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Animal lovers:

Swimming with dolphins could well be one of the highlights of your holiday.


Explore coral reefs on snorkelling stops. An open bar is included onboard.

Culture fans:

See Cuba come to life through its events and monuments.

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Cuba is Spanish.

Currency: There are two currencies in Cuba: the Cuban Peso (CUP), and the Peso Convertible (CUC). Take sterling and exchange for the Peso Convertible when you get there.

Local time: Cuba is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: There are 10 main airports in Cuba, but the main ones you’ll need are: José Martí International Airport, which is 15 km southwest of Havana; Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport, 10km from Varadero; Frank Pais International Airport, 13km southwest of Holguín, and Cayo Coco (Jardines del Rey) International Airport, directly on Cayo Coco island itself, and 10-15km from the hotels.

Flight time from UK: 9-10 hours

Tourist Information: Further Cuba tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cuba.

Weather & Climate

Temperature: Average temperature around the pleasant 25°C mark

Best time to visit Cuba: February and March

Cuba’s weather is warm all year round, with the humidity at around 78%. Moderately subtropical, it has two seasons: rainy (May-October) and dry (November-April). If you’re looking to hit the beaches, the best time to go to Cuba is in February and March – before the more humid and sticky rainy season kicks in, and definitely before temperatures reach their high-humidity, low-30°Cs peak in July and August.

Getting Around

By taxi: The best way to get around Cuba is in its state-run official taxis. They charge by distance rather than time, and a short trip will cost only a few dollars (make sure the driver has the meter running). Fees for longer trips are best negotiated up front.

By cocotaxi: A fun alternative to regular taxis are the state-run Cocotaxis, which are three-seat scooters. These aren’t metered, so ask the price before setting off.


Gone fishing: In May, the Hemingway Fishing Tournament takes place. It’s named after author and Havana resident Ernest Hemingway, who enjoyed plenty of fishing trips aboard his boat.

Carnivals: No visit to the Caribbean would be complete without the sights and sounds of a carnival, and the Santiago de Cuba (July) and Havana (August) carnivals never disappoint. The streets explode with colour, music, food and dance well into the sultry summer evenings.

Holidays in Cuba

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For a beach holiday with a difference, Cuba fits the bill. With unspoilt beaches, turquoise seas and a rich and inviting culture, Cuba is truly like no other place on earth. If you don't know how to dance when you arrive‚ you certainly will by the time you leave. And because Cuba is a self-sufficient nation, you can enjoy authentic local food and drinks in place of the international brands that you might be used to elsewhere. A refreshing change to European holidays, Cuba's unique and inviting culture is deeply influenced by its political history. Different to what you may see on other Caribbean islands, if you really want to get away from it all and experience an authentic Caribbean holiday, Cuba is calling.

Prices start from £649

Cuba is a real treasure trove, and has plenty of sunken pirate ships off the coast to prove it. In the south-easterly Holguín province, the beaches of Guardalavaca or Playa Pesquero tempt you to explore their dive sites. Caya Coco is strung on a band of tiny islands off the north coast, called the Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens). Ringed by powdery white sands, it’s great for watersports. Varadero, in the north-western Matanzas province, is famed for its 20km of beautiful white sands. Come here to swim with dolphins, or visit the only golf course in the country.

Cayo Coco

Cayo Coco in Cuba

Fringed by 30km of magnificent white-sand beaches and warm, shallow waters, Cayo Coco is linked to mainland Cuba by a 17km causeway. The island's home to an impressive range of marine and bird life, and the hotels in Caya Coco give you front-row views of Cuba’s finest scenery.


Varadero in Cuba

Famed for its long, white powdery beach and clear blue seas, Varadero's set on a narrow peninsula. There's plenty to do in this established resort; one of its biggest attractions is the chance to swim with dolphins at the dolphinarium. Varadero hotels have some of the most luxurious spas to unwind in too.


Holguin in Cuba

Stay at one of the hotels in Holguín’s Guardalavaca and Playa Pesquero resorts to be near their stunning reefs. If your sea legs aren’t quite up to diving and snorkelling, chill out on its beautiful beach, or head to Holguín City for adventures of a more urban and cultural nature.

Recommended offers in Cuba

Cuba, Holguin, Guardalavaca

Brisas Guardalavaca

3 stars

7 nights All Inclusive flying from Manchester

  • Overlooking Guardalavaca Beach
  • Six restaurants including Italian and Cuban
  • Hotel-run kids' club and playground
Thomas Cook

Stay from £813

Cuba, Holguin, Playa Pesquero

Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort

3 stars

7 nights All Inclusive flying from Manchester

  • Situated in a beautiful and peaceful area
  • Directly on Pesquero Beach
  • Kids' club and pool

Stay from £795

Cuba, The Cayos, Cayo Coco

Sol Cayo Coco

 4 stars

7 All Inclusiveflying from Manchester

  • Striking beachfront location
  • Waterfall feature on outdoor swimming pool
  • 2km from the offshore coral reef
Thomas Cook

Stay from £750

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