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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Sam
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    Hi, Jo! So glad to have found this post. I’m going to Cuba in April and I’ve been trying to figure out where to go outside of Havana that will feel “authentic” but also be relaxing and get some beach in. I arrive the night of the 2nd and leave the morning of the 9th (in/out of Havana). Do you have a recommendation for a rough itinerary that would include a nice amount of time in Havana as well as a few days to chill in La Boca. Should I even bother staying overnight in Trinidad? Other must-sees I’m missing?

    thanks so much!!

  2. Simone
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    Dear Jo,

    I wonder if you could advise US. We are coming from Vinales and we are not sure if we should stay for 2 nights in Playa Larga before we go to Trinidad.

    We are also not sure if we should stay directly in Trinidad or better in Boca?


  3. Therese Chatfield
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    Hi Jo.
    What a wonderful write up! We’re going to catch a flight to Cuba and stay for 18 nights in March. We were looking for a beach, and have now chosen El Boca because of your write up. We’ll try and book with Marlene. I’d love any real Cuba suggestions from you. We’re staying at a casa in Old Havana for 3 nights, and then making our own way (without hiring a car) to Santa Clara for one night, Sancti Spiritus for 2, Trinidad for 3/4, El Boca for 3/4, Cienfuegos and from there back to Havana. Apart from the usual sights we’re intending on taking the steam train in Trinidad and also the Hershey train from Havana.
    I’d love any other suggestions and places to eat. I’ve noted El Tranvia rooftop restaurant.
    Many thanks.
    Kind regards, Therese

  4. Jose Ramon
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    I enjoyed reading your article very much. I was born in Cuba and left in 1985 at the age of 14 years old. I have been visiting Cuba almost every year for the past decade. I also have a favorite beach in Cuba. You must visit playa Jibacoa. It is about an 1 hour and 30 minutes east of La Habana via Via Blanca past Santa Cruz del Norte. It is most definitely heaven on earth. None of those ugly looking hotels around, clear water and white sand. Almost deserted during the week. Make sure you don’t go during the weekend as it gets really crowded with the locals. If you haven’t visited Jibacoa yet you’re missing out on a cuban gem.
    I will staying at Topes de Collantes in a few weeks and in addition to visiting the colonial town of Trinidad, I will most definitely be visiting La boca.

  5. Lisa
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    Thanks for your advice Jo! We were looking for an experience similar to what you’ve described here and were surprised how difficult this was to find in Cuba. So we turned to random google searches to try and see what people were saying and your blog was one of the first to pop up. We booked with Marlene via email, solely based on your blog, and are very happy we did! Although more rustic, this was definitely one of the best parts of our trip – Marlene, Tito and Nany were so lovely, their cooking was wonderful and the sunsets on the porch were amazing. We also did some snorkeling right off the rocks in front of the casa (and were sure not to touch the sea life! 🙂 )

  6. Steve
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    My wife and I just returned from a visit to Cuba and we spent 5 days in La Boca. Everything written about the tranquility of this little town and the warmth of its inhabitants is true. We stayed at Hostal Cuba and ate there a couple of nights as well as as at an outdoor place just down the street, with 4 tables (El Corral?), which was lots of fun as it was a local hangout. We cycled the Playa Ancon road and spent a lovely afternoon at a tiny beach beside the Grill Caribe restaurant where we had a wonderful lunch. It was wonderful to stroll along the oceanfront road after dinner, enjoying the quiet and ocean breezes.
    It was so handy to Trinidad – a 10 minute taxi ride and easy to get back to as well.

  7. kerri
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    My husband and I loved La Boca too. We visited a few weeks ago. You’re descriptions are right on par to how we felt about Varadero and La Boca. La Boca was our favorite place out of 5 of our destinations in Cuba. Best beach, best sunsets, most relaxing, best people (although the people are amazing everywhere in Cuba). La Boca was not so great in the food dept but we had a driver take us to Trinidad for a decent meal.
    One thing I might add for your readers researching their next visit to Cuba. We took a day trip to Playa Ancon (10min away) from La Boca and were surprised to see that the jellyfish made it unbearable to go in the water. I decided to let the sting wear off and forgo the long line of tourists waiting to pay 1CUC for some vinegar spray and then I bravely tried to get in a second time. I got stung immediately. I swam in La Boca’s waters for at least 30min. I’m guessing the mouth of the river meeting the ocean and the currents have something to due with the lack of jellyfish at La Boca.
    And if anyone reading this is heading to La Boca, I can’t recommend enough traveling to Cienfuegos for some more relaxation and hanging with some great Cuban folks, experiencing the culture of this seaside town and staying in some comfy casas.

    1. Terry
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      We are spending a night in Cienfuegos on our way to Trinidad from Havana. Any suggestions on must dos and places to eat?

  8. Marle y Tito
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    Amiga muchas gracias nuevamente por promocionar nuestra Villa Flerida ya nos han hecho reserva por todo el mes de Diciembre y algunos dias de Enero ja,ja FELIZ NAVIDAD Y prospero Año Nuevo Marle Y Tito

  9. jimena
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    Hi!! I will be staying in La Flerida as part of my belated honeymoon trip to Cuba (which doesn’t include a trip to Varadero or to any other all-inclusive) for New Year’s. We’ll be staying for two nights of doing nothing but read, walk around, look at the ocean and red some more. All thanks to your post so I’ll say hi to Marlene from you!

  10. Scott
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    Hi Jo. Great commentary. do you knowanything about Playa La Boca north of Holguin? im a fly fisherman(low budget) and looking desperately for some flats where you can wade and locate bonefush(macabi in spanish). Any help you can give greatly appreciated.
    Scott USA

  11. Jessica Zais
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    Thank you! I was having trouble finding good information about La Boca! Great information. : ) Happy travels!

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