Visiting Cuba with Kids | Vinales
Morning’s mist slowly burnt off as I watched the locals go by in their vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages.
I was day dreaming of years gone by when I realized that I wasn’t actually dreaming at all.
We were in Viñales, Cuba, staying in a sweet, spacious, pink Casa Particular just off main street.
Viñales is a small town with one main road and several side roads. Colorful, single-story, wooden homes line the streets.
It has a slow pace of life, where no one is in a hurry.
Locals ride by on their rusted bicycles and horse-drawn carriages, and like Havana, there are various models of vintage American cars.
Viñales is a quaint town right in the middle of tobacco country, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has several restaurants and bars, and some of them offer live Cuban music.
There’s a park in the center of town where you can find internet, salsa classes and a minted mohito. On weekends, there’s a small artisan market, starting just next to the main road and running an entire block.
How we got to Vinales
From Havana, Viazul Busses runs twice a day for USD$15, but make sure to book your tickets a day in advance.
We did not, and after waiting in line for over an hour at the Havana bus station, they sold out.
Another option is hiring a taxi, and that’s what we ended up doing.
We found our taxi driver just outside the bus station.
He quoted us a price of $60, so we found 2 more people at the bus station going in the same direction to take the ride with us and cut the cost, making it $15/person, the same price as the bus ticket.
How we found our Casa Particular
Traveling from Havana, we asked our taxi driver, Ricardo, for a recommendation on a Casa Particular.
She lived just off the main road in Viñales past the gas station.
The room was $30/night, and we stayed for 2 nights.
Maria had 2 girls of her own, ages 9 and 11, and many girls from the neighborhood came to visit during our stay. They were so cute and after the timidness subsided from all the girls, they got along with Bella marvously.
I highly recommend staying in a Casa Particular when traveling through Cuba. You not only get to meet the locals, but you get to live like them – a great cultural experience in itself.
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