One of the
best features of Guanabo is the nightlife. It is of course much,
much different than other major tourist destinations such as
Varadero or Cayo Coco or other Caribbean All Inclusive locations
in Mexico or the Dominican Republic. And
main street Guanabo (5th avenue) is fairly quiet and quite safe
and very well monitored by lots of policeman. Most of 5th avenue
is also very well lit by streetlights and while traffic is
fairly low, there are plenty of taxis, coaches and buses that
zip along. The side streets are equally quiet but a bit darker
as there are very few streetlights, but there is generally light
emanating from the houses that line the street.
described earlier are open to at least 11 PM with what I would
assume is a last seating or ordering around 10PM. In terms of
plain pub/patios there are at least three of these where you can
just sit down and chat and people watch on main street. These
are generally open until midnight.
you be interested in cranking it up thereafter you can step out
to the two main night clubs which only really start to get going
around 11 PM and shut down around 3PM. These two clubs are
usually open on alternating nights which means that these is a
club open every night of the week, but they are never open on
the same night. Both of these are quite similar in that:
walled in but have an open sky roof (i.e. no roof) so if it
rains they are closed for the night (but it hardly happens
as it rarely rains in Guanabo for more than 30 minutes)
to see the same people (Cubans and the few tourists) at both
pressed to guess, I would say that on average there might be
150 people per night (but that can easily go up to 300) and
likely more from January to March.
charge is similar:
very friendly and itís a great place to meet a lot of relaxed
and friendly Cubans. They are usually all open minded and
curious and having a great time if you show any interest and
wish to chat.
little tip, if you buy a bottle of rum for about $10 with coke
and a bit of a tip, they usually find you a chair and table and
treat you a bit better and you also avoid the line up at the bar
another easy and viable option is to jump in a collectivo taxi
for a $1 and go to Havana (about 20 minute drive) and party in
the dozens of bars there. Another bit of advice is go with a
Cuban from Guanabo in order to avoid tourist trap, bet better
deals and avoid being too harassed on Old Havana as well as be
guided and introduced to a number of people.
In any event
itís all al lot of fun and everyone has a great time dancing and
carrying on laughing and being real friendly. And most
importantly you are not completely surrounded by other tourists
as would be the case in other tourist parts of Cuba.