Trip to Cuba: Lodging – Days 1 and 2

Charlie and I traveled to Cuba for 6 days (including travel days).

Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro in Havana Bay

We stayed two days in Havana, then overnight in Viñales, then back to Havana for 2 more days.

The Vedado neighborhood in Havana.

I arranged for our living accommodations through AirBnB months before we left.  One advantage of using AirBnB is that I could pay in advance using American currency via credit cards which are not accepted in Cuba.

The room has 2 double beds and a small en suite bathroom. The air conditioner worked well.

Our first casa particulare was a lovely old colonial house with private room and full bathroom located in the heart of “El Vedado” just a few steps from “John Lennon” Park. We stayed for 2 nights at the cost of $33.44 per night.

Breakfast at a casa particulare was 5 CUC per person.

For an additional 5 CUC person ($5) we were served a beautiful breakfast featuring fresh fruit, fresh juice, eggs, coffee, bread, etc. On day two we opted for breakfast sandwiches that we took with us on our trip to Viñales .  We also purchased bottled water from the casa both for convenience and to help them out.

We were welcome to use any room including the porch in this 2nd floor (alta) home.

Our host spoke great English and our hostess was very helpful arranging transportation within the city and to Viñales 111 miles away. She would also have made accommodations for us in Viñales if we needed it.

Our taxi for the 111 mile ride to Viñales.

Although we had accommodations for later in the week in the old part of Havana we knew we could come back to Casa Marta if things didn’t work out and that she would help us out with transportation if we called her.

The men in the front seat of the taxi were tightly squeezed.

That was her offer to us when we left for Viñales in a taxi collectivo that held nine adults stuffed into an old station wagon for the price of 20 CUC each.

To be continued .  .  .

Have you met a helpful person recently?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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