iOverlander -27.6 Las Palapitas Looks like it was a camping site. Has little beach umbrellas on the beach. Safe and in front of the beach. Can be done in 2wd until a point after you go 4x4 in the sand. It was a site recommended by the locals. Open: Yes Electricity: No Internet: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Looks like it was a camping site. Has little beach umbrellas on the beach. Safe and in front of the beach. Can be done in 2wd until a point after you go 4x4 in the sand. It was a site recommended by the locals. iOverlander Las Palapitas Contact, Pirate user -10.0 Finjam Cottages Bed & Breakfast ~20usd per person, nice clean rooms on top of the hill. parking inside gate if you got a vehicle. it's just around the corner from where the Stahlratte usually anchors. if you wanna get motorbikes to explore the island (recommended), i will post some locals phone numbers later... Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: Yes - Average Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Hot Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No ~20usd per person, nice clean rooms on top of the hill. parking inside gate if you got a vehicle. it's just around the corner from where the Stahlratte usually anchors. if you wanna get motorbikes to explore the island (recommended), i will post some locals phone numbers later... iOverlander Finjam Cottages Bed & Breakfast Lodging user 20.0 Villazul casa particular, good place to stay, close to center, space for 3 (2 rooms) and secure parking. paid 16cuc in high season. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Warm Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No casa particular, good place to stay, close to center, space for 3 (2 rooms) and secure parking. paid 16cuc in high season. iOverlander Villazul Lodging user 20.0 villa luisa huge room, secure parking, wanted 25 first but settled with 15cuc Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Warm Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No huge room, secure parking, wanted 25 first but settled with 15cuc iOverlander villa luisa Lodging user 17.0 Black & White nice casa in Mayari, paid 20cuc for one room with dinner and breakfast (they ask for 25). to enter with a big bike they have to dismantle part of their gate, but are happy to do so. (panniers off might be easier) i ended up in this town after riding from Mella to the highest waterfall on Cuba. not the best road, big loose gravel. from the waterfall to here is good dirt. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Parking: Yes Showers: Warm Restroom: Running Water nice casa in Mayari, paid 20cuc for one room with dinner and breakfast (they ask for 25). to enter with a big bike they have to dismantle part of their gate, but are happy to do so. (panniers off might be easier) i ended up in this town after riding from Mella to the highest waterfall on Cuba. not the best road, big loose gravel. from the waterfall to here is good dirt. iOverlander Black & White Lodging user 525.0 Salto del Guiabol (highest waterfall on Cuba) 5cuc entrance fee, can see one slightly smaller waterfall from restaurant without paying entrance. i did not enter but heard it's nice, you have to hike to the bottom to see it, swimming in the pools possible (get out of your riding gear). the road from Mella to here is loose gravel with big stones, not the best, down to Mayari is good dirt. Open: Yes 5cuc entrance fee, can see one slightly smaller waterfall from restaurant without paying entrance. i did not enter but heard it's nice, you have to hike to the bottom to see it, swimming in the pools possible (get out of your riding gear). the road from Mella to here is loose gravel with big stones, not the best, down to Mayari is good dirt. iOverlander Salto del Guiabol (highest waterfall on Cuba) City (Capitol) user 13.0 seafood restaurant good and cheap local restaurant, have some lobster salad, a fish filet or shrimps and walk out paying less than 40cup i saw a nice brand new casa when you turn left leaving Cabo Cruz, might be a cool place to stay the night. Open: Yes good and cheap local restaurant, have some lobster salad, a fish filet or shrimps and walk out paying less than 40cup i saw a nice brand new casa when you turn left leaving Cabo Cruz, might be a cool place to stay the night. iOverlander seafood restaurant Restaurant user -10.0 sabor taino cheaper than most other places but surprisingly good, had octopus for 4cuc, big portion with rice and soup included, tasty! Open: Yes cheaper than most other places but surprisingly good, had octopus for 4cuc, big portion with rice and soup included, tasty! iOverlander sabor taino Restaurant user -12.0 Ykira mahiquez (casa) big room with the typical luxuries, secure parking. paid 15cuc/night very close to wifi park. