|Bicycle Touring in Cuba|
I found several sources for information on cycling in Cuba:
- Traveling Two (Visited Cuba in December of 2012)
- While Out Riding (Article posted December of 2010)
- Crazy Guy on a Bike (Visited Cuba in March of 2009)
- Avoid hotels. Instead stay at what we would call a bed and breakfast. In Cuba they are called "casa particulares" or just "casas". They also offer dinner for a modest charge. It's a good idea to check the shower in a casa before paying for the night. Some of them don't have much water pressure.
- Food is okay, but nothing special. Rice and beans are served at most casa dinners, which are reasonably priced. Restaurant meals are more expensive. Pizza is available on the streets for lunch and very cheap. They advise not passing up food if you are the least bit hungry, since it may be hard to find.
- Roads are okay, and traffic is not bad. Because of the embargo, many cars in Cuba are ancient, from the 1950s. Not surprisingly, many of these belch out a lot of smoke.
- Many locations are noisy at night with the sounds of dogs, pigs, music and cars. Ear plugs are recommended.
- Some basic items, like soap, are hard to find in Cuba.
- A basic knowledge of Spanish is a big help.