we hadn't planned on flying to the island of cayo largo del sur. our first four days in cuba were booked beforehand; we thought we would figure out the last four on the ground. my first choice was to rent a house off one of the beaches near havana. kylie's first choice was a few days at one of the resorts on varadero. too bad for both of us, everything was booked. we found a great travel agent in hotel valencia (a lovely place) who found us what seemed like the last free resort room in cuba at the hotel sol cayo largo. cayo largo is the second largest island in the canarreos archipelago, with 26 km of beach, around 5 resorts and an airport. it is essentially a tourist island, which means the land between the resorts is undeveloped sand dunes and mangroves.
the resort itself was clean and well maintained. they made fantastic cappucinos and of course excellent mohitos at the lobby bar.
funny, when friends talked about all inclusives, i never processed that unlimited drinks included unlimited cappucino and esspresso. mmm... it was a resort that caters to italians so the coffee was excellent. freshly roasted and ground right in front of you.
our flight back, which included a bus to our hotel, had us checked in and ready to hit the town by 7:30. we went for a walk down the malecon or promenade by the ocean, and then out for a nice dinner.
on our final day in cuba after a nice breakfast we caught a taxi to old havana to peruse the streets and visit a few old landmarks we missed in the first few days.
our last evening we went out for a lovely dinner at los nardos, across from the capitolio. the food was plentiful, tasty and cheap. below you can see my meal. fried local root vegetables, beans and deep fried chicken cordon bleu, each piece about 1.5 times the size they typically are in canada. and with twice the cheese. and battered and deep fried... mmm...
and then, to continue the trend, kylie and i shared a huge serving of deep fried ice cream for dessert.