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Parking: Yes Showers: Warm Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No big room with the typical luxuries, secure parking. paid 15cuc/night very close to wifi park. iOverlander Ykira mahiquez (casa) Lodging user 0.0 vista del mar - bar super nice little bar (and restaurant?), cocktails for 1.20cuc!!! wish i would have spent the night there (maps.me shows some place next door) even got wifi from the park. do not miss the road from Santiago to Pilon, probably one of the best in eastern Cuba. Open: Yes super nice little bar (and restaurant?), cocktails for 1.20cuc!!! wish i would have spent the night there (maps.me shows some place next door) even got wifi from the park. do not miss the road from Santiago to Pilon, probably one of the best in eastern Cuba. iOverlander vista del mar - bar Restaurant user -27.0 difficult for big bikes it's a small boat bringing people back and forth, would be really difficult with a big bike, i did not try -> 25km back to Lora. nice beaches/bars/restaurants coming up here, no foreign tourists Open: Yes it's a small boat bringing people back and forth, would be really difficult with a big bike, i did not try -> 25km back to Lora. nice beaches/bars/restaurants coming up here, no foreign tourists iOverlander difficult for big bikes Diamond, Red user -27.0 beachcamp next to bucanero bar the bar closes around 6pm and there is a guard staying all night who also looks for your bike if you decide to go for a walk. everyone is super nice here and they say it would be no problem to camp here. had a nice quiet night, even in daytime there is not much going on, it's beautiful, highly recommend. there is a 24h restaurant with excellent food for ~5cuc, 5min walk direction la boca, if you walk along the beach you can't miss it. Open: Yes Internet: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes the bar closes around 6pm and there is a guard staying all night who also looks for your bike if you decide to go for a walk. everyone is super nice here and they say it would be no problem to camp here. had a nice quiet night, even in daytime there is not much going on, it's beautiful, highly recommend. there is a 24h restaurant with excellent food for ~5cuc, 5min walk direction la boca, if you walk along the beach you can't miss it. iOverlander beachcamp next to bucanero bar Contact, Pirate user 67.0 casa colonial (house nr 160) secure parking, close to center, nice family. has 2 nice rooms, could only get price down to 20cuc. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Parking: Yes Showers: Warm Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No secure parking, close to center, nice family. has 2 nice rooms, could only get price down to 20cuc. iOverlander casa colonial (house nr 160) Lodging user 0.0 road blocked - military you can't go further than Baconao, it's a military area. i think the only way to get further east is to ride back to Santiago. nice road though... Open: Yes you can't go further than Baconao, it's a military area. i think the only way to get further east is to ride back to Santiago. nice road though... iOverlander road blocked - military Diamond, Red user -1.0 Toll for road to cayo coco 2cuc each way, going to cayo coco looks cool on the map, but it's not really interesting and there is massive tourism on the island, if you go i would check out the east (cayo romano), have not been there myself but all things i checked on the west were not worth going. camped on the beach in front of an all-inclusive place, they allowed it but you can't buy anything from their bar/restaurant. better bring a bottle of rum :) WARNING: the road they built through the ocean is extremely slippery when wet, all those trucks/cars spill oil and diesel on the road which is like riding on ice when wet. had a two very scary moments. Open: Yes 2cuc each way, going to cayo coco looks cool on the map, but it's not really interesting and there is massive tourism on the island, if you go i would check out the east (cayo romano), have not been there myself but all things i checked on the west were not worth going. camped on the beach in front of an all-inclusive place, they allowed it but you can't buy anything from their bar/restaurant. better bring a bottle of rum :) WARNING: the road they built through the ocean is extremely slippery when wet, all those trucks/cars spill oil and diesel on the road which is like riding on ice when wet. had a two very scary moments. iOverlander Toll for road to cayo coco Diamond, Red user -21.0 Hostal Avenida (casa) parking in living room, Leonardo and his family are super nice, he makes jewellery and is really resourceful about fixing things, got my broken mirror fixed with a 1 peso coin. paid 15cuc. