Note: The US Centre for Disease Control has recommended that pregnant women postpone flying to Cuba due to the presence of the zika virus.
Cuba is a picturesque Caribbean island which, over the last half-century, has unfortunately been more famous for its political upheavals and its socialism than for its many positive attributes. Nonetheless, this sun-drenched isle remains a romantic and charismatic holiday destination and seems to be undergoing something of a resurgence tourism-wise. If you want to spend your honeymoon in a nation where old-fashioned salsa swagger, sultry tropical heat and breathtaking natural beauty seamlessly combine then Cuba is undoubtedly for you.
The most famous tourism destination on the island is, of course, the buzzing capital of Havana. This vibrant city is renowned for its nightlife, its enchanting Colonial architecture and its evocative sights, sounds and smells. Spend just one day here and you’re guaranteed to fall under Havana’s spell and that of its people. Some of the attractions to visit in the city include La Habana Vieja, which is well worth exploring on foot, the Capitolio Nacional, the imposing 16th century Castillo de la Real Fuerza and the fascinating Museum of the Revolution, housed in one of the city’s architectural jewels.
Outside the capital, if you want to get off the well-beaten tourist track, why not head to Baracoa. Situated on the island’s stunning southwestern tip, this little-known gem is renowned locally for its many rivers, and for its mouthwatering food. Be sure to try lobster, shrimp or octopus in coconut sauce – a truly divine dish you won’t want to savour just once.
Not far from Baracoa you will find another must-see: the beach of Playa Maguana, with its pristine stretch of milk-white sand and its vibrant coral reef which you can easily swim out to view.
Heading back to the hustle and bustle of city life, make sure you pay a visit to Trinidad before you leave Cuba. This awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site is sure to take your breath away, especially if you are interested in stately colonial architecture and the good old days of yore. Horse carriages and donkeys clop through the city centre, and there are plenty of charming cobbled streets to explore. If you’re out and about in the evening you will be entertained by the lively rhythms of salsa music playing on many street corners, and if you’re feeling brave why not mingle with the locals as they dance.
Another bonus of visiting Trinidad is that the city lies within easy reach of some of Cuba’s most fantastic beaches. Among them is the stunning Playa Ancon, which is just a short drive from the city and is well worth a visit.
When it comes to finding accommodation in Cuba there are plenty of options to choose from, ranging from cheap and cheerful casas particulares to 4 and 5 star luxury resorts with an array of world-class facilities.
What is the currency in Cuba?
The currency in Cuba is the Cuban convertible peso (CUC).
How long does it take to fly to Cuba?
A direct flight from London Gatwick to Cuba with Virgin Airways lasts 10 hours.
What is the time difference in Cuba?
Cuba is UTC – 5.
When is the best time to visit Cuba?
The best time to visit the island is probably between the months of November and March, when the sun isn’t quite as blazing and there is less rain.
What language is spoken in Cuba?
The official language of Cuba is Spanish.