Caribbean Islands Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Cuba in 5-7days & moving on to Belize/Guatemala/Honduras

Jump to last reply

Hi there

I've just found a mega cheapie to Varadero from London for 16nts (£215 in case anyone fancies it!). I'm a would-be backpacker and always like to cram a few countries into a 14/16nt trip. Did Yucatan & Belize Cayes in Jan and would like to try and make it down to see Placencia, Rio Dulce, Copan and Utila. Can anyone make any suggestions to help me achieve that?

Also, a list of must-see/do's in Cuba would be fantastic. Ideally I want to get a genuine Cuba experinece as opposed to a generic Caribbean one.

Big thanks!

1 Reply |

Add a Reply
  • Report Abuse

    Hola Welsh_sian:

    Well with only 5 to 7 days in Cuba your options are somewhat tight but here's some suggestions.

    I would fly to Havana and base myself there. If you want to keep your costs down and experience more of an experience, book yourself into a Casa Particular, which are legal B & B private homes that rent rooms. It's what I ALWAYS do when in Havana. By the way, Havana is my favourite Caribbean destination.
    You should plan on spending several days at least exploring Havana.
    From there, two suggestions would be head east and a two day trip to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, a UNESCO world heritage city. Stunning architecture in the Spanish/Colonial style. To further experience Cuban life and travel, I suggest you take the Viazul bus down from Havana so you see the countryside etc.
    Then back through Havana and westward to the Pinar del Rio area of Cuba which is very strong tobacco country. Also be sure to see the Vinales valley between Havana and Pinar. Very beautiful scenery and some areas are being kept as a natural bioshpere.
    Then back to Havana to fly out.
    By the way, if you stayed at the Casa I use, you could also very safely leave some excess luggage at the house on your excursion trips. Very safe and very nice couple who own the home.
    Here's a couple of links to get you started.
    My personal website with photos and text from some of my travels in Cuba and especially Havana.
    http://photopilot.tripod.com
    And here is the link to Viazul buses with schedule and fares.
    http://www.viazul.cu/home.htm

    Hope this gives you some ideas to start your planning. Enjoy the wonderful people and Culture of Cuba.
    Steve

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Mexico
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 24, 14 at 12:19 PM
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
View all Caribbean Islands activity »
  1. 1 Where to go in February/March
  2. 2 Trip Report It's Excellent in the Exumas ~ A week on Staniel Cay (+ Atlantis)
  3. 3 Anguilla Honeymoon in June
  4. 4 My First Vacation Alone & First Vacation in 13 Years
  5. 5 looking for rustic on the beach, north side
  6. 6 Trip Report A U.S. citizen's tour to Cuba
  7. 7 Please help me decide to go to Cuba!
  8. 8 Best place for two single girls in early 20s?!
  9. 9 Seeking luxury resort with private villas/pools
  10. 10 St. Thomas Frenchman's Reef Marriot Resort - Need advice
  11. 11 Which island?
  12. 12 Puerto Rico Public Transportation
  13. 13 Planning possible retirement in USVI
  14. 14 Trip Report St. Thomas is dangerous
  15. 15 Need Help..Large group, wedding?
  16. 16 St. Croix and sea grass
  17. 17 Multiple flights in Caribbean
  18. 18 Rainforest Question: Better to do a Tour or go on your own?
  19. 19 Bahamas Resort
  20. 20 Which country?
  21. 21 Seeking general advice on one-to-two-month Caribbean villa rental
  22. 22 back to TCI, for 3rd time...
  23. 23 Antigua or St Martin
  24. 24 South Beach Hotel Barbados
  25. 25 Bequia or Virgin Gorda?
View next 25 » Back to the top