It’s especially important that we support locals while visiting Cuba, so Out Adventures has chosen to stay, eat, and spend our money with Cubans instead of at government-run properties (which even includes the major international chain hotels).
Where We Sleep
It may seem there are ‘nicer’ places to stay in Cuba, but the sudden explosion of tourism means dealing with degraded service, inexperienced staff and terrible value for money. ’Four-star’ properties feel more like two-star hotels, and prices have nearly tripled to $400+/night since we began visiting in 2009.
In Havana, we generally share one or two homestays that are mere steps from each other. In Trinidad, Vinales, and Cienfuegos, we’re more spread out but will have a central meeting point. Washrooms are generally private, and in the rare instance one must be shared, it will only be between two solo travellers. But tastemakers be warned: you’ll see neon shower curtains, floral prints on everything, and porcelain tchotchkes dominating every nook and cranny. And while the beds may be firm, you’ll be exhausted from fun-filled days and should sleep soundly.
Check out these photos for a better sense of what awaits:
Where We Eat
The supply of fresh produce (and food in general) has improved dramatically in Cuba, along with the proliferation of little restaurants called ‘paladares’. These are privately run and limited to a single location, or else it would be considered a ‘business.’ Check out some of our favourites below.
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