Havana too crowded? Experience the other face of Cuba

Havana getting too crowded? Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa in the eastern half of Cuba will offer a respite away from the crowds

As I tugged my backpack out of the boot of my taxi, bare-chested children dashed past me, chasing a football through narrow, dusty streets.

Women, some of them with their hair still in curlers, wandered out of their homes to chat with one another.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 13, 2018, with the headline 'The other face of Cuba'. Print Edition | Subscribe