Trinidad, Cuba is a place where you can party all night long in a cave and then relax all day on beautiful beaches, taking breaks only to swim in crystal clear warm Caribbean waters. Music is everywhere in this colonial town and because of its small size you can easily explore the whole town in just a couple days. Here are a few highlights to quickly see the best of Trinidad.
Playa Ancon Beach
Just a 15 minute drive from the town is a beautiful turquoise blue beach lined with palm trees. The water is warm and clear and the sun is hot. Our driver took us to a a spot on the beach where rocks form a natural swimming pool. With tropical umbrellas lining the beach you can stay a while with the convenience of shade shielding you from the hot Caribbean sun. We arranged for the cab to come back and get us and paid the fare upon returning. The cab situation was one of the most convenient parts about Cuba.
One of the top reasons I was drawn to Trinidad was for Disco Ayala - a raging nightclub inside of a cave! The cost was just $5 CUC to get in and it comes with a drink voucher. We showed up around 11pm and the line was long, but passed quickly. It's so much fun in there! The dance music doesn't stop and party doesn't end until the wee hours of the morning.
Tip: Get drinks for $1 CUC as your trekking up the hill to get in line. The bar closer to the line will try to sell the for $2-3 CUC. If you negotaite with them, you may get lucky and get it for $1 CUC like we did.
Where to Eat
The best food I ate in Cuba was in Trinidad, a breakfast cooked in-house by our Airbnb host, who was awesome! Some of the best coffee, tastiest fruit, rolls and an omelette. I definitely recommend taking your host up on the offers. We passed on dinner, but I wish we hadn't The second best was Taberno la Botija, a delicious restaurant near Disco Ayala that stays open late. Get the cheese croquettes. One night we had dinner at Obbatala, a rooftop of a home turned restaurant. The multi-course meal was satisfying the the bustling vibe was fun.
Iberostar Grand Hotel was the only place we were able to pick up a WiFi card in Trinidad, everywhere else was sold out. The cost was $1.50 CUC for two 40 minute cards plus you must purchase a $4 CUC drink. After not having internet for three days we happily accepted the drink charge and spent an hour sipping our daquiris in the air-conditioned hotel lounge
If you already have a WiFi card, there are two other hotspots around Trinidad. One is in the park right across the street from Iberostar Grand Hotel and the other is in front of Casa de Musica. You'll know you found a hot spot when you see tons people sitting around on their phones.