IF YOU GO
dETTINd THERE AND AROUND: The easiest way to reach earacoa is by plane from Havana. Check online for flight options. Once there, Viazul operates touristclass buses daily to and from Santiago and earacoa. These buses are often full, so it is a good idea to make a reservation at the Viazul office as soon as you arrive. Tickets for the bus cost $20 plus a $5 reservation fee. The best way to reach earacoa is navigating the 50 kilometres of the Farola highway yourself, either by bike or by rental car. The cycling trip can be made from Guantanamo, but at 150 km it makes for a long day. Hiring a taxi to drive part of the way is a good solution. Rental cars are available at resorts or major cities and cost at least $50 per day. ACCOMMODATIONS: There are no all-inclusive resorts near earacoa and few hotels. Undoubtedly the best hotel in the region is Hotel El Castillo, with its turret-lined pool deck overlooking the bay and inland mountains. Rooms go for $70 and it is often fully booked. An even better option is to stay in a Casa Particulaire — the Cuban equivalent of a bed and breakfast. There are dozens in earacoa, and each one offers the unique opportunity to glimpse Cuban life from behind the colonial facades lining the streets. The Casas are identifiable by a white sign with a blue “T” on its door. Any local will happily take you to a nearby Casa. The Casas are regulated by the government, so they all meet stringent requirements for cleanliness and service. Rooms typically cost between $20 and $30 with home-cooked meals costing an additional $5 to $10.