Our first day trip from Marina Hemingway materialized, as had so many of our on-shore explorations, by chatting with fellow cruisers at a marina or anchorage. Crew from the sail boat docked next to us raved about an inexpensive local kitchen. They explained we would find Raul’s just over the bridge and to the right, and then a left at an alley. A cruising couple on another boat later recommended that we see the “tile art” in the town across the bridge. As seen below, “tile art” does not begin to capture the mind blowing art explosion greeted us in Jaimanitas. After all the complicated machinations leading up to our Cuba visit, it was nice to hatch a plan in the moment based on fellow cruiser’ experience.
Jaimanitas’ fishing fleet docks in the estuary seaward of the bridge into town.
Horse drawn carts, along with 50’s vintage U.S. cars are common transportation modes. Soviet Lattas and Chinese models comprise the more recent car fleet.
At Raul’s, we enjoyed beans, rice and chicken.
Photo credit Keith Seiler.
Artist Jose Fuster’s former home. Fuster, known as Cuba’s Picasso, has decorated over 80 homes and several streets in Jaimanitas.
A tile mural decorates this pool.
Photo credit: Keith Seiler.
Che in tile.
The Reality Gallery Project, across the street from Fuster’s home, displays and sells paintings by Cuban artists, including some who helped Fuster with his tile work.
This painting is fashioned from tobacco leaves.
This cool new courtyard provided an opportunity to sample more Cuban rum and some shade as we reflected on Jaimanitas many surprises.
A mashup of Che and Chaplin hanging in the lobby of El Zorro Bar. We are still trying to figure out what the artist was trying to say. Let us know what you think?