By Ann Fearey
I recently spent almost a week in Cuba and I feel I barely scratched the surface of this Caribbean nation. Now I know why so many of our clients want to return to Cuba after their first trip. Once is not enough for anyone looking for soft adventure in a safe, culturally diverse paradise.
For us Florida residents we have no excuse not to visit this new Caribbean destination for Americans. This small country, about the size of Florida, is a short 40 minute plane ride from Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. Not to mention major cruise lines like NCL and Royal Caribbean offer a multitude of itinerary options from our Florida ports.
I recently flew on Southwest Airlines from Ft. Lauderdale to Havana for a week with my Spanish speaking son, his wife and toddler. Instead of modern western style hotels or an organized tour we chose to travel independently and stay in three Casa Particulars which are privately run guest houses. Our hostesses were hospitable and charming. By the end of the three days at our first casa in Vedado, Havana we felt like we were family, sitting on the porch in comfortable rocking chairs sharing stories with other guests from all over the world.
Each day we were greeted by our personal tour guide, Mickel, a young, energetic Cuban who spoke perfect English, fortunately for me. The first day he took is on a walking tour of the old city which was mobbed with tourists, all following their guide as they strolled from one beautiful plaza to the next. The next morning we were treated to a Classic Car tour in a 1948 bright red Chevrolet convertible. This is the “only” way to see the historical boulevards and squares throughout the city.
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