Trinidad is an awesome city, all the brightly colored old buildings and cobbled streets along with friendly locals make it a charming place, but just a short drive away is the real gem of La Boca.
Upon telling our hostel in Trinidad that we were heading to La Boca, they did their best to persuade us not to go telling us it’s not a nice place, and ‘it’s full of Cubans’ it made us laugh that they thought that was a bad thing! Anyway we headed on down i think it cost about $5-7 CUC in a taxi from Trinidad and took 10 mins.
We got to La Boca and instantly loved it, there’s a river running along the west side of the town which runs into the sea, and a couple of small shingle beaches along the front. But best of all it felt so much more like a real Cuban destination that anywhere else we had been, with everyone using local Cuban currency and lots of family’s on holiday.
Our love of the place was only increased when we found an amazing place to stay at Buena Vista Casa Particular. Run by the loveliest couple Viola and Guillo, we stayed in their upstairs room with a huge balcony out front. They were unbelievably friendly and incredibly good cooks, we ate dinner and breakfast at the Casa and both were delicious, but the dinner: a huge portion of fresh fish was particularly good! You can check them out on trip advisor or this website or just turn up in La Boca, it’s a small place so they’re easy to find!
Just a 15 minute taxi from La Boca was the amazing beach Playa Ancon, turquiose waters, white sand, you catch my drift. When we went there was barely anyone on it at all spare a few Cuban tourists. Even if the main stretch of beach is busy you can walk South or north and the beach continues for ages and ages. When we walked a couple of miles up the beach and found a shady spot under a tree we didn’t see anyone much go by except a few fishermen!