- learn Spanish before going to Cuba, it will enrich your trip;

- rent a car and buy a good map;
- stay in casas particulares (private rooms), a good way to learn more about Cuban
- culture and get to know the people, we loved it!
- spend some days in Havana, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba;

- visit a cigar factory;
- walk one of the many fantastic nature trails around Viñales;
- take the effort and drive to Baracoa, it's a nice, small town;
- see the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara

- stay at the Lido Hotel in Havana. It is noisy and the water is always cold;
- go in August: IT'S HOT AND HUMID and no airco will make up for this;
- visit Camaguey / Holguin if you lack time, there is not much to
- leave stuff in your car, especially if the car has a soft top, it will get stolen! We
- left nothing but they took our rear-view mirror and other parts of the car.


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