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Cuba

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.
Jack
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.
Chris

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

    Most Memorable Moment: Soaking up Havana - it's an endlessly fascinating place. Closely followed by swimming in the El Nicho falls and snorkelling off Jibacoa

    CB, Eastbourne | May 2016 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    Most Memorable Moment: Seeing so much of Havana and the amazing countryside around Vinales.

    GF, London | April 2016 | 65 and over | With Partner
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    All places were well worth visiting for their particular character etc. Our over-riding memory was of the lovely people we met and the sounds and rhythms of Cuba.

    IB, Chesterfield | April 2016 | 65 and over | With Partner
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    Highlights: Our lovely hosts in all the homestays  and especially being looked after by Mirtha in Trinidad.

    BG, Bristol | April 2016 | 65 and over | Family
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    All of it was great. It was amazing to visit cities, mountainous areas and the beach. The Rolling Stones weren't bad either!!

    LW, Tonbridge | April 2016 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    the guides made such a great difference to our underrating of the country. Beautiful and varied country and in a couple of weeks got a real sense of its diversity. The Rolling Stones concert was unforgettable.

    GH, Bristol | April 2016 | 50 - 65
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    Havana music, Vinales cigar plantation & Luis the guide in Cienfuegos

    AB, Dollar | April 2016 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    Visiting Trinidad and listening to all the music being played around the city.

    RS, Southampton | March 2016 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Highlight: Wandering around the old town of Havana - great buildings everywhere in various states of repair. Just full of atmosphere. Also the 1950s American cars. I didn't realise just how many there were! Again in all states of repair, but a fantastic sight even to someone who isn't particularly a car buff.

    CW, London | February 2016 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most Memorable Moment?: The perfect travel arrangements, staying int he homestays, seeing how much things have changed The refurbished Alicia Alonso theatre is amazing and not to be missed.

    AW, Watford | February 2016 | 50 - 65
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    Highlights: Meeting the local guides and owners of casas particolares, who were unfailingly helpful, friendly and genuinely keen to welcome us to their country. On of the highlights of the trip was probably the transfer in a wonderful red and cream American classic car with a skilful driver (you have to be on Cuban roads!)

    RP, London | February 2016 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    Best Bit?: Just the huge contrasts in the country.

    LW | February 2016 | 35 - 50 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Every part of the trip on Cuba.  It is an amazing destination.  If we had to pick out one part it would be the amazing unspoint scenery.

    ES, Brackley | January 2016 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    Highlights: The music/case da la culturas. driving and getting off the beaten track.

    RGJ, London | January 2016 | 50 - 65 | With Friends
  • Client Comments

    Most Memorable Aspect: "our visit in Havana, our visit to Playa Giron, to Trinidad and finally at the Royalton resort. We enjoyed a mixture of luxury, culture, history and natural beauty."

    MH | December 2015 | 50 - 65
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    I can honestly say that our trip was fantastic throughout. We found Cuba to be beautiful, fascinating and very welcoming and felt completely looked after by the companies involved. Attention to detail was evident and everything ran extremely smoothly.

    HH, London | November 2015 | 50 - 65 | Family
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    Havana..colourful and crumbling...a prince inside paupers clothes, colonial architecture Trinidad..marvellous and whilst it is built on tourism, within 2 blocks of the historic centre you are in another world. Music, music, music..the talent is extraordinary. Food getting better all the time.

    DS, Cambridge | December 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    Most memorable experiences: Trinidad, the town and evenings full of local music were fantastic

    SS, Newcastle upon tyne | July 2015 | 35 - 50
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    Most memorable experiences: The vibrancy of the music,friendliness of the people and the sheer variety of Landscapes,cities and coastlines. Particular highlights were the 1950's cars,Trinidad and vinales...We would definitely consider travelling with journey Latin America again and the efficiency and organisation of our trip was superb from start to finish. Cuba is a fascinating country to visit and a great destination for families with teenagers. Thank you for a memorable,fun  and enriching experience!

    LVK, Sevenoaks | August 2015 | 35 - 50 | Family
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    Most memorable experiences: Visiting Las Terrazas, exploring Havana, brief stop in Santa Clara, and contact with Cubans along the way

    HP, King's lynn | September 2015 | 50 - 65
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    Most memorable experiences: "The self drive itinerary and experience gave us a window into the real Cuba, off the beaten track but never too scary. We were sad to hand the car over in Santiago! We had an amazing trip to Cuba; a lifetime experience. thank you all for making it happen."

