Trinidad is a beautiful little town about 4 hours south west of Havana. It is an awesome break from the hustling of Havana. From the picturesque streets, to the beautiful restaurants with wonderful live music, to the incredible nature and water falls a short ride away.
Where to stay
Casa Isabel y Grisel - $30 per night
e cannot recommend this place enough. The location is great, the accommodation is wonderful, the food is great, and most importantly the family is unbelievable. By the time we had to leave after 4 days, we were hugging and tearing a little. :)
Where to eat
At your casa
They will make delicious simple breakfast which is usually eggs (anyway you like), fresh fruits, bread, fresh coffee/tea and juice! $5 per person. I also highly recommend having dinner one night at your casa. They will make anything you want (fish/chicken/pork/vegetarian/etc.), Carlos prepared for us delicious fish, rice, vegetable soup, salad with avocado from his garden! He also made us amazing mojitos with mint from his garden and included a bottle of white wine! All that for $10 a person.
Restaurante Sol y Son - Calle Simon Bolivar #283
Great food and atmosphere and the most romantic live music. Very reasonable prices.
La Botija - Calle Amargura 71
Probably to most "Hip" place in Trinidad. Get their early as it gets really busy.
What to do
A cool huge cave that was transformed into a famous club. Get there around 11pm when the line is still moderate and even if the line is pretty long, just have fun. Grab a drink from one of the many street vendors, and start chatting with people from all around the world that are standing in line just like you. Pro Tip: Entrance is $5 per person but KEEP your receipt as it is a free drink voucher at the bar inside the club. It doesn't say it anywhere so it only way to know it is word of mouth. :)
Your casa mostly likely has some for rent fro very cheap. Venture outside of Trinidad and go lay and relax on one of the many beaches along the coast. It is truly a beautiful ride. Pro Tip: The locals might recommend "Playa Ancon" as the "best beach" but to be honest, it is the furthest away and it is a large touristy beach with a hotel besides it. I personally think one of the smaller, almost private beaches along the way (long before Playa Ancon) are a much better option.
e recommend doing so with HavanaTour, they have an office in Trinidad and they offer many different tours. We oped in for the Guanayara tour for $55 per person. It was well worth it. You are picked up from your casa around 8:30am in a jeep with 2-3 other travelers (again a great way to make friends) and you are back in Trinidad around 5pm. The tour includes transportation, a coffee plantation tour, a beautiful hike to one of the many beautiful waterfalls, and great lunch at a local restaurant. You also get to relax and swim in a natural pool mid hike so bring your bathing suit and a towel.