St.Maarten-St.Martin in the Caribbean

Pedro Arbolaez

The best things in life are

the people you have met

the places you have seen

and the memories you made

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We Suggest Staying in Historic Homes and Castles, Abbys,
Transformed Churches, B&Bs and Newstyle Hostels

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Find Out of the Way Attractions
and Meet Special People


embrace moments of splendid solitude

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Sample from Our Bucketlist Flavors

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Enjoy Small Group Safety

& Personal Attention Tours


Indulge in Epic and Off Beat Local Events


Musical Reflection on the Malecon

Musical Reflection on the Malecon

Cuba Boutique Statement:

If we could be granted one wish for Cuba’s future, we’d hope that the isolation, which made the island and its people so unique and makes visiting so alluring, gives way gently to change. We’d wish for Cuba to keep marching to its own music as it welcomes new visitors to their island nation in the Caribbean.

We prepared our first discovery trip with exclusively AirBNB accommodations  in the cities of Matanzas (Casa Couret) and Central Havana (Paraiso Rojo) while extensively visiting and interacting with the real Cuba between Varadero, Havana and the Pinar del Rio/Viñales Region for February 1 – 11, 2017.

Extensive daily travel stories and tips can be found on TJ’s personal website: with photos and videos. Her approach to travel is slightly different then mine and often covers areas important to women. My stories go deeper into socio-cultural and economic topics as I see a destination develop. I try to stay away from political observations as much as I can.

Here are TJ’s Travel Blogs for Cuba:

Day 1 – Longtime Desire to Visit Cuba Becomes Reality

Day 2 – Waking Up to the Sounds of Home in Matanzas, Cuba

Day 3 – Quickly Getting Used to the Cuban Lifestyle

Day 4 – Varadero, beautiful as it is, is the other Cuba

Day 5 – Callejon de las Tradiciones, Afro-Cuban History in Matanzas

Day 6 – First Impressions of Havana, Cuba

Day 7 – Central and Old Havana Walking Tour

Day 8 – Sightseeing Havana’s Waterfront and Suburbs

Day 9 – A Daytrip to the Pinar del Rio Province and Viñales Valley

Day 10 – A Leisure Day in Havana

Day 11 – Not a Goodbye, Just a See You Later Wonderful Cuba

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