The largest island in the Caribbean and historical favourite of hedonists and thrill-seekers, Cuba is beautiful, passionate and never less than fascin
Think about Cuba and you probably conjure up images of Che Guevara murals, large old American cars like the Buick, painted in bright colours that have faded over time in the sun, music and dancing - in fact a feast for the senses. Cuba is a spectacular holiday destination with so much to offer – from mile upon mile of unspoilt beaches to elegant cities steeped in history. You will be enthralled by the very real warm welcome of the Cuban people.
Time Difference: GMT -5hrs
Currency: Cuban Peso
The climate here is mild and sub-tropical and, thanks to its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer and the narrow configuration of the island visitors will enjoy the refreshing trade winds and sea breezes. The average water temperature is around 25 degrees centigrade. The rainy season runs from May to October with the dry season extending from November through until April. The average annual temperature is about 77 degrees centigrade.
Punta Frances and Peninsula de Zapata
For the nature lovers you could plan in a visit to Punta Frances, a national marine park where you can dive and snorkel and experience stunning caves and protected coral. Visit the Caribbean’s largest swamp – Peninsula de Zapata, from crocodiles to exotic birdlife the area is yours to explore.
A stay in the capital, Havana, is a must. With its Spanish colonial architecture, it’s like taking a step back into history. Many of the attractions are concentrated in three areas: Habana Vieja (Old Havana), Centro Habana and Velado. Habana Vieja is home to the world famous “Malecon”. This busy sea front promenade is 7 km in length stretching from the Colonial centre to Velado. Its lined with magnificent pastel coloured buildings mixed in with more modern structures. It’s a very popular with the locals.
One of the most popular beach destinations on the island, Varadero is situated on the Hicacos Peninsula which is a 20 Km stretch of the Atlantic coastline. There are numerous hotel chains in this area including all the top end options. There’s also an abundance of entertainment choices such as art galleries, museums and night clubs….something for every taste!
by Yasmin Richardson