With its compelling history, unique culture and mile upon mile of dreamy Caribbean coastline, Cuba is a joy to discover.
Culture, coast and countyside add up to make Cuba a fantastic holiday destination ripe for discovery. Havana is an intoxicating city so allow plenty of time to immerse yourself in the culture... Soak up the captivating atmosphere as you stroll the historic district of "Habana Vieja" where life spills out into the streets and the pulse of Cuban beats is never far away. Take a spin in a vintage car, dine with the locals and learn to dance the salsa before joining the habaneros on a sunset promenade along the Malecón. From here there are plenty of great destinations a short hop away, and options include Caribbean beaches, hilly hiking trails, hidden valleys and colonial gems. Stay in the best Casas Particulares (Cuban B&Bs) where the welcoming owners are full of fantastic local tips and secrets... make sure to ask them what they'd recommend and before you know it you'll be relaxing on the islands most beautiful beaches and sipping cocktails in the best local bar.
Top three things to do in Cuba
Dive the Cuban coastline
Cuba should be top of the list for scuba divers and snorkelers. Crystal clear Caribbean waters shelter thriving reefs and fascinating wrecks. The island boasts nearly 6,000 kilometres of coastline scattered with bays, coves and beaches, some with tourist facilities, others untouched, and many with pristine dive sites to discover.
Explore Old Havana
Managing to be simultaneously laid back and pulsing with energy, Havana is a unique and captivating city. The old quarter, "Habana Vieja", is a masterpiece of artful dilapidation – street photographers will be in their element here. Spend some time in the bars and cafes, where you’ll meet an exuberant crowd of locals, stroll the waterfront Malecón, visit the many museums, then kick back with a mojito and watch the world go by.
Adventures in the Viñales Valley
Tucked in among the humpback hills of the western province of Pinar del Rio, the Viñales Valley is an oasis of greenery defined by the abrupt hillsides that surround it. The town itself makes a characterful base from which to explore. From here you can take gentle hikes, go rock-climbing or visit the region’s caves and underground waterways.
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