Cuba: island indifference

On the one hand, the affectionate sun, warm sea, hospitable and friendly (especially to children) locals ... On the other - a unique Latin American flavor with a taste of a well-known and long-forgotten socialist past. All this you will find in Cuba. It's worth it.

Cuba is one of the best places to relax with children. Fly here is not for the hot sun, warm sea, white sand and fresh fruit, although all this is on the island in abundance. To visit Cuba is for the sake of a unique Latin American attitude to young children. It, on the one hand, is very warm, on the other - extremely respectful. Kids will not try to touch and cuddle, as is often the case with white children in Asia, but they will be talked to, played, sing songs and dance incendiary Latin American dances. On the streets, children will be greeted with the cries of que lindo !, que rico !, que inteligente !, which, I think, do not need a translation. If travelers with children fall into the city under a tropical rain, the old lady from the next house will invite them to her on the veranda, sit in a rocking chair and treat local coffee. And so in everything. If you organize a trip correctly, the children will have memories of a fabulous sunny island washed by a gentle ocean for the rest of their lives. Adults, however, will remember life in the Soviet Union and sympathize with the Cubans, who now aspire to what has already ceased to be a value in Russia. At the same time, many people who visited the island after the return envy the feeling of serenity and complete independence from the external, far from rosy circumstances, which the Cubans are famous for. To denote this state, they have a special word - tranquila ("tranquila"), which can be translated as follows: "Do not worry, everything will be fine!".

  • 12-13 hours is a direct flight from Moscow to Cuba.
  • +26 ° C - the average air temperature in Cuba in December.
  • +14 ° C - the average temperature of the ocean water in Cuba in December.
Briefly about the main

Despite the general devastation, medicine on the island is at a very high level, which, of course, is important when traveling with children. Do not forget to just arrange insurance: the prices are completely capitalistic. Considering that you are going to the tropics, you need to follow the basic rules of hygiene and in the nature to use repellents. Outbreaks of malaria on the island are rare, and the spread of the disease is quickly suppressed, but because of the existence of natural foci of disease there is a small danger of infection, as in most equatorial countries, there is.

For tourist trips for up to 30 days, Russian citizens do not need a visa to Cuba. But in the case of a private visit, you must first issue a visa - 30 USD - in the consular section of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Moscow. When entering the country without a visa, the passport must be valid for the duration of the trip only. To live well

In Cuba there are quite decent hotels, like the Egyptian "all inclusive", a level of three or four stars. But they are located in tourist reservations, of which there is no real Cuban life. In Cuba, it makes sense to stay with local residents who rent rooms and whole houses, the so-called "touch the particular". It is a well-developed business on the island, which is controlled by the state. The conditions are different, but you can always find a clean room in a good area with hearty hosts, delicious breakfasts and excellent views from the window. It will cost 20-30 dollars a day, along with a hearty breakfast. If desired, the hostess will prepare and lunch and dinner for 10-12 dollars per person.

I will not forget Havana

If you do not fly by ticket direct to the most famous Cuban resort of Varadero, then your route will begin in Havana. Travelers with young children will feel a special attitude already at the airport, where employees will find them and, bypassing the queue, will spend on passport control. Next, we go by taxi to a pre-booked apartment via the Internet. I would advise a quiet, calm and respectable district of Vedado. To the embankment, Maleon, it's easy to give, and the historic center can be reached by taxi. Havana is old, but still alive. She breathes, she is not indifferent, she loves those who walk along her streets. She is like a ninety-year old woman who will give heat to many twenty-year-olds. And if our first visit to Cuba Havana seemed to us not very suitable for travelers with a stroller, then in the second on the pedestrian crossings already appeared skewed curbs, on which it was convenient to roll our "walk" from the sidewalk to the roadway. I will not list the sights - they are in any guidebook: if the city likes it, then it will take a week to inspect it. I will only say that boys and girls will be delighted with retro cars: the city is a huge car museum, and all the exhibits are on it. Next to the Capitol, which is a copy of the American one, there is a museum of steam locomotives. And in the cleanest and most restored part of the city, near the Cathedral, it's nice to have coffee, bite local chocolate hares, or eat boiled corn right on the street.

Cubans always come to the rescue, regardless of whether you need to tell the road or prepare food for a young child. And an individual dish for the baby will bring both in the restaurant, and in any "kasse Particular". If the guest needs something, any, the most scarce goods will get out of the ground, even if officially it is not delivered to Cuba. All I carry with me

Traveling around Cuba is possible on comfortable tourist buses and on local airline aircraft, quite old, but maintained in quite a decent technical condition. But I would advise you to rent a car. A small car can be found at a fair price, and the main expense item on the trip will not be the payment for it, but the cost of gasoline. But the car gives freedom of movement and the ability to stop anywhere to snack and just stretch your legs. But finding a car seat will be difficult, and it's better to take it with you. Also you will have to take porridge and milk mixes for the little ones, diapers and first-aid kit. It's easy to travel around the country - we did this with a map and installed all-en route signs, did not use the navigator. The roads are different. Before choosing a route, it is better to ask about the quality of the road from the local.

