Cuba has so much to offer, why not do both and combine a stay in the colourful capital of Havana with a relaxing beachfront holiday in Varadero or Jibacoa? Soak up the culture and history of Havana over a mojito before transferring to a sun lounger on the tropical white sands.
Cuba is simply bursting with character. Uniquely self-sufficient as an island, with friendly, laid-back people offering a warm welcome. The faded grandeur of Havana’s colonial buildings will charm as will the local penchant for big old 1950s American cars, inspiring nostalgia for a bygone age.
Whilst exploring you’re sure to discover the wild musical beats that bleed almost continuously in the streets. So get your fill of mambo, rumba, bolero, or reggaeton beats in a wide variety of dancehalls and live music venues.
See the expert’s hand-rolling world-famous Havana cigars at one of the many cigar factories – you may even get to roll your own! Salsa music bleeds almost continuously into the streets, so brush up on your moves and join the locals for a dance or two.
Cuban cuisine is extremely diverse! For lunch, try a meat or cheese
empanada, a type of Cuban sandwich and very delicious! Mojitos by the poolside are another must, made with lime juice and pure cane rum. In fact, Cuba is known as ‘Rum Island’ so book a visit to the Bacardi® Rum factory for a free tasting!
At 72,000 square metres, Havana's Plaza de la Revolución is positively awe-inspiring in scale. It's bordered by utilitarian government buildings, but the murals of Che Guevara and his fellow revolutionary hero Camilo Cienfuegos are genuinely impressive.
This magnificent open-air cabaret located on a lush six-acre estate in Havana is the Tropicana Club that launched a thousand imitators. Opened in 1939, the shows here feature upward of 200 dancers and their exuberance makes this an experience not to be missed.
Varadero may just be the ultimate beach resort; golden sand, blue ocean and every kind of holiday accommodation and diversion you could wish for, all located on a narrow peninsula that curls into the Straits of Florida. Cuba has many delights beyond beach-bum living in the sun, but come here and you may struggle to remember what they are..