After our three days in Havana we headed to the airport to pick up our rental car (a Geely) and get on the road to our next stop – Trinidad.
We had decided to practice driving manual cars the week before our trip (thankfully), so we were prepared and ready to hit the road with the help of an extremely aggressive map booklet that had no less than 100 pages.
I’ll be honest, the drive to Trinidad was fairly blissful. The highway was easy and the billboards were extremely interesting (think lots of Fidel and Revolution talk).
Stay: Casas Particulares
Same concept as Havana, to get the immersive experience do a homestay. We stayed in Pepe’s house, which we absolutely loved. Pepe was the sweetest man and we spoke enough Spanish to get by talking with him about where to eat and what to see. We also lucked out in that no one had rented the other bedroom of the house, so we had it and the roof deck to ourselves for the duration of our stay.
See: The Town & The Beach
The Town – Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means that it is protected due to its cultural and historical value. I recommend strolling the town, checking out the main plaza, the house of music and the museum located in the church on the corner. Trinidad is small, but beautiful.
Playa Ancón – A quick cab ride, a medium long bike ride, or an insanely long walk (read: we tried walking, don’t do it) away from town is Playa Ancón. If you have time after exploring the town you should grab a book, sunscreen up and head down to grab a spot on the beach or in the water. Pack yourself some water, or grab a beer from a beach hut and enjoy the sunshine.
Eat: Around Plaza Mayor
There are tons of little places to poke your heads into and check out depending on your mood. From fresh seafood (always a win in Cuba) to pizza and crepes there is a smattering of everything available to you. If you spot a rooftop, like Paladar El Criollo give it a try.
Drink: Around Plaza Mayor
There are drink windows right along the street and plaza as you are walking. Stop in for a delicious daiquiri, or our favorite drink of Trinidad a Canchanchara. Sit on the steps in the plaza and listen to the music coming from Casa De La Musica.
Two days in Trinidad was perfect, if you have more time we definitely recommend asking your host to help you set up a hike in the mountains outside of town!
Next stop, the Bay of Pigs and Varadero.