Take A Trip To Havana with NY1/Spectrum News’ Noami Yane! (PART II)By Naomi Yane | June 14, 2017 | Travel
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Day 3 we packed our beach bags and made our way to a local beach called Playa del Este. We chose this beach over other beaches because there were a lot less tourists. Sometimes where there are less tourists, there is also less upkeep, but you get more of the local vibe and that was the goal. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate and it was overcast and windy. Note to self: never go to Cuba in April, LOL!
Even with a foul weather day, we happened upon another local no frills outdoor eatery called El Caribeno. The chicken was succulent and finger lickin’ good! We ate with our hands…well there weren’t any utensils, but I guess that’s how chicken was intended to be eaten.
Day 4 took us to Viñales, Cuba! Which was about a 2 and a half hour cab ride away from Havana.
Viñales touts beautiful countrysides and upon entering the town, the main road is lined with brightly painted houses from colonial times.
While in Vinales we toured the Indian Caves, first on foot then by boat.
Of course, we couldn’t leave Viñales without a lesson in Cubans…cigars that is!
We learned about the intricate and lengthy cigar making process while smoking Cubans.
The Viñales Valley National Park was our final stop to see the Prehistoric Mural. It was painted 1959 by Leovigildo González Morillo and it’s painted on the side of the Viñales Valley.
Back in Havana that night we checked out Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) which combined the arts and night life. It was reminiscent of Art After Dark at the Guggenheim or First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum.
Our final full day in Havana was spent at Almacenes San José Artisans Market…mainly because we were dodging the rain but we also needed souvenirs.
There were rows and rows of vendors with all sorts of goods.
Since many of the vendors sell similar products haggling is encouraged!
Happy Traveling. Yané Out!