Solo Travel Destination: Cuba

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Claudine, a member of the Solo Travel Society . Claudine lives in Canada, and submitted the following report from her trips to Cuba. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a photo or two, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating: 1.5  (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: Primary: Spanish

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Varadero Beach

Reasons to go:  I recommend a visit to Cuba at least once in your life.  It’s a country of its own, different, innovative and simply beautiful, from its inhabitants to the scenery to the beaches.

The history of Cuba is so enriching: from Ernest Hemingway to Fidel Castro, you can’t get bored.

Old Havana is a must-see, with its rich history, beautiful colonial architecture, many old cars, the famous Capitolio, and Partagas Real Fabrica de Tabacos (established in 1845). Make a stop at the famous restaurant/bar La Bodeguita Del Medio, made famous by the personalities that have stopped there, like the writer Ernest Hemingway. It’s also known as the birthplace of the Mojito cocktail, prepared in the bar since its opening in 1942.

While in Cuba you cannot forget the beautiful beaches, from the resort towns of Varadero, Cayo Coco and Holguin with endless white sand beaches, to Cayo Largo that has one of the world’s top 50 best beaches, Playa Paraiso.

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From the rooftop of the Hotel Parque Central.

 

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La Bodeguita del Medio

 

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Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo.

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Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety - 1  (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language - 2  (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1  (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 2  (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 1.5  (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)

 

  • 65and holding

    Who did you book the bike tour through? Would you recommend? I would like to try B&Bs and biking in the Vinales region and stay for awhile in Havana. Any suggestions? Are bikes easy to obtain?

  • Gus Nadarasah

    I love to go there too. I am SM.
    Gus

  • Carol

    It is very easy to get around Cuba. The tourist buses, Viazul, are cheap, clean and comfortable, and very punctual. There is often an English speaking guide on board. Though the website has an online booking area, it is never operable. When I arrived in any city, I made a bee-line to the bus station and booked a ticket for my next destination. Excursions can be booked at the hotels in Havana, or at the bus stations in smaller cities. One day in Vinales I wanted to book the excursion, but it wasn’t going that day. The fellow at the bus station arranged a cab for me for the same price. Casas (Cuban B and B’s) are the way to go in Cuba. In Havana they cost $30CAD a night and in other towns they are cheaper. All of them that I stayed in had air-conditioning and private baths. Meals are pretty well always available and the food is probably better than what you would get in the hotels. I booked mine online before I went as I was travelling in high season – though I think I could have found them once I arrived. BBinnvinales.com was a good site to book on. Also, check tripadvisor.

  • Ysheedy

    Hi. Going to Cuba in 2 weeks solo, would love to hear how you got on. I have no accomodation or tours booked yet. Is it easy to book excursions and get around on arrival? Yvonne

  • http://www.insightcuba.com/ Ryan

    Geez your  Playa Paraiso pic is awesome. Do you happen to know what the bar was called where that first Mojito was concocted? Possibly the best summer drink ever!

  • solotraveler

    I’m afraid that your government has different policies than the Canadian government. You’ll have to do some research on that.

  • Avgegerfelt

    I live in Washington Dc. What is the best way to get to Cuba from here

  • solotraveler

    It sounds like a fantastic trip. I love cycling. My best experience was in Havana itself. I don’t have advice on other areas of the country. Put “Havana” into the search box on the upper right of the blog and you’ll find all the blog posts on it.

    Have fun!

  • Pets

    Hi, I’m doing a cycling tour around Cuba in a few weeks, starting and finishing in Havana, covering Soroa, La Palma, Cayo Jutias, Vinales, Pinar del Rio and Las Terrazas,  Then I have a week or so to do my own thing.  Any suggestions, even if it’s one destination, somewhere that I could get to without hiring a car as I’m on my own and then fly back to leave out of Havana?

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  • http://twitter.com/broccoli8 Melissa Brockway

    Hey, I’m also a single female traveller and I’m planning on going to Cuba this July.  Did you go already and do you have any advice?  Any tips or guidance would be greatly appreciated! Thankssss!

  • Helen Louise

    Cuba was already a wishlist destination but knowing that a single female traveller will have a easy time makes it only more attractive