I fancy going to Cuba, possibly for 10 days in April. I'll be travelling alone and wanted to know:
a) Do females traveling alone in cuba get hassled much by men
b) I want to explore the nightlife - bars, clubs - well as the things by day. Is Cuba the sort of place where you'd meet other people to go out with if you're travelling alone?
c) Recommendations for guesthouses / hostels in Havana and other places (a bit budget)
d) Recommendations for places to visit in Cuba in a 10 day trip.
I'd really appreciate your help.
Here's a thread you might want to check out on Cuba Cuba - go or no go?.
When I was there, I didn't see much except Varadero and Havana. Havana is great, definately worth at least a couple of days of time to see. I didn't find much trouble in Cuba with the people when I was there. You will find a lot of them trying to sell you something, but no one bothersome (of course, I'm not a solo woman, though).
Varadero is a nice beach location. There are public beachs in Varadero itself. Outside of town the all inclusives have their own private beaches.
Enjoy Cuba, and be sure to give us a report when you get back.
I was in Cuba over 3 weeks in August and September this year and from what I saw I do believe that single female travellers get hasseled by the Cubanos, but not to the point where it is dangerous or anything, they are just nuisance value trying to entice you to buy something or entivce you into their arms.
I would recommend meeting others first before going out alone in Cuba to the nightspots especially if you are a female traveling alone. I did it on my own as a male traveller and had no problems (about 12 Cubanas tried to be my personal escort for the night), but I can't imagine doing it on my own if I were a female traveller.
Ok, there is a hostel-type accomodation in Old Havana but I don't remember the name of it. There are no hostels in Cuba (as far as I was aware), so the best budget accommodation in Cuba is finding a guest-house or "Casa-particular" where locals open their houses to tourists at a budget price (around 25 CUC per night). You can even do washing and get home-cooked meals in these houses as well, some charge extra for their services though, but it is still great value for Cuba.
Places to visit on a 10 day trip:
Start in Havana , then go to Matanzas, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and if time permits also go to Trinidad.
Hope that helps.
My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Cuba in April this year.
I intended to book an apartment for 3-4 nights and came across
an advertised apartment in central Havana.
Contact Eva Martínez at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
We finally decided to stay in a hotel, but here is the info Eva sent me -
The rooms in the apartment at Old Havana have air conditioning and
excellent bathroom with cold and hot water. The apartment has a
kitchen completely furnished you can use, living room, dining room and balcony.
The apartment has telephone and TV.
Near the apartment you will find the Capitol, Parque Central
(Central Park), many hotels, restaurants, theatre and cinemas. The apartment is at 10 minutes walk from “Plaza de la Catedral” and “Plaza de Armas”, the centre of Old Havana and most beautiful area of this municipality.
The price of a bedroom is 25 CUC per night. The bedroom has a twin
Breakfast would cost you from 2 to 5 CUC per person according the
Address of the apartments: Industria # 270 entre Neptuno y Virtudes
apartamento 1002, piso 10.
Piso 10 means the 10th floor, I believe.
We actually drove past the apartment building on the way to our hote, and it is pretty central to all the sights.
We managed to do Havana, Santa Clara (Che's mausoleum), Playa Ancon & Trinidad, back to Havana and onto Vinales.
I have some pic of Cuba in my galley.
Don't know about hassles being a lone female traveller in Cuba.