Some of the best beaches in the world and a vibrant cultural life set this island nation apart from anything else you’ve ever seen.
Cuba is not your typical Caribbean island. Yes, it does boast the same alluring beaches, nature-blessed weather, and lush tropical forests Caribbean islands enjoy. But its magnetism primarily comes from its rich culture and its people. For such a small island, roughly the size of England in extension, Cuba has given the world some of the best musicians and dancers in modern time. It is known for its fine cigars and world-class rums. It enthrals visitors with it’s frantic, almost chaotic history, and it catches the imagination with its vibrant streets seemingly frozen in time, where classic American cars and dilapidated facades create a festival of sound and colour hardly seen anywhere else.
In addition to some of the best beaches in the world, Cuba offers visitors some of the largest and best preserved colonial town in the Americas, dramatic landscapes teaming with endemic species of flora and fauna such as those found in the Valley of Vinales or Baracoa, vibrant cities like Havana and Santiago de Cuba, and a welcoming people that always manages to pull a small through the daily hardships of life in this eclectic, beautiful, and ever maddening Caribbean island-nation.
When to visit Cuba
Travellers tend to favour November, December, and January to April when temperatures drop by a few degrees in Cuba, making the tropical heat and humidity far more tolerable and coinciding with the winter months in Europe, US, and Canada which drives travellers towards the kinder climates of the tropics.
Between June and August, when the Cuban summer is in full swing, the heat can be a bit too much if you come from a colder climate. This is, however, the time when Cuban beaches are at its best, and prices drop significantly. Worth a trip if you are willing to combat the heat with mojitos on ice, daiquiris, and a refreshing splash at the beach or the resort’s swimming pool.
The least busy season for Cuba would be around September/October because of the hurricane season. If you are planning a trip in these months, we do advice you check regularly the weather forecasts for the Caribbean and the Golf of Mexico.
Where to go in Cuba
A shortlist of our favourite holiday destinations in the Cuba
Havana is nothing short of fascinating. The crumbling facades, the disquieting sound of 1950’s classic American cars filling the streets and mixing with the sounds of rumba, salsa, jazz coming from every household… it all comes together to create a cityscape that’s sensual and nostalgic, hopeful, and beautiful.
The Valley of Vinales boasts Cuba’s most dramatic landscapes. The iconic limestone formations ( the Cuban mogotes) attract nature lovers in search for peace, quiet, endemic species or simply postcard-worthy natural beauty.
Over 20 miles of powder-soft, white-sand beach and turquoise waters make Varadero the perfect Caribbean sun and beach destination. Some of the best all-inclusive beach resorts in the island are located here
The beautifully colonial architecture of the town of Trinidad in southern Cuba might be the main feature that compels hundreds of travellers to visit a year. But this colonial gem truly has it all.
Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria is beautiful, unspoiled island off the northern coast of Cuba. A dreamscape inaccessible to travellers until some time ago when the six miles of virgin beaches were connected to Cuba’s mainland through a grand causeway made of natural stone.
Cienfuegos is a beautiful port city in the southern coast of Cuba, right in the middle of the island. It is known for its uncharacteristic architecture. Unlike many other colonial cities like Havana and Trinidad were the architectural influence is markedly Spanish, Cienfuegos looks remarkably like a French colonial town.
The extraordinary, powdery beaches of Coco are the primary attraction of the Jardines del Rey archipelago. It is Cuba’s answer to the rest of the Caribbean’s offering in idyllic sun, sand, and sea holidays.
Because of its sheer beauty, Cayo Guillermo is popular for weddings, a romantic getaway for couples and honeymooners, and a firm favourite among beach holidays fans. Read on to discover our selection of top-rated resorts
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba is a fiercely independent city known as the epicentre of many of the historical turning points and cultural movements that make of Cuba such a fascinating place to visit. A city like no other in Cuba.
Baracoa, the oldest city in Cuba, lies to the far eastern tip of the island. This isolated coastal town is for many, the most beautiful place in Cuba. Because of its remoteness, it retains all the charm and could hardly be considered a tourist hotspot.
The top 5 five star hotels in Varadero
Discover the best all inclusive hotels in Varadero. If you are planning a holiday in Cuba, we have shortlisted the 4 and 5-star hotels in Varadero for you: beach resorts with all the amenities you need, located in one of the most paradisiacal corners of the Caribbean. Prepare to live a unique experience in a destination that has it all, and in every style – adults only or family resorts.
Best Selling Activities to do in Cuba
A shortlist of our favourite holiday destinations in the Cuba
Cuba Holiday ideas – fully tailormade
14 Day Best of Cuba£ 1,299 / per person
9 Day Cuba Explorer£ 999 / per person
Blau Varadero Hotel, Varadero Cuba£ 996 / per person
Havana, Trinidad and Varadero by Iberostar Hotels£ 1,649 / per person
Iberostar Selection Bella Vista Hotel, Varadero Cuba£ 936 / per person
Iberostar Selection Varadero£ 880 / per person
Iberostar Tainos Hotel, Varadero Cuba£ 867 / per person
Kempinski Habana and Royalton Hicacos Varadero£ 1,649 / per person
Melia Cohiba Habana£ 1,049 / per person
Melia Cohiba Habana and Paradisus Los Cayos Santa Maria£ 1,649 / per person
Melia Habana and Paradisus Princesa del Mar Varadero£ 1,649 / per person
Melia Internacional Hotel, Varadero Cuba£ 992 / per person
Nacional Habana and Melia Internacional Varadero£ 1,149 / per person
Royalton Hicacos Varadero (Adults-Only)£ 984 / per person
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