Hotels in Cuba
Holiday resorts in Cuba
Cayo Coco is located on Jardines del Rey, an archipelago off the north coast of Cuba. Jardines del Rey translates as ‘King’s Gardens’, and with its soft, sparkling sands and clear blue waters, it’s certainly fit for royalty. Spend your days drinking cocktails on the white sandy beach, zip through tropical mangroves on a speedboat, and dive beneath the ocean to discover the beautiful coral reefs.
Everywhere you turn in Cayo Coco, you’ll find immaculate white sand beaches with swaying green palms and dazzling azure seas. It would be very tempting to just lay back and soak up the sun all day, occasionally dipping into a good book or sipping on a cocktail. But Cayo Coco is famous for its excellent water sports offering, so why not try your hand at some while you’re there?
Stunning sea life
The coral reef off the coast of Cuba is one of the biggest in the world, so take the opportunity to delve deep below the crystal clear waters and see the colourful marine life for yourself. Try snorkelling if you fancy staying close to the surface of the water. If you’d prefer a more immersive experience, rent some scuba diving equipment and explore the ocean floor.
Cuba may well be the largest of the Caribbean islands, but it certainly still has the same cool, calm and laid-back vibe that the Caribbean is so famous for. Having said that, Cubans sure know how to party. If you don’t want to stay in one place on your holiday, you can try incredible food, drink and parties in various hotels along the beaches of Cayo Coco. You can also make the journey along the causeway linking Cayo Coco to the mainland and enjoy the local culture of Morón.
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Guardalavaca is a laid-back beach resort on the Caribbean coast of Cuba. Famous for its postcard-worthy beaches, Guardalavaca’s shore is a mesmerising sweep of white sand, with inviting clear waters that provide superb diving and sailing. The resort has bustling markets, beach bars and seafood restaurants, and wins new fans every year for its chilled-out vibe and Caribbean good looks.
If there’s one thing for certain, Guardalavaca sure knows how to do picture-perfect beaches. It is easily one of Cuba’s prettiest resorts, boasting endless stretches of pure white sand, glistening alongside the warm, clear waters. You have the beautifully shaded beaches of Guardalavaca itself, with its unmistakable lush greenery. But then head just 15km from the main resort and you’ll find the tropical paradise of Playa Pesquero, which is well worth a visit.
Guardalavaca is the place to be on a Sunday, when all the locals come out to party the night away. Throughout the week you’ll find a number of local bars and seafood restaurants to explore, especially around Guardalavaca Boulevard. During the day, while away the hours sipping a cocktail in a beach bar, or browse for souvenirs in one of the bustling markets.
Seeking out the best bargains at the local markets isn’t the only thing to keep you entertained whilst on holiday in Guardalavaca. The resort is great for those who want to spend their time soaking up the sun on its spectacular beaches. But it’s also great for water sports, horse riding, boat trips and much more. You’ll be needing to book another holiday just to recover from this one.
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The largest resort area in the Caribbean, Varadero holidays are ideal for those who want a relaxing taste of the tropics. Think warm, white sands, swaying palm trees and sapphire-coloured seas and you’re heading in the right direction!
Away from the beach, you’ll find lush green parks full of colourful tropical birds, spectacular caves with ancient wall-paintings and some fascinating attractions. On top of all that, a holiday in Varadero will give you ample opportunity to kick your heels up: there’s a sassy, vibrant nightlife to be found right across the peninsula, with plenty of discos and clubs, excellent restaurants and bars selling Cuban rum.
Anyone with even a passing interest in golf ought to jump at the chance of a Varadero holiday: the peninsula boasts the only 18-hole golf course in the whole of Cuba, designed by the world-famous architect, Les Furber. Whether you’re taking your Varadero holidays with the family, friends or with your better half, this tropical paradise offers something for everyone.
History and culture
Varadero’s history and culture is present all over the town. The beach was first built up in the 1930s and was crafted to be Cuba’s biggest tourist hotspot. Throughout the 1950s and 60s it was a destination for Cuba’s rich; flooded with doctors, lawyers and businessmen. After a change in power during the early 1970s, Varadero opened up to tourists from around the world. It’s estimated that 1 million tourists visit the peninsula each year to get a taste of Cuba’s famous history and culture for themselves.
Aside from its glistening white beaches and crystal clear seas, Varadero has some of the most vibrant nightlife in Cuba. Dance to salsa, merengue, and live Cuban music in one of the bars or clubs, many of which stay open until the early hours.
