Blogs from Cuba, Central America Caribbean


Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad March 29th 2023

I cry not for you and not for myself, I cry for the helplessness of mortals who live on the sufferance of life. In order to avoid this bitter end, we would all have to be born again, and born with the knowledge of alternatives. This is my second trip to Cuba. There are many different lenses you can see through when considering to visit Cuba. My cursiosity is to see how a communist/socialist life is actually lived. In North America we hear very little, if any, about Cuba or it's people. Us Americans are so busy and kept engaged with the domestic political masquerade that it does not leave us any time of interest to know whats going on in the rest of 98.3% of the globe (United States covers 1.87% of the earth). For ... read more
A 1955 Pontiac
a resturant in Trinidad

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Este » Baracoa December 16th 2022

Great little adventure I just took, I highly recommend going someday to Baracoa if you ever have the chance. Let me tell you a little bit about the journey. It's one of those places in the world, so evocative, after you go there it will become part of you forever. As always, I never quite know I'm going to have time to travel until I do. About a month ago, I saw a window open up in my schedule. Things fell into place in a great way and I made it happen. I grew up in South Florida, went to school with many Cuban American kids, but had never been to Cuba. I guess I avoided it in the past because I thought it would be difficult to travel there solo, which is what I love ... read more

I went on a solo trip to Cuba for a few days in spring 2016. After spending a couple of days in Havana I thought I should see some other places of the island as well. My plan was to take the bus to Cienfuegos, but didn't seem as easy as it sounded. I was usually relying on the internet to find places, but here I was not able to find any Wifi so I had to rely on a simple map the hotel staff gave me to find the bus station. Since I am pretty bad at directions it took me absolutely forever to find the bus station. By the time I managed to find the it there were not really any busses leaving and the schedule did not make sense to me at all. ... read more
On the road
Drive across Cuba with amazing views
Leaving Havana

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Matanzas » Varadero February 1st 2022

So, we're on our way to Havana, and anticipation is rife, as the Cuban capital was riding on the back of a few expectations, the question which would arise being - will Havana fulfil those expected charms? Well, in reality, the answer might well depend on your set of standards or indeed what you are trying to achieve in the context of your stay there, but Havana is best described as a Caribbean capital city quite unlike no other, with enough in the way of attractive features to make the stay wholly worthwhile. Let's focus on what I deem the city's 3 great buildings of note - the Capitol, the National Theatre and the Bacardi building, and what you're looking at are a holy trinity of architectural gems which warrant the asking price alone, meaning that ... read more
Fusterlandia, Havana, Cuba
Classic car, Varadero, Cuba
Building facade, Matanzas, Cuba

I am pretty certain that the title gave it all away as to where in the world the latest node on the itinerary had taken me - Cuba, the Caribbean's largest island! A last-minute flight and hotel booking, followed by a couple of extras thrown into the mix, namely the bus transfers to get me from A to B to C to D, and the first port of call, Santa Clara, was roughly a 4-hour coach journey which began right outside Varadero airport, and almost miraculously, arrived within 5 minutes of the expected departure time. For those in the know, Santa Clara is synonymous with Ernesto Che Guevara, the well-known Cuban revolutionary who has been much trumpeted by those who deemed him cool enough to be utterly iconic. Well, due to a few complications which had ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba December 31st 2021 The story of classic cars in Cuba is full of political and historical significance. This makes Cuban classic cars a beautiful addition to the urban landscape of Cuba and an important cultural artifact. Cuba has never had a car manufacturing industry, so they relied solely on automotive imports to populate the island’s roads. During the Cuban-Spanish-American War, the first car imported into Cuba was a ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad September 27th 2021

Trinidad was again another great place to visit when in Cuba! Cobbled streets, vibrant colours, a short hop away from the beach, brilliant restaurants and even a cave nightclub. We enjoyed the few days that we had left on our holiday in Trinidad. No cars are allowed in the inner city, so walking around the cobbled streets is a pleasure! A very popular restaurant that often has a line out the front is La Botija, we went there twice and I recommend going there at least once. Palacio Cantero, the very obvious iconic tower of Trinidad has a nice view point and is also a museum. We also enjoyed the experience of being in a natural cave nightclub just on the north of the town. As you walk up the hill, various little alcohol stands pave ... read more

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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 24th 2020

So I've finally gotten around to doing my blogs, one and a half years later! Thinking back, we were very lucky to have squeezed in a two week trip to Cuba as a global pandemic was forming. A few weeks later and most of the world shut down! So after a while of not doing this blog, my memory is a bit hazy. Our first two nights were spent in Havana, a nice city with a mixture of less than glamorous buildings in dire need of a make over (on the outside but nice on the inside), history and colourful 1950's American cars. Most people will splash out for a city tour in one of these cars but we opted to join the one of the Free walking tours of the city which we tend to ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » Viñales February 24th 2020

I don't know what it was that really made me want to go to Cuba, but after many years of holding on to that dream, it finally came! Two weeks is enough to get you to the main west coast hot spots such as Havana, Vinales and Trinidad with maybe another smaller place on the side. We spent the first two nights in Havana and then took the Viazul bus to Vinales. Tourists in Cuba can only use one bus company (Viazul) to get around and with limited routes and limited buses per day, these get booked in advance. If you don't book a bus, the chances of you getting a seat in and out of these hot spots can be very difficult and costly.I had booked our tickets online about a month before. It was ... read more
Tobacco Plantation
Ox Farming
Cigar Making

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