After snorkeling we drove to Saturn cave…there’s a natural freshwater swimming pool inside.
Thankfully, I didn’t see any bats (comforting, esp. with all the coronavirus news out there).
The water was a bit cold at first, but really nice to swim in. Therapeutic! After the cave experience, we drove to Varadero, where we ate lunch at a restaurant not far from the beach. As you can see, the water is so beautiful. It was the perfect temperature too.
We got back to Havana around 7pm.
The next morning–Friday, Valentine’s Day, I went for a bike tour around Havana. It started in the Vedado area, near the Fabrica del arte. It wasn’t too strenuous, and we took a few stops along the way for our tour guide to explain a bit of history.
I did get a little freaked out at one point: basically, we reached the entrance to a forest trail and our guide stopped to warn us that “we may encounter bodies of animals, bloody carcasses, etc…don’t freak out.”
He then proceeded to tell us about Santeria (yes, like the Sublime song). Apparently they have rituals where they kill animals…and they often put the bodies in the forest (some buried, some unburied).
So…we go in. I was a little freaked out, but I made it just fine. I only saw one animal, and didn’t look too closely.
Apart from that, the forest park was incredibly beautiful, like a painting.
So…that was Valentine’s Day- my last day in Cuba. To celebrate, I ate dinner at two restaurants- the first was Habana 61 and the Second was near to where I stayed, “Donde Lis.” The seafood at Donde Lis on Tejadillo was AMAZING. Some of the best shrimp I’d ever had. See pic: