The playa, the mountains of the Escambray and the mouth (La Boca) of Rio Guaurabo •]• In front of the pizza counter in May 14 © sogestour
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Small seaside village 5 km from Trinidad in the province of Sancti Spiritus, here's La Boca. Boasts a beach La Playita , a small restaurant and bar, two paladars, a couple of snack counters, two convenience shacks with bottled water, beer and the usual salty and fat crap, a tiny tour booking office, a small grocery n'stuff in pesos only, three "vacation hotels" for government workers and the fishing boats anchored on the river. Most of all, the sea for miles of water to see.
Its little beach is at the mouth of a narrow river, the Guaurabo, where the barcas are parked. When we started coming by here in 01, we saw a beach that was in mala estado, eaten up by the undercurrents and covered with pebbles. In 2005, some concerned owners transported sand and started planting trees : it's almost in its original state. It constantly changes with the tides and the cold water coming from the river.
Choose from our suggested casas as they're close to the beach, but most important, they're away from the nightly loud music emanating from nearby the govt-run hotels and rest villas the local hangout bars with the inevitable loudmouths and other bling-blings a few meters away. No es facil ; )
Map from Trinidad here.
Map of region (Moon Handbooks) here.
• Rent a bike to ride to Playa Aguilar or further Playa Ancon (seaside flat easy road but without shade) or all the way to Trinidad (gradual, gentle uphill to go; easy going down to return); Viola of Hostal Buenavista has some, sometimes.
• Locally : cocotaxis (yellow-cabined covered motorcycles), 3 pass. max. From here to Trinidad, 3 to 5cuc per person.
• By minibus "Hop and Go" from Transtur goes through Trinidad and a seaside circuit passing here in La Boca, stops at hotel resorts and the port of Casilda.
• By taxi to Trinidad, from Havana, 3 hrs 30 minutes, (via autopista nationale and Cienfuegos) : figure 25cuc per person, minimum 4 passengers.
• By Viazul a/c bus to Trinidad from La Habana : 4 heures, 25cuc.
POPULATION 1,500 (mas o menos)
Right here in La Boca, the small local beach named Playita; through the village up the road towards Ancon, first beach is Aguiar, (4 km) but enjoy it now because a 400-room hotel is going up there in 2017; then the long one on Ancon (6 km) where two more huge hotels are going up by 2018. Wanna exercise, bake your skin a tender red color while you enjoy your estancia ? 1) Rent a bike locally 2) ride all the way to the end of the peninsula, turn right at the marina junction, then left (total of 8 km) 3) pay the bike parking attendant one cuc to watch it 4) walk a few steps to the Hotel Ancon beach 5) get yourself a chair & pay the hotel watchguy 2cuc for the day and 6) if you didn't bring a lunch prepared by the casa, pay another hotal staff snack hustler to get you pizza or sandwich and bebidas 7) refresh your salty and hot body in the hotel swimming pool or its poolside shower and ride your bike back all refreshed and ready for your casa-cooked home dinner. Or take the daily morning/late afternoon minibus that runs to/from the Ancon hotels; it goes back to Trinidad without passing by here, AFAIK
PALADARS, REST RANTS, BEER SUPPLY
El Galeon near the playita : best snack and bar menu in town by far. Also : La Roca at the entrance of town. There's a pizza shack right by a small seaside bar (count your change), another on Aguilar Playa and a couple k's further yet another (expensive lobster and stuff) at La Curva de Alfredo (where the road from Casilda stops); beer supply is abundant on the seaside street with at least 3 roadside counters.
IN TRINIDAD OUR TOP 3 CHOICES
:•: Sol Ananda, since Jan 2011 on Plaza Mayor - by Lazaro owner of Sol y Son; tél. (41) 99-82-91 :•: Sol y Son, calle Simon Bolivar 283 : superb decor and patio and great food (10cuc and +) :•: La Ceiba, Pablo Pisch Giron 263 Tel (41) 99-24-08
TOP 5 TRINI PALADARS - IPAD VISOR
:•: Davimart, Anastacio Cardenas #518 :•: San Jose, Maceo 382E tel. (41) 99-47-02 :•: Wakey Wakey & Shakey Shakey Jesus Menendez 205 :•: Esquerra. F. J. Zerquera 464 :•: Cubita Restaurant Bar Santander Maceo 471
TRINIDAD MUSIC, DANCE, SHOWS
• Artex (daily dance lessons) • Casa de la Trova (group and dancing the son) • Casa de la Musica Egrem (most popular with three stages near Iglesia Santisima) • Casa de la Musica (daily dance lessons) • Ciné Romelio Cornelio Parque Central • Disco Las Cuevas (extraordinary cave) • Las Ruinas (of Teatro Brunet) : open sky • Palenque de Congos Reales (afro-Cuban rythms).
