Day 7 in Cuba: Off to the beach

6 Feb

I was feeling a little better Friday morning, so the bike trip out to the beach was a go. The casa had arranged to have a couple of bikes ready for us after breakfast.

These bikes were not in the best condition, I’m afraid. Jeff’s had poor brakes and essentially only one usable gear. Mine at least had three speeds and functional brakes. And we had no helmets, all the more scary because of the frequent potholes. On the other hand, they only cost five bucks each to rent all day. The adventure was on!

It was about 3.4 miles downhill to the first town of La Boca, at the mouth of a river. Not much to see there so we marched on via the road that paralleled the sea. All along the way were beaches of various sizes and quality. Most were a little too rocky for swimming. After another 3.4 miles we came across a pretty sweet one. It had shade trees and enough sand to make the wading enjoyable.

The super-clear water was slightly bracing, but it didn’t take long to get used to it. There was not much in the way of waves, so the floating was easy, and quite enjoyable. We think we spent a few hours there although it was hard to tell. We enjoyed talking to a Swedish couple nearby. It was pretty damn relaxing. We even managed to buy a couple of cheap beers. And they were cold.

We got back on the road and 3.0 miles further had made it to a few of the beach resorts. The were ugly and the beaches had none of the character of the place we had stopped at. We had a quick lunch and then found a taxi to take us and our bikes back to the casa – ain’t no way in hell I was biking nine miles back on bad roads, and uphill.

After a siesta we headed to the steps at the Casa de la Musica to listen to a band and enjoy a couple of cocktails.

Tonight was to be our dinner prepared by Daylannis, our casa host. It was served up on the rooftop terrace, accompanied by delicious rum and cokes.

As usual, there was too much to eat: a plate of salad and another of fruit; chicken; shrimp cooked in traditional tomato-based sauce; rice and french fries. And all topped off with ice cream for dessert. The price for each of us: $12.

We were stuffed, and ready to say goodbye to Trinidad. The next morning our bus would take us to Havana for the last couple of days.

The beach we spent three hours at outside Trinidad. So relaxing.

The beach we spent three hours at outside Trinidad. So relaxing.

I love a beach with plenty of available shade. And sparsely populated. This was the one we spent hours at while biking our way to Playa Ancon.

I love a beach with plenty of available shade. And sparsely populated. This was the one we spent hours at while biking our way to Playa Ancon.

Beautiful water at a beach along the road to Ancon.

Beautiful water at a beach along the road to Ancon.

Pretty idyllic.

Pretty idyllic.

Dinner was served at our casa in Trinidad. This was a wonderful shrimp dish.

Dinner was served at our casa in Trinidad. This was a wonderful shrimp dish.

I took this pic especially for Rich Boudet. Amazing car. All it said on the back was "Special." Couldn't really see what model it was.

I took this pic especially for Rich Boudet. Amazing car. All it said on the back was “Special.” Couldn’t really see what model it was.

Typical Trinidad scene.

Typical Trinidad scene.

Sunrise in Trinidad.

Sunrise in Trinidad.

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