Reasons to Visit
It’s surprisingly easy to forget Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and has by far the most beaches. The powder white sand and blue waters of a Cuban beach on a sunny day feels like walking through a postcard.
The Cuban cigar is one of the countries most famous exports. They are renowned for their flavour and quality as well as the precision and skill which goes into rolling that perfect Cohiba. Visiting a cigar factory is a classic Cuban experience and taking in the plantations in the beautiful countryside around Vinales is a real highlight.
If you want to see the real Cuba, head out of the bustling towns and into the surrounding countryside. There are huge sugar cane plantations and cattle ranches, towering royal palms, impressive mountain ranges covered in thick tropical vegetation and rich, fertile fields still ploughed by oxen. You'll also see local Cubans selling their produce or going about the serious business of playing dominoes with the ever-present bottle of rum!
Cuba has a truly fascinating past. Reading about Spanish colonialism, revolution, dictatorships and more revolution unveils the country’s story and how it fits into the modern world today in its own unique way. Taking the time to learn about its past and then talking about it with the locals when you arrive is an extremely rewarding experience.
The soul of Cuba is in its music and dance. Any visitor will find the vibrant rhythms of Cuban music providing a permanent background beat to their travels. ‘Son’ is perhaps the country’s most well known music and is a passionate and sultry mix of Spanish guitar and African drum, made famous by Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club.
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Visit Vinales, a peaceful rural region of western Cuba.
Cuba remains a communist country with many of its own struggles. However, with an open mind, a sense of humour and an adventurous spirit, those that visit will be rewarded with a cultural experience unlike any other.
Visiting the beautiful city of Trinidad is like entering a time warp. The city was founded in 1514 by the Spanish conquistador Diego Velasquez and became a major centre for trading sugar and slaves for almost 200 years.
Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo las Brujas are all small islets connected to the mainland by a causeway. They are covered in thick mangroves and are important bird nesting sites with idyllic beaches and sparkling seas. Further to the east lie Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, two well established built up cayes, with a good selection of all-inclusive resorts.
Varadero is Cuba’s principal beach resort with one of the Caribbean’s longest beaches. More than 20 kilometres of unbroken powdery white sand stretch along the Peninsula de Hicacos, lined by dozens of large resorts and hotels.
Modern Havana contrasts strikingly with the attractive colonial heart of the city. The tour is completely flexible and usually involves hire of transportation in a classic American car for 2 hours.
The largest of the Caribbean Islands is also its most diverse. Lavish Spanish colonial architecture contrasts with imposing communist squares and sublime beaches, teeming coral reefs, verdant plantations and impressive mountains make the island one of the most beautiful. Cuba's turbulent history weaves a fascinating tale from Spanish colonial rule and the slave trade to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution. This is mirrored in its vibrant culture, arts and music.
6 Days from £1,325pp
Enjoy the fascinating highlights of Havana on this excellent long weekend break in Cuba.
12 Days from £2,040pp
Explore colonial Havana and Trinidad and beautiful landscapes of Vinales and Las Terrazas.
12 Days from £2,310pp
Includes Havana, Trinidad, Vinales and Northern Cayes.
10 hours (Direct)
Air Europa & Virgin Atlantic
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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
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Travel is not recommended.
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