5 independent reviews for vacations to Cuba

Reviews for vacations to Cuba

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review 27 Apr 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

This was our second trip to Cuba and trekking in the mountains was the highlight, particularly visiting Fidel Castro's camp in the Sierra Maestra, - a long held ambition, and then learning about all the plants and creatures in the Escambray mountains with our knowledgeable guide Rocky. A very personal highlight was getting the chance to shake hands with one of the veterans of the Bay of Pigs victory as we coincidentally visited the museum on the anniversary date of the battle!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

As advised in the notes this is a full on vacation! Early starts and late afternoon/evening arrivals at destinations means you must be prepared to live out of your suitcase for the majority of the time!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We would have preferred to stay in casa's rather than the rather smart hotels we were booked into, but as these are state owned, or partnered, hopefully the country generally still benefitted. Visits to local farmers in Vinales, and stop offs at roadside cafes contributed to local businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We had a wonderful vacation, and a great guide, but overall perhaps too much was packed in to a limited time scale.

review 25 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We visited many different parts of Cuba. We enjoyed the rural areas the best.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for walking in all kinds of weather and terrain. Recognize that not everything works all the time in Cuba.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We enjoyed it very much.

review 2 May 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The music and songs in every public venue.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Do not expect gourmet food....the choice is also very limited.You need to be reasonably fit. I was exhausted at the end.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I learnt so much. Our guide was superb. Cuba is an interesting place. It was not a Vacation but it was a great experience!

review 20 Jun 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Meeting local people (farmers, doctor) during a leisurely morning spent at La Plata a village in the Sierra Maestra mountains, and the chance to talk about politics, agriculture, and history!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be open to new people and places and flexible in your outlook and you will learn a lot as well as having fun. Cuba is a very diverse island and there is lots of see but the transport and infrastructure means that the longest journey is about 12 hours (but broken up with a bit of sightseeing and meal breaks). The itinerary is very full, so there is generally little time to linger in museums or historic buildings. Avoid the rainy season, as the walking in the mountains can be very muddy and slippery.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we ate meals at a number of privately-owned family businesses, where the quality of the food and service was also far superior to that in state-run restaurants/hotel restaurants. We also travelled to the east of the country where there is more visible poverty than in the west and in Havana. This kind of tourism - off the beaten track, and away from the inclusive hotels - must support many families and communities in a country where tourism is a fast-growing sector of the economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fast-paced and busy. A great introduction to the history and culture of Cuba. The itinerary was ambitious for a 2 week stay. There were many places - including Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Camaguey, and the Sierra Maestra mountains where it would have been good to have had more time to explore.

review 12 Apr 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There wasn't one highlight, the whole trip was a memorable experience. At this point what I know is I don't know Cuba. I thought I had an opinion on Cuba before I left, however this is a very complex society and as our tour guide said the first day, unless you live here it is difficult to really understand.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Go with an open mind and you will be amazed.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Very beneficial.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

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