But before the party gets in to full swing, be sure to visit one of the restaurants in the town centre. Renowned for their impressive local cuisine and abilities to cater for guests’ needs, there will definitely be something on the menu for you.
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Cayo Santa Maria
Escape to Caribbean bliss on Cayo Santa Maria holidays. We’ll whisk you away to a remote island on Cuba’s Jardines Del Rey Archipelago. This tiny paradise is home to eight miles of glorious white sand and pristine blue waters. Once an uninhabited island, this beautiful spot is now an idyllic resort, connected to the Cuban mainland via a 30-mile-long causeway. You won’t be able to resist taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can snorkel or scuba dive beneath the surface. When culture calls, a trip to Remedios and the city of Santa Clara is in order, where you’ll discover a world of fascinating colonial buildings and old American cars.
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Places similar to Cuba to visit
From the lingering scent of rum in the air to the rhythm of the steel-pan drums, Caribbean holidays offer a slice of paradise. A lush tropical region with some of the world’s best beaches and an easy-going charm, there’s nowhere on the planet quite like it.
Whether you’re visiting laid-back Jamaica, unspoilt Tobago or upmarket Barbados, holidays to the Caribbean suit all tastes - from family getaways with tots or teens to spa breaks, honeymoon escapes and blissful post-retirement trips.
You’ll get to unwind in some of the most breathtaking tropical landscapes in the world, and soak up the region’s irresistible energy, which will stay with you long after you’ve flown home. Plus, sunshine is practically guaranteed, whatever the time of year.
Things to do
From sampling the Dominican Republic's local rum to ziplining over Jamaica's breathtaking Dunn’s River waterfall, there’s enough to experience in the Caribbean to send your senses into a frenzy. How about Cuba’s picture-perfect beaches, ideal for quiet relaxation and a mojito or two (or building sandcastles with the kids); Barbados with its incredible golf courses and cricket obsession; or St. Lucia, which is renowned for its world-class snorkelling and scuba-diving spots.
For more of those amazing underwater worlds, there are plenty of family-friendly adventures at Montego Bay Marine Park. This protected area of the Jamaican coastline’s packed with everything you’d expect of the Caribbean Sea, from glass-bottomed boat trips over vibrant coral and snorkelling above seagrass beds, to kayaking through mangroves and, yes, chilling on gorgeous white sands.
And if it’s total paradise-like peace you’re after, you might be lucky enough to spend time on tranquil CocoCay, also called Little Stirrup Cay, which is privately owned by the Royal Caribbean cruise line.
For a different kind of discovery, take a dive into Caribbean food culture with a meaty St Lucian pepperpot stew, a moreish plate of saltfish and fungie (sauteed okra and cornmeal balls) in Antigua, or a freshly prepared taco from one of Mexico’s many street stands. That should help fuel you for some exhilarating exploring - there’s plenty to see! If you’re staying on the Yucatan Peninsula, make sure you pay a visit to the Coba Mayan Ruins to stroll the excavated ‘white roads’ and see the area’s tallest pyramid, amongst the many fascinating features that remain of this ancient Mexican city.
Places to stay
Whether you’re searching for a postcard-perfect setting to fall in love with, a beautiful old city to delve into or the best music spot to perfect your salsa and merengue moves, holidays to the Caribbean islands and Mexico will definitely satisfy your travel cravings.
The Dominican Republic’s vibrant Latin culture is guaranteed to get you on your feet but this is also a fantastic place to stay if you really want to unwind. Give Cayo Levantado (dubbed Bacardi Island) a whirl for lazy beach days, laid-back catamaran trips through Los Haitises National Park and swimming in the Limon Waterfall’s refreshingly cold plunge pool.
While Caribbean holidays are renowned for sunbathing on lush white sands, did you know there’s a pink-tinted beach on the island of Barbados? Crane Beach in St. Philip is a total beauty that will look great on your Insta grid - and it’s pretty perfect for a relaxing day on the south coast. But you don’t just go to Barbados for the beaches! Bajan culture’s world-famous, from the satisfyingly historic capital, Bridgetown, to mouthwatering dishes like flying fish.
