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  • curlergirl
    Victoria, Canada140 contributions
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    We booked our second trip with Cuban Compass tours for when we were in Varadero over Spring Break 2024.

    We can not say enough good things about booking with Alejandro and Cuban Compass Tours! You will receive an excursion that is unique and personal to you.

    We first booked with Alejandro 10 years ago on our first trip to Varadero, for that trip we had our two young boys with us, and he took us around Matanzas, where we drove a speed boat, swam in the caves, etc. Please read my prior review for a more detailed description of our trip. This excursion was the highlight of that trip. When we decided to go back to Cuba, it was unanimous that we needed to contact Alejandro for another excursion.

    This time we were with only one of our boys and we wanted to do the day trip to Havana. First starting with our booking experience, Alejandro was quick to respond with options and dates that we could make work. We easily booked the day trip with him.

    Alejandro picked us up at our hotel in a classic car and had a driver, Felix. The two of them kept us laughing and engaged for the long drive to Havana. We chose not to stop on the way as we wanted to maximize our time in Havana, although there was an option to stop at the bridge halfway to stretch our legs and grab a drink. While we were driving Alejandro spoke to us about what we wanted to accomplish. Our son is an avid history and war buff, so wanted our tour focused around that. His knowledge is incredible! We spent a lot of time walking around and exploring the forts on both sides of the water. Alejandro stayed with us the whole time explaining different battles and the histories of the forts.

    After our forts tour, we did a walking tour of old Havana, again Alejandro was checking with us to see if we were okay to keep walking and changing our tour based on how we were feeling and what we wanted to see.

    When we got back in the car we did a smaller driving tour of new Havana. He did give us an option of walking around some areas as well, but we were happy to sit in the car and relax a bit.

    We then went for lunch. When deciding on where to go for lunch Alejandro asked for our likes, budget etc. We decided on a more traditional Cuban restaurant that was newer. This place was amazing! We all felt awful because we couldn’t eat all of our food, and in a country that is struggling so much, wasting food seemed disrespectful, but the quantity was huge! We had lobster, shrimp and chicken plates. Each were delicious and differently prepared. We enjoyed the ambiance and live music while we ate.

    After lunch we drove back to the hotel. We left our hotel at 8:30 am and returned about 6:00 pm. This was a very long day, but we had an amazing time. One day is certainly not enough to experience this city, but gave us a taste of what there was. We learned, saw and experienced so much in this one day. We can’t wait until we return to Cuba in the future…I know we will spend another day with our friend Alejandro.
    Written June 2, 2024
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  • Peter B
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    Our trip was to Havana and we couldn't recommend this company enough. The communication from John was excellent and punctual. The trip is reasonably priced for a private tour. Only marginally more expensive than a coach tour, well worth the extra expense. John knew the best place for lunch, which was easily the best food we have had in Cuba. If we are ever back in Cuba we will be booking with Havacubvision.

    Thanks again for a great day.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • Iohana V
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    We highly recomment the half-day trip to Coral Reef and Saturn's Cave. Our guide was Marbel and ensured we had a smooth snorkeling experience. The dive in the cenote cave is also a not to be missed experience while in Varadero.
    Do not hesitate to join their trips!
    Written June 15, 2024
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  • Tejpal T
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    George and mijuel. Are the best.
    We came from Canada Vancouver. They took us to Havana. All I can say is they are like famiky to me. Not only was he friendly. We was very knowledgeable about Havana. He taught me alot. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND them. U will not go wrong.
    Their vehicles are awesome. Safe. They kept us safe.
    Forever your customer ❤️
    Written June 17, 2024
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  • Sandi M
    Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
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    We took the day trip to Havana tour. We had completed this tour approximately 10 years ago and wanted our friends to have the same great tour of Havana.
    Everyon had a enjoyable time. Our tour guide Raul was knowledgeable and patiently answered all our questions. We saw many sights and learned about history and current events in Cuba. Raymond was an expert driver. A great day in Havana!
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • Peter K
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    There was 4 of us in our party variety of ages, Yodanis was brilliant he took us to Bay of Pigs, Trinidad and arranged an air bb for us which was absolutely lovely, he then took us to Santa Clara and Havana he arranged for us to see a show. Would strongly recommend Yodanis he was very helpful, friendly and professional.
    Written June 14, 2024
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  • brett q
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    Our day trip with Friendly Cuba Voyage from Varadero to Havana and back was wonderful. Tony was a professional describing the history of Havana from the Siege of Havana to the Revolution and much more. Tony and driver ( can’t remember his name sorry) were very friendly and excellent safe driving. Would definitely do a tour with them again.
    Written May 5, 2024
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  • Journey60092862757
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    Bob was our tour guide for a day trip in Havana, Cuba. He was very informative and spoke with wisdom. His knowledge of Havana's history was clear. The driver didn't speak English but was very nice. Since the journey from Varadero took about 6 hours round trip, it's best to coordinate with Bob in advance about the places to visit and the preferred stops. The restaurant Bob took us to had good food, but prices were a bit high. When ordering, be mindful as ordering drinks; we were surprised to find bottled water priced at $4 each during checkout. For lobster, I recommend a restaurant in Varadero downtown called LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO, where a medium-sized lobster costs about $6.5, compared to $27 in Havana. Nevertheless, we had a delightful day under Bob's guidance. Thank you.
    Written April 24, 2024
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  • Patrick L
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    We enjoyed the trips a lot and our guide Toni put in extra efforts to ensure we were satisfied. Ramón also followed up with us to make sure we had a good time. It was a wonderful experience and highly recommended.

