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Cuba - Things to do

This historic, tropical island is a destination that you’ll never forget so why not head out to Cuba and experience a whole new culture? From jungles and mountains to coral reefs and white sand beaches, you’re never far from something really magical here. Cuba has fantastic tourist hotspots as well as old cities, markets and natural marvels off the beaten track. Basing yourself in a beautiful beach resort allows you to really make the most of your holiday, and enjoy the many things to do in Cuba.

White sand beaches on the edge of the Caribbean

Your first port of call should definitely be a beach, and luckily, Cuba has hundreds of them! Lined with palm trees and beach bars serving rum cocktails and fresh fruit juices, shake off the plane journey by lying back in the Caribbean sunshine. With the Caribbean Sea on the south of the island and the warm gulf stream on the north, the seawater in Cuba is always warm.

With vast coral reefs and a thriving marine population, it’s easy to grab a mask and snorkel and see extraordinary sights. Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced diver, you can enjoy world-class diving in Cuba. Children will love the sea here too, from paddling in the clear shallows to seeing their first tropical fish.

Shop for souvenirs at old markets and stroll historic city streets

Cuba isn’t just beaches, it has fascinating cities where history is everywhere. Trawl the beautiful old markets in Guardalavaca and pick up a bargain, or take a day trip to Havana and see this famous capital in the flesh. For those who really adore historic buildings, there’s lots of things to do in Cuba’s historic city of Holguin. Admire colonial buildings and take a tour of a real Cuban cigar factory, that’s not an experience you could get anywhere else!

Get back to nature and see it all

This Caribbean island is also home to an array of natural wonders. From deep jungles to the Cueva de Saturno, where the blue water and stalactite covered ceilings will amaze the whole family. Go horse-riding to sugar plantations, see flamingos in the swamps of Cayo Coco and sample local delicacies at Cuba’s endless food stalls and restaurants.

There’s so many places to visit in Cuba that one holiday won’t be enough! We’ve got plenty of Cuba deals here at Thomas Cook, though, so you can always come back. 

Saturno Cave

Inside Saturno Cave

Immerse yourself in Cuba’s natural beauty with a refreshing dip at Saturno Cave. Known by the locals as ‘La Cueva de Saturno’, it’s just a short journey from Coral Beach and close to Vía Blanca, making it the perfect place to round off a relaxing

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Playa Pilar

One of the beaches on Playa Pilar

While in Cuba, make sure you spend a day or two on one of the best beaches on the island, Playa Pilar. To get there, take the bus which runs regularly from Cayo Coco

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La Cueva Del Jabali

Dance the night away in one of Cuba’s most unique entertainment venues, La Cueva Del Jabali. Just 15 minutes away from Cayo Coco by bus, this is a must-visit place for an evening of lively fun.

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Eagle Ray Scuba Diving Centre

Experience an incredible underwater world off the shores of Guardalavaca with a guided diving trip from the local beach. Visit some of the most beautiful diving spots in Cuban waters alongside the experienced PADI-qualified instructors

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Day trip to Havana

Havana is the capital of Cuba and one of the most culturally impressive cities in the world. It’s only just under two hours away from Varadero.

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Cueva de Saturno

Cueva de Saturno’s direct translation to English is ‘Cave of Saturn’. It’s situated one kilometre south of the Via Blanca and is one of Varadero’s top tourist attractions.

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Explore the resort

Guardalavaca is home to a variety of different markets for you to browse and hunt out the best bargain. The most popular is the flea market, which many hotels will run buses to and from so that you can easily check it out for yourself.

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Day trip to Holguin

The provincial capital city of Holguin is just 60km from Guardalavaca, or 55km from Playa Pesquero, and is the perfect place to head for a slice of the real Cuba.

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Day trip to Morón

Cayo Coco is linked to the main island of Cuba via a 27km stone causeway. When you travel along this causeway from Cayo Coco, the first big city you come to is Morón.

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