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
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.
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.
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.
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.