We stayed here for 5 days bed, breakfast and evening meals in the house, which was soon like a second home to us. The casa is off the main high road and down a back road. In the entrance to the left, is a small pool with turles in it, then the main dining area, the kitchen behind that and then the rooms. Ours had a double and 2 singles plus toilet and shower and was fine. There is a rocking chair out to the back and a rooftop, too. The prices were good value - important when on a budget!
My partner is Cuban, so had asked friends for a reccommendation . We were met from the bus and taken to La Cabana. I laughed when I realised this was the place I visited back in Dec 11 on my first trip to Cuba . A group of 14 of us had spent a great evening here - we could not believe the fantastic quality and variety of the food and had christened it " the Malibu house".
The food was great - with plentiful breakfasts- anda choice of evening meals - pork, lobster, beef, paella- nothing was too much trouble and Emilia's cooking was fabulous! This part of Cuba grows lots of the food for the rest of Cuba , so supply is plentiful. We were invited to help ourselves to the huge hands of banannas hanging in the dining room, and plenty of fresh juices.
On the first day, I spent lunchtime with a group of local musicians singing as many Beatles songs as we could remember. Although Vinales has a sleepy, realaxed feel to it, there are various activities. The daily "hop on, hop off" bus is very good value. A trip to the caves was good fun too, and we also went horse riding in the valley. Johania and her staff have a variety of contacts and suggestions for activities, and there are plenty of local taxi drivers, too.
If you want to go swimming, check out the 3 hotels - they all have great views of the valley- for about 6 CUKS you can spend the day at the pool and most of the 6CUKS is redeemable against snacks and drinks at the hotel bar.
We went to the town square for a fiesta , and the Case de Trova several times to hear live bands and to dance. We were treated with great warmth and traditional Cuban hospitality. Highly reccommended!