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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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.
Varadero is Cuba’s principle 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.
It is easily accessible by road from Havana and has its own international airport, hence its popularity with the package holiday market. Varadero’s sublime beach has been attracting visitors since the 1930’s and large scale development continues today.
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