Written by Kieran Proctor

Review Of Finca Vista Hermosa – A Farm To Table Restaurant Just Outside Havana

Finca Vista Hermosa is located just outside Havana in Guanabacoa. It’s a farm to table restaurant specialising in traditional Cuban ...

Finca Vista Hermosa is located just outside Havana in Guanabacoa. It’s a farm to table restaurant specialising in traditional Cuban cuisine. It’s the ultimate foodies day trip from Havana.

I spent a day at Finca Vista Hermosa with my local Cuban foodie friends. And we filmed the video below for Youtube, so you can see what it looks like before visiting. But with that said, here’s everything you need to know about Finca Vista Hermosa and how to get there.

Our day at Finca Vista Hermosa in Guanabacoa, Cuba.

The Ultimate Cuban Food Tour Destination

Most Cuban food tours are just rubbish. You’ll see and experience food that could be sampled virtually anywhere else in the world. Except it will be of a lower quality and have a higher probability of making you sick.

Instead of a food tour in Havana or lunch in a Cuban home, which is what every other tourist in Havana does, you should visit an authentic Cuban farm to table restaurant. If you’re wanting to sample the best traditional food that Cuba has to offer, a farm to table restaurant is your best option.

Cuban food can often be hit or miss. A restaurant or food tour that is superb one day, can be atrocious the next. But by visiting a self-sustainable farm to table restaurant, you’re guaranteeing that you’ll get the best Cuban food at a fraction of the price. And it’s guaranteed to be fresh.

Finca Vista Hermosa – how to Get There

Finca Vista Hermosa is a Cuban farm to table restaurant, located in Guanabacoa. It’s located approximately 45 minutes outside central Havana. It’s open Friday to Sunday.

Finca Vista Hermosa is the ultimate foodies day trip from Havana. You can reach Finca Vista Hermosa using either an organized food tour from Havana (not recommended) or as we did, without the tour guide and using La Nave.

La Nave is the Cuban Uber mobile application, that operates just like the Uber you’re familiar with. In order to use La Nave, you will need a Cuban SIM card. And with La Nave you can get around Cuba like a local. That’s why La Nave is one of my four (4) most important mobile applications.

For the 4 of us in a La Nave from Havana, we paid 2500 Cuban Pesos (CUP). Which at the Cuban exchange rate that day, was roughly $12USD.

Travel Tip: If you’re going to visit Finca Vista Hermosa, send them a message on WhatsApp first. Just to ensure that they are open for customers that day. Once you’ve confirmed they’re open, then hop on La Nave and order a ride.

Activities At Finca Vista Hermosa

Finca Vista Hermosa is a place for both the young and the young at heart. When visiting the farm, you can go horse riding and take in unparalleled views out over Guanabacoa and its surrounds.

The horses are well trained and the horseback tours are managed by a Cuban ‘guajira’ (traditional Cuban cowboy). Who also takes you on a tour of the farm, either after your horse ride or after lunch.

As a sustainable farm, that’s entirely self-sufficient, you can tour the premises and learn about the origin and history of Cuba’s sustainable farming practices. And see where each ingredient used by the onsite restaurant actually comes from.

Onsite Farm To Table Restaurant

Once you’ve toured the farm and taken a ride across the countryside, you can sit down for lunch. This is the part that all the foodies in your group will look forward to the most. Everything on the menu is fresh from the farm that day.

The onsite restaurant has an extensive selection of traditional Cuban cuisine and fantastic cocktails. All with a view out over the farm and its surrounding countryside.

The bar and waitstaff are first class. And you should take their recommendations into consideration, when viewing the menu. We did and the food and drinks were spectacular.

A favorite cocktail among our group, was the Cuban mojito with fresh sugarcane juice. And I’m not normally a fan of mojitos, but this one was superb. And our favorite starter was the focaccia with fresh cheeses. I had the traditional Ropa Vieja with yucca as my main course. And it was the best Ropa Vieja, I’ve ever had in Cuba.

For the four of us, the total bill for lunch was 8000 Cuban pesos (CUP). Or roughly $51 USD at the exchange rate that day. It was an amazing lunch with fantastic cocktails, for a very low price compared to what you’ll pay for mediocre food in Havana. We all loved visiting Finca Vista Hermosa!

Travel Tip: If I was to visit again for the first time, I’d combine a visit to Finca Vista Hermosa with a visit to the newly revived old town square of Guanabacoa. If you’re out that way, you might as well also see some of Guanabacoa.

Where Can I Get More Information About Cuba?

I’ve made my Complete Guide To Traveling Cuba available on this website. And I recommend you read it, before traveling to Cuba. It will help you navigate Cuba and Cuban society.

My Cuba travel guide will save you a lot of time and money on your next trip to Cuba. Cuba is not the sort of destination in which you can arrive unprepared. Read the most complete Cuba Travel Guide.