    NC, Reading | June 2015 | 50 - 65 | Family
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    Most memorable experiences: "a fantastic thunderstorm while dining in La Habana on Friday night, the waiters bending over backwards to please. Conversations with drivers and guides in Spanish (my mother tongue) about the country and being Cuban. Arriving at Viñales and visiting the tobacco farm. The cobbled streets of Trinidad and music at La Trova. The extra walk we organised at Tope de Collantes and the special cocktail provided for my birthday. Staying in the Village at Ensenachos. Visiting the Che museum and mausoleum. Hearing local musicians jamming in a bar in Havana. The warmth and welcome of everybody we met. Wildlife. Cocktails. Trinidad in general. Music. The stunning beach at Ensenachos."

    CB, Swindon | June 2015 | 50 - 65
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: "It had to be La Guarida paladar in Havana, travelling in the vintage cars and also the Casa de la Musica in Trinidad, just sitting outside in the evening."

    ZEW, London | June 2015 | 35 - 50 | With Partner
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    "With JLA's help, got an excellent choice of locations and accommodation. Really felt that I got to see a lot of the country and a great variety in just 10 days. No way of knowing how the new trade agreement between Cuba and America will pan out (clearly going to be good for the Cuban economy), but it's interesting that everyone I spoke to said there was a tourism influx at a normally quiet period BECAUSE people wanted to see Cuba before it potentially changed, and not necessarily, tourism-wise, for the better."

    PW, Norwich | June 2015 | 35 - 50 | Solo Traveller
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    Most memorable: "The driving around seeing all the towns and villages and their inhabitants. Seeing and understanding how life has progressed since the revolution. We also found the scenery amazing in many parts. Hard to pick out one memorable part as there was so much we enjoyed."

    GG, Chepstow | June 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    Most memorable experiences: "The PEOPLE - lovely and warm, friendly, positive. The music and the dancing - in streets, in clubs, in bars. Wonderful!"

    MF, London | May 2015 | 65 and over | With Friends
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    "Las Terrazas - the hotel, zipwire and natural pools. Also meeting locals during the trip, including picking up hitchhikers. The caribbean sea and beach at Playa Ancon were wonderful."

    PR, Brentwood | May 2015 | 65 and over | With Partner
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    "The hiking tour above Topes de Collantes lead by Valentine was fantastic. Wonderful sights and sounds lead by an experienced guide with a good sense of humour."

    DM, Edinburgh | April 2015 | 35 - 50 | Family
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    Most memorable experience: "Difficult to choose one! Sunrise boat trip on the Laguna del Tesoro with mist coming off the water and variety of bird life, watching the sun go down behind mogotes in Vinales with a mojito or humming birds flying around while having breakfast in Trinidad. Or even dancing the conga with the rest of the audience at the Buenvista Social Club!...The holiday was fantastic - every place we went to has its own unique character and feel so we felt that we had experienced at least something of what Cuba is about. The contrasts between the way of life in the cities and the countryside were extraordinary - mobile phones, brand name clothes, immaculately manicured and painted nails to a single ox drawn plough. Stunning landscapes and views through to urban decay and piles of rubbish in the streets. It's an experience that we thoroughly enjoyed and won't forget."

    AW, High Wycombe | April 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    "Baracoa was very special."

    CA, Newark | April 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    "Cuba is such a different place that it is hard to pick out an individual experience....Overall, the tour was fantastic. All the guides allocated gave us an excellent description of the area, in each of Havana, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Trinidad and Vinales. We used our free time to retrace part of our guided tour, to explore further ourselves, or to enjoy the food and ambience, especially the music and dancing of Cuba! We were warned that the food provided at Homestays (breakfasts and dinners) would be huge, and indeed they were. We were unable to finish any meal because of the quantity!  We did a few of our own trips, catching a taxi to the beach in Trinidad, being driven around Havana in a classic car, museum visits and trips on bicycle taxis. We found the people friendly and very helpful."

    IB, Stockbridge | March 2015 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    "Trinidad was our favourite place, closely followed by Cienfuegos. Relaxing at the Hotel Melia Buenavista was wonderful at the end of a packed but well paced tour around the highlights of Cuba."

    TR, Leicester | March 2015 | 35 - 50 | With Partner
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    Most memorable experience: "Swimming in a pool fed by a waterfall with no one else within sight or sound. Closely followed by spending my birthday on a tiny Caribbean beach."
    MG, Dunstable | March 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    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
  • Client Comments

    "Many happy memories but loved the guided tour of Havana in the vintage car (huge 1953 Ford pink and cream convertible) Also enjoyed walking in the beautiful Vinales valley, it was like travelling back in the past with oxen ploughing and tobacco drying in huge thatched barns. It exceeded my expectations. Great organisation, informative guides, careful and punctual drivers and accommodation in convenient yet quiet locations, near to tourist attractions and restaurants."