    Before the trips: The planning was easy, everything was done through Whatsapp with Ramón. He was very responsive with loads of information before we made the decision. He was very flexible in terms of adjusting the trips based on our schedules and locations. He even translated the trips details from the website into English for us to review.

    During the trips: We were very lucky to have the same wonderful tour guide, Toni, for our two trips: a 2-day trip to Vinales & Havana, and a 1-day trip to Trinidad & Cienfuegos. Toni is punctual, extremely friendly, and his driving skills are excellent.

    Vinales - Toni explained the UNESCO site in Vinales in great details. We were also given plenty of time to explore the cave, the mural and the town. He arranged a memorable lunch with spectacular view to the valley for us. He did the extra to drive us to a place to take good photos!

    Havana - We had a very good time with Toni in Havana. He is very professional and approachable that he had all the answers to our questions while walking in Havana. He is very knowledgeable and gave tons of information of the history, culture and local lives in Havana in great details. We enjoyed the scenic tour with a classic car very much. What a unique experience!

    Trinidad & Cienfuegos - Once again he came on-time early in the morning to pick us up from our hotel as it was a long drive to Trinidad. He is a cheerful guy and he shared a lot of interesting stores with us. We became more like friends than Guide/Clients. We had a chance to visit some local families aside from the itinerary, this helped us understand Cuba in general more and the difference among different regions. While driving along the roads, whenever he spotted any interesting local fruits, he always tried to stop and let us taste them. The Nicho National Park is beautiful and the waterfall is stunning. The weather was very pleasant that we hiked near the waterfalls after the tasty lunch. While Trinidad was deeply influenced by the Spanish culture, Cienfuegos is completely in contrast with Trinidad in terms of architecture and city layout. We could appreciate the varieties during the visit.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • 73_123_travel
    Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada5 contributions
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    On April 29, we did the Havana tour through Explore Cuba with Lucy with Tour Guide Lauren. The service we received was professional and outstanding. We hired two cars for our party. Both Lauren and the drivers were very accommodating to our timeline that day. They worked with us to customize our day and time frame we required. Lauren was amazing, she made you feel like family, at the end of the tour you felt like you had known her for years. I would highly recommend utilizing Explore Cuba with Lucy Tours and Lauren. I know our next trip to Cuba they will be our go to touring company.
    Written May 2, 2024
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  • Maps33060227422
    2 contributions
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    We had so much fun with Lazaro! He picked us up in an old Chevy Belair car, very cool. We drove 20 minutes to Coral beach and snorkelled there for an hour. The reef is amazing, so many different species. Then we took a short ride to Saturno Cave where we swam for 45 minutes. There are drinks and lunch available after too! You cannot beat the price, the entire experience was $45 USD per adult, whereas Sunwing offered the same thing for $120!! The whole trip went smoothly and everyone was very helpful. Thank you so much Lazaro!
    Written May 11, 2024
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  • marcus
    Horsens, Denmark1 contribution
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    Very good and educational tour of Havana with a great guide who knew all the good places. 10/10 would recommend to anyone visiting!
    Written April 10, 2024
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  • Maps32825525106
    4 contributions
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    The vintage cars were super cool and really well maintained. Our driver was friendly and knew all the best spots in Havana, sharing lots of interesting stories along the way. The tour was laid-back and gave us plenty of time to enjoy the sights. If you want to experience Cuba in a fun and authentic way, I highly recommend this service!
    Written June 17, 2024
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  • nikhil j
    1 contribution
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    Leysester is the best in his job. He planned the Havana trip for us in his classic 1947 Chevy and was one of our favourite trips. He knows the place really well and is eager to share his knowledge. Ley and his wife were so friendly that we never felt them as strangers throughout the trip. He took great pictures for us. We highly recommend Ley to anyone who is going to Cuba. Excellent 5/5
    Written May 7, 2024
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  • John S
    1 contribution
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    Super Impressed with my instructor Yubi I have to tell any one thinking about taking Kitesurfing lesson with Caribbean Kite Riders you will be in professional hands I had a wonderful experience and felt that the instruction was superior to lessons that I had in previous places prices were super reasonable really great vibes and super cool location I will be back
    VIVA LA CUBA Thank you Yubi
    Written May 14, 2024
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