My wife would be quite happy to hang on the beach with slushie drinks for 7 days but I like to get out either on foot or with a driver to do some exploring and get a taste of the country. I usually bring fishing gear and enjoy doing some shore fishing which is not possible on CL. What I enjoy most when I travel is ironically getting as far away from the resort scene as possible so staying at an AI is a bit of a compromise for us. I've done independent travel in other places but not Cuba because it's her favorite place too and if I'm going - she's going too.
But CL does seem to offer opportunities to get out to some remote places with just the two of us and enjoy the natural beauty of the place with a cooler bag of food and cervesas for the day. Although I may miss my fishing rod, I think I would enjoy that.