Cuba is unlike any other Caribbean island. Sitting south of the Bahamas and the USA, Cuba exudes old-world charm and pairs its powder-white beaches with a rich and fascinating history. Choose between the hustle and bustle of Cuba’s capital city of Havana, with its rustic European influence and affinity for classic cars, and bare-foot luxury of all-inclusive resorts such as Varadero, Guardalavaca and The Cayos.
One of the world’s most distinct countries, Cuba is as famous for its exports as it is as a holiday destination. Cuban cigars, vintage Cadillacs, rum and Che Guevara are all icons of Cuban heritage and still part of Cuban life. Cuba is an ideal destination for those who want to combine a relaxing beach holiday with a lively, Latin culture.
Cuba’s capital city, Havana, is a treasure trove to discover. Its European-style buildings and chipped pastel-coloured facades make it a city of unique beauty and old-world charm. It’s vibrant yet laid-back, full of museums, shops and markets- like the open air market at Feria de los Artesanos in La Habana Vieja. There is a smattering of beaches close to the city and whether you want to indulge in some R&R or ‘be part of the scene’, you’ll find one to suit your taste. Havana doesn’t shut down when the sun sets; lively salsa bars and rum drank with your toes in the sand will give you a true taste of Cuba.
Cuba’s beaches are a major draw. The ‘Coco’s’- Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria, Guardalavaca and Varadero are the most popular beach resorts on the island. Pristine white sand beaches come with excellent amenities and all-inclusive options make these resorts an ideal choice for those travelling with children. Sports facilities, pools and watersports are all on offer, and you’ll find a large range of bars and restaurants on-site.
The majority of the accommodation in Cuba is all inclusive but don’t let that stop you trying the local cuisine. Cuban food is a mouth-watering fusion of Caribbean, Spanish and African; think spiced rice accompaniments to meat in a mojo sauce, made with garlic, onion, spices and orange or lime juice.
Fresh seafood is plentiful in Cuba’s coastal resorts so expect sumptuous lobster, crab, shrimp and fish, often served in tomato-based sauce.
Cuban rum is one of the country’s most famous exports so you’ll find a host of rum-based drinks on any menu, such as Mojitos, Daiquiris, Piña Coladas. Coconut and fresh tropical fruits are a staple of many a Cuban cocktail, making them so delectable you’re likely to forget they’re alcoholic!
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Location of Cuba
- Language: Spanish
- Currency: Cuban Peso
- Time Difference from Uk: -5
- Flight time: London: 9-10 hours
- When to go: November to April