Ok, I've just come back from a 8 days vacation in Cuba.
As many of you, I didn't want to spend all the vacation inside an all-inclusive resort, and since it was my first time to Cuba I was looking for a place near La Habana. For that reason i chose to stay in Playa del Este, https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_ ... _Cuba.html
, where the beach is real nice, you can reach El Habana in 30 mins by taxi or bus, and the feeling is much more informal.
I personally was in Tarara at Cuba Kite Village ( https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revie ... _Cuba.html
), which is run by a Canadian (Coco, she) - Italian (Peppe, he) couple that offer Yoga and Kite related activities.
About kitesurfing with them, the most particular thing is he will also drive you to kite in different spots, either in a single day trip (we were at Varadero) or a longer trip, according to the wind and the waves.
I really enjoyed the time spent with Peppe and the group of kiters (Spanish, German, Norwegian and Canadian people) and definitively advise the place. On one night we also had a beach party with a community of local kiteboarders.
A few more info:
1) The local beach at Tarara is really beatiful and less crowded than it appeared to be on the eastern side
2) Tarara is less attractive in the nightime, due to the presence of only few bars that at night seem to offer very few. But this was not a problem for me, since I used to have dinner in La Habana
3) If you visit Cuba kite village website http://www.cubakitevillage.com
, they still refer to a villa that that has recently been demolished. The present accomodation is actually inside Tarara Residence.
This is a video I found in Youtube, after watching it I decided to go...