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Holidays in Cuba

From its arcs of white sand and turquoise-blue waters to colourful colonial buildings, rugged inland mountains, and offshore coral reefs, it’s easy to see why holidays in Cuba are so popular. A Cuba holiday not only promises live music, salsa dancing, rum tasting and cocktail drinking, but a chance to explore all the rich history and culture the Caribbean island has on offer too. Whether you choose Varadero’s tourist hub, Guardalavaca’s natural beauty or the captivating city of Havana, Cuba holidays cater for all tastes. 

21-35 °C

Bask in Cuba’s warm weather and enjoy the island’s year-round sunshine

9-10 hours

There may be ten airports on the island, but you’ll only need to know about the main ones: José Martí International Airport, Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport, Frank Pais International Airport and Cayo Coco (Jardines del Rey) International Airport.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Cuba where the warmth and vibrance of the land and the people will charm you throughout your stay. 

Recommended offers in Cuba

Melia Cayo Coco

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult-only 18+
  • Lagoon rooms on stilts
  • 2km from offshore coral reef

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What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

Hotel Playa Pesquero

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Prime beachfront location
  • Ice cream parlour
  • Four themed restaurants

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Sol Palmeras

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Surrounded by lush tropical vegitation
  • Five themed restaurants
  • Seven bars

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Based on 6303 reviews

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Based on 10 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult-only 18+
  • Beachfront setting
  • Lagoon-style swimming pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 5349 reviews

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Based on 22 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1156

Cuba is best for

Beach lovers: Its crystal-clear turquoise water and white-sand beaches are a slice of paradise.

Explorers: With coral reefs, mountain peaks and hiking trails, leave no stone unturned.

Culture vultures: Experience authentic Cuba with events, carnivals and architecture


Fast facts

Language: The people in Cuba speak Spanish

Population: 11 million people

Capital: Havana

Currency: The currency is the Peso. There are two versions, the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). You’ll only need to worry about the Cuban Convertible Peso, which you can change from sterling once you arrive on holiday.

Local time: Roll your watch back as it’s 5 hours behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: For Havana, you’ll need José Martí International Airport which is 15km southwest of the capital. If you’re heading to Varadero, fly into Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport and travel the 10km to the resort. Frank Pais International Airport is just 13km southwest of Holguin, while Cayo Coco (Jardines del Rey) is conveniently on Cayo Coco island itself

Tourist information: You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday at www.travel2cuba.co.uk

Visas & health: Before you book your holiday, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba for health advice and all the information you need on visas


Getting around

By taxi: Jump in a taxi and every journey is metered. It costs CUC$1 to start and then CUC$1 per kilometre in cities. You might find some taxi drivers offer you a flat, off-meter rate that’s close to what you’d pay if the meter was on. This is because off-meter, the fare goes straight into the driver’s pocket rather than being divided up by the state.

Colectivo taxis: Running on fixed, long-distance routes, these colectivo taxis leave when the car’s full and normally work out cheaper than the bus. Think of it as carpooling, and a great way to meet new people on your holidays in Cuba!


Events

Cuba’s social calendar is packed all year long.

Carnival time: No holiday here would be complete without embracing carnival spirit. Visit when the Santiago de Cuba carnival’s on in July, or the Havana Carnival in August and expect an explosion of bold colour, spectacular costumes, street parades and music everywhere.

Religious pilgrimage: Experience a taste of the island’s culture and traditions with an event like Romerias de Mayo. Held every May in Holguin, this annual Christian festival is known locally as ‘the May pilgrimages’ and has dancing, music and traditional religious services.


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