Alas, this trip has been far too short. Today was my last day in Cuba. With a late flight out, I had the whole day free. I decided to walk over to the neighbouring resort to rent a scooter. 20CUC got me motorized transport for half a day.
I decided to head into Guardalavaca proper. Most of the resorts are clustered in one main area, while Paradisus is more secluded a couple of kilometres away. The town basically exists just to house the staff at all the resorts. There’s also a large craft market that takes place every day for the tourists. With no real attractions to see, it was more about getting out and experiencing the countryside than anything else.
The afternoon was spent soaking in the last of the tropical sunshine before packing and heading up to the restaurant for dinner. I joined Ellie and Jan again, gorging myself on another fantastic meal. I exchanged emails with Ellie as we said our goodbyes. With similar tastes and interests, we talked about meeting up to travel together in the future. Even though we’re both quite happy to travel solo, every now and then it’s nice to have some like-minded company on the road.
My final bit of luxury for this whirlwind trip, was to purchase a VIP package for the airport. Frank Pais International Airport is small with limited facilities. Long queues and limited seating in stuffy outdated lounges are the norm. For $20CUC, I was able to skip all the queues, sit in air-conditioned comfort in the VIP lounge with food and unlimited drinks. The lounge also had TVs and we had priority boarding for the plane. It was well worth the money!
Three short hours later, I was back in Toronto. I wish it had been a longer trip, but I’m glad I went. All-inclusive trips are never going to be my first choice, but they certainly have their perks. I really enjoyed my time in Cuba. The people were very friendly and welcoming, and took great pride in their country. Next time I hope to see some more of it!