Little yellow bubble taxis (there should be a photo of one in the gallery) are a great way to get around Havana. You get great views, plenty of fresh air (and petrol/diesel fumes if the wind is in the wrong direction), and they can get in and out of traffic and small spaces faster and better than the larger taxis. However, as they run on small motorbike engines, what seems to be low grade fuel, and have fibre-glass shells, they may not be for the faint-of heart worried about safety or those with too strong an environmental conscience.
Also, watch out for the prices - although they are meant to be metered, these often don't run and you may need to check/negotiate the price before setting off, to avoid a nasty surprise. But the drivers are usually willing to haggle.
All over Havana.
The local minibus-type taxis/buses are the best way of getting around and about in St George's - and in fact, all of Grenada. They have set routes, and come along every few minutes - a great way to meet the locals and get a flavour of the island. They are especially good for going to and from Grande Anse beach area.
All over Grenada
If you are staying at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, pay the extra 30 USD per night for a room on the Executive Floor. A few perks, and a separate breakfast room; the rooms seem bigger than on the other floor, too.
Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza, Ciudad de la Habana 10400;
tel: (53-7) 33 3564 al 67. www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com
Beer Mania offers over 400 Belgian beers to sample on site, buy and drink at home, or order online. Open 11am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday. The owner, Nasser Eftekhairi, is usually there and is fount of knowledge on all things to do with Belgian beers.
174-176 Chaussée de Wavre, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. www.beermania.be Tel: 00 32 2 512 17 88 Nearest metro, Trone or Porte de Namur
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