Cuba is famous for its incredible, palm-fringed beaches with endless stretches of pure white sand and crystal clear waters. Add perfect year-round sunshine and you’ve found yourself a dream Caribbean holiday.
There’s so much more to Cuba than just its stunning beaches though. Let me take you beyond the beaches and show you exactly what sets Cuba apart from its Caribbean neighbours.
Explore the island’s fascinating cities
A visit to the capital city of Havana is like stepping back in time. Steeped in history and rich in culture, you’ll fall in love with its character and charm. Colourful and colonial architecture; Havana will capture your imagination unlike any other place you’ve ever been. Stroll around Old Havana or get your creative juices flowing at the National Museum of Beautiful Arts of Cuba.
Holguin is the fourth largest city in Cuba and is certainly one of the most attractive, set amongst mountainous terrain on the east of the island. Christopher Columbus landed in the Holguin area in 1492 and was blown away by the sheer beauty of the place. Take a hike up Loma de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross) and absorb the breath-taking views of the city below you.
Sample local delights
Whether you’re staying in one of the stunning beach resorts or exploring the traditional and historic cities, there are a few things in Cuba that can’t be missed. No matter where you are, it’d be rude not to sample the local delights that the Caribbean island is famous for. Kick start your day with a rich, Cuban coffee, a traditional staple of the regional cuisine, then bring your day to a stylish close with refreshing Cuban rum in the form of a mojito. If you want, you could accompany either with a token Cuban cigar.
Get involved in carnivals and celebrations
If there’s one thing Cuba knows, it’s how to party. If that’s your kind of scene, then there are plenty of opportunities for you to plan your Cuba holiday around the many festivals, carnivals and celebrations that take place across the island throughout the year. The Carnival of Santiago de Cuba takes place in July each year and is one of the biggest and brightest in the whole of the Caribbean. The Havana Carnival is a feast for the senses and takes place every August. Or maybe you fancy yourself as a bit of a fisherman? In which case, the Hemingway Fishing Tournament in May could be just your cup of Cuban coffee.
And all things in between
There are so many other activities and adventures to experience whilst visiting the vibrant island of Cuba. Maybe you could try your hand at salsa dancing lessons so that you can show off your moves at the carnivals. Alternatively, if you’re looking for some real adventure, the island is littered with incredible caves and cliffs for you to explore, especially around the resort of Varadero. Discover even more about Varadero and what you can get up to in our Varadero destination guide.
You’ll head home from your holiday in Cuba with memories that’ll last a lifetime and stories that you’ll be telling for years to come. You’ll be warmed by not only the dazzling Caribbean sun, but by the friendly locals too.