Words cannot do justice to this waterfront treasure AirBnB Casa Couret in Matanzas and its owners Acela and Julio. They picked us up from Varadero Airport for a small fee; took us to the local Cadeca to exchange money, cooked us a welcoming lobster meal fit for royalty; helped us set up meetings with the city’s historian and arranged for twin brothers Jonel and Josnel to take us safely and inexpensively around the region in their 1990 Lada Taxi. Needless to say we became more than friends during our 5 nights in Matanzas. The nightly rate is $32; breakfast is $5 p/p and dinners if you so desire are $10 p/p.
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Here is TJ’s day blog about our magnificent welcome to Cuba.
Matanzas Cuba Feb 1st, 2017
Today at 4:00am began a new adventure and a major desire was ready to be checked off my bucket list: visit the island of Cuba
We left the house at 6:00 and drove the five hours to Fort Lauderdale to catch our flight to Cuba. Check-in was quite easy as Southwest Airlines has a special service desk installed just to handle Cuban visitors. It is a bit more paperwork to fill out, but was no problem.
Had a quick 40 minute flight to Varadero Airport with only seven other passengers on a large 737-700 Boeing. Han and I did not even sit together so we could both have a window for photos upon arrival.
Note: They don’t stamp your passport unless you ask them to. They stamp your visa card. There are two parts to the visa, one you hand in when you arrive, and one you hand in when you leave. KEEP your visa card in a safe place and keep your boarding pass on you at all times. It is your documented proof of being allowed in the country and your health insurance if you need assistance. There is a hospital just for tourist. Hopefully we will not be needing this.
Our AirBNB hostess in Matanzas (Acela) picked us up at the airport, along with a taxi friend of hers, and we got to know each other on our way to her home. Of course one of the first things I noticed were all the amazing classic cars. It is magical.
Our room is sizable and includes a large closet, fridge, great bathroom, nightstands with drawers and some stools. It is very comfortable and homey. Once we placed our belongings in the room, we grabbed a beer out of the fridge, went outside to the lovely walled-in garden area and watched the many different goings on around us. I love the horse carriages that carry everything from people to pigs. Yes, I saw a huge pig sitting in one. Poor guy, it may have been his last ride.
Everyone waves and calls our greetings. Cuba is very welcoming.Acela asked if we would like dinner prepared, so we would not have to go out, and we jumped at the chance when she mentioned lobster. She whipped up quite a spread, which was much more than either of us could eat. There was fish soup, salad, split open lobster with delicious garlic, rice, yuca, fried plantains and guava type pudding with a soft flavorful cheese. The table was beautifully set, food smelled divine and we sat down to feast. Our hostess is quite the chef.
Shortly after dinner we fell into the bed. It was about 8:30 when we flipped the lights off and passed out.
This time of year you do not need AC at night. It was even blanket weather.