Wonderful Valley

By car from Havana, it is better to immediately go to the western extremity of the island, to the valley of Viñales famous for its landscapes. The landscape forms the hills, overgrown with greenery. However, there is really nothing to do there, and if you do not want to limit your impressions of village life and delicious bean soup, you will have enough for two days to stay in Viñales. By the way, this is one of the few places in Cuba where it makes sense to stay in a hotel - so the tourist will be closer to nature. If you decide to settle in the village itself, then choose a house away from the road and from its center. On the road even at night trucks rumble, and in the early morning on it pioneers are built, noise from which is not less. In the center all night the disco rattles.

Those who are not ready for their first visit to the island to live in Cuban homes, it is better to avoid Varadero. Choose for recreation numerous islands, the most famous of which are Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria.

Night life

From Viñales it is possible to reach immediately to Cienfuegos or Trinidad. Both cities deserve to be there. Cienfuegos is the most populous city in Cuba. In the evenings, local people pour out onto the embankment and spend time in cafes located there. Even the inhabitants of the city seemed to us the most prosperous, even richer than the residents of the capital. During the day on the waterfront, you can watch how you fish, stroll through the historic center or go to the nearby botanical garden. Going to the last, grab repellents with you: a traveler who descends from a path to tall grass will immediately be attacked by a very malignant midge.

A quiet harbor

Trinidad is the exact opposite of Cienfuegos. It is a quiet colonial city with cobbled stone pavements and a population of less than one hundred thousand people. But - attention! Only the wheelchair with big wheels will pass along the paving stones! Trinidad is a paradise for souvenir lovers, here they are more diverse than in Havana, and cheaper. On the nearby beaches you can swim, but the bottom of the Caribbean Sea is rocky. This place will attract fans of diving and snorkeling. Next to Trinidad is the Caburni Falls. The place is interesting, but it will require good physical preparation. From the parking lot to the waterfall about forty minutes on foot, there - descent, back - climb. You need to go on clay soil, dragged by the roots of age-old trees, not a single wheelchair will pass there, young children should be carried on their hands.

Fortress in the hills

Further our way lies in one more Cuban city, in which one can not but visit, the second largest city of the country - Santiago de Cuba. It has half a million inhabitants, an unforgettable color and the most impregnable Cuban fortress. Life in the city is boiling, especially noticeable on the ubiquitous motorcyclists, who do not like to follow any rules. In the historical center, prepare to walk up and down, Santiago is located on the hills. One of the main attractions of the city is the school where Fidel Castro studied. Dads with a high probability of directly on the streets will be offered to buy the best Cuban rum "Matusalem". Officially, its production has been discontinued for a long time, but do not rush to refuse, better try it - this option is included in the offer, and absolutely free of charge. And in Santiago, the best Mojito in Cuba is prepared, which will give a huge head start to the drink from Hemingway's "Bodeguita".

Beach holidays

From Santiago de Cuba it is logical to go to the easternmost point of the island - Baracoa. Remoteness from the capital is very noticeable, it is a real Cuban province with an even more measured pace of life. To the right from Baracoa you will go - you will find a beach, on the left - too a beach. If you face the ocean and turn left, you can get to the beach of Magua. Here, tourists are more likely to be alone on a wonderful sandy beach surrounded by palm trees. Some, except for the local residents, who, on demand, will bring a table and chairs, cook dinner and crawl up to the nearest palm tree behind the coconut. After completing all these procedures, they will disappear from the field of view, and the landscape will be decorated with their presence only chickens pacing proudly along the surf line under the leadership of a gallant cock.

If you go in the opposite direction, then in the village of Boca de Yumuri you can find another beach, as well as a small river Yumuri with a small island in its delta, formed from black volcanic sand. Local residents will take to the island by boat and have a small botanical excursion. On the way back, you can visit the neighboring village to see how coffee, cocoa and tropical fruits grow. On the way, do not forget to also buy coconut-based sweets wrapped in banana leaves. They are called "kokorucha".

Before returning to Havana, it is worthwhile to stop at Guaradelavaq. Serenity - so one can describe the rest in Gvardelavak in one word. We planned to spend a couple of days there, but stayed for a week. Public beach is no worse than the beaches of hotels, and in a nearby restaurant deliciously prepare seafood.

At first, Cuba may seem old and unsettled, but gradually the travelers enter the state of tranquiles, just after returning home, they start to get bored and after a month of leave they do not have questions about where to take the next one. Our family this year has hardly avoided the temptation to go to Cuba for the third time - only the thirst for wanderings and new discoveries has won.

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