Cuba at $35 a night!
Your first trip to Cuba would not be complete without seeing Havana. The Cuban capital is a living museum packed with architectural wonders and the location of dozens of historical landmarks, all that will keep you coming back again and again. Now Havana also offers many music venues, restaurants, bars and cultural events that you will find nowhere else.
Havana is a walking city since most of its construction was completed well before the arrival of the automobile. As the safest city in the hemisphere it is a joy to move around its ancient streets without a care in world. Around each corner is another discovery and the whole time you will feel anonymous while the Cuban people go about their daily lives seemingly oblivious of foreigners in their presence!
Havana is also the former home of Nobel Prize winning America author Earnest Hemingway. His home is located just outside of Havana and is now a museum where his fishing boat, The Pillar is located. For those of you looking to visit its former port, Cojimar, we can also arrange that for you. Our scouts have been traveling here for many years and often visited with his boat captain, Gregorio Fuentes in his home to discuss fishing techniques and hear him tell stories of “Papa”, as he was known. We have also brought in experts in modern fishing methods to train local crews if you wish to fish the water made famous by Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” whose protagonist, Santiago, was based upon Gregorio Fuentes himself. For any angler, this is a “must do” and the Gulfstream is so close you need only travel a few miles offshore to experience nearly virgin waters full of Sailfish and Marlin. All fishing is catch and release and all conventional tackle included.
Our private homes are located a short ride from Old Havana in a privately owned 1950’s American automobile. They all have air conditioning and private baths and owned by earnest and friendly Cubans excited about finally being able to receive Americans.
Our base package includes a meet and greet service at Havana’s international airport and three nights in Havana. All accommodations have air-conditioning and private baths and start at just $35 a night (for single or double occupancy. Breakfast is just $5 and held at a converted mansion nearby and is a meeting place for local travelers. If you have any dietary requests, they are more than happy to accommodate you. You can choose this package only or use it as a base before heading out to explore one of the other exciting destinations.
If you do wish to see “the other side of Cuba” and its pristine countryside and friendly “guariros” as the locals are known, we suggest you think about Playa Girón, or as we know as The Bay of Pigs. Our homes in Playa Girón, like Havana, have a base home where you can dine on local fish and lobster prepared by an actual chef and there is frequently a local musician playing traditional music at dinner. Your hosts, YaYa and Manolito speak English and can assist you to enjoy some of the best snorkeling, diving, fishing and bird watching found anywhere in the world.
For you anglers, we have a special arrangement with a Cuban conservation organization that works with fly fisherman looking to fish its nearly million acre Zapata National park to help study and preserve its teeming numbers of Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, and Snook. All is catch and release and you must bring your own fly rods and reels. We may be able to assist you with flies that are suitable for the location.
For those that do not fish a visit to the park is another “must do” to see its Flamingos, Manatees and dozens of other forms of wildlife in a completely protected environment.
One of our drivers in his own 1956 Dodge can tell you firsthand about the famous U.S backed invasion that occurred here in 1961 that brought 1200 Cuban exiles to this idyllic location in attempt to overthrow the young Castro government. Most Cubans have been born after this event and come here to enjoy its natural beauty and walk past the museum that commemorates this event, but you should not miss the chance to learn about this famous confrontation that resulted in Fidel Castro declaring the government’s dedication to socialism.
We suggest you spend at least four nights here, in order to be able to explore Zapata National park, snorkel or dive over one of the shipwrecks found just offshore, its fresh water springs and completely laid back atmosphere.
Prices start at $35 a night for two people (total, not per person) but do not include local tours which we can help you arrange in advance so you take most advantage of your time. Remember, you will be supporting the Cuban people directly and paying them directly at the local rates.
If you are interested in visiting any other locations, like the colonial city of Trinidad, Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South, or any place else we will be more than happy to arrange that as well.
How to get started
The best way to ensure we match you and your party with the best match we encourage you to give us a call.
This way we can discuss your options and schedule and explain the intricacies unique to a trip to Cuba. This is not Cancún after all, its Cuba!
While we do not book flights your options to Cuba are many. Since the purpose of your trip is “to support the Cuban people” you can either book a flight on one the charters leaving out many U.S hubs or travel via Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, the Cayman Islands or Dominican Republic. Once we have your deposit we will arrange your package and airport pick up.
Destination Cuba supports the Cuban people. At this time our private homes are unable to accept credit cards and U.S. based cards are not accepted in Cuba anyway so you will need to bring cash to pay for your services to get the rock bottom prices we offer. Rest assured, robbery and theft are almost nonexistent in Cuba. You will need to change money either at the airport or at a local exchange house as soon as you can upon arrival to have CUC (the Cuban Convertible Peso) which is almost on par with the dollar ($100 = 83 CUC. We suggest you do this at the airport in Havana on arrival if you can.
No matter where you travel from you will need to buy a Cuban Tourist Card, $15 outside the U.S. but for some reason the same card can cost from $80 or more in the United States on the charter flights? This comes in two parts and you will need to present each upon arrival and departure.
We charge a booking and documentation fee to cover international phone calls to Cuba, our staff here in Costa Rica, and our office and staff in Cuba. The fee is $250 per person and can be paid with Visa or MasterCard.
So? What are you waiting for? If you want to see Cuba the way it is at this unique and special time by “supporting the Cuban people” when they most need it, call us today!
We are concentrating now only on Havana and the surrounding area, which has more than enough things to discover in and around its environs to keep the most avid traveler busy for more than a week! Playa del Este, The Hemingway House, Old Havana just to name a few of the “must see” sights.