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After Havana, which city or region?

Old Jan 18, 17, 2:40 pm
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After Havana, which city or region?

We are traveling to Cuba as a small group, mainly of retirees, in September. We all have non-US passports and will be going on the Copa flight from Panamá. We all speak Spanish. We would like to spend one week in Havana and then travel to a second city for an additional week. Can anybody offer any advice as to another city that would be interesting? How is travel inside Cuba? Anyone have any experience with a rent-a-car there? Rail? Bus? Are casas particulares and Airbnb available outside of Havana? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old Jan 18, 17, 3:36 pm
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We are traveling to Cuba as a small group, mainly of retirees, in September. We all have non-US passports and will be going on the Copa flight from Panamá. We all speak Spanish. We would like to spend one week in Havana and then travel to a second city for an additional week. Can anybody offer any advice as to another city that would be interesting? How is travel inside Cuba? Anyone have any experience with a rent-a-car there? Rail? Bus? Are casas particulares and Airbnb available outside of Havana? Thanks in advance for your help.
A full week in Havana might be a bit too long unless you make lots of contacts in advance to see art studios/venues or music or whatever special interests you have.
Other places on the tourist route near Havana include Vinales, Veradero (beach)/Matanzas (about 3 hours by bus)....get a guidebook and research. How ambitious are you? IMO the second city is Santiago de Cuba, but it is quite a hike from Havana, probably not for a 2 week trip.
Rental cars are apparently very difficult to reserve these days with the upswing in tourism.
Rail is for the poor, the very poor, who can take the discomfort.
Buses are good (ac, OK seats, bathrooms, etc). There is Viazul and Connectado (sp?).
AirBnB is often the same casa particular as on another site but at a higher price, but payable in advance with credit card. Yes, casas are all over the country. They vary in quality/comfort, not particularly by cost; most are about 25-30 CUC cash on arrival. Many are listed on sites like CubaJunky. There were some higher end options given on another forum, in Havana (for about 165-220 CUC/night double); a quality perhaps harder to find outside that city.
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Old Jan 26, 17, 2:30 pm
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Trinidad! Loved it! Great for music, walking around, UNESCO world heritage architecture, nearby national park... I don't know about a full week, but plan to spend 2-3 days there easily.

Bus travel is easy on the tourist buses. Though if you're a group of you, hiring a private driver is probably cheaper and easier. Your casa owner can probably arrange this for you.
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Old Jan 26, 17, 6:09 pm
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Hard to say where to spend a week (I spent 3 1/2 weeks from Vinales to Baracoa in the east). A few days each here and there is good.

As above says, maybe if you can go down to Bahia de Cochineros (very nice bay and other sights, never mind the early '60s history) going on to Cienfuegos (overnight) and on to Trinidad. You can spend 3-4 days in Trinidad and the vicinity.

CPs are everywhere, really. That's the only type of accommodation we stayed in visiting 11 different cities/towns in Cuba.

Vinales only if your group is active. It is nice to walk around but not much in the way of sag support.
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