Calle Real follows the seaside, royally, and changes its name for avenida del Mar © sogestour
El Galeon, the only real eating spot in La Boca © sogestour
Fisherman coming back from the sea on the mouth (La Boca) of the Guaurabo river © unk AyL
For just a handful of pesos, empty in hand, one can get a refill in this sea-view bar mainly for Cubans and curious travellers © sogestour
Fishing boats parked on the Guaurabo the river which flows down to the sea right by the small local beach; in background, mountains of the Escambray © sogestour
Even at high tide, the mouth (La Boca) can be crossed (albeit con ciudado) on caballo © swanepoel, flickr
From the playita, view of calle Real, towards the west at Ancon Peninsula and its resorts, starting 3 km away © sogestour
Sort of residential suburb of Trinidad, Playa La Boca can also be reached through Casilda © Avalon Travel
La Habana - Trinidad 2 x day on Viazul bus via Entronque de Jaguey, Boca de Guama, Playa Larga, Playa Giron and Cienfuegos Ruta 18
On the seaside, sun setting, what more to say than Carpe Diem © sogestour
La Boca beach the so-called Playita : shallow, no waves, not a soft sand beach but then, you have to go to the end of the Ancon peninsula to find one © unk, AyL
This is the endless and quasi-deserted beach at Hotel Ancon © sogestour
Wanna exercise, bake your skin a tender red color while you enjoy your estancia ?
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VISTA AL MAR
Three ac br's, ensuites, veranda
Calle Real (the seaside road) 47 with the best front porch view in the country. Tel. (41) 99-3716 or (41) 99-4134
Two ac br's, ensuites, veranda, patio
Calle D, no 1, e/avenida Sol y avenida Mar, steps down to seaside. Tel. (41) 99-6883 cell 53 13 02 81 cell 58 25 57 30
Upstairs, two ac br's, terrace view
Calle Real 31, 20 m from (with view of) la playa. Tel. (41) 99-8214 cell 53 20 22 66 ou 54 15 75 90
Upstairs, two ac br's, terrace view
Calle Refugio, e/ ave. del Sol y Gran Via, 300 m from the sea, on a hill, village entrance. Cel. 52 40 80 12
Two ac br's, ensuites, kitchen, living
Calle G #85-B, entre avenida del Sol y avenida del Mar, one block down to seaside. Tél. (41) 99-3606
|MARITZA y HUMBERTO
Two ac br's, ensuites, large front
Calle G, #89E, entre ave. del Sol y ave. del Mar, steps from seaside. Tél. (42) 88-5597 cell 52 44 89 84
|EL GALEON + SNACK & BAR
Upstairs, six ac br's, ensuites, views
Calle Real 52A, above namesake snack & bar, steps from el mar. Cell. 53 38 52 62
|EL BARCO + PALADAR
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites
Calle Real #1, e/ Gran Via y Ave del Mar, entrance to village right at the fork with Gran Via. Cell. 52 34 97 65 or 52 20 29 70
|KENIA y JORGITO
Two upstairs ac bedrooms, ensuites, balconies
Avenida del Sol #7D, e/ D y E, one street above Real Real passing through calle C. Tel. (41) 99-8680 cell 52 71 17 50
Two ac br's, ensuites, large patio
Calle G #20, entre ave. del Sol y ave. del Mar, 15 secs from sea by foot. Tél. (41) 99-3606 cell 58 25 57 29
|LAS REINAS DEL SUR
Two ac bedrooms, ensuites, ranchon
Calle Real, end of village towards Ancon, across El Capitan. Has been renting for 23 years, one of longest in La Boca. Cell. 52 83 11 58
One large ac br, ensuite, patio, facing the sea
Calle Real #61, facing a majestic tree on the small seaside park. Tél. (41) 99-3301 cell 52 93 31 94
Two ac bedrooms, ensuites, terrace, seaviews
Avenida del Mar 28, after village, facing the sea. Tel. (41) 99-3063
RECOMMENDED BY OTHERS
The 2016 editions of these guidebooks : Footprint (FH), Lonely Planet (LP), Michelin (MC) and Moon (MH) FH : Hostal Cuba*, Vista al Mar, Hostal Valladares ::: LP : Villa Rio Mar*, Idel y Domingo ::: MC : none ::: MH : Vista al Mar, El Capitan* [*] we once did but not anymore
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