|Subject: Re: Cuba|
About 5 years ago, I went to Ancon Beach near Trinidad di Cuba. It was about a $5 taxi ride into the city of Trinidad. The area has a lot to offer - beautiful white sandy beach, accessible mountains for hikes with a lovely waterfall, a colonial city and sugar mills that are UNESCO World Heritage sites, museums, a traditional spa in the mountains, scuba diving and snorkelling, friendly people.
We stayed at a 2+ star resort, Costasur. If you want budget, you might consider it or the newest one which was being developed at the time (Brisas Trinidad del Mar, a 4* hotel)
We went up into the mountains, hiked to a waterfall for a swim and ate dinner with a coffee farmer and his family at their home (all arranged privately with our tour company rep).
Trinidad de Cuba: http://tinyurl.com/3y8q5
Escambray Mountains and Topes de Collantes: http://tinyurl.com/yuq6c
My mini report about the trip: http://caribtravelnews.com/c0499_02.htm
I highly recommend the area if you are interested in culture as well as a beach vacation.
As for time, if you have two weeks, do it! We didn't have enough time for everything we had hoped to do.
Frances Toronto, Canada