    JR, Cambridge | January 2015 | 50 - 65 | Solo Traveller
  • Client Comments

    "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
  • Client Comments

    "Many happy memories but loved the guided tour of Havana in the vintage car (huge 1953 Ford pink and cream convertible). Also enjoyed walking in the beautiful Vinales valley, it was like travelling back in the past with oxen ploughing and tobacco drying in huge thatched barns....It exceeded my expectations. Great organisation, informative guides, careful and punctual drivers and accommodation in convenient yet quiet locations, near to tourist attractions and restaurants."

    JR, Cambridge | January 2015 | 50 - 65 | Solo Traveller
  • Client Comments

    "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
  • Client Comments

    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
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    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
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    "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
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    "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
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    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, Pimlico | June 2013
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    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
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    “We had a great time in Cuba, very pleased with the literary suggested and implemented by JLA. Hannah (W) was a pleasure to deal with. We would certainly recommend JLA to anybody thinking of travelling to South America / Cuba etc.” 
    JH Bedford | May 2013 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: “the vibe and architecture of Havana; driving on the roads of Cuba - empty motorways, gigantic potholes, no signs, picking up random people who flagged us down; cigar rolling and smoking on a tobacco farm in Vinales; daily daiquiris and mojitos, especially those in Hotel Nacional garden; gorgeous peaceful countryside; noisy people and music everywhere; but also extreme poverty and areas that had barely moved from early 20th century; every Cuban we spoke with said how hard living was and that no one could survive on one job. We had such an interesting and wonderful time and will definitely return.”
    SB, Lewisham | May 2013 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    “JLA did a first rate job arranging our holiday which was quite complicated over five locations in Cuba.  It all went faultlessly.” 
    SV, Little Hamton | April 2013 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    “Cuba is a fascinating, beguiling, enchanting, confusing and sometimes challenging country caught in a 60 year timewarp. It is almost as though the clock stopped in 1960. If you can't live without creature comforts you'll find plenty to complain about; if you like a challenge and adventure, thrive on the unexpected, then go quick before it's too late! The only way out of their economic and social chasm is private sector capitalism and it's waiting less than 100 miles away....” 
    SM, Madrid | March 2013 | 50 - 65 | Family
  • Client Comments

    Each destination had its own character, they were all good, none more so than others” 
    IM, Edinburgh | March 2013 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    • “The only additional info might have been that travellers should take a box of tissues - although we always do anyway to wherever. Cuba doesn't do tissues.......”
    PR, Edinburgh | February 2011 | 65 and over
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    “The food was better than we had feared (but they routinely overcook seafood, so stick with chicken) and there was more English spoken than we had expected. Weather was great. The state of the buildings generally was better than we had been led to expect - although there is a lot of work outstanding in the southern parts of the Old Town in Havana. People are helpful. The country is clearly at an interesting stage of its development - which is why we wanted to go - and might go in many directions from here; not all of them favourable. Roads, particularly outside towns, were empty.”
    PR, Edinburgh | February 2013 | 65 and over | With Partner
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    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
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    Highlights “We really liked Cuba overall. There is not just one thing but the best were 1.The 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 2012 | With Partner
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    Most memorable aspect: “The ballet; the coast; bird watching at Las Terrazas and Zapata, La Moka; our stay in a Casa Particular in Trinidad. The whole holiday was very good. Driving in Cuba and life on the roads!!” 
    JA, Street | January 2012 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    Most memorable aspect: “Watching my Cuban friend in Havana dance with members of his dance company practicing in National Theatre Havana.  Dancing and watching dancing in Guantanemo, Santiago and Trinidad.  The 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 | January 2013 | 50 - 65
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    'Food is, of course, difficult in Cuba and we had low expectations.” 
    JG, Isle of Colonsay | December 2011 | Family
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    “Overall a great holiday and a fantastic introduction to Cuba, while travelling in comfort.” 
    ER, Richmond | November 2011 | With Partner
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    Highlights: “We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Havana, and also the road trips which allowed us some glimpses of rural life.” 
    ER | November 2011 | With Partner
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    Would definitely recommend Cuba as an interesting and varied holiday destination, and JLA as an efficient and knowledgeable agent 
    MS, Hampton | August 2011 | Family
  • Client Comments

    Highlights: “Freewheeling through Cuba and exploring Old Havana brilliant – as were Maria La Gorda – beautiful spot, unspoilt, simple but perfectly adequate hotel.  Also the people – lovely”.  
    ES, Buntingford | May 2013 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experiences: "Driving around the country seeing beautiful buildings and plants. The music in Bayamo - a special festival. Going to the Granjita near Santiago where Castro planned the 26th July."

    AH, London | January 0001
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