodation. Unlike many other trips I have taken before this was Cuba and they did ... read more
classic cars everywhere
Havana view from the hotel
I was actually not supposed take pictures around here

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos October 11th 2017

Today was a long travel day from Vinales to Cienfuegos. After bidding farewell to our host Sisa and giving Sophia one last pet, we headed out of Vinales at 8am. Our route took us back east towards the outskirts of Havana, and then southeast. Our stop for lunch was at another family run restaurant, this time at the 56km marker. The fried chicken was phenomenal. What was odd about this restaurant was that it had a table displaying various toiletries. The toiletries were sealed with cling wrap, and most of them looked imported. There were hefty price tags on them. Apparently, importing toiletries and reselling them at a significant markup is a thriving business for some workers on their own account. After lunch, we drove for a bit before making a rest stop in a town ... read more
Playa Giron Museum

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos June 17th 2017

From Casa Verde to Trinidad to Casa Musica June 16, 2017 We began our morning with breakfast across the street from Casa Verde at Hotel Jagua. It was built in the 1950s with casino space and likely under mob influence, but apparently the casino never became a reality. After eating, it was off toward Trinidad, a community settled by the Spanish in the early 1500s, but later replaced by the French who brought the newest sugar cane technology to Cienfeugos following the Haitian slave revolt. So, we stepped back into time once again. On the way to Trinidad, we stopped for a moment to catch a photo of a cactus fence. These were built by plantation owners to prevent slaves from escaping. Cuba has a disturbing history relative to slavery, but has moved forward from it ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos March 15th 2017

Geo: 22.1495, -80.4436Time to move on and explore further afield. The first step was how get to Park Central with our bags. The taxis aren't keen to navigate the old town backstreets for such a small job so we decided Julie and the bags would go via rickshaw and I would walk the 20 minutes to the Rex Car Hire office behind the Iberostar Hotel. Sounds exciting but was really quite routine for travel around Havana. It really wasn't possible to drag the bags over the cobbled streets.We had a relatively new Chinese made MG. Not quite an MGB GT but nonetheless good for the job. We didn't want anything that might break down in the wilderness. We used NAVMii to find our way out of the city and onto the motorway. Although the roads are ... read more
Playa Larga - Bay of Pigs
Cash Ivan And Lily

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos July 31st 2016

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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos July 30th 2016

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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos April 3rd 2016

Last time I wrote a blog entry, I was in Laos, not knowing that again, my plans would change dramatically. The month I spent in Laos was memorable for good and bad reasons: too make a long story short, we lived a great big adventure in very, very remote areas, discovered fascinating cultures, hiked in the jungle, visited villages that never see any foreigners, spent the night in traditional houses, rafted down a river on a bamboo raft, to list a few of the things we did. But things changed dramatically a few days after a tick bit my colleague. The tick infected her with Scrub typhus, and because of the delay in treatment, additional complications worsened the situation to a point where without her initial fitness and strong will, she would not have survived. Almost ... read more
Our hosts in Jovellanos
Jean on the way to Caleta buena
Beautiful sunflower field near Playa Giron

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos March 2nd 2016

Ola, We left Havana early in the morning and took a bus towards the city of Cienfuegos. En route, we went past some beautiful scenery, including the Bahia de los Cochinos, or Bay of Pigs in English, which was the site of a failed invasion by the United States in 1961. Cienfuegos, with its core of gorgeous French colonial buildings, was instantly enjoyable and much more relaxed than Havana had been. Peter and Luke left the bus station and headed towards the Parque Jose Marti, which is a beautiful square surrounded by very pretty buildings. After an average lunch, not surprisingly, we wandered around the square and went into one of the buildings on the square. It only cost 1 CUC for entry, and they could have charged many more CUCs! The building was incredible! it ... read more
The Cupola

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos February 14th 2016

Cuba, a land off limits for decades, was high on our bucket list for many years. So close, yet so far away. Finally, thanks to political changes and an inexpensive cruise, we were able to visit this forbidden island. With our close friends, Lynne and Don, we flew to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to board our Greek cruise ship. The ship circumnavigated the island with stops at Santiago de Cuba, Havana, Maria da Gorda, and Cienfuegos. Santiago de Cuba has a rebellious past in Cuba's fight for independence. San Juan Hill, where Teddy Roosevelt defeated the Spanish in the Spanish American War is located on the outskirts of the city. Fidel Casto began his rebellion in 1953 by attacking Batista's troops at the Moncada Barracks. Their Revolutionary Square commemorates their many freedom fighters. After all the historic ... read more
Our Bon Voyage drink
First morning - Cuba on the horizon
Teddy Roosevelt statue on San Juan Hill

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