Cuba is the largest, most intriguing of all the Caribbean islands. The fascinating history, spectacular scenery, vibrant nightlife and fabulous beaches combine to give the island its unique quality and make it an exciting holiday destination. Cuba has something for everyone offering everything from excellent family friendly hotels or exclusive retreats for adults. Welcome to Cuba: the 'Pearl at the heart of the Caribbean'.
These are only some of the reasons that will attract you to Cuba:
1. The Music
Cuba is a country that appeases your senses without trying. There’s always something to see, the smell of cigars and the taste of rum, but overall it’s the music creating a continuous backing soundtrack that really sets the scene. Almost everywhere you go, any time of day, there is music – and with music comes dancing!
2. Beaches and nature
Cuba has more than 300 beaches spread out across its northern Atlantic Ocean and its southern Caribbean coastlines. With their dramatic backdrops and crystal clear warm waters, Cuba's beaches are truly a sight to behold. Varadero - The inviting sea of the Caribbean, known for its transparent waters and unspoiled white sands, has become Cuba's idyllic holiday playground. A trip to one of the outlying cays is a must to snorkel amongst the amazing underwater scenery, as well as the chance to swim with the dolphins.
Cuba’s capital city is a cultural playground. Wander around the ‘Old Town’ and admire the 18th and 19th century Spanish architecture. Pay a visit to the Plaza de Armas (Havana’s oldest square and site of the city’s foundation), dating back to the early 1520’s. Visit El Templete, (the oldest neo-classical building in Havana), and Casa de la Obra Pia (notable for its curvaceous baroque portico, which was carved in Cadiz in 1686). Rising above the city on Catalanes Hill, the Plaza de la Revolución is Cuba’s political centre. Given its political importance – a key location for May Day marches and other festivities – it’s an essential stop on any itinerary.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Trinidad is known for its colourful architecture, buzzing nightlife, friendly people and great food. Get lost wandering through the narrow streets and twisting alleyways of this colonial town.
Cuba's culture is very prestigious with its unique, fascinating history, culture and captivating people. Cuba's most popular cultural attractions are Havana and Trinidad. Havana, Cuba's capital is a place of beautiful colonial buildings romantically faded. Here you'll find some of the best Spanish colonial architecture in The Americas, much of it untouched from when it was built. Shop in the bustling market or go to see Cuban cigars being made. Visit Cuba's oldest building - Castillo de la Punta. Traditional and charming, the wonderful colonial old town of Trinidad has an unrivalled ambiance offering visitors the chance to see the diversity of the culture unique to Cuba.
Cuba has a wonderfully warm tropical climate, with an average of 330 sunny days a year, the high season is mid-Dec to mid-Apr. Most rain falls during May - Oct when you may experience some breaks in the sunshine. With an average temperature of 24 degrees, lightweight cotton and linen clothing are highly recommended.
Dance to the sexy salsa pulse, enjoy a Cuban Litre or a Mojito, Cuba is an island that oozes with passion and invites you to have fun. With shows and music for every taste, Cuba features unique, exciting nightlife in Havana whilst the hotels in Varadero Beach have fantastic entertainment. Join in with the friendly locals and lose yourself in the funky Latin sounds. Whilst in Havana, don't miss Tropicana, the world classic Cabaret, open to the sky with fabulous combination of lights as well as a spectacular show
8. Che Guevara’s Mausoleum
No trip to Cuba is complete without a visit to Santa Clara – the final resting place of Cuba’s hero. It houses the remains of the revolutionary Emesto Che Guevara and twenty-nine of his fellow combatants killed in 1967. At the site, there is also a museum dedicated to Guevara's life and an eternal flame lit by Fidel Castro in Che's memory.
9. Enjoy a mojito at the National Hotel
A national monument, this is Havana’s most famous hotel. It first opened its doors in 1930 and has been frequented by the rich and famous ever since – from Winston Churchill to Al Capone. Head up to the hotel bar La Terraza for a cocktail and a magnificent view of the Malecón.
10. Cruise in a 1950’s classic American car
The best way to see the city sights is surely from the seat of 1950’s vintage car. Book yourself a driver and ask to cruise along the Malecón, the atmospheric ocean road peering out to sea, set against a backdrop of a long parade of coloured colonial and art deco buildings.
11. Bay of Pigs
Pay a visit to the historic site of the failed 1961 US invasion of Cuba and see the commemorative museum at Playa Giron. The area is also well-known for its picturesque beaches, snorkelling and scuba diving, as well as rich and varied birdlife.