Different styles of traveling in Cuba: the pros and cons

Traveling in Cuba


  1. Noel Morata

    All of those tours outside of the all inclusive tour sound perfect, although I’m more interested in doing a self tour or custom made experience….Cuba is definitely on my list.

  2. Susan

    We took a last minute and therefore very cheap 2-week all inclusive holiday in Varadero, admittedly a few years ago. We just rented a car for 5 days and went off on our own staying in casas particulares. Having the car was good also to see some places on the edge of Havana. There weren’t any road signs then, but we didn’t have too much trouble finding the way. Next time I think we would attempt to do more of it on our own. If you want to go, I suggest doing it soon. Some US airlines have now got permission to fly there. It is likely to become more Americanised and the charm will have gone.

    1. Breathe With Us

      Looks like you had a good time with a mix of both worlds. And you’re right, road signs are a small problem but one easy to solve. It adds to the adventure.

      It will take a long time for Cuba to change deeply, especially outside Havana. The charm needs to remain while improving people’s lives at the same time.

      Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mansoureh

    I would like to Cuba, but I have never thought about taking a road trip there. I like going to the beaches, but it would be a part of my trip. I would like to explore the country, nature, culture and meet new people.

  4. Jenna Kvidt

    I think we’d like to travel independently there as well–even if it is more of a challenge, it’s fun and rewarding to figure it out on your own! Having a local plan the trip sounds like an interesting option, too. I’m sure you’d get some interesting insights that way! We were just talking about possibly planning a trip to Cuba–would be a fun place to explore sometime soon!

    1. Breathe With Us

      Indeed! It makes the trip feel more rewarding and special at the same time. Local knowledge is always important and that’s why staying at casas particulares will give you the chance to interact with the locals. Check it out for your trip there.

  5. wanderingwagarschristina

    When we visited Cuba we were in an all-inclusive resort. However, we hired a cab daily for tours daily. I wish to go back though as I feel like there are so many more places to explore. When we do, I think we will try an alternative to the all-inclusive resort.

    1. Breathe With Us

      Hiring a cab is actually a good option since they tend not to be very expensive.

      To be honest, we were very surprised with the diversity of the country and the number of things to explore. Some completely off the tourist trail.

  6. Sue Reddel

    Very comprehensive list on how to travel to Cuba. We went to Cuba with a group before the travel embargo was lifted. We had a marvelous time but I would love to travel there again on our own.

  7. katefrankiebrennan

    I’m not an ‘all-inclusive’ kind of person but I would do a mixture of independent and day trips. I’m intrigued about Cuba and do wonder if it would live up to the hype for me. I definitely have to go and find out!

  8. Dave

    It is great that you pointed out the pros and cons of different traveling styles. There are times that one travel style is perfect to one country and not-at-all good in the other one. Challenge arises every now and then. What important is, at the end of the day, you enjoyed your trip! 🙂

    1. Breathe With Us

      Yes, you’re right. That’s why we wanted to point out these travel style and how they fit Cuba. Obviously, they can also apply to other destinations but Cuba is still quite special.

      Cheers, Dave.

  9. anto

    Thanks for the inspiration. I heard that traveling in Cuba is bound to change a lot over the past couple of years which is in some ways unfortunate. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting but who knows in the future…

  10. Jared K

    Looking forward to traveling to Cuba this coming January. It will be with friends, with a rental car, and endless possibilities. I look forward to the adventures, and thank you for your information…it is most helpful.

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