Post office in Havana Vieja (Old Havana). (You dont need stamp for postcards. Its included in the price. We paid 1 CUC (or 1 USD) for one postcard including the stamp.) Also, there is a foreign exchange bureau just across (CADECA/ Casa De Cambio). Be aware when you exchange US Dollars. They deduct a 10% plus the exchange rate (check the picture). Prefer EURO, Canadian dollars or Mexican Pesos.
FREE WIFI in Communist Cuba!!! Deadly slow! Forget about social media or streaming! You just need patience! Ask for the password from the locals. We never managed to send/ reply to our emails. No skype also. We just managed to connect ;-) XO XO XO! Viva Fidel! Viva Cuba Libre!
Pizza, pasta, sandwich and COCA COLA in Communist Cuba!! One sandwich & one pizza 3,5 euro (90 cup). Its an Oasis of cheap & quality food in Havana. Forget about the 10 pesos crap and come here for breakfast/ lunch/ dinner! Its worthwhile to visit this place and experience the slow (or fast? You decide) transformation of communist & authentic Cuba to a capitalist modern economy similar to its neighbors (US & Mexico). All prices are in Pesos Cubanos/ Moneda Nacional. The exchange rate is 1 CUC (tourist currency) for 24 CUP (Moneda Nacional). Off course they accept CUC.
Buy your ETESCA card from someone around and surf on the web in Communist Cuba!! You pay 3 CUC (or 3 USD) for 1 hour. Normally, ETESCA sells for 2 CUC if you manage to buy from an official store. Dont expect great speed. Forget about FB, streaming etc. Skype works ok. Viva Revolucion! Viva Cuba Libre!
Nice restaurant in Viñales with reasonable prices. We ordered arroz mixto, artoz a la cubana & ropa vieja. All were nicely cooked. Good service also. Good prices compared to most of the touristic restaurants in Viñales.
Stunning views of the valley just before enter to the little town of Viñales. The building hosts also the tourist centre of the Valley de Viñales National Park from where you can get useful info about the area & the National Park, read about the history and check some trails.
Excellent place to catch stunning views of the Viñales Valley. You can have lunch/ beers at the bar of the hotel also. 3 CUC if you want to swim in the pool. In a busy day (especially during weekends) dont bother. Just go in & jump in the pool! Nobody will notice. Its a public hotel so dont expect the service to be fast or good! Everything is slow. There is also WIFI (they sell ETECSA cards). If you want to stay, get prepared to splash the cash!!!!
Jose is doing horse back riding in the Viñales Valley. You will visit a tobacco farm, a coffee plantation/farm and a cave where you can swim (its 2 CUC extra for getting into the cave). The cost is 10 CUC per person. The tour lasts 4-6 hours. Jose is a great guide, he is very experienced with horses & we had a great time. The activity is very good value for your money & the landscape is stunning. You can also buy cigars from the tobacco farm for 3 CUC per piece. You will also have the chance to try the cigar before shopping. The cigars are super nice. Jose rents casas & he also rents bicycles. The location of the place is his house. Its a two floors white-blue building. Just ask for Jose (or Pupito). Jose's house is in the basement (first on your right).
Great little local restaurant in Viñales just across the WIFI kiosk. Low prices & very good quality for Cuban standards. We tried ropa vieja (the most traditional Cuban plate) & bistec de pollo (chicken fillet with rice) and both were awesome. We paid 7 CUC (3.5 CUC each). The cheapest you will find in the super touristic town of Viñales! You can also take it "para llevar".
If -for a reason- you end up to Playa Giron, since there is anything else to do, you can pay a visit to Los Cocos beach. Nice sandy beach, a bit rocky as you walk in with coconut trees in line. There are also some tiendas who sell stuff (souvenirs, summer hats, drinks etc). If you think its a typical Caribbean exotic beach, you are absolutely wrong!
A little complex that hosts most of the basics for travelers in the little town of Playa Giron. An exchange bureau (CADECA), a small grocery store (alcohol, cigarettes, some food etc) and the central Viazul bus station. Remember: book in advance for any destination (Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Varadero, Havana) as it gets too crowded in the morning.
Public run pizza restaurant. Not the best service but it worths a visit. Pizzas were really nice and the size was reasonable. You can pay either in CUC or CUP. 1 CUC for a beer, 2-4 CUC for a pizza, 2-3 CUC for a pasta dish. Quite cheap for cuban touristic standards!! Recommended!!
A little hidden gem inside the Mercado Artesanias in Calle 54 (the main paseo in Cienfuegos). Just across Restaurant "La Verja", go inside the mercado and look for the little restaurant. It does not look great at the first sight but food is awesome and dirty cheap. Really big portions, good service and tasty cuban food. We had fish, ropa vieja (a cuban classic) and mixta (including 4 soft drinks, we paid 205 cup for 4 people). All were delicious. Dont miss it when you are in Cienfuegos! Highly recommended.
Casa particulare in the city centre. Has everything (AC, hot water, kitchen, privacy) and its location is super. They usually charge 25 CUC. Bargain hard. We paid 20 CUC per night. If they ask if its your first time, say no and pretend that you know the price range.
Bus stop for P12. This bus goes to Santiago de Las Vegas. You stop to Boyeros & walk roughly 2 km to the airport. You pay 1 CUP (literally 3 cents). OR you get a taxi for 25-30 CUC (or 25-30 USD). You choose ;-)
Excellent Cuban hospitality by a lovely family. Great colonial building with all the basic amenities you can find in Cuban houses (A/C, hot water, power). They also provided us with filtered water to drink for free and they let us make use of their kitchen. Only two blocks from the main avenue of Cienfuegos and less than 10 min walk from the main plaza. We paid 35 CUC for a room (we were 4 people). If you bargain, she will let you stay for 17-18 CUC for a couple. Recommended!
Main bus station in Havana. Wherever you are heading in the island, thats the place to take your bus. You pay in CUC. If you stay in Havana Centro or Havana Vieja, yellow taxi will cost you 5-7 CUC to get there (always bargain to lower down the price). You can also get bus P14 and pay 1 CUP (less than a cent). You can catch this bus from Calzada de Puentes Grandes. As you walk out of Viazul, in Avenida 26, turn right (head south) until you reach a big intersection (Av 26 & Calzada de Puentes Grandes). Look for P14 bus stop. This bus stops in Parque de la Fraternidad which is a very central point wherever you are going next. Nobody will tell you about this bus. They always want you to use taxis or collectivos.