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A travel journal to Cuba by PeaceLoveTravel

Sunset in Maria la Gorda Photo, Cuba, Caribbean More Photos
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How NOT to get a Cuban visa extension

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Cuba Photo, Cuba, Caribbean
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For Europeans a Cuban visa will last 30 days with one extension possible while being in the country. My trip was planned for 6 weeks and remembering how easy it was to get visa extensions in Asia I did not really research it much. For "not much" please read "not at all". What was supposed to be a simple morning excursion soon tuned into a two day nightmare so if you fancy a similar experience just follow these tips to be in for a right treat. If however you are looking for a more relaxed holiday not ending in getting deported I’d advise you to do exactly the opposite!1. Do trust the Lonely Planet2. Do not learn any Spanish3. Do not get stamps and a copy of your medical insuranc...Read More

Cueva de los Peces

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Attraction | "Diving in the Cueva de los Pesces"

Cueva de los Peces Photo, Vinales, Cuba
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Playa Larga and Playa Giron at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba are well known for their political and revolutionary history. Most tourists opt to visit the Bay of Pigs museum on a daytrip from Cienfuegos. They might stop off at the seaside for a quick lunch but most people miss out on this stunning area. The Octopus dive Club located at Playa Larga offers some of the most exciting scuba diving in Cuba. Although the open water dives are fairly standard - for standard read amazing as it is the Caribbean - the cave dives are what makes this dive school truly stand out. Prices are the cheapest in Cuba and the deals are great. 5 dives for 100CUC (roughly 85Pounds) including equipment and transport is a real bargai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2012

Cueva de los Peces
17 Km South of Playa Larga
Matanzas Province, Cuba

Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor

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Restaurant | "Ice cream - the Cuban way"

Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor Photo, Havana, Cuba
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So in my opinion you might as well go a bit crazy when you are in such a random place as Havana and start your day with some ice cream. The Coppelia in Vedado (Havana’s modern part surrounding the hotel Havana Libre) is allegedly the largest ice cream parlour in the world serving up to 30000 portions of creamy deliciousness a day. A favourite with locals and tourists alike we did prepare ourselves for long queues even though we went rather early in the morning. As expected we did have to queue but it was all well worth it. Not only did we get to experience the real Cuba there but we also got a lesson in the way things work here. Oh and ice cream, cannot forget the awesome ice cream served in a Space S...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2012

Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor
2111 Calle L
Vedado District, Havana
(0)7 832 6184

Viñales Valley

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Attraction | "Vinales know-how"

Viñales Valley Photo, Vinales, Cuba
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Havana is a stunning city but it is loud, hectic and the air quality is about as bad as the one in the men´s changing room after a football match. The city sprawls endlessly towards the horizon without giving any hints of what lies behind. Only 200km away we found our perfect city break – the Vinales Valley. Some people might say that all it is is a touristy town surrounded by mountains but nothing spectacular. But believe me, after 4 days in Havana any tiny bit of green would have made us happy. My newly found Australian friend Ellen and me took the early morning Viazul bus, leaving at 9pm from the Viazul station just outside of Havana city centre. The best way to get there is by taxi – e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2012

Viñales Valley
Sierra de los Organos
Vinales, Cuba

Maria la Gorda

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Sunset in Maria la Gorda Photo, Cuba, Caribbean
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Maria La Gorda is literally in the middle of nowhere. You are closer to Mexico than Havana. This is as far away from everything as you can get in Cuba and due to the inaccessibility still off the beaten trek. The hotel is the most westerly tourist facility in Cuba and is considered one of the nicest beaches in the entire region. Frankly, the beach is not as great. Yes, it is a lovely white sand beach with leaning palm trees and crystal clear waters. However, there are rocks along the entire coast making swimming rather difficult. I don´t think it is worth going there just for the beach – if you are into diving it is well worth it but if it is beaches you are looking for try Varadero or Playa del Este ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2012

Rolando's Backpacker/Casa Rolando y Magaly

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Hotel | "The one and only hostel in Havana"

Rolando's Backpacker/Casa Rolando y Magaly Photo, Havana, Cuba
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While I loved every minute of my stay in Cuba I have to say that it is a difficult country for solo travelling. From Southeast Asia as well as from Central America I am used to meeting people in hostels, hanging out and making friends. Cuba is a bit different, your choice of accommodation are casa particulares (guesthouses with one or max. two rooms) and hotels. Both can be great but if you are on your own both options make for a lonely and expensive trip. What saved my trip and actually made it way better than I expected was Rolando's Backpackers Hostel in Havana. Rolando's is a special place where people meet and friendships are made. The price for one night is 12CUC which is roughly 9 Pounds. Withi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2012

Rolando's Backpacker/Casa Rolando y Magaly
San Rafael 754, 1st Floor
Havana, Cuba 10200
+537 8797944

Viñales Sights & Attractions

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Cueva Santo Tomas Photo, Vinales, Cuba
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HikingMountains are what people come for and the unusual karst mountains are well worth a look. Imagine Halong Bay in Vietnam with rice paddies and fields instead of the ocean. The huge boulders are dotted along the valley giving the whole area a slightly mysterious look and in places where they go over into the mountain range surrounding the valley they offer fantastic outdoor sport activities. Although there are no proper hiking trails and rock climbing is still in its baby shoes there are a few walking trails out of the valley leading to viewpoints with stunning vistas. The most popular one is the one leading to the only two hotels in Vinales. The way follows a main road and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2012