If you’re keen to get out and explore some of the Caribbean’s rainforest, you’ll have a blast in Tobago. Visiting this pristine island feels like stepping into a travel mag, with off-the-beaten-track eco adventures galore. Just imagine, the peaceful thrill of turtle watching, the adrenaline rush of a mountain biking expedition, the mindful calm of stumbling across a waterfall on a jungle hike, and the chance to spot everything from tiny hummingbirds to bioluminescent plankton.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for the best places to be after sunset, the nightlife in the Bahamas is a revelation. There’s a ton of top-notch venues amongst the city lights of Nassau and Freeport, while you’ll find a more chilled vibe in George Town on Great Exuma island, which is a great place to stay if you’re keen to check out the local live music scene.
But for social hotspots unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, head northwest to Mexico’s coastal party capital, Cancun. Pack your out-out clothes and prepare to be treated to performances by DJs and artists from around the world at the city’s legendary clubs. Or, for evening entertainment with a bit of a twist, you’ll never forget a dinner cruise aboard the Captain Hook Cancun - just watch out for those brawling pirates!
And, if you want to explore somewhere a bit more quirky, head to Cuba. Away from the legendary pristine beaches are sugar mills, cigar factories, and some gorgeous old towns and cities, where you’ll discover authentic bars and markets. Visit charming Holguin (the ‘City of Parks’) from Guardalavaca, bustling Moron from Cayo Coco, or the characterful capital, Havana, from Varadero.
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Tobago is an unspoiled island in the Caribbean; it’s the ideal place to get away from it all. It’s slightly smaller than its sister island, Trinidad, but it’s absolutely brimming with glorious rainforests, colourful coral reefs and miles of pristine beaches. From the volcanic shorelines (where you’ll find Hawksbill turtles) to the refreshing Nylon Pool lagoon, this is a dream-like destination. And on top of all this, you’ve got year-round sunshine. Holidays in Tobago really are your little slice of paradise.
Things to do
You won’t be able to resist the white-sand beaches and the sparkling blue sea is a calming presence. If you want to explore what lies beneath, you can try exploring the beautiful coral reefs with a spot of diving or snorkelling. You can discover a wealth of natural beauty beyond the shoreline, too; make a beeline for the UNESCO-protected Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve to see the tropical rainforest in all its glory.
Golfers will adore the island’s two championship golf courses, boasting panoramic ocean views that could easily put you off your swing. When you’re ready to sample traditional cuisine, it’s worth seeking out crab and flour dumplings with a sip of spicy pacro water. If you want to let loose, go ahead and get dressed up for one of the country’s famous carnivals.
You’ll definitely feel you’re in a tropical paradise on Tobago’s beaches. They are truly stunning with white or golden sands and warm waters, fringed by palm trees and other lush greenery. Tobago has so many beaches that it is impossible to visit them all on one holiday to the island. There are some secluded and isolated, and there are some that are well-known with lots going on, no matter how much of a favourite some of the beaches are with tourists, they all remain fairly quiet and unspoilt.
Tobago is a nature lover’s paradise as it is surrounded by all kinds of natural beauty. It’s home to hundreds of species of birds, wildlife and marine life including dolphins and endangered turtles, making it a prime location for animal spotting. The sea waters are so clear that you can easily see the colourful fish and coral reefs underneath, perfect for diving and snorkelling. It is also surrounded by plants and flowers and has the largest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere.
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Holidays to Mexico combine all the beauty of the Caribbean coast with a fascinating ancient history. From the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza to powder-white beaches along the Riviera Maya, the east side of Yucatán is a traveller's paradise. Lose yourself in the cenotes of Tulum, swim with the green turtles of Akumal Bay, dive deep into the steamy jungles of Calakmul, or climb all 130 steps of the Coba pyramids.
Also the home of the fiesta, Latin America, has a contagious energy that will stay with you long after you leave. An outrageous nightlife can be found in Punta Cancun, with acrobats, DJs, and dancers stealing the show. There are plenty of things to do with the family too, from beach days to exploring the eco-themed parks like Xplor Park. So, if you want to visit ancient sites, swim with the fish, or sample the clubbing scene - Mexico holidays are for you.
Places to stay
Extending along the Yucatán, on the east coast of Mexico, is the Riviera Maya. The idyllic peninsula is dotted with some of the world's most exotic resorts, including Playa del Carmen and Playacar. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza, is a popular day trip. While the second largest barrier reef in the world runs for over 700 miles, making Mexico holidays a must for diving and snorkelling.