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Kitchen: Yes Parking: Yes Showers: Hot Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No parking in living room, Leonardo and his family are super nice, he makes jewellery and is really resourceful about fixing things, got my broken mirror fixed with a 1 peso coin. paid 15cuc. iOverlander Hostal Avenida (casa) Lodging user -20.0 playa ancon beach camp best to make friends with the security as early as possible, went for a swim and for a "small" tip (1cuc) he allowed me to use the outdoor shower of the adjacent resort. i also paid 1cuc for parking till people had left... Open: Yes Electricity: No Internet: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: Yes Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes best to make friends with the security as early as possible, went for a swim and for a "small" tip (1cuc) he allowed me to use the outdoor shower of the adjacent resort. i also paid 1cuc for parking till people had left... iOverlander playa ancon beach camp Contact, Pirate user -15.0 Playa Giron Camp another nice beach camp with cocktail/beer supply till ~6pm. beachguards and bar guys are really cool, deliver drinks, get food (from somewhere else), cut down coconuts from the palm trees as needed and are generally very friendly. there is lots of grass around for camping. quiet night. Open: Yes Electricity: No Internet: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: Yes Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes another nice beach camp with cocktail/beer supply till ~6pm. beachguards and bar guys are really cool, deliver drinks, get food (from somewhere else), cut down coconuts from the palm trees as needed and are generally very friendly. there is lots of grass around for camping. quiet night. iOverlander Playa Giron Camp Contact, Pirate user -17.0 unused road i wanted to take this nice looking beach road to playa giron but turned back after a few kilometres, it gets a bit sandy and narrow with spiky bushes to both sides. was on my own without much food/water, so decided to leave it for now, if you go that way be prepared... not sure what the original purpose of this road was but i saw concrete shelters when walking in to the beach, there is an unfinished nuclear reactor east of here (on the way to Castillo) which looks really interesting, but it's guarded and they are serious about it (no entry no pics). Comment: Road is possible. At least with the motorbike... little sand et the beginning coming from the east. Afterwards pure joy... have fun.. Open: Yes i wanted to take this nice looking beach road to playa giron but turned back after a few kilometres, it gets a bit sandy and narrow with spiky bushes to both sides. was on my own without much food/water, so decided to leave it for now, if you go that way be prepared... not sure what the original purpose of this road was but i saw concrete shelters when walking in to the beach, there is an unfinished nuclear reactor east of here (on the way to Castillo) which looks really interesting, but it's guarded and they are serious about it (no entry no pics). Comment: Road is possible. At least with the motorbike... little sand et the beginning coming from the east. Afterwards pure joy... have fun.. iOverlander unused road Diamond, Red user -19.0 Cueva de los peces i'm not sure what the guidebook says, but there is some really nice snorkelling around here, best to bring your own gear and be here before 9 (it gets really crowded around 10am). snorkel/diving rental opens at 9-9:30. nice shipwreck if you swim out straight just before it gets really deep to your right. if you worry about getting into your riding gear with sticky saltwater, there is a beautiful natural freshwater-pool next to the restaurant (which i think serves things like crocodile). really good place, many beautiful places for camping along this road. Open: Yes i'm not sure what the guidebook says, but there is some really nice snorkelling around here, best to bring your own gear and be here before 9 (it gets really crowded around 10am). snorkel/diving rental opens at 9-9:30. nice shipwreck if you swim out straight just before it gets really deep to your right. if you worry about getting into your riding gear with sticky saltwater, there is a beautiful natural freshwater-pool next to the restaurant (which i think serves things like crocodile). really good place, many beautiful places for camping along this road. iOverlander Cueva de los peces City (Capitol) user -15.0 el del balcon i was a bit angry about those tourist prices they have in restaurants (besides the much cheaper cup prices), so i walked into here and without looking at the menu i asked them if they can cook me something for 4cuc. i got an enormous dinner, 5 plates, salad, camarones, rice, fries, papaya. taste was great and people were extremely friendly. highly recommended. Besides this, Gibara is a really nice place, it sees little tourism and has a small hill with bars, restaurants and nice view. Open: Yes i was a bit angry about those tourist prices they have in restaurants (besides the much cheaper cup prices), so i walked into here and without looking at the menu i asked them if they can cook me something for 4cuc. i got an enormous dinner, 5 plates, salad, camarones, rice, fries, papaya. taste was great and people were extremely friendly. highly recommended. Besides this, Gibara is a really nice place, it sees little tourism and has a small hill with bars, restaurants and nice view. iOverlander el