A visit to Cuba and it’s colonial cities brings back memories of the country’s past with a wonderful atmosphere, striking architecture and historic feel. Of the cities, Havana, Remedios, Trinidad and Camagüey are well worth a visit, with their winding cobbled streets, sprawling squares, retro-themed restaurants and more.
The beaches are a Caribbean treat, with endless white sand on which to relax. Read on to find out some of the best aspects of Cuba.
Please note: At the time of writing, certain areas of Cuba are locked down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep up with the latest news by visiting the website of your local travel advisory board.
Where to stay in Cuba?
Cuba has many resorts and hotels, dotted along the coastline or in the heart of the cities. While many of these are excellent and have all the facilities visitors could desire, there are other ways to stay in Cuba.
For those looking for cozy comfort and a feel of living like a local, a stay in a casa particular is the way to go. What is a casa particular? This translates into English as a private house. Basically, it is a private family home providing accommodation, much like a bed and breakfast. Some have several rooms and have the feel of a smaller hotel or hostel while being more affordable than the average hotel.
However, it can also be a room inside a private home, with or without an independent entrance, or even a full house or apartment. For anyone wishing to experience the true life of Cuba, a stay in a casa particular is a good choice.
What to do in Cuba?
Head to the gorgeous curves of white sandy beaches. These are found particularly on the north coast of Cuba and its offshore islands. However, Cuba’s amazing coastline has around 430 beaches to choose from including white, golden and black sands, with something to suit everyone’s tastes. Many perfect snorkeling and diving locations can be found, set in beautiful natural landscapes.
Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, has no shortage of postcard-perfect shores, from family-friendly snorkeling spots to standout black-sand beaches. For those enjoying the crowds, the all-inclusive resorts on Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Largo del Sur are a good choice, with their stretches of white sand lapped by turquoise water.
Visit wonderful Havana
Havana is a confusing mixture of dilapidated buildings, colonial architecture and the results of its revolutionary past. However, the city is truly beautiful and emanates exciting energy. Everyone has seen images of old, classic cars parked in pretty cobbled streets and this is, indeed, a regular sight.
The city has a great art culture, where visitors can view the fascinating work of Cuban artists, such as José Nicolás de la Escalera and others at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. A livelier and more contemporary scene can be experienced at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano, or the street art in Habana Vieja, the old town of Cuba.
The city has a great café culture with its cool coffee shops and Bohemian bars, as well as restaurants serving the delicious local cuisine, including the freshest catch of the day from Cuba’s harbors.
Whatever mood takes you on a visit to Cuba, you are sure to be thrilled and surprised by everything you encounter in the Caribbean’s largest island. Watch this space for more Cuba vacation inspiration!