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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Baracoa was very special."

    CA, Newark | April 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
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