Where To Go On Holiday In Cuba
For many the journey starts in the capital Havana where you’d be forgiven for thinking that someone had dumped a 1950’s style European city in the middle of the Caribbean! With heavy Spanish influences there is however still a distinctive Caribbean vibe, and the city itself oozes charm with its old American Chevy taxi’s, colourful Salsa and its people who display a real zest for life.
No visit to Havana would be complete without sipping a Mojito at La Bodeguita del Medio, made famous by Ernest Hemingway, and when you’re finished with that, move on to a Cuba Libre! By day explore the city via a Coco Taxi, visit the Partagas Cigar and Havana Club Rum factories and the Plaza de la Revolución, and by night take in a Tropicana cabaret show and then dance the rest of the night away at Casa de la Musica de Centro Habana Salsa club.
The UNESCO world heritage site of Trinidad, easily accessible from Havana, is littered with colonial architecture and its centre is a fantastic place to stroll around and admire the many handicrafts on offer and absorb the atmosphere of the place. An areal view of the town can be obtained from the hill behind and en route you’ll take in many caves and tunnels.
For a truly authentic Caribbean experience head to the stunning beach town of Baracoa where you can hire bikes to explore, or alternatively visit Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second city, which was the birthplace of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara revolutionary movement.
The tourist area of Varadero offers a relaxing break with swathes of stunning beaches, luxury hotels and resorts. Grab yourself a space on a Catamaran tour and enjoy fantastic snorkelling and even the chance to swim with dolphins, visit the remarkable Bellamar Caves and at the end of the day kick back with a Cuban cocktail watching the sun set before grabbing a seat at the iconic Tropicana Matanzas cabaret show.
The Jardines del Rey islands, whilst less reflective of traditional Cuba, offer a slice of paradise. Many holiday companies offer deals to areas such as Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria, however they are cut off from much of the mainland and offer little in the way of activities. If you are wanting down time as well as a more vibrant stay in Cuba then a twin-centre holiday is definitely a good option and would allow you to take in Havana too.