Puerto Esperanza is a small seaside town in Pinar del Rio Province, just north of Viñales. The beach apparently is not Varadero but its an authentic relaxed Cuban fishers town with very little foreign tourists.

UnderstandEdit

Flora and faunaEdit

Lot of chickens scrawl around in the streets. Many other birds flying around, and some livestock and horses can be found in the gardens.

Get inEdit

Take a “machina” before midday from Pinar del Rio town or Vinales for 1-2CUC. It takes about 20-40min from Vinales to get there.

Get aroundEdit

Within Puerto Esperanza most places are in walking distance but you can get a bici-taxi as well.

SeeEdit

Jump with the local youth into the cosy warm Caribbean Sea, smoke some tobacco at the harbour while enjoying the sunset. Or dance at the local bar directly at the seaside.

DoEdit

Ask one of the relaxed locals if someone is willing to show its “casa en el campo” where you might get less touristic insights into the tobacco production and agriculture than around Vinales.

  • Swimming - Either jump directly from the landing stag into the warm Caribbean sea or ask the locals how to find the nearest beach.

BuyEdit

Local tobaccos directly at the cafeteria in front of the seaside.

Excellent fresh mangos from the local farmers.

There is a bank but no ATM in Viñales. So make sure that you have enough cash with you when you go. If necessary, ATMs can be found in Pinar del Rio or Viñales.

EatEdit

Most casa particulares offer fresh fish, seafood and especially lobster dishes but are always open for other suggestions. A local chicken or vegetarian dish is always an alternative. A very good typical cuban pizza from the wooden oven can be found in the street between the cafeteria at the seaside and the cabanas entrance. If you cannot find it, just ask some lokals where you can find THE pizza place. But don't come to late, they are in high demand and I found them sold out a couple of times even before 2pm. At the main streets you can find some other restaurants.

DrinkEdit

A nice bar/outdoor disco directly at the seaside. As well as a cafeteria which serves rum , of course.

SleepEdit

As far as in know there are no hotels in Puerto Esperanza but a couple of Casas particulares.

  • El pescador - The fisherman, Calle La Marina, No. 6, +5355460925, . Check-in: 10, check-out: 16. In Siviadys casa particular (El pescador – the fishermans) it really feels as if I was staying with friends instead of being just a tourist. Great spirit and wonderful familiy made the stay one of my bests in Cuba. Her husband is a fisherman, so fresh fish is always a great option. Ideal for tourists looking for quiet and rest. 10-20 CUC.



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