We may be in the middle of summer, but thanks to our unreliable British weather, there’s always a good excuse to be dreaming of some sun. Many of us love to go on holiday later in the year to cure our winter blues, and a holiday to Cuba might be just the ticket. If a powder soft, white beach sounds more your thing than a white Christmas, let me convince you why you should ditch the hot chocolates for a Cuban cocktail or two.
1. Enjoy the beautiful weather
Undoubtedly, one of the best things about Cuba is the reliable, year-round sun. We’re all guilty of obsessively checking the weather of the place we’re visiting to make sure it’s warm, but luckily in Cuba, you won’t have to worry about bad weather. In the months from October to January, the weather’s warm, with temperatures into the high 20s. This makes it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas time, if you prefer the serenity of a sandy beach to a busy shopping centre. Cuba weather in winter is also perfect for excursions, as it’s not too hot to walk around and enjoy the sights.
2. Explore a local market
Cuba is well-known for its vibrant way of life and chilled-out atmosphere. This makes it the ideal place to have a look at the stalls and pick up some one-of-a-kind buys at the Guardalavaca flea market. Don’t get me wrong, fridge magnets are great, but if you’re looking for something truly unique, you’ll be able to find everything from hand-carved sculptures to traditional instruments on your Cuba holiday. The market in Guardalavaca is open every day, so there’s always something different to see. Get a taste of Cuban culture, haggle with the stall owners and pick up some hidden treasures.
3. Relax on a tropical beach
No holiday to Cuba is complete without a visit to one of the most picturesque places on the coast, Cayo Coco. Found on the northern tip of the island, you can spend a day lazing in the sun, wandering on the white sands and paddling in the turquoise shallows. Many of Cuba’s beaches are lined with swaying palm trees, which give you the real feeling of living the Caribbean dream. One of the most popular beaches on the island is the stunning Playa Pilar, which you can reach on a short bus journey from Cayo Coco. Laze on a hammock before visiting Ranchón Playa Pilar for a delicious seafood lunch.
4. Soak up some history
If getting out and seeing the sights is more your thing than chilling on a beach, Cuba’s packed with culture and history. Explore the old town, Morón, which is the town closest town to Cayo Coco. Here you’ll find a typically Cuban scene, with everyone travelling around on bikes, horse & cart and cars from the 1950s. Holguin is another great place to go on your holiday to Cuba, which is a city seemingly untouched by time and full of authentic charm. According to Christopher Columbus, it’s ‘the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen’, and I’m sure you’ll love it just as much.
5. Push the boat out
If you’re looking for a thrill on your Cuba holiday, journey through the exotic mangroves and open waters on a speedboat, for an adrenaline rush like no other. If you prefer to sail more stylishly, hop on a catamaran for a day-long trip out to sea. There’ll be plenty of stop-offs, with chances to snorkel amongst coral reefs and tropical fish. Many catamarans serve their catch of the day as lunches, with deliciously fresh lobster and shrimp. Finish the day in the calm waters, wading out to one of the small, deserted islands, or bask in the Cuba sunset with an ice cold cocktail in your hand.
Have you spent Christmas away from home before? Where have you been that's cured your winter blues? I'd love to hear your comments below.