Cycling vacations in Cuba travel guide


As oil became harder to obtain in this communist nation in the 1990s, the bicycle revolution saw bikes shipped in from China; even today, cycling is the main means of transport for many. So if you book a cycling vacation in Cuba, you really will be traveling like a local albeit on a rather more comfortable bike.
Cuba may be famous for its classic cars, yet one of the most delightful things about cycling here is the absence of vehicles once you pedal beyond Havana. Along the way, youll stay in hotels and local homes allowing you to spend time with Cuban families, sharing their homes, their meals and their stories. While other travelers bus between Havana and Trinidad and Santiago, youll discover the plantations, pueblos and music-filled plazas along the way, where the buses dont pass. With tour leaders on hand to repair punctures, translate and offer encouragement, we really do think this is one of the best ways to explore Cuba.

Go on a cycling vacation in Cuba if

youre not a hardcore cyclist. While some vacations are challenging, most are leisurely more a way to admire the scenery and get from A to B than to really test your calves.
youre not confident with bike maintenance. Expert tour leaders are with you to ensure everythings in working order you just need to be able to ride it! Support vehicles also follow you 100 percent of the way.
you want your teens to have a vacation with a difference. Family focused departures are suitable for anyone aged 14 and up a great way to inspire a love of outdoor activities and new cultures.
youre not keen on traffic. Cuba is as famous for its classic cars as its cigars, but outside of the main cities the refurbished Chevys are few and far between. Youre more likely to be sharing the road with other cyclists and donkey carts.

Dont go on a cycling vacation in Cuba if

youre not happy in tropical weather. Midwinter offers cooler, drier air, but this is still the Caribbean and cycling is sure to keep you warm.
youre a diehard foodie. Cuban cuisine gets a bad rap - and it's certainly not a destination you'd choose because of its food. Hotel buffets score lowest for inedible cuisine, closely followed by state-owned restaurants. However, the homecooked casa meals are delicious - with fresh seafood, black beans and tropical fruit - as are the locally-owned paladar restaurants. All the more reason to keep it small, responsible and local!
youre racing to the finishing line. A Cuba cycling vacation is just as cultural as any other trip here its just that youre cycling from highlight to highlight instead of driving. So take your time, stop to chat, keep your camera close by and enjoy the ride.

Best time to go on a cycling vacation in Cuba


This is the best time to go on a cycling vacation to Cuba as temperatures are cooler (particularly Dec-Jan) and its generally dry but book well ahead if traveling in the Christmas or Easter vacations. May-Oct are characterised by rain, heat, humidity and the odd hurricane; this is not the ideal season for cycling unless youre tied to the school vacations. The east is warmest and wettest; bring waterproof bags and layers! Vibrant festivals and events take place year round, so youre bound to stumble across music, dance and general celebrations whenever you travel.
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Written by Vicki Brown
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