11,308,472 million people
Spanish and Cuban Spanish
Cuban National Peso
Flight time
approximately 10 hours from the UK
time difference
GMT -5 hours
best time to go

Introducing Cuba

With its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, vibrant historic buildings, mountainous landscapes, and impressive coral reefs, Cuba is a traveller’s paradise. A trip to Cuba promises the enjoyment of live music, salsa dancing, rum drinking, but also the chance to delve into the Caribbean island’s abundant heritage and culture. Explore the magnificent scenery of Guardalavaca, or the intriguing metropolis of Havana with its lively streets and delectable cuisine. Its picture-perfect beaches are to be indulged in, with stunning vistas and excellent land and water activities, you can soak up as much adventure or relaxation as you need, before spending your nights on the town absorbing Cuban culture, music and entertainment.


The Caribbean Sea’s largest island is Cuba. The Greater Antilles, a group of islands formed by the collision of two tectonic plates, includes Cuba and its neighbouring islands.

The island of Cuba is also long and narrow. It is only 60 miles (100 kilometres) wide in most parts and spans 750 miles (1,200 kilometres) from east to west.


The greatest season to visit Cuba is from November to April, with March and mid-April being the most enjoyable months because they are mild and bright without the humidity or storms of the summer months. If you don’t mind the summer storms in between the sunshine, then do visit Cuba in July and August. Hurricane season is known to be between the months of June and November, with storms peaking between September and October.


Cuban cuisine is influenced heavily by Spanish, African and Caribbean gastronomy based on its location and of course its inhabitants. There are some staple meals that Cuba is known for, and these are fundamentally enjoyed with the accompaniment of rice and beans. Comida criolla consists of roast or fried chicken and pork served with rice, beans, and viandas (root vegetables).

Shredded beef (or lamb) is cooked in a stew-like dish called ropa vieja, which also includes tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and garlic.
Ajiaco is another delightful hearty stew. While ingredients differ by area, at least one type of meat, corn, and vegetables are included.

Lechón, or suckling pig, is a dish that is frequently marinated in herbs, onions, and garlic before being roasted on a spit or in an oven.
Enchiladas are another favourite with meat and shellfish that have been prepared with tomato, garlic, and mild chilli sauce.

History and Culture

Cuba has a vibrant culture that is well-known throughout the world thanks to a fusion of indigenous, African, and European inhabitants. Cuba’s history is evident in its gastronomy, language, customs, and, above all, music. In Havana, it seems like there are bands playing all the time. Son is the primary musical style of Cuban culture, which combines classical guitar and bouncy beats.

The Ciboney and Guanahatabey tribes were the first inhabitants of Cuba. The Taino tribe from Venezuela acquired control of the island but they were defeated in 1511, and Spanish armies annexed the island as their own.

Following the slavery of the Taino people and their subsequent deaths from illnesses, African slaves were sent to Cuba to help with the planting and harvesting of sugarcane. In 1898, the Americans assisted in the expulsion of the Spanish from Cuba, and by 1902, Cuba had achieved independence. However, the island was heavily influenced by the United States and communist Fidel Castro took over in 1959.


Cuba is a great destination to take the family on. Some of the exciting activities you could enjoy include:

Horse-riding in Vinales: Experience the wonderful countryside on horseback by passing through the trails marked and marvelling at the wonderful surroundings.

Visit the Museo del Chocolate — Havana: Who doesn’t love some chocolate? The Chocolate Museum is a great way to keep the kids entertained and amused, whilst enjoying some sweet treats or a delightful hot chocolate.

Fusterlandia — Havana: this amazing and colourful town is in downtown Havana and boasts wonderful, recycled arts in its maze-like streets, making it great for exploring and snapping some great family pictures.

Playa Varadero: a stunning beach area, it is perfect for some summer sun, lots of beach activities including kayaking and inflatables, as well as swimming in its crystal-clear blue waters.

Resorts in Cuba

Recommended Experiences in Cuba

Classic 1950s American cars, salsa music colouring the streets with locals and peaceful beaches cradling the stunning ocean, Cuba consumes its visitors with its beauty and vibrant atmosphere.

Top Locations in Cuba

Habana Vieja or Old Havana
Old Havana, also known as Habana Vieja, is an excellently preserved section of Cuban history and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is simple to picture life in Cuba as one wanders through the cobblestoned streets and looks up at the magnificent Baroque and neoclassical architecture. The famous café and Hemingway haunt Bodeguita del Medio, the military bastion Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and the Plaza de la Catedral, are among the big attractions in this area. Notable structures may be found in the Old Town, such as the 18th-century Casa del Conde Jaruco, which has stunning stained-glass windows. Read more
For some of the best beaches on the island, head to Varadero. Key sites to explore when here include Parque Ecológico Varahicacos (Varadero Ecological Park), and its two caves, Cueva de Ambrosio and Cueva de Musulmanes. Read more
Trinidad town
Explore Trinidad town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its renovated buildings and cobblestone pathways offering a charming colonial atmosphere reminiscent of what it used to be. The impressive buildings that have been preserved date back to the 17th and 19th century, when the town was known for its sugar and slave trade.
Parque Nacional Viñales (Valle de Viñales)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Parque Nacional Viñales is a gorgeous, verdant region in the Sierra de los Organos. Mogotes, or steep limestone hills, cut through the valleys to create a striking panorama, which can be explored peacefully through joyous hikes or by horseback riding.
Cayo Largo del Sur
The small island resort of Cayo Largo del Sur is best known for its secluded surroundings and its crystal clear waters. A safe and wonderful place to swim or snorkel. The island’s beaches are simply paradise and the resort offers a great mix of activities for all ages including fishing trips, scuba diving and turtle spotting.

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