Cuba is an extraordinary and enigmatic country, strikingly different from its Caribbean neighbours. From boldly painted classic cars to the revolutionary slogans splashed across city walls, Cuba’s trademark attractions are everywhere.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Havana, where stunning Baroque palaces rub shoulders with dilapidated mansions. Where the days pass to the beat of salsa music, pouring from bars and restaurants across the city. And where the rich scent of cigar smoke infuses the air at dusk and habaneros fill the city’s plazas to gossip or play chess.
Don’t miss the spectacular Viñales Valley, a stunning landscape of rust-red earth, rolling green farmland and dramatic limestone outcrops. You can visit as a day trip from Havana or better yet, stay a few nights and enjoy the slower pace of rural Cuba.
Perfectly preserved Trinidad was built with the wealth of the 19th century sugar boom. And little seems to have changed since its heyday in 1850! Horses and carts clatter down cobbled streets, lined with pastel coloured facades. Nearby you’ll find some of the island’s most beautiful beaches.
Further east you can experience Cuba’s charms without the crowds in the lesser-visited central towns of Camaguey, Bayamo and Holguin. Why not hire a car and set your own pace? The island is easy to navigate with very little traffic outside Havana. Talk to one of our expert consultants about designing your dream Cuban adventure today!
– The best time to travel is from November to May but the peak holiday period can be very busy indeed. Therefore, book well in advance for December and January.
– The Caribbean hurricane season runs from July to October with August and September usually receiving the most rainfall.
– Stay overnight in Cienfuegos and visit the atmospheric Teatro Tomas Terry for some great live music in an authentic setting.
– The tiny fishing village of Baracoa boasts some of the best cuisine in Cuba. Don’t miss pescado con leche de coco (fish in coconut sauce) or the sweet local delicacy of cucurucho (a mixture of dried coconut with sugar, honey, guava, papaya and nuts).
– Lose yourself in Camaguey’s complex network of blind alleys and winding streets. Rumour has it the town was designed to repel attacks from marauding pirates!
– Experience the rhythms of Cuba firsthand. Take a salsa lesson or head to a local Casa de la Trova. You can see some of Cuba’s marvelous musicians perform the hits that made Buena Vista Social Club famous.
– Head to the Conde de Villanueva in Havana for a Cuban cigar and track down Hemingway’s favourite cocktail bars.