If you went to Cuba would you eat at the commercial restaurants or private in home restaurants? Or would you go to an all inclusive resort?
If you went to Cuba would you eat at the commercial restaurants or private in home restaurants?
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Hello Abe, we went this year for two weeks and just rested. Unlike all our other trips there, the only thing I wanted to do was sleep, suntan, and lay by the beach, so we chose Holguin, an all inclusive resort. There are 5-6 large restaurants that you can book at besides the buffet. I ended up eating by the beach most of the time for the seafood. They have a French restaurant, Italian, etc. The resort is quite big and the entertainment at night is good. They have a swim up bar, 24 hr bar. I would go down at 4:30- 5:00 am (the internal clock doesn't shut off) have a few great coffee's, talk to the Chefs and then walk down to the beach and watch the sun come up.
I go to Cuba for the beach, not the food.. Havana is full of tourists, plenty to see and do, if you are looking for more of a quieter time with more ocean , I would suggest Santa Maria.
We were a group of eight.
Here are some random pics I took.
Réalisé avec un soupçon d'amour.
Réalisé avec un soupçon d'amour.
I went to pre-Castro Havana four or five times- it was the greatest liberty port I ever hit. You could get into more trouble, for less money, that any other place I ever visited.
If it's still going, go to Sloppy Joe's bar and grill, and order their signature sandwich (not a Cubano which has become popular at Cuban-themed restaurants here) but the Especial which was a two-inch pile of cured meats, cold cuts, and cheeses on the wonderful Cuban rye bread. Don't neglect the One-Eyed Indian, either.
Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Havana for quite a few years, said the Cuban beers were among the world's best, since they were made by expat Germans who immigrated there many many years ago. When people saw a drunk, they said "he's seen too much of the One-Eyed Indian." A profile of a feathered Indian head was the prominent picture on the label of the wonderful Hatuey beer. I hope they're still making it.
I always wondered how many stray cats went into those cold cuts.
It's been re-opened, though pretty clearly a tourist trap. Well, it was a tourist trap back then, too. Hemingway didn't hang out there, though- he held court every day at left end of bar in the Floridita restaurant. I hoisted a daquiri with him there one time: he welcomed admirers to come and buy him a drink and schmooze for a few minutes.
Edited by MikeLM - 12/17/14 at 7:29pm
Hi Petals, wonderful post and pics...looks nice, real nice!
Mike...thanks for sharing your memories...sounds like it would have been a great time!
Having very little knowledge of modern day Cuba, I'm not really sure how much it will change (would like to get others opinions on this). The way people describe it, it's already got its tourist traps. I suppose, in my ideal world, keep the tourist traps few and concentrate the vacationers here...then keep the rest of Cuba for the people. Those, tourist, who want to venture out, like our family normally does, will find something more to their liking.
To answer the question...my family would find the home restaurant spots to eat at, no doubt!