a VirtualTourist member from Toronto asked on Dec 11, 2013
So I've booked a flight into Holguin without getting a package deal, which means that there will be no nice comfortable tour bus waiting for me to take me to Guardalavaca. Different websites tell me different lengths of time it will take to get me there (45 minutes - 1.5 hours), and so I still can't decide if it's better for me to just take a cab, or find some other way. Does anyone know if there is a bus terminal or something in Holguin city where I can purchase a ticket to get me to the coast? Or is it better for me to just take the plunge and pay what I feel is a very high price for a taxi? -Lulu
Your advice is immensely appreciated!!. Let me try out viazul and I'll let you know how it pans out. Otherwise I don't mind trying out the cab if it's only 20 CUC...from what I had been reading in previous posts it was something closer to 40 or 60...
Thanks again. :)
Hey so I've been in Holguin for four days now, and I thought it might be useful for anyone else traveling to Holguin to see this. When I arrived at the airport, there were a number of buses outside the airport waiting to take tourists who bought vacation packages to their hotels. I just hopped on one of those and paid 15 CUC. :) Just fyi!
Good for you, LuluAna. It is exactly what I was thinking to suggest. Cheapest and easiest method when coming out of the airport... :)
Yes, actually, it was what I was thinking of doing before, but I was worried that there would be no tour buses for vacationers waiting outside when I arrived. Silly thing to worry about...why else would commercial planes be flying to Holguin in the first place?
So, when will you be heading back to Cuba again LuluAna?
Sooner than later, I hope. Holguin was beautiful. So calm, and I did find the people friendlier in general than those in La Habana. However, La Habana has all that *life*! So much action! My heart will always be in Havana, but I'm always willing to see more of Cuba. Got any suggestions? - Lulu
Have you been to Trinidad City yet? I found Havana closed up at 11pm (maybe it was the particular night, like a Monday or Tuesday), but Trinidad was jumping - live music, folks on the street, overflowing from the bars... whew - needed a vacation after spending a couple of nights there... and the entrepreneurs had some of the most unique ways for you to part with your money (in ways that you really wanted to, if only for their originality).
Ah, gwened, but LuluAna loves the action of Habana. I would trade a rowboat in Laguna de Mayo, or a Cuban BBQ in La Arboleda over the city hubbub anytime...
Isla de la Juventud does seem attractive, and different...
There many private clubs opening up that stay open late in the major centers. In Havana there is El Gato Turto 10 pm to 4 am, Cafe Cantante 11 pm to 6 am, La Maison in Miramar is open late and is a lively Cuban club.
For quiet try La Boca 6k out of Trinidad, $3 to $5cuc taxi fare, great casas there and small Cuban beach.
I have not yet been to Trinidad, but it is on my list of places to see when I go back. You are right - I adore cities - something about all those people, all those lives intertwined and yet so separate is intriguing to me. The photos I have seen of Trinidad are stunning - and part of me wants to go because it shares a name with my own country!
Thank you gwened for the link. Those photos of carnival look so fun! I come from "carnival country", hahaha...so I can give mis amigos pa'lla a run for their money. ;)
Sounds like you had a great trip LuluAna - you won't be disappointed with Trinidad, for sure.
Oh, and if you do plan a trip to Trinidad, let me know. Friends of mine have a gallery there, and their son is a great musician. They could answer questions and point you in the right direction if there is something specific you might be looking for. Always nice to have a local contact...
Oh I did. I always do....I am so in love with Cuba, hahah
Yes, perhaps. I think for me it may be just the thing, especially if it is a first time visit. (Everything is always enthralling when you are doing it for the first time, haha).