The Guardian lists most authentic places to stay in Cuba

Posted: 14-May-16 08:58

The British newspaper has listed the best hotels, B&Bs and farmstays in the Caribbean island, pointing at 12 places where tourist can have authentic Cuban experiences. The article also reveals that big global brands will intervene in the country in order to further develop the tourism industry as the number of visitors arriving to Cuba has seen a dramatic spike in the last year.

The Guardian lists most authentic places to stay in Cuba

The Guardian advises its readers not to worry about the prospect of Cuba losing its charm after American companies started to seal deals with the local government for the first time in more than 50 years in order to boost the island´s tourism industry.

It is true that with the relaxation of some elements of the U.S. embargo (a governmental policy that restricts commercial trade and normal relations with Cuba), big brands like Starwood and Marriot have started to submit their plans to operate in the island, but meanwhile, there is much of the authentic Cuba to still be enjoyed.

That´s what Claire Boobbyer, author of Frommer’s Easy Guide to Cuba, says in her article for The Guardian: Mi casa es tu casa: Cuba’s best hotels, B&Bs and farmstays. In her article Claire states:

“Cuba still offers authenticity.”

In her selection of the off-the-beaten-track B&Bs (casas particulares), and other types of accommodation across the island, Boobbyer mentions El Manantial, an eco-friendly house with access to a natural pool close to the waterfalls of Topes de Collantes, a natural paradise in the Escambray mountain range found right in the centre of the island. In the surrounding area, tourists will also find a massive building named Kurhotel Escambray which, according to The Guardian:

“... is one helluva of a kooky spot to spend the night.”

Also with a natural pool, MonteECOrales is a privately-owned house located an hour east of Havana, in Arcos de Canasí, a place with impressive cliffs, caves and a small beach, connected to a river.

Among the Cuban beaches worth seeing, Claire also selected Playa Blanca, in the city of Gibara, in the eastern part of the country. There are plenty of privately-owned accommodations there, but Boobbyer affirms that Bayview is one of the best, as it has its own private sliver of honey-hued sand with a thatched umbrella and a plunge pool. Gibara hosts the International Festival of Low-Budget Cinema every year, and it has various archaeological spots and a very charming bay.

Thirty minutes south of Varadero - Cuba’s largest beach resort - the author highlights Finca Luna, in the municipality of Jovellanos. The Guardian recommends it as a relaxing, arty escape, sheltered by tropical trees. Another arty B&B listed by the newspaper is a summer house run by a Spanish teacher in Sierra del Rosario, Pinar del Rio, a province with exuberant vegetation. Also in Pinar del Rio, cigar lovers will find a stay at La Finca Quemado del Rubi most interesting, as the owner teaches his guests how to craft their own cigars.

The article in The Guardian also recommends a stay in Remedios, one of the oldest colonial cities in the island, and to go trekking in the Sierra Maestra mountains, where the guerrilla movement commanded by Fidel Castro operated during the 1950s.


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