Quote — Henry Miller

Logo Puerto Esperanza
In this ugly time, the only true protest is beauty.

The village as seen from the end of the dock © sogestour
OUR CASA LIST BEGINS HERE
REGIONAL MAP HERE
This tiny sea pueblo on the coast, north of Viñales is poor but no poorer than most, seemingly left on its own, hoping (esperando) for something, tourists or a great fishing day.

In verano, Cubans abound. Dipping their toes off the pier while waiting for the
pescadores to return with the catch of the day, like pargo (sea bass), cubera, viajaiba, bonito (tuna) or albacora (white tuna). Officially, all fish is reserved for export and cannot be served in casas particulares. Officially.

A school or two, a clinic, a tiny shop selling recycled clothes for pennies, time has seemingly stopped here in the early Fifties.

Even with the best intentions, some travellers are inclined to let it be, because it feels
like another island, so calm and soft, like a caressing breeze.

The only true protest, indeed.

MAPS & LINKS
Getting here : North Coast map including Viñales
Robin Thom's lovely pictures of the town and Teresa's
Map of area with Cayos Ines de Soto
North Coast and Cordillera de Guaniguanico
Text (Spanish) on Ines de Soto treasure
Daily exchange rates
All things natural in the province of Pinar del Rio

All the Web particuba.net
DISTANCES
Cayo Jutias, 35
Cayo Levisa, 42
La Habana, via Pinar and the highway, 192
La Fe, 145
La Palma, 28
Minas de Matahambre, 51
Pinar del Rio, 51
Santa Lucia, 25
Soroa, 151
Viñales, 24




Pinar del Rio — Geo Details

SEE.KNOW.DO
The sea, the coral banks, great for scuba diving around the keys which dot the azure-colored water, notably the cayos Ines de Soto (Arrecifes Colorados) where in 1992, divers from Carisub found artefacts and gold coins which can be seen in La Habana at the Fortaleza de San Salvador de La Punta. The Ines de Soto galeon sank in 1572 Visit the first "built from scratch" community established at the start of the Revolucion by Fidel. The road to get there was 50 years old before it got new pavement recently. Comunidad El Rosario is the name and one gets there on bike on the newly-paved road (June 2014); Laguna de Piedra and Republica de Chile are two other tiny settlements worth the detour in the area.

PALADARS
Wendy, calle Quintin Banderas 10, Tel. (48) 79-38-93 • Teresa del Mar, calle quarta A # 7, near calle 3a. Tel. (48) 79-37-03 Dos Palmas Calle 13 de Marzo No 19. Tel. (48) 79-38-65

PLAYAS
Playa de Pajarito, 20 km away.

Outstanding shells from nearby Playuelas
Outstanding shells from nearby Playuelas, El Corralillo

Port de pêche, on en doute plus © sogestour
Fishing village, no doubt about it © sogestour |• Studebaker on Frank Pais © sogestour

Conversation à l'ombre — AGRANDIR © sogestour
Conversation in the shade — ENLARGE © sogestour |• Ciclista sola on the wide and always empty main drag, Frank Pais © sogestour

Se rendre au bout du long quai © sogestour
Getting to the end of the dock means knowing how to avoid the space between the planks but the reward is worth it : let your feet hang or just dive into the moment © sogestour

Mercado Ideal #1 © robin thom, flickr.com
Mercado Ideal #1 © robin thom photography

Unforgettable scenery between Vinales and the coast - ENLARGE © sogestour
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS
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VILLA DORA
Two aircon bedrooms, shared bathroom
Pelayo Cuervo #5, near Calle 13 de Marzo, two blocks from Frank Pais and the dock. Tel. (48) 79-39-10

dora_patio © sogestour

MARIBEL - CABANA DEL SOL
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites, ranchon
Calle Maceo No. 56, parallel to main street Frank Pais. Tél. (48) 79-3799, cell 53 31 17 79

maribel_caro © sogestour

SOL y MAR
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Calle Comandante Pinares #24, one block from main street Frank Pais, right by estadio de beisbol Tel (48) 79-37-67 cell 52 75 13 61



DOS PALMAS + PALADAR
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms
Calle 13 de Marzo, near the school and the fisheries centre. Tel. (48) 79-38-65

dospalmas_patio © sogestour

LEONILA GALLARDO
Two aircon bedrooms, private ensuites
Calle Frank Pais No. 52 Tél. (48) 79-39-49

leonila_ranchon © sogestour

OLGA y FLORENCIO
One aircon bedroom, private bath & living room
Calle Almejeira 12, e/Frank Pais y calle 4 Tél. (48) 79-38-03



TRONCOS VIEJOS
Two aircon bedrooms, shared bathroom
Calle Frank Pais # 86 Tél. (48) 79-38-78



TERESA + PALADAR
Three aircon bedrooms, private ensuites
Calle 4 A, No. 7, near 3a. Turn left at Policlinico. Tél. (48) 79-38-39

teresa_ranchon © sogestour


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Updated 01.08.2014