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Cuba is the largest of all the Caribbean islands and one of the most fascinating. It has a unique and eventful history, mirrored in the outpourings of its rich culture of music, dance, and socio-political innovation.

The island also has stunning landscapes, from the unique limestone plateau scenery west of Havana through tropical plantations to the rugged mountains and forests of the Sierra Maestra in the east. Cuba is liberally dotted with pristine sandy beaches and restored colonial towns. While the façades of the pre-revolutionary period remain, they sit alongside increasingly efficient new hotels, resorts, roads and other tourist facilities.

Our insider tips for Cuba

Annerys Hockley
A walk round Havana’s restored colonial centre. The city has many squares, streets and buildings which have retained their original colonial architecture and design, now gracefully spruced up.
A piña colada or ice-cold mojito sipped on one of the island’s many glorious pristine beaches at sunset. Choose between one of the laid-back cayes, quiet bays and coves or resorts with a full range of tourist facilities.
Rafe Stone
A day or two with a Cuban family, where you are welcomed into a traditional home, and eat the home-cooked cuisine. These have opened their doors to visitors all over the country and are an excellent way to learn about the friendly people’s lifestyle.
Adam Calladine

A night out at a music venue in Trinidad, a colonial town so carefully preserved you imagine yourself living in a bygone century. Music runs through the veins of every Cuban and you will find it erupting spontaneously on any street corner.

Alex Walker
Spending time in the countryside, among the limestone-outcrops of the fairy-land landscapes in the fertile Viñales valley, or enveloped in the woodland and streams surrounding Las Terrazas.

Getting in tune with the revolution: visiting the Bay of Pigs, Moncada Barracks or Fidel Castro’s guerrilla hideout in the Sierra Maestra.

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Client Comments

  • Amazing

    "The fact that Cuba is so far removed from 21st century life - Cubans seem to have an indestructible soul! Music is their Prozac."

    Ck, London | June 2013
  • Wonderful holiday

    "We found Cuba utterly seductive. It is rare to find anywhere still as distinctive. But it is a country for travellers; to go just to the beach is a waste. But if you find beauty in dilapidation and warm to extrovert people; if you have a grain of curiosity in your soul and a twitch of rhythm in your toes, this is a wonderful holiday.”

    PH, Pimblico | June 2013
  • Wonderful trio

    "Highlights included dancing and watching dancing in Guantanamo, Santiago and Trinidad. There's music everywhere - it gets inside your head and is wonderful. Also the road trip from Guadalavaca to Baracoa (6.5 hours) was amazing. Beautiful views driving through the mountains.”

    SZ, Bungay | June 2012
  • Loved it!

    "We really liked Cuba overall. There is not just one thing but the best included: Private tour in Havana was excellent as the guide was first rate. The town of Trinidad which we just loved. We thought it was really good to stay at a Casa and would recommend that experience for at least one section of a holiday.”

    PD, Dublin | April 2014
  • "The live music in all the bars, restaurants and on street corners everywhere. We loved the variety of Havana , vinales, Trinidad and the flop on the beach at the end at Cayo Santa Maria."

    LD, Beaconsfield | March 2014 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Most memorable experience: "Witnessing the culture of Cuba. Seeing the state of buildings, the 50s cars and there really is great music in every bar!"

    HC, Cheltenham | November 2014 | 50 - 65
  • Most memorable experience: "Sunday morning Masses in Cathedral in Havana and Iglesia Parroquial in Trinidad. Going on the ferry from Havana to Casablanca and walking round the area of the Cabana fort."

    PC, Wallington | February 2015 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • "We really enjoyed the historical part of our trip ie the walking tour in Havana and our excursions that we arranged from Trinidad. The luxury and relaxation in the all inclusive resort were also good."

    KM, Sutton | January 2014
  • "There is no one experience that I would single out. What was memorable were the people, their friendliness and helpfulness, and the real feeling of safety everywhere we went - even when the street lighting suddenly failed in the back streets of Trinidad."

    DM, Nottingham | December 2014 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • "Loads of music. Watching sax player at sunset, Hotel Melia Buenavista, Cayo Santa Maria Buenavista, Cafe Taberna, Christmas Day."

    JP, Bedford | January 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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