Floating halfway between North and South America, Cuba is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most fascinating holiday destinations. Whilst culture vultures are keen to explore Havana’s colourful colonial architecture, watersports enthusiasts are looking to Cuba’s tropical seas to see a very different side to this crocodile-shaped isle. If you’re thinking about taking advantage of an all inclusive Cuba deal, why not take to the water to get a unique perspective of this vibrant country?
Cuba is famous for its clear and calm waters, yet its surfing scene is one of the island’s best-kept secrets. The southern coastline experiences huge waves during the hurricane season from August to November, whilst the northern part of the island has excellent surf from December to February.
There are over 500 different species of fish living in the vast coral reefs that stretch beneath the entire length of Cuba’s coastline, including around the smaller islands like Cayo Coco and popular resorts like Varadero. These shallow seascapes are perfect for first-time divers and the island has 36 diving centres offering everything from one-day taster sessions to full PADI courses. Cuban holidays are also a great opportunity for more experienced divers to test their nerve in underwater caves and tunnels, or swimming with sharks if you are feeling especially brave. You may even come across some buried treasure in the hundreds of sunken pirate ships lying beneath Cuba’s glittering waters – here’s hoping!
Fishing is hugely popular on holidays to Cuba. A variety of fish migration patterns means there’s always loads of different catches up for grabs, which you can cook up for yourself at the end of the day. Cuba is also home to a number of rivers and lagoons, where lower temperatures make for excellent freshwater fishing. Visit the island in June to see some of the world’s best fisherman compete at The Ernest Hemingway Marlin-Fishing Tournament, which is held in the Gulf Stream – a stretch of water the author dubbed as the ‘great blue river’.
As one of the main maritime crossroads in the Northern Hemisphere, Cubans have always enjoyed a strong sailing tradition. Today local sailors offer tourist excursions on their yachts and catamarans, and you can even choose to spend a night onboard and enjoy an amazing al fresco seafood dinner under the stars.