del balcon Restaurant user 1.0 western end of cuba - marina fuel this is the very end of the road, there is a small marina and a locked pump for boats, they have especial and diesel. i had to personally pick up the fuel guy from las tumbas to get fuel here. easier you fill up in Sandino. there is also a bar which serves drinks (pricey). Open: Yes this is the very end of the road, there is a small marina and a locked pump for boats, they have especial and diesel. i had to personally pick up the fuel guy from las tumbas to get fuel here. easier you fill up in Sandino. there is also a bar which serves drinks (pricey). iOverlander western end of cuba - marina fuel Gas Station user 0.0 Guanahacabibes National Park entrance gate to national park. very nice ride to the western end of Cuba. better ride slow, many animals crossing this road, pig families, iguanas, birds, huge crabs, horses and cows. some great spots to camp near the beach, not 100% sure it's permitted (the manager of las tumbas hotel said it's not) but rangers found me around 7pm standing next to my tent, waved hello and left. some spots have wooden shelters (seem to be made for camping) there is a shipwreck close to the road too, you can't miss it... i can't say if there is an entrance fee as i took a short dirtroad into the park circumventing the gate, when i left through the gate (ready to pay) they asked for my permit and just let me go without... Open: Yes entrance gate to national park. very nice ride to the western end of Cuba. better ride slow, many animals crossing this road, pig families, iguanas, birds, huge crabs, horses and cows. some great spots to camp near the beach, not 100% sure it's permitted (the manager of las tumbas hotel said it's not) but rangers found me around 7pm standing next to my tent, waved hello and left. some spots have wooden shelters (seem to be made for camping) there is a shipwreck close to the road too, you can't miss it... i can't say if there is an entrance fee as i took a short dirtroad into the park circumventing the gate, when i left through the gate (ready to pay) they asked for my permit and just let me go without... iOverlander Guanahacabibes National Park City (Capitol) user 0.0 wooden shelter very nice place to camp, hard ground to park the bike and sheltered spot to put up a tent. many seating/cooking options. pigs might visit. there is an old man living nearby (the house to the west) who might come over as well. he didn't talk much, maybe he is the caretaker of this spot and expected some money, but he didn't say. i left a tip. Open: Yes Electricity: No Internet: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes very nice place to camp, hard ground to park the bike and sheltered spot to put up a tent. many seating/cooking options. pigs might visit. there is an old man living nearby (the house to the west) who might come over as well. he didn't talk much, maybe he is the caretaker of this spot and expected some money, but he didn't say. i left a tip. iOverlander wooden shelter Contact, Pirate user 87.0 casa particular on both sides of the road are casas with parking, i stayed in the one to the east. when everything was full and expensive in high season they gave me a room for 15cuc. nice people. you can also try the casa that is close to the park to the north (22.413735, -83.69433), looked really good and had wifi from the park, unfortunately full when i was there. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Kitchen: No Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Warm Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No on both sides of the road are casas with parking, i stayed in the one to the east. when everything was full and expensive in high season they gave me a room for 15cuc. nice people. you can also try the casa that is close to the park to the north (22.413735, -83.69433), looked really good and had wifi from the park, unfortunately full when i was there. iOverlander casa particular Lodging user 0.0 María La Gorda hotel and diving center. 5cuc to spend the day in the compound 7cuc for snorkeling gear 12cuc for snorkeling boat trip 63s/85d for a room has wifi, food, bar i just rented gear and snorkelled from the beach, enjoyable but nothing spectacular, i think the diving trips are good though. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: Yes - Average Kitchen: No Parking: Yes Restaurant: Yes Showers: Hot Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes hotel and diving center. 