Playa del Carmen
Venture a little further south, and you’ll find Playa del Carmen, ranking as one of Riviera’s trendiest spots. The nightlife offers a good mix of laid-back vibes and full-on party mode. Bars will start around Avenida Quinta, with live music at Kitxen or Senor Frogs, and move up an octave near the beach on Calle 10 and Calle 12. Around 12am is when the clubs really kick-off, keeping you going until 4 am. Rio Secret is a must-see. It has an underwater river lined with stalactites and stalagmites.
Located on the south side of Playa del Carmen is Playacar. Celebrated for its upmarket all-inclusive resorts and luxurious golf clubs. Lesser known than Playa del Carmen, Playacar holidays are perfect for those looking for a calm getaway tucked behind lush jungle. Adult Only and family resorts are dotted throughout Playacar, offering the ideal springboard for exploring the powdery white beaches and Xaman-ha ruins.
Head north, and you’ll find Cancún, on the Riviera’s northern tip, a party paradise that’s annually gate-crashed by MTV camera crews and Spring Breakers. The most popular destination is Coco Bongo. Packed out every night, it pulls in the crowds with spectacular ribbon dancers, acrobats, and DJs. Deep-Sea Fishing is also a popular affair in Cancun, where licensed captains will help you reel in your catch for that balmy evening BBQ. Book yourself a seat on the Captain Hook Cancun for the best dinner cruise in the Caribbean and sail the seas on an 18th century Spanish galleon replica.
North of Cancun is the tranquil destination, Playa Mujeres. Far away from the city's nightlife, Playa Mujeres was once a tiny fishing village that has retained its unique charm. Lined with soft white beaches, nearby coral reefs, and an excellent golf course, the region is perfect for those who like their Caribbean holidays laid-back and relaxed. Set on a quiet peninsula, holidays to Playa Mujeres are all about world-class luxury, from private dinners on powdery beaches to romantic boat rides over glassy waters.
Just 10 miles off the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula is the island of Cozumel, 29 miles long from northeast to southwest. Geologically similar to the Yucatán, it is home to dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles, making it another ideal spot for uncovering Mexico's diverse marine life. Cozumel is an excellent alternative to holidays in Riviera Maya if you want to unplug from the world. Lay back on the untouched sandy shorelines dotted along the west and south sides.
Over on the Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant city with an old Mexican feel, from its cobblestone streets and distinct architecture. Lush jungle and mountains roll down into white sand beaches. Famous for its LGBTQ+ nightlife and annual White Party, it might just have the edge over Cancun. Puerto Vallarta holidays are great for food and art lovers, boasting fantastic galleries and restaurants considered to be only second to Mexico City. To experience an authentic taste of Mexican life, take a day trip to one of the small nearby historic towns such as San Sebastien del Oeste.
Unmissable places to visit in Mexico include the exciting capital, Mexico City. Visit world-class museums such as the National Museum of Anthropology, alongside designer shopping and art galleries. Be sure not to miss the stunning historic centre with impressive colonial architecture dating back to the 16th century. Highlights include the bustling Plaza de la Constitucion, the spectacular Catedral Metropolitana, the National Palace and the Aztec relics at Temple Mayor. Add a visit to the majestic volcanic mountains of Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl, providing a dramatic backdrop to the city and plenty of opportunities for adventure in the scenic highlands.
From secluded palm-fringed beaches to lively party spots, Mexico has some of the most pristine beaches in the world. From the Riviera Maya, starting a few miles south of Cancun, down to Tulum, you could be spotting turtles one day and exploring Mayan ruins the next.
When the sun begins to set, Mexico comes alive with the bustle of locals and tourists ready to dance the night away. Home to renowned hotspots such as Pink Kitty, Coco Bongo and Mandala, where you can keep partying until the early dawn (4-6am).
Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are excellent destinations for those who want a generous dose of high-octane clubbing with their holiday. For the best LGBTQ+ nightlife, book a stay in Puerto Vallarta. Head to Punta Cancun for the ultimate and downright bonkers clubbing experience, and venture to 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen for beachfront vibes.
History & Culture
Holidays to Mexico would be incomplete without visiting the Mayan ruins. The country is filled with traces of ancient times, from the Pyramid of Kukulcan to the ruins of Palenque and the fortress of Tulum, each historical site scattered across the country tells a unique story.
Take a walk through the Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan, where you can witness sacred artefacts, including the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. Or spend a few hours exploring the archaeological site of Mitla, where you’ll discover intricate mosaic fretwork covering the many tombs, panels, and friezes here.
Unsure of the best time of the year to visit? Check the weather in Mexico to see which month is right for you.
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