Cuba self drive vacation

“A two week, self drive vacation around cuba, with beach time, music time, rum time, mountain time and an all round hell of a time.”

Highlights

Havana | Santa Clara | Trinidad | Playa Larga | Vinales | Cayo Levisa | Havana | Stay at casas particulares

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Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cuba self drive vacation

Environment

Wherever possible we prioritise accommodation with low environmental impact. We pride ourselves in sourcing small-scale, locally owned accommodation with plenty of Cuban character. During this itinerary you’ll stay in a casa particular in Vinales, Trinidad, Santa Clara and Playa Larga. This type of accommodation is similar to a B&B here in the UK and is owned and run by local Cuban families. With only a few rooms the environmental impact is much lower than a hotel and allows Cuban families to make an income and invest directly back into their community.

Traveling by hire car is not always the most environmental way to travel but it does allow our customers the freedom to independently travel and can have less of an environment impact than traveling in a larger group. We always advise our customers that hitch hiking is common in Cuba and is a fantastic way to get to know some locals – and get some directions on route! Do exercise caution but revel in the opportunity to make some new friends.

We offer each and every one of our customer the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions, whether they book their international flights with us or not. On top of this, we also provide each of our customers with a 'How to be a Responsible Traveler' document before they travel. This includes advice and tips on how to buy locally, protect wildlife, and how to make a genuine difference to the country they’re visiting.

Our responsible travel journey starts at home, from our Brighton based paperless office, where we reduce, reuse, and recycle wherever possible. Each and every day a healthy lunch is provided to our staff and any leftovers and food waste are composted. We’re committed to sustainable travel and are proud to have received the thumbs up from Travelife by achieving their Better Places Partner criteria.

Community

As well as supporting local projects in all of our destinations through support from our customers, we also do a little fundraising at home for local and international causes. As music is such an important part of Cuban culture, we’ve chosen to support Music fund for Cuba, a UK based charity that was established in 2001. They support education and development of music and performing arts in Cuba. The project provides much needed support and equipment for children and young Cuban musicians, dancers and artists through the island.

Our local offices also ensure all employees are well treated and are given flexible working hours and paid above the legal minimum wage. This ensures that everyone directly involved in your trip receives all of these benefits and is paid and treated fairly.

We also ensure that the local guides really do come from the area they’re working in. We believe this ensures that a meaningful, truthful insight is given about the area our customers are visiting, and means that our guides can continue to work and live near to their families. This helps avoid the migration of people to larger towns seeking employment and opportunity.

As well as this, we recommend eating in local Paladares. These are restaurants owned by locals and often situated within their Casas. The food here is often superior to that found in Government run hotels and restaurants and it also means that again, the profit is put back into the local community and allows local people to continue building their own businesses.

We believe in putting people first, not just in the destinations we offer but also here in the UK. We believe that happy staff lead to a happy working environment, so with this in mind we offer a wide variety of staff rewards at our office in sunny Brighton. This includes ethically sourced daily lunches, a ride to work scheme and one paid charity day per employee.

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


Tour of Trinidad Cuba where guide took us on life of a typical Cuban and not the tourist spots.

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


Do a thorough job reviewing all accommadations. All but one of ours were very good but one was so inferior we went to a hotel instead.

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


Minimally

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


Excellent

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