On the first day of the kids’ school summer holidays 2018, we flew to Cuba with our two kids, ages 6 and 8. Up until the flight we were afraid how the children will survive the 17 hours journey from Europe and the culture shock of arriving in a country with different infrastructure, language, and climate. But after we had been in Cuba for two weeks, our children were crying when we boarded the taxi from Havana Vieja to Havana Airport. They were asking, when shall we return… All in all, our family trip to Cuba was an unforgettable positive experience.
El Nicho is Cuban national park. It is a protected area with lots of natural pools, waterfalls, rainforest caves. The water is warm enough to take an exciting swim under the waterfalls. The park has a restaurant and a camping area. We visited El Nicho as a one day trip on our way from Cienfuegos to Trinidad. Continue reading “El Nicho National Park”
Varadero is the most touristy part of Cuba. The locals refer to it as Cuban Cancun. The coast is stretched along the 20-kilometer long peninsula. The sandy beaches are backed with restaurants, bars and hotels. It’s Cuban tropical public resort with international aura. Some also say it’s not real Cuba.
The local beach of Cienfuegos is called Rancho Luna. When you stay in a casa particular in the city of Cienfuegos it will take around 30 minutes taxi ride to reach the beach. Visit to the sea is a perfect one day trip on a budget.
Trinidad has one of the best beaches in Cuba. The famous Caribbean beach called Playa Ancon is just 20 minutes away from the center of Trinidad. Continue reading “Trinidad beach: Playa Ancon”
In Havana, you would normally go to search for authentic street adventures and historical sights. Not so many people know that Havana also has splendid beaches in the area. It is because of poor advertising or Havana Vieja taking all the attention, who knows… But only 30 minutes taxi ride away from the city there are “Playas de Este” beaches. One of the best in Cuba. Continue reading “Havana beach: Playas de Este”
In Cuba you can choose between three main types of transport to get across the country: bus, taxi or car rental. Getting around by taxi is one of the most convenient ways of travel because its pricing is comparable to bus tickets for a group of 4, or a family. Continue reading “Taxis in Cuba”
It is common for a family trip to also include a visit to the destination’s ZOO. Havana has a large ZOO on its outskirts with many interesting animals. Lions, zebras, elephants, hippos, wild birds and reptiles can be found in Cuba’s largest zoological garden. Havana ZOO offers an included guided tour and many activities for children of all ages. Of course, the Cuban way. But the kids will love it!
Continue reading “Havana ZOO in 2018 (family trip)”
When in Cuba it is helpful if you are familiar with some common Spanish phrases. People will normally understand English, but there will be situations you will be better off speaking their language. Continue reading “Spanish phrases you should know when in Cuba”