I did this trip last Spring from Colombia. Cuba was okay, but be prepared for a few surprises.
1. It took 3 DAYS to get permission to ride around Cuba, after arriving in Cienfuegos. In the many countries I've been in, the most time to enter a country was 3 HOURS. There were five bikes that came in with the Stahlratte.
2. Great live free music is everywhere.
3. The food wasn't great. Cuban food seems to be better in the US.
4. The service was generally terrible. I rarely heard, "Thank you" and never "I'm sorry." While they want more foreign exchange from tourists, it is still a socialist society with no incentive to give good service.
5. You can't camp in the wild without getting hassled. One of the bikes that arrived with me was taken to jail when he camped on the beach.
6. Accommodations are expensive and it was best to stay at Casas Particulares. These are private homes that are easy to find and a great way to meet the real Cubans. In the 12 that I stayed in, no residents were working.
7. Food wasn't cheap, but finding places that will let you pay with Pesos Cubanos as opposed to CUC will save beaucoup bucks. You cannot use a US credit card there and don't use PayPal while online while in Cuba. I tried to send my daughter some money via PayPal and they froze my account.
8. Be prepared for an extreme amount of interest in your bike, at gas stations, and everywhere that you stop. The number of modern bikes that are in Cuba is zilch. If you like old US cars from the 50's and 60's, you'll be in heaven.
9. Beware of the "professional" ladies. A Canadian who arrived with me hated Cuba because of the pesky putas who bothered him because he is Canadian. Apparently, it's quite common for them to come to Cuba for sex vacations.
Bottom line is that I went to Cuba because of the way Lulu (nickname for Ludwig) waxed so eloquently about how wonderful Cuba is. I'm glad I went, but the cost was not cheap and I wouldn't go again. It was my 72nd country.
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Want to do the Trans America Trail (TAT) & Continental Divide Trail (CDT).