Cycle from Varadero to Vinales along the Circuito Norte
Got two weeks for a holiday? Sit on a bike instead of a barstool! I discovered fourteen days is plenty of time to explore Cuba’s Circuito Norte by bike. From resort-town Varadero, through Havana, to the peaceful Vinales valley, it’s a perfect, paved, almost-flat view of the island’s less known northwestern coast.
Cuba travelogue (photo gallery with commentary):
Independent bike travel in: Varadero, Matanzas, Playa Jibacoa, Guanabo, Cojimar, La Habana (Havana), Vinales, Puerto Esperanza, Cayo Levisa, Play La Altura, Playa San Pedro, and Playa Baracoa.
The Rough Guide Map: Cuba – excellent 1:850,000 scale with contours & distance markers
Lonely Planet “Cycling Cuba” – a bit out of date (2002) and the routes are a bit picky, but good overall touring info and maps
Georgia Straight writer Andrew Scott’s experiences with casa particulars
– Cuba’s version of inexpensive B&B’s: www.casaparticular.info
– Hotels in a variety of price ranges: www.particularcuba.com
– Bike-friendly Skyquest flies economic direct flights from Vancouver to Cuba with no charge for bikes, and no need to box them (they provide a $5.00 plastic bag) www.sunquest.net
– Bicycles Crossing Borders: a Toronto-based organization that ships used bikes and parts to Cuba. www.bikestocuba.org