"We had such a great time on this trip! I didn't feel like a "tourist" at all but like I was experiencing the culture by being submerged in it. Cuba is so rich, beautiful and multi-faceted and Charley organized the tour in such a way so that it was malleable enough to meet each person at the depth they were comfortable and desired. We all agreed that the central theme was transformation...and transform me it did! I was left with heartwarming memories and definitely more enriched as a person!"
Courtney & Tyler ~Daytona Beach, Fl
Visiting Cuba was always a dream for us. Charley made it come true, and for that we be grateful forever. We could never experience Cuba the way we did without his guidance. Charley got us into the “guts of Havana”, the locals’ life, so much different from the ordinary tourist experience. Havana is mysterious and an unusual place and without his guidance we would miss it…he gave us this unique opportunity to learn about this culture from the most simple tours in Cuba. He took us to the best restaurants and "paladors" restaurants in peoples homes, he showed us the most worthily shopping places, and taught us how to handle the “Jiniteros” (Cuban cheaters who fool the tourists), which they aren't many of, but good to know about. His vivid energy carries you away to the Cuba of the past and the New Cuba of today.
Thank you Charley !!
Robert and Alexia ~Jacksonville Beach, Fl
Charley was one of the best guides I've ever had! He took really good care of the group and ensured we were always safe and comfortable. He was entertaining and a great source of knowledge on all things Cuban. He took great care of anyone who fell ill on the trip, and was kind to point out what/where was safe to eat (ensuring I was always catered for as a vegetarian). He was responsible, tolerant, really good fun and really contributed to the trip being one of the most memorable ones I've been on.
Thanks Sandy! ~Fl
Charley was amazing, we loved him. Could not have asked for a better guide, he was brilliant. I was extremely pleased with all aspects of the accommodation - better than we expected. Food was also better than we expected. Very, Very pleasantly surprised. We really appreciated having a Spanish guide to explain everything to us, we enjoyed encounters with the locales better his translating. This made the trip so much more enriching than if we had traveled on our own.
Honestly I just loved it all!!!
I'll be back !
The trip was wonderful and Charley was amazing and an excellent tour guide. I just wish we had been able to stay longer! Charley taught us so much about the history of Cuba and explained many of the complexities of the current situation. He happily answered all of our questions and was always attentive and genuinely wanted us to see the best side of Cuba. He was so generous with his time, endlessly patient, and always did his best to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. He always made sure we were safe and went above and beyond acting as a tour guide; he quickly become a close friend. Spending time with him and getting to know Cuba through his eyes made the trip unforgettable. I have gone home with fantastic memories of the trip and, thanks to him, will be recommending Hot Cuba Travel to all my family and friends. He is truly an asset and a wonderful person. The home stays were also wonderful and welcoming. The rooms were so comfortable and the hosts were lovely and friendly and really made us feel at home. The Hotel National was amazing to walk through!. Cuban coffee is amazing. Best start to the day. I love Cuba and hope to one day come back. The booking process was so easy and I got really quick replies every time!
Natalie & Rhett ~Kentucky
I went with Charley to Cuba and the trip was fantastic. The hotel accommodations were great and the food was out of this world. I haven't had any pork as good since. I am normally not interested in architecture ,but I took several hundred photos of the beautiful buildings. I would return with Charley anytime,
Fred K. ~Deland, Fl.
My trip to Cuba with Charlie Gonzalez was stress free, informative and educational as well. When considering travel to Cuba, like everyone, there were concerns of safety an immigration. My concerns were overcome after arriving as I noticed the many friends and contacts that were there. The remainder of the trip was very enjoyable through history and beauty of the untouched areas Cuba has to offer. If considering travel to Cuba in the future, Charlie Gonzalez would be the first person contacted.
Jim ~Daytona Beach Shores, Fl
"Charley being born in American, but with relatives in Cuba adds a unique dimension to the Hot Cuba Travel experience. Having a personal family connection to the Cuban people opens doors to a very special cultural opportunity that is not available to every tourist. I found this to be the most rewarding part of my trip with Hot Cuba Travel. And Paul's ability to capture these very personal moments with the people of this beautiful country created lifetime memories for me and my family."
Roberto ~Ormond Beach, Fl
My wife and i went to Cuba with Charley in November 2010 and had a wonderful time. Everything was taken care of from start to finish. Charley is very personable and treated us like family. His personality makes him well liked and accepted by everyone we encountered. The Cuban people went out of their way to show us their country and way of life. They were very interested to meet us and find out about the United States. The fact that Charley is fluent in both English and Spanish made communicating with them a breeze. We went on quite a few "backstage tours" including the National Zoo, that included playing with baby lions in the nursery, (bonus) several world renown cigar factories, and even a agriculture tour at a cigar farm. We had wonderful meals as Charley knows all the best restaurants. Without a doubt I would rate our trip as 5 stars and would gladly go again and again with Charley.
Mark W. ~Ormond beach, Fl