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Any visit to Cuba has to start with Havana. The capital of Cuba is a living museum with its many architectural gems and historical landmarks. The city offers restaurants, bars, music venues, and many unique cultural activities.

The best way to see Havana is on foot since most of its construction was completed well before the arrival of the automobile. Havana is by far the safest city in Latin America and a place where you can feel comfortable and carefree while strolling down its streets. As you tour this intriguing city you will discover something fascinating almost every step of the way.

For many years Havana was the  stomping ground of author Earnest Hemingway. His home, located just outside of Havana in San Francisco de Paula,  is now a museum which you can visit.  We can also arrange a trip for you to nearby Cojimar where you can see Hemingway’s old fishing boat, el Pilar.  Our team of Cuba scouts have been traveling to the country for many years and frequently met Hemingway’s  boat captain, Gregorio Fuentes in his home to  hear him tell stories of “Papa”, as Hemingway was fondly known. We also have experts in modern fishing techniques if you wish to fish the waters made famous by Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.”   All fishing is catch and release and all tackle included.

Our private homes are located just a short ride from Old Havana in a privately owned 1950’s American automobile. All of these residences have air conditioning, private baths and are owned by friendly Cubans who are excited about the chance to finally be able to have guests from America.

Our base package includes a meet and greet service at Havana’s international airport and three nights in Havana. All accommodations have air-conditioning and private baths and prices are the same for single or double occupancy. Breakfast is just $5, is held at a nearby stately mansion and is a meeting place for local travelers. If you have any special dietary needs, our Cuban friends are more than happy to accommodate you.

You can choose this package only or use it as a base before heading out to explore one of the other exciting destinations.

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If you would like to see “the other side of Cuba,” its pristine countryside and friendly “guariros” as the locals are known, we suggest you think about Playa Girón, most commonly known as The Bay of Pigs. We have homes in Playa Girón  where you can dine on local fish and lobster prepared by an actual chef and be serenaded  by a local musician as you dine.  Your hosts speak English and can help you experience some of the best snorkeling, diving, fishing and bird watching found anywhere in the world.

For you anglers, we have a special arrangement with a Cuban conservation organization that works with fly fisherman who are looking to fish at the nearly million-acre Zapata National park in order to help study and preserve its teeming numbers of Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, and Snook. All is catch and release and you must bring your own fly rods and reels. 

For nature lovers or those that do not fish,  a visit to the park is the perfect place to observe Flamingos, Manatees and  other forms of wildlife in a protected environment.

On a historical note our driver can give you a firsthand account of the failed U.S backed invasion that occurred here in 1961.  Around 1200 Cuban exiles landed in this location in attempt to overthrow the newly installed Castro government. Most Cubans have been born after this event and come here to enjoy its natural beauty and walk past the museum that commemorates this historic event, but you should not pass up the opportunity to learn about this confrontation that resulted in Fidel Castro declaring the government’s dedication to socialism.

We recommend that you spend at least four nights here, in order to be able to explore Zapata National park, snorkel or dive over one of the shipwrecks found just offshore, its fresh water springs and completely laid back atmosphere. Prices start at $35 a night for two people (total, not per person) but do not include local tours. We can  help you arrange tours these in advance  it is important to note that you will be supporting the Cuban people directly and paying them directly at the local rates.

We will be happy to make travel arrangements if you are interested in visiting any other areas in Cuba, like the colonial city of Trinidad, or any place else.

 

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