Lisbon, Portugal

When we arrived at the airport we first picked up our hired car and then drove to our apartment which we booked via Airbnb. Our apartment was located in a lively and beautiful district, called Alfama. It was perfect for us, as it gave us the opportunity to just wander around and find interesting little…

Varadero, Cuba

Until the end of our tour we didn’t really know whether to visit Varadero or not. We have only heard stories about 4 star hotels, huge resorts and mass tourism. But Varadero is also famous for its beautiful beaches so in the end we did stay there for two nights. Walking around and looking for a casa on-site even though it was enormously hot was the best decision we had made. Thanks to our patience and energy we found a very modern and charming casa with great hosts which was located directly on the beach. The dinner was delicious and everything was perfect for our last two days in Cuba. Unfortunately we can’t remember the name of this casa as the trip was nearly one year ago but it was close to Calle 44. We recommend you to stay in the front part of the Peninsula as this is where Cubans spend their holidays as well. The further you get to the end of the Peninsula the more big hotels and resorts you will find.

Cienfuegos, Cuba

After spending some days in beautiful Playa Larga we headed east towards Cienfuegos (map). Zuleyda herself (who was our host in Playa Larga) booked the casa Las Golondrinas for us as she spends her holidays there with her family and loves it. We would always decide for this casa again as the hosts were really friendly and helped us…

Playa Larga, Cuba

We went from Havanna to Playa Larga (map) by bus. The bus ride took a couple of hours, but the Viazul buses are very modern, comfortable and offer a lot of space. They are usually right on time and sometimes they even arrive a little bit too early. We therefore recommend to arrive at your…

Las Terrazas, Cuba

We read about Baños de San Juan (close to Las Terrazas) (map)in our travel guide and decided to go there by taxi. We started from Viñales as there aren’t any bus connections. Unfortunately we went there on a Sunday and it was crowded. Many locals visit this spot on the weekends. There were people sitting…

Viñales, Cuba

We came from Havanna to Viñales by a shared taxi, which Julio organized. It brought us pretty close to our casa particular which we had booked in Havanna through Julio. Sadly we cannot recommend this accommodation as we had no privacy at all. From this experience we learned one of our most important lessons while traveling through Cuba. Even though you booked a room in advance don’t be shy and stay if it doesn’t feel good and you like it. It is pretty normal that people look at different rooms to then decide for the best one. And never pay in advance as you then have to stick to the amount of nights you decided to stay. Looking back we would have just come to Viñales and been looking for a room on-site as there are more than enough.

Havana, Cuba

We had booked our first casa particular in advance and we would always do it again. We stayed with Julio in his Casa Caracol (30CUC per room per night). He was very welcoming and helped us in every situation. Best host so far! He even helped us to book our next casa particulars in other cities on our way through Cuba. His house is located in the center of Old Havanna which is called Havanna veja and the area is perfect to live in.

Jibacoa, Cuba

Jibacoa lies north east of Havanna and it only takes one hour by car to get there. We stayed at the Memories Jibacoa Hotel – an all inclusive hide away. The resort consists of small bungalows and is right on the beach. The perfect start to adapt to the cuban climate and lifestyle. We can highly recommend it for your first few days.