5cuc to spend the day in the compound 7cuc for snorkeling gear 12cuc for snorkeling boat trip 63s/85d for a room has wifi, food, bar i just rented gear and snorkelled from the beach, enjoyable but nothing spectacular, i think the diving trips are good though. iOverlander María La Gorda Lodging user -1.0 Armando (casa) nice place with secure parking for one big bike. good central location. wanted 30cuc per night in high season. mobile: 52957149 tel: 78667655 Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Hot Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No nice place with secure parking for one big bike. good central location. wanted 30cuc per night in high season. mobile: 52957149 tel: 78667655 iOverlander Armando (casa) Lodging user -1.0 Venami Pizza and Pasta best food i had on Cuba, excellent thin crust pizza and pasta at 5-6cuc. some flan bread with pesto and spicy oil comes as a free starter, they even have parmesan. unfortunately the waiters try their usual tricks with the bill, so make sure to check it. Open: Yes best food i had on Cuba, excellent thin crust pizza and pasta at 5-6cuc. some flan bread with pesto and spicy oil comes as a free starter, they even have parmesan. unfortunately the waiters try their usual tricks with the bill, so make sure to check it. iOverlander Venami Pizza and Pasta Restaurant user -1.0 JaiMaike nice cheap moneda national restaurant. long queues on a Sunday night, but probably better on other days. fish around 70cup, many other dishes for ~40cup Open: Yes nice cheap moneda national restaurant. long queues on a Sunday night, but probably better on other days. fish around 70cup, many other dishes for ~40cup iOverlander JaiMaike Restaurant user -18.0 Villa Gloria casa particular, got 20cuc per night in high season, inside Matanzas everything was full. parking in the entrance of the house, felt safe enough for me. nice family that lived 8 years in Germany and speaks good English. lots of casas with garage in the area, but nobody would go cheaper than 20cuc. if you are up for camping check the small road that follows the coast to the east, many options there. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Kitchen: Yes Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Hot Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No casa particular, got 20cuc per night in high season, inside Matanzas everything was full. parking in the entrance of the house, felt safe enough for me. nice family that lived 8 years in Germany and speaks good English. lots of casas with garage in the area, but nobody would go cheaper than 20cuc. if you are up for camping check the small road that follows the coast to the east, many options there. iOverlander Villa Gloria Lodging user -1.0 no bikes allowed you cannot cross the tunnel by motorbike, need to go all the way around. traffic police is all over havana and there are a few not so obvious car-only roads, easy to get in trouble :) Open: Yes you cannot cross the tunnel by motorbike, need to go all the way around. traffic police is all over havana and there are a few not so obvious car-only roads, easy to get in trouble :) iOverlander no bikes allowed Diamond, Red user 128.0 Stahlratte assuming you are on one of the Stahlratte trips, this is where she is usually anchoring. at the gate mention the boat or lulu, they will let you in. Open: Yes assuming you are on one of the Stahlratte trips, this is where she is usually anchoring. at the gate mention the boat or lulu, they will let you in. iOverlander Stahlratte Diamond, Red user -1.0 hostal el jardin 20cuc in high season, garage with space for two bikes, nice family and big room with attached roof terrace. 5 small lazy dogs. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Internet: No Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Warm Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No 20cuc in high season, garage with space for two bikes, nice family and big room with attached roof terrace. 5 small lazy dogs. iOverlander hostal el jardin Lodging user -1.0 el alba paladar excellent food for not much money. most dishes including seafood around 70cup. it's so good that there are often queues, foreigners and locals. after having nice food here check the bar opposite side, cocktails at 1.20-2.00cuc, really good. Open: Yes excellent food for not much money. most dishes including seafood around 70cup. it's so good that there are often queues, foreigners and locals. after having nice food here check the bar opposite side, cocktails at 1.20-2.00cuc, really good. iOverlander el alba paladar Restaurant user 6.0 bike importation/exportation blue building at the window. for exportation bring a 5cuc stamp. they will take engine and chassis number (again). importation expect one full day, exportation a few hours. Open: Yes blue building at the window. for exportation bring a 5cuc stamp. they will take engine and chassis number (again). importation expect one full day, exportation a few hours. iOverlander bike importation/exportation Toll Booth user hostal parque hostel in the heart of the colonial zone of santo domingo. close tomuseums, restaurants, night life. 15 rooms with bath, some with fan others with ac. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes Internet: Yes - Fast Kitchen: No Parking: Yes Restaurant: Yes Showers: Warm Water: Non-Potable Restroom: Running Water Pet Friendly: Yes hostel in the heart of the colonial zone of santo domingo. close tomuseums, restaurants, night life. 15 rooms with bath, some with fan others with ac. iOverlander